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 love to watch Hocus pocus! We don’t go to much for a Halloween since my kids are young. I love this candy exchange idea!


Last year was my daughter’s first time going out trick or treating. We dumped it all out onto the livingroom floor and I sorted out all of the hard candies, tootsie rolls and gum (her two front teeth are capped so she is limited to what she can eat) then I allowed her to eat the candy until it was gone whether it be over a course of weeks, days or hours. After reading this blog and all of the comments I talked to her about the Halloween Elf and if she wanted to leave her candy for him in exchange for a toy. She’s beyond thrilled and so am I. Thank you for this wonderful idea. I love it!


I love that idea!! This will be our family’s first halloween together so looking for new traditions and toys :)


This is a very cute idea, but, our girls are too old for a Switch Witch now. Our daughters always liked trick-or-treating for being outside in the neighborhood with friends at night. They never cared too much about the candy, one with allergies, one with limited appetite for sweets. They were very generous with giving away their treats—-as “trades” with friends; added to our bowl for handouts to the older kids at the door later; to Dad’s work; to school collection for military…
We’d love to have this giveaway to help younger cousins begin the Switch Witch (and Sarah’s Silks) tradition! Thanks!


We look to the seasonal change where there are fewer and fewer flowers for the bees to make honey. So we help the Sugar Fairies who take care of the honey bees. Our girls leave out their Halloween candy and have this do-good feeling about “helping” the bees. They get a small gift, usually a book for each of them, as a gesture of gratitude from the Sugar Fairy. ❤️

Editha Tendencia

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