I have NO WILL when it comes to candy- I can’t eat just a teensy bit, I eat an entire bag. So, when it comes to my children, I have allowed only a small level of sugar in their diet- after all, someone needs to take charge of it and who better than the sugar addict herself? So, last year, when faced with the idea of TWO full bags of trick or treat candy, I knew I had to find a way that all of us could manage those mounds of sugar sitting in our home.
Last year, my son ate some of his candy on Halloween night and then gave the rest to me to be taken away while he was asleep. What?! Yes! I had been prepping him all week with the story of the “Switch Witch”: a witch who switches candy for a toy.
The story goes like this: a child gets to eat all the candy they want up through Halloween night. On Halloween night, before the child goes to bed, s/he lays out all their candy for the Switch Witch. The Switch Witch comes when they are asleep and takes the candy and switches it for a toy. Ta da! Cavity-creating candy is gone and desirable new toy is there instead!
And do you know what? Our son, Birch, never asked me for the candy again. Not one word! And, funny enough, I just found the candy stash last week sitting behind the flour jar. I had even forgotten about it!
Our Birch is a stickler for details though, so here is how I explained how the Switch Witch comes to our house. If your kid is the kind that asks for details too- this might help spark your own stories:
The Switch Witch lives in Hallow Heights which is a little island in the sky by the moon. The Switch Witch loves candy. All witches love candy, but the Switch Witch loves candy the most and she has the biggest candy stash of all the witches. Do you know how the Switch Witch gets her gigantic candy stash? The Switch Witch gathers her candy stash on Halloween night. She is such a generous witch though that she shares it with all the other witches and cats. (Did you know that witches’ cats love candy too? They only eat milk chocolate though as it has delicious milk in it!). Here is how the Switch Witch gets her candy: late Halloween night, when all the children are sleeping, she visits the houses of children who choose to switch their candy for a toy. How does she know which ones are switching their candy in? A child puts a piece of candy on the door (of their room or house) to let her know that they want to switch. The Switch Witch flies from building to building on her broom, with her black cat Corn (as in Candy Corn) on the back. They come in through a window using magic- the window does not need to be open. She takes all the candy the child puts out and puts it into a sac that Corn holds open for her in his mouth. Then she ties the candy bag to the end of the broom. She takes out a shiny black bag that is full of toys. She leaves one toy for the child to thank them for the candy. Then she leaves just as quickly as she came to visit other children and perform more switches. By early morning, she and Corn return home to Hallow Heights where she sorts all the candy into large glass jars. That night, all the other witches come to visit and the Switch Witch doles out the candy they want. They eat their candy with her, share stories of Halloween, hear about what toys she brought to the children and come back night after night for a treat. You know how most pictures of witches are flying near the moon? That’s because they are on their way to Hallow Heights to visit the Switch Witch and share in her gigantic candy stash. By next Halloween, the Switch Witch has run out of candy and goes back out to do her switches.
Hooray for the Switch Witch. I guess toy stores like the Switch Witch too!