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Who is the Switch Witch?

The Switch Witch is Halloween’s eco-fairy. She comes once a year the night after Halloween to take away the most-offensive candy, and plastic toys and replace them with healthier surprises! She lowers the sugar levels in your home, extends the fun of Halloween, and brings peace of mind to the health-conscious parent.

Build up The Witch!

Leading up to Halloween, explain to your children that the Switch Witch a good witch, who redistributes candy. Sure it’s a minor spin on the truth, but it’s for a good cause – your child’s health and your sanity. Tell them that some candy is better for your body than other candy, and like Santa Claus (or your favorite heroine), the Switch Witch only brings treats that help small bodies grow. After the Switch Witch visits once, her visit can be a tradition for years to come.

How can you explain toxins to your child without fostering neurosis and paranoia? Keep it simple. Offer a candy substitute that’s appealing enough to satisfy your tot’s desire.

Let Your Child Pick a Few Special Treats

After trick-or-treating, let your tot save a few special treats or goodies as a compromise. Pick a number, such as 5 or 10 pieces, and stick to it. Be sure to let your child do the selecting, so that she feels like it’s her choice. This way you avoid a power-struggle. Next, have your child put the rest on your doorstep or by a window so that the witch can find the stash.

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Stage a Visit form the Switch Witch

After your child goes to bed, do the old candy switcheroo. In the morning your child might discover organic raisin boxes, a granola bar, dried fruit, Yummy Earth Organic Lollipops, a special book, art supplies or stickers, to name a few examples. You will find that in time, your child will look forward to the Switch Witch, just as you will look forward to the ensuing quiet and knowing that this mythical witch is a good witch for your child’s health.

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