October 17, 2018 141 Comments

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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100 Responses

Katie
Katie

October 23, 2018

What a great idea!

Heather
Heather

October 23, 2018

We have always just eaten half of our kids candy! Hahaha! I have never heard of these awesome ideas! I’m excited to give them a go!

Kara
Kara

October 23, 2018

First, we only trick or treat on our street, so we don’t get tons, and then they get to choose a few pieces we spread out for the week. Then we give it away to our church or just toss it. Switch witch sounds fun! We were always just boring and said you only get a few pieces and they never knew any different haha

Nicole Cliche
Nicole Cliche

October 22, 2018

I am so excited to do the Switch Witch with my son! Last Halloween he was still so little and wasn’t really sure what it was all about. Now at 18m he is so excited for halloween! He funny enough has been enjoying the witch decorations more so than any others! He runs around the house with his wand and points it up to cast spells!! We’ve spoken about the SW a little bit already and I’m so excited to see his reaction with it! Already have a fun fall book as his little gift 🍁

Jordan L
Jordan L

October 22, 2018

We switch witch money for the kids to put into their savings account! Double win in my book.

Ashley
Ashley

October 22, 2018

I first learned of the switch witch from mamanatural, I immediately ordered the book and doll and it has saved me so much worry. Plus I don’t have to sneak candy into the trash for a week now 🤐

Sarah
Sarah

October 22, 2018

This year, we are planning to let our kids eat a decent amount on Halloween and then the rest will get turned into a service project with friends.

LeeAnna
LeeAnna

October 22, 2018

This is the first year I’ve heard of the Halloween fairy or halloween elf! I made Up a little story about it and told it to my boys and they’re all for it!! Right away they’re like okay!! I’ll give the fairy my candy! Yes!! #momwin

Luci
Luci

October 21, 2018

When I was little, my parents didn’t take me trick-or-treating, so there was not a huge stockpile of candy to ditch. They took me to the movies instead. It was the only time of year that we got to purchase a candy treat at the theater. I actually loved having the entire movie theater just for my family. I thought it was so exclusive when I was a kid!

Katie
Katie

October 20, 2018

We do this! But we call it “Halloween Fairies”. They take the pile of candy to ogres in need, and as a thank you, they replace it with healthier fare, and a few little toys too.

Ashley Angell
Ashley Angell

October 20, 2018

I’ve never heard of this! Of course, we didn’t do Halloween when I was little.

I always just eat all the extra candy myself ;)

Veronika
Veronika

October 19, 2018

We recently moved to California from Russia and it is actually the first time we will be participating in Halloween activities. I struggle with explaining the concept of trick or treating to my daughter), so I will probably need to join her). She asked me to Anna to her Elsa).

Laura
Laura

October 19, 2018

We stop trick or treating earlier. We just go to fewer houses. It helps that in our neighborhood the houses participating are fewer between.

Sarah
Sarah

October 19, 2018

I love the idea of a Halloween fairy! I think I will try that this year. In the past we have had the kids choose a certain amount of candy that will be their own to eat, and the rest goes into a family stash, which disappears at some point. I love the idea of getting rid of the stash all together and replacing it with a special gift. My kids are super into the magic of fairies right now, so I know they’d eat this idea right up! (Haha!)

Kristina K.
Kristina K.

October 19, 2018

When I was little my mom used to decorate my whole room with Halloween decor and chocolate in every single place in my room and wait for me to come home and she would tell me the Halloween Fairy did it and I have since passed it down to my two girls. We love the Halloween Fairy. ✨ I want their life to always be full of magic.

Anel
Anel

October 19, 2018

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!

Robin
Robin

October 19, 2018

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!

Paula
Paula

October 19, 2018

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

Ellen
Ellen

October 19, 2018

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!

Editha Tendencia
Editha Tendencia

October 18, 2018

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. ❤️

Elisabeth
Elisabeth

October 18, 2018

We do switch witch too. They trick or treat, then swap out for my treat basket which has fair trade candy with less junk in them. Plus a small toy or two, like a small Lego set.

Vanessa Nelson
Vanessa Nelson

October 18, 2018

We try to attend parties and celebrations which focus more on activities (face painting, games, dancing) and leave trick or treating just for Halloween evening. When the kids go to sleep we remove some candy and I send it to work with my husband! So far they haven’t noticed a decline in their amount of treats! 😊

Laura
Laura

October 18, 2018

Last year was the first year my daughter was old enough to trick or treat and she totally loved it. Our neighborhood blocks the streets to be pedestrian only and its a big party. I was allowing her a little candy each day and wondering how to ditch the enormous stash when someone told me about the Switch Witch. So, she visited a few days late last year, but this year she is gonna be on time! I do hate the waste of throwing away the candy that people paid for but the ritual of gathering is so much fun.

Kim
Kim

October 18, 2018

We take our boys (twins, age 8 and a half) trick or treating multiple places each year. We let them choose a few treats from what they get trick-or-treating. But some types we swap out for healthier versions, like organic dye-free suckers, or Annie’s bunny fruit snacks, so they can feel like they’re having treats like the other kids, but without eating ingredients we usually avoid. Honestly most of the candy they collect goes into work with my husband, and he shares it there!

Rachael Jones
Rachael Jones

October 18, 2018

My daughter has not gone trick or treating yet. She is just 2. When I was a kid we never did much trick or treating either because we lived in the country. Instead we spent the day playing games and making our own Halloween treats.

Desiree Pearson
Desiree Pearson

October 18, 2018

We haven’t tried switching it out yet, but would love to win this giveaway to purchase few beautiful silks so we could give it a try! 💕💕

Dolores
Dolores

October 18, 2018

As a “Nana” I still love Halloween! I decorate my house and have fog with scary music. My grandchildren help me pass out candy after their trick or treating time. They are allowed to keep some of their favorite candy then the rest is for the Halloween elf. I like the Switch Witch idea better!

Christa Carey
Christa Carey

October 18, 2018

We only tick or treat for a short time. Like an hour at most then we ration the candy until Xmas. I have never heard of a switch witch or a sugar pixie until this year. It’s a very interesting concept. However our family doesn’t believe in Santa, tooth fairies, and Easter Bunny. 🤷🏽‍♀️

Amy St John
Amy St John

October 18, 2018

We keep a few items to decorate gingerbread houses at Christmas time but the kids don’t eat any of them and then I always switch out the rest for art supplies and sometimes mini Lego sets.

Amy St John
Amy St John

October 18, 2018

We keep a few items to decorate gingerbread houses at Christmas time but the kids don’t eat any of them and then I always switch out the rest for art supplies and sometimes mini Lego sets.

Tania
Tania

October 18, 2018

I keep the candy bars (the only time of the year we eat them) and replace everything else with some TJ lollies or savory snacks. The kids don’t mind, but I like the idea of giving the process a name – Switch Witch it is! :)

Callie Acuff
Callie Acuff

October 18, 2018

I always buy some quality fair trade chocolate and treats (including some autumnal savory snacks to cut down on the sugar) and as soon as we get back from trick or treating they trade their Halloween tote for a little sack of healthier goodies. We’ve done it for 10 years and counting!

Julie
Julie

October 18, 2018

We will likely limit the number of houses my daughter visits and focus on welcoming trick-or-treaters to our house.

Justyna
Justyna

October 18, 2018

My son has food allergies and cannot have any candy so we don’t keep any of it. his 4 siblings are really good at giving it up. Maybe not totally fair but we have to do it for safety. We take their candy and exchange for candy that we know is safe.

Christa
Christa

October 18, 2018

We have done the switch witch for years. I let my kids eat the chocolate candies but all the ones with food coloring go to the switch witch. And my kids come up with reasons each year why she needs the colored candies.

Cara
Cara

October 18, 2018

My kids don’t love knocking on doors. We get dressed up and hit the houses of extended family, who know my wishes for more healthy treats. Then we come home and enjoy the spectacle of trick or treating on our doorstep.

Kristin
Kristin

October 18, 2018

We love the Switch Witch! Our children love to wake up to find art supplies and organic treats. 🎃 Thank you for the wonderful giveaway!

Jennifer Langeland
Jennifer Langeland

October 18, 2018

Love the sugar sprite idea! Wondering if this would work on an eight year old. Wish I had thought of the sooner!!

Tara Schroeder
Tara Schroeder

October 18, 2018

This will be our first year doing a switch witch!!!! Our kids are GF/DF/EF and sugar free for the most part, so it will be perfect! My eldest is dressing up as a dragon this year!

Caley Kukla
Caley Kukla

October 18, 2018

We did the Switch Witch for the first time last year and she brought glow-in-the-dark Magnitiles! But my son doesn’t like any characters – Switch Witch, Easter Bunny, and Santa all scare him, so we tell him that Mommy and Daddy will leave the toy. Great way to get rid of all the sugar! The kids are still young – 3 & 1 so luckily, they lose interest in trick-or-treating quickly and we’re only switching out 10 or so houses worth of candy!

Simran
Simran

October 18, 2018

What a great idea! My son’s elementary school actually collects leftover candy and will ship it to our soldiers who are deployed. It’s a win-win for everyone.

Sarah
Sarah

October 18, 2018

What a great idea! Will definitely be doing this from now on. My little is allergic to nuts, so her dad gets pretty much all of the chocolate…except for the Reese’s…those are mine!

Robyn G
Robyn G

October 18, 2018

That is a great idea! I will definitely use that with my four year this year.

Ginny
Ginny

October 18, 2018

We have done the switch witch once and it was perfect when my oldest was a toddler. I’d love to do it again this year, but I’m not sure if he would be willing to trade out his haul of Halloween candy now that he’s older!

Carly
Carly

October 18, 2018

Brilliant idea!! Sooo doing this this year!

Anna
Anna

October 18, 2018

We do something similar, but we call it the Sugar Sprite, a little fairy who takes the extra candy and distributes it among all the birds and little creatures preparing for a long, cold winter. There is always a little treasure left behind in thanks.

Andee F
Andee F

October 18, 2018

I love this idea, lets them be a part of the process. We hand out candy at the door as a family, but the leftovers usually go in a bowl. The kids choose a few pieces, then the parents eat the few that remain. We can usually just hand out more at the door when the trick-or-treaters start to dwindle, so there haven’t been an overwhelming amount of candies left yet.

Rachel
Rachel

October 18, 2018

We trade out the inhealrhy candy for better options that are dye free & a little better

Brandy
Brandy

October 18, 2018

We haven’t done a switch yet but I really would like to! We already have them pick out their favorites to set aside for themselves and then have the rest go in a big bowl to share. Since they’re not allowed to eat candy too frequently, we often still have Halloween candy come Easter time. I think the switch witch needs to visit this year and bring some books in exchange for some candy!

Sarah Baker
Sarah Baker

October 18, 2018

Switch switch is a great idea.

We’ve always given out small toys instead of candy.

Jessica
Jessica

October 18, 2018

This sounds amazing, I have a one year old and love the idea of this tradition! I’ve never heard of it before but I love that it makes the holiday last one more day. Thanks for sharing.

Barb Howe
Barb Howe

October 18, 2018

We also do the switch witch because my kids have multiple food intolerances. They love going trick or treating and then I give them aome safe candy to enjoy. Then they put their bags out for the switch witch and it disappears! In its place is a small toy that they can enjoy much longer than the candy !

Mamdy
Mamdy

October 18, 2018

I discovered the switch witch last year when I also discovered the Teal Pumpkin Project. The teal pumpkin project for those not familiar with it basically involves someone painting a pumpkin teal to symbolize they have toy prizes available instead of candy for trick or treaters with food allergies. Often people have candy for those not allergic and a non food treat as well.

My daughter has several food allergies and was always disappointed because she couldn’t eat most of her trick or treat candy. Someone on one of the allergy forums I follow posted information about the switch witch and we’ve done that since then. Now my daughter can’t wait to go trick or treating so she can get candy to trade the switch witch for. I usually make the toy something from her Christmas List which helps with the excitement to trick or treat for things she can’t eat.

Lauren
Lauren

October 17, 2018

We do the Switch Witch, but I’ve heard of several dentists in the area who “pay by the pound” for kids bringing in their candy – we might do that instead this year!

Katie P
Katie P

October 17, 2018

Wow, I’ve never heard of that tradition; how cool! We usually sort out the candy and the kiddos pick what their favorites are. The rest, I stash and either bring a basket of candy to church or divvy it out throughout the next few weeks. What I’ve found is that if the whole bowl sits out, we still keep eating it, even if we don’t really care for the kind of treat it is. We just crave the sugar! So, if we pick out our favorites, then the rest can happily go! :)

Christina Gross
Christina Gross

October 17, 2018

We are just getting into the Halloween trick or treating And I really like the switch witch idea added to some free eating of candy. good to start it out this way!

Katie
Katie

October 17, 2018

My kids loved this idea! We are going to try this tradition out this year! :-) Thanks!

Jessica
Jessica

October 17, 2018

We did the switch witch last year! Gold coins and a few healthy treats.

teva
teva

October 17, 2018

In our family it is the Toothless Gnome who visits. He has no teeth because he eats so much candy! We have been putting our candy out for him since the very first time we took our children trick or treating, and I love the tradition because it adds yet another layer of magic and mystery to Halloween night.

Julie
Julie

October 17, 2018

We have been doing this as well for several years. It’s been a welcome answer to the influx of candy. At first they were a little scared of the idea of a witch coming at night. I might use the outside door idea to remedy that.

Jennifer A
Jennifer A

October 17, 2018

Love that idea!! My kids trade most of their candy for cash at the orthodontic office we go to.

Allison
Allison

October 17, 2018

The Switch Witch had been visiting our home for a few years now… or children both put aside a few treats to enjoy over a week or two and the rest goes to the Switch Witch who, this year, will be bringing them some fall peg dolls and a neck pouch.

Kara
Kara

October 17, 2018

We trade out the candy for a few organic treats and give the rest away to the soldiers.

Sarah
Sarah

October 17, 2018

I love this idea! I’ve been trying to think of a way to remove the candy without tears. This sounds perfect! Thank you so much for the idea. My son is turning three this year and we haven’t started too many traditions. At the moment we live in Okinawa, Japan and so find it difficult to do some of the more traditional fall-time activities. Hoping to moving somewhere that does pumpkins and corn mazes before he is too old.

Courtney
Courtney

October 17, 2018

I like this whole switch witch idea! My son is allergic to dairy so their are usually a lot of tears when we throw away all the chocolate candy even though I try to swap it out with fruity candy. But truthfully I like the idea of 90%of the candy disappearing in exchange for a small toy.
Thanks for the idea!

Megan Porretta
Megan Porretta

October 17, 2018

My kids know that they feel really yucky when they eat a bunch of sugar, so we offer to get them better chocolate bars in place of some and money for the other candy. They totally go for this because we go to the natural food sections and they pick out their favorites that are healthier. On the night we get the candy, we also do a family movie night and pretend we are at the movies and we eat the chocolate with some popcorn.

Jessica Straight
Jessica Straight

October 17, 2018

This year will be our first year trick or treating! We just heard about switch witch which actually made the idea of trick or treating more exciting and fun!

I love the idea of calling it a Halloween elf instead!!! Thanks for sharing!! 🧡🖤

Karen
Karen

October 17, 2018

We love Halloween in our neighborhood where people post an orange paper with a picture of a jack o lantern on their door to indicate trick or treaters are welcome! We do family costumes along with their grandmother. This year our children (7 and 10) chose to be spies because they are reading and loving Stuart Gibbs’ novels. (Last year we were a baseball team and the little one was our mascot – a red dragon). Afterward, we come home, the kids sort their candy so each one has the same number of pieces (it is a hilarious negotiation process), then we turn out the lights and tell “scary stories” by flashlight which involves my husband and me reading the ingredient lists of the candy. (My mother tolerates this while silently reminiscing about the seventies when we could eat junk guilt-free!) The kids quickly become sufficiently squeamish about eating the candy that they choose a few pieces and then count it out for the Switch Witch. She pays a quarter for 4 pieces of candy (fortunately their bags are small!) This makes an excellent math lesson. They leave the final count and invoice for the Switch Witch who visits in the night and leaves money in their candy bag. The candy magically finds its way to a co-worker who regularly eats Twinkies so has no hang ups about unpronounceable ingredients! The next day the kids put some money in their Share jar then we go to the toy store. More often than not, they pool their money to get the biggest lego kit they can. We also collect for UNICEF. (Oh, and the Switch Witch graciously leaves all the Twix for my husband and the peanut butter cups for my mother.)

Aly K
Aly K

October 17, 2018

We leave our candy on the kitchen table for the “Switch Witch”, who uses the candy to fuel her broom. She comes and takes most of the candy (some chocolate is left but no chewy/hard candies) and leaves things like stickers, crafts, books and new hats and mittens. The kids are never disappointed about the switch, they love it.

Erin Lewis
Erin Lewis

October 17, 2018

We tried the Halloween Fairy one year. The kids didn’t love what she/he brought. Ultimately what works best for our family is to enjoy some treats the week after Halloween (couple pieces a day), then stash the candy…out of site out of mind. One problem…mom knows the stash spot!!!

Wren
Wren

October 17, 2018

My son has just turned 6 and has now started liking sweets. Yikes! This is definitely going to be part of our tradition now!

Sara
Sara

October 17, 2018

We are going to start switching this year. My son (3) loves nightmare before Christmas, so Jack is going to trade him his candy for some supplies to make his own oogie boogie.

Leigh Anne
Leigh Anne

October 17, 2018

We keep the candy, and let the kids pick a piece for an after dinner treat. My husband and I also sneak a few of our favorite pieces 😉

Sidney
Sidney

October 17, 2018

We held off doing trick or treating for awhile, but 5 years ago we moved to a small, close knit, rural lake. We only have a couple dozen or so neighbors and they love putting together a trick or treat celebration just for the kids… And since my kids are only part of about ten kids…there was no more escaping! And now that they are older they want go with their cousins neighborhood and they want to participate in our church “trunk or treat”; all of which equals to a metric ton of candy. I’m so thankful that the very first year this all started I found an ad in the paper from the local dentist. He collects candy and gives the kids $1 per pound and then sends the candy to our troops overseas. I absolutely love every part of this and so do my kids. They get to be part of making someone else feel loved and cared for and that always has made them feel better about giving away the candy.

Cara S
Cara S

October 17, 2018

The Switch Witch has been visiting our house ever since my daughter was 3. She doesn’t eat gluten or dairy and we avoid food dyes so it used to be tricky to navigate Halloween. We wanted her to get to participate in the tradition but not feel like she was missing out not being able to eat the candy. We give out organic candy to trick or treaters and she can pick 3 pieces from our stash or her own loot to keep. Then the Switch Witch comes. She brings a toothbrush and something my daughter has been asking for. Last year it was pink converse sneakers!

Millie Graham
Millie Graham

October 17, 2018

Goodness, I would love to win this, we are very low income. This will be the first year we actually participate in trick or treating. I most definitely love this idea of trading candy for a gift. We are trying to limit gifts & do more experiences. Before every birthday and Christmas, we have our son “pick” a few things to donate. And also this year we are planning to donate socks. So, we might put a charitable spin on it. Although we are very low income, we do make sure we allow for charitable giving, even though that takes away from our family. It’s always best to help if you can.

Keisha A.
Keisha A.

October 17, 2018

I have 9 & 2 year old boys, we usually sort their candy out together and let them have a few pieces that night. They get to keep their favorites and we give away the rest to friends/family. Sometimes it’s saved and my son puts it in his lunch box over the next several weeks.

Abby F
Abby F

October 17, 2018

We store it away/forget about it, too, but the switch witch sounds so much better. Would love to try it!

Kathy
Kathy

October 17, 2018

I’ve never heard of the switch witch, but my “kids” are in their 30s now.

Stacey V
Stacey V

October 17, 2018

My daughter is 3, so this will be her first time experiencing the Switch Witch! She is super into Halloween, dressing up, and the idea of trick-or-treating. So, although the concept of trick-or-treating goes against most of our feelings as parents, we don’t want to take away the fun experience! We practice holistic medicine in our household, and our daughter loves playing “witch doctor” rubbing salves on her doll and giving them tinctures. So, as her Switch Witch gift, we are excited to leave her a handcrafted felt medicine bag, complete with felt bandaids, herbs, and more. To encourage her interest in healing & of course to keep her from eating copious amounts of free posion (candy) ;) happy Halloween!

Willlow Longo
Willlow Longo

October 17, 2018

Before Halloween we buy some candy that we are okay with like high quality dark chocolate and dried fruits. We trade our candy for hers and let her have one piece at a time throughout November. We will see how long that lasts!

Terie Moreno
Terie Moreno

October 17, 2018

Our dentist does a candy swap. You bring in your unwanted candy and for every pound you get to choose a small treasure box prize. It builds community and the kids enjoy the treasure AND seeing their awesome dentist without an exam!!

Cassidy
Cassidy

October 17, 2018

The switch witch has been coming to our house on Halloween and we all love it! My husband takes the candy to work and we donate any small toys or trinkets.

Sara S.
Sara S.

October 17, 2018

We usually let our girls keep them and they forget about it within a week or two but I think we want to start doing something like this! Tired of having candy stowed at the back of the top cabinets for months because we all forget about it. 😂

Katrina
Katrina

October 17, 2018

Halloween is challenging when your little goblins have allergies! We do the switch witch in our house. They are allowed to keep one piece of “safe” candy per year of age (ie. My six year old gets to keep six pieces and his three yr old sister gets to keep three). Then the switch witch leaves a toy and thank you note in place of the sacrificed sweets. I love reading the other parents traditions, having the switch witch leave a piece of organic candy with the gift seems like a good idea to sweeten the deal :)

Andrea G
Andrea G

October 17, 2018

I have no kids, but my cousin does and the switch witch visits them every year. I help (because her kids seem to find stuff she hides) by coming after they go to sleep and swich the candy with a small toy, book or something. Then my cousin donates the candy. The 3 year old told me yesterday that the felt witch decoration they have will take his candy and leave him a toy. So he is excited. Which is nice because he can’t eat candy/sugar, so sometimes he has Larabars or Lily’s chocolate for special occasions. But his 10 year old sister asked me if I was the switch witch. And when I said no. She told me she suspects her Mom because the witch doesn’t visit the other houses in the neighborhood. oh, my!

ana h
ana h

October 17, 2018

We’ve been doing switch witch from the beginning & our kids are totally cool with it – which has been a relief! We swap it out for small organic candies & gifts.

Amy Brown
Amy Brown

October 17, 2018

My daughter is 5 and so far we’ve just been letting her eat some the first few days then we put it away and she forgets about it. I fear now that she is getting older she will realize this so I need a new plan…

Christa
Christa

October 17, 2018

My son just turned 5 and loves handing out candy more than eating it. We try and go trick or treating pretty early to make it back to our home which is pretty busy. We usually run out of our giveaways before trick or treating ends, so my son gives out most of his candy loot. I love the idea of the switch witch . . . and definitely will use son of these awesome ideas.

Heidi
Heidi

October 17, 2018

The Switch Witch has visited our house the past 3 years. The first year my daughter who has the biggest sweet tooth EVER refused to give up her bucket of candy, but my son was willing to set his bucket out. That first year he received a spiralizer which has led to many healthy and fun eating adventures ever since. Last year my daughter was brave enough to release her candy too. The received a super shiny penny, a poem, and a new pair of shoes wrapped in spiderweb. This year the Switch Witch plans to leave Sarah’s BLACK silks and a small wooden toy if my children chose to leave their candy out. They always have a choice if they want to participate each year. Any candy switched gets donated without my children’s knowledge as they are still fully enthralled in the magic of this yearly visit at ages 6 and 8.

Krystal B
Krystal B

October 17, 2018

We usually let the kids pick a few favorites then take the rest to the dentist who trades for $1 per pound of candy.

Rebecca S.
Rebecca S.

October 17, 2018

We don’t have kids, but this is a great idea. Also, local dentists do something similar I think. I know they do a “trade-in” program of some kind; I’m just not sure what they give the kids.

Tara K
Tara K

October 17, 2018

This is an amazing idea. This will be the first year that our son understands that he is getting candy and that he wants it. I love the idea of a switch witch!

Meghan
Meghan

October 17, 2018

This is such a great idea! My kids are small, so this is the first year we will go trick or treating. I will absolutely have to use this!

Moriah
Moriah

October 17, 2018

The Switch Witch visits our house. She usually leaves a small toy. This year I actually have a new playsilk wrapped around the toy. My husband usually takes the extra candy to the fire department where he works.

Carly
Carly

October 17, 2018

The “Halloween Witch” visits out house. The kids are allowed to pick out 5 pieces of their trick-or-treat candy and all the non candy treats (pretzels, pencils, stickers…) to keep for themselves. The rest is left on the table. The “Halloween Witch” comes in the night and takes the candy and leaves a gift. Last year they got fun umbellas, the year before kinetic sand. Maybe silks this year?

Hailey Mikulecky
Hailey Mikulecky

October 17, 2018

Our family are self proclaimed sweet tooth addicts. However, we always try to be healthy and eat sweets in moderation. It may be hard at the moment, but we always feel better when the candy is out of the house after Halloween and there’s something lasting in its place. I think it also shows kids that food isn’t a reward. It’s something to be enjoyed but not something to obsess or become zealous about.

Piper Scott
Piper Scott

October 17, 2018

The Switch Witch visits our home, usually leaving Lego’s in place of candy. We also have some amazing dentists in our town that will collect our unwanted candy, and in return give the kids new toothbrushes, toothpaste, stickers, etc!

Megan Lane
Megan Lane

October 17, 2018

We leave our candy out for the “Sugar Mice”. They visit after the children have gone to bed and they leave a small gift to say thank you for the candy that will keep them warm all winter. ❤

Ruth Lyons
Ruth Lyons

October 17, 2018

Having had family members serve overseas, we know firsthand that candy is a commodity and appreciated. My sister always had some in her uniform pockets to give to local children. We put together a few care packages to send off with the candy and include other essentials. The kids know that there is a swap event involved as well, instead of a gift…we do something fun…the trampoline park, a movie, the planetarium, etc.

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