Halloween Switch Witch

When my boys were small they enjoyed trick-or-treating but I didn't want them to eat all that candy. My friend told me about the Halloween Elf who takes away the candy and leaves a toy in its place. I thought that was a great idea. We let them choose a few pieces then put the rest out by the doorstep at night and in the morning a new toy would be in its place!

Since then I've heard about this tradition from many other parents. Some call it the Halloween Fairy or Switch Witch.

What does your family do?

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We switch out for a bar of allergy-friendly chocolate, a special treat. I like the idea of the switch witch though! Usually send the rest of the candy to work for a treat for others.


We do the switch witch, she takes all the candy and leaves a special organic candy and art supplies.


We have incorporated the Switch Witch into our Halloween celebrations! Our daughter is able to select a few pieces of candy that she will be able to enjoy throughout the coming few weeks, and she offers her extra candy to the Switch Witch, who works with the Tooth Fairy to haul it away, and together they leave a little treasure – sometimes a little peg doll, sometimes a gift from nature – but always something more long lasting (and better for you) than all those sweets!


Our five year old goes trick or treating working hard to provide candy for the witch who uses it to make her carrots sweeter in her garden. In return the witch leaves a healthier low sugar, organic candy and also a toy or some art supplies. She knows mommy is secretly the witch so we just do the exchange in the house once she’s asleep.


We just keep the candy and sneak a lot of it lol. The switch witch is much better idea!


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