I cannot take credit for this idea. I heard about it when I attended Mommy Con last fall, but I think it’s a terrific idea. If you are looking to reduce the amount of sweets your children are eating during Halloween–which begins the holiday sweets-eating frenzy that happens from October through the new year–then try the Switch Witch.
Here’s how this idea works:
- Go Trick or Treating!
- Somehow pry the candy out of your children’s little hands.
- Tell them about how the Switch Witch will be bringing them an extra special Halloween treat that they will receive the next morning.
- Give them this gift wrapped up all pretty!
- Take the hidden candy and donate it…but make sure it goes out of your house.
Some people might think that taking a child’s candy away is a bit extreme, but let’s be realistic. Our kids come into contact with far too much sugar on any given day. They don’t need the sugary drug that is handed out to them on Halloween any more than we do. Sugar is well-known for altering brain chemicals. It is more addicting than heroin. Therefore, why not start a healthier tradition that not only removes most or all of the over-abundance of candy from the premises, but also encourages your children to learn or read or do something amazing (whatever that gift you give might be)?
Do you have a favorite alternative to Halloween candy? I’d love to hear about it!