I just heard about this fun Halloween Tradition, The Switch Witch. Basically, you tell your kids to pick out a few pieces of candy (we did 15 each) and then they leave the rest out for the Switch Witch, who comes and switches the candy with a toy.
The kid inside of me immediately thought this was stupid. I remember rationing my Halloween candy so it would last since holidays were basically the only time of year we had candy in the house. But, the parent in me thought this was amazing.
We have been doing Halloween activities all month, so my kids have been little zombies walking around the kitchen whining for candy. I even have to bribe Elijah with candy to eat healthy food. So yeah, I was ready to get rid of our endless supply of Halloween candy.
I saw someone post about The Switch Witch on Facebook and I immediately headed to pinterest to see what it is all about. There’s a real cute poem you can use, and you can even buy a book with a little witch doll (see it here on amazon). But since I sort of did this on the fly Sunday night, I told my kids I met her at Target, and she was a super nice and pretty witch.
Eli was psyched to leave his candy on the porch, he did snag a couple extra bags of skittles before we shut the door. He kept checking the front window to see if she was there. And yes, I had to tell him the witch wouldn’t come if he didn’t finish his dinner…
I bought each kid a small toy at Target using the fantastic 25% off a toy coupons from Target. Eli got a Transformer Rescuebot and I got a Daniel Tiger set for Emaline.
They were happy about it and we’re going on day two with no complaints, but I guess we will see how it goes when the candy is gone, then I will really know the success of it.
And I’ll share some Trick or Treating photos of my crabby children who flat out refused to sit on the porch and pose for photos:
It was a typical, rainy Michigan Halloween.
Emaline was so into it. Saying Trick or Treat all sweet and quiet and thanking everyone. She talked to each dog and had to be removed from the houses that had dogs because she loves them.
Elijah on the other hand was a crabby mess. He flat out refused to go up to half the houses, and just wandered around the street while my dad took Emaline house to house.
I think they each had 100 pieces of candy when we got in. And even though we had barely any trick or treaters, they still loved handing out the candy. Elijah has done this each year and I think he gets more joy out of that than the actual trick or treating.
He yelled at kids to come to our house and asked the kids their names and what their costumes were. It was pretty adorable.
What do you think of the Switch Witch? Have you ever tried something like this with your kids? Am I crazy? Let me know in the comments.
And I may or may not have a stash of chocolate and sweet tarts in my night stand…