So you want your kids to enjoy all of the fun of Halloween without chowing down on approximately 10 pounds worth of high-fructose corn syrup….

Or maybe you have a child with allergies who wants to participate in the festivities, but can’t eat the candy…

Who’s gonna help you?

The Switch Witch, of course!

Have you heard of my friend the switch witch? She’s a GOOD witch that visits your house while your kids sleep. She takes their Halloween candy and switches it for an awesome toy.

I know a few moms who get visits from the switch witch every Halloween, and their kids end up anticipating the TOY and the SWITCH even more than their Halloween candy.

The Story of the Switch Witch

Now, to sell your kids on the Switch Witch, you may need to come up with a little backstory. Here’s some info that can help inform your tale:

The Switch Witch lives on the dark side of the moon. And she’s a good with that LOVES candy. Of course, ALL witches loves candy, but none as much as her.

In fact, the switch witch LOVES candy SO much that she’s eager to trade AMAZING toys to little boys and girls in exchange for their Halloween candy stash.

Of course, the boys and girls can keep a LITTLE candy for themselves, but the more they give the Switch Witch, the better their toy will be.

This only happens once every year, because the switch witch eats all of the little boys and girls’ candy over the course of the whole year. Then, just as she starts to run out of candy, it’s Halloween time again—time for another visit from the Switch Witch.

Other Names for the Switch Witch

Is the notion of a witch sneaking into your kid’s room a little too scary? I hear that! The good news is that the switch witch can go by different names. You just need to get a little creative. Here are some suggestions for kids who find the image of witch too scary:

  • The Candy Fairy
  • The Great Pumpkin

No matter what you call the switch witch, the results are the same. It’s a fun new tradition for your family that results in wonderful toys for your kids and fewer trips to the dentist visits, to boot.

What Kind of Toys Does the Switch Witch Bring?

This is totally up to you! You can do a basket a la the Easter bunny, filled with things like coloring books and stickers. Or, you can do one big toy. I think these boxes by KiwiCo would make a great Switch Witch toy!

Does the Switch Witch visit your home?

I’d love to hear all about your own Halloween traditions. How do you handle all of the candy? Do you let your kids indulge just this once, or do your kids get a visit from someone like the switch witch? I’ve also heard that some dentists will even take the spare candy and give your kid something fun in exchange. Tell me about your family’s traditions in the comments below.