Wait. What? You've never met the Switch Witch? Well, let's take a few minutes to introduce her so that she can make a stop at your house this year!
On Halloween night, kids throughout the country venture out to trick-or-treat. They all have one goal in mind: to gather a LOT of candy. But, it is not all for them, no no no! It's true, some of that candy will comfort their bellies in the coming days, but a good chunk of it should be collected for the Switch Witch.
It is a mystery just how much candy she wants, so it is best to err on the side of caution and leave her more than you think she requires. Halloween night, after the children have drifted off to sleep, the Switch Witch visits and collects the candy left for her by the children and switches it out with a toy!
The Switch Witch is not scary. She is a welcomed guest - maybe even a cousin of the Tooth Fairy!
Parents love the Switch Witch because when she visits, candy can be regulated. Instead of having bags of candy for weeks, you reduce the stash to a more manageable amount. Of course, you can still allow your children to indulge as much as you would like on Halloween night, or to reserve as much as you'd like for snacking on in the coming days... but, it also allows you to stash some away for yourself, or to donate to a good cause, such as Operation Gratitude or a Halloween Candy Buy Back at a local dentist's office.