I get that Halloween is not a holiday for everyone. I get that some people are relieved when it is over. I get it! But let’s just pretend we all love Halloween and look forward to it as much as Christmas or Summertime. And now its over. We sewed, bought, borrowed our much anticipated costume that was sure to impress everyone and now its folded up in a box with all our fake spiders, skulls, and tombstones. But hey, that’s why we take pictures and videos at all those pumpkin patches right? We can always relive those moments. And even though it is hard for me personally to choose between Halloween and Christmas because I love everything spooky and scary, I totally appreciate each holiday equally.
This was the first year my girls actually collected a hefty and commendable amount of candy. From trunk or treating at church, to downtown trick or treating, and halloween trick or treating, the stash was becoming a sugary concern. I don’t necessarily think my girls are candy crazy but they have their favorites…. and so do I. So last year we started initiating the “Switch Witch” tradition. Now honestly I’m not even really sure what the original story of the switch witch is and maybe you do, but it’s a pretty simple idea. So the day after Halloween we let the kids enjoy their candy and before they go to bed they pick their top 5 favorite pieces to keep. Then that night, while they sleep ,the “Switch Witch” comes to take the rest of their candy. I know this sounds horrible right? I swear the kids agreed to it. We tell the girls she uses the candy to make candy corn for next year. Eventually they might start to ask too many questions so we’ll see how long that story works. In return the switch witch leaves a cute little note and a present. I usually go to Target the day after Halloween for the 50% off sale and get some costumes for dress up and leave that for their special surprise in the morning. Everyone’s happy and now the candy consumption is up to you. Keep it and hide it while you eat in secret or throw it all away.
Most importantly just do what works for your family to keep the transition into the next holiday as peaceful as possible. If your kids don’t want to give up the candy then compromise with something else they love and let them keep half. Or just let them eat a couple pieces a day for as long as it takes until its gone. While you secretly help finish it off.