What’s a parent to do when faced with a child’s overflowing bucket of chemical laden Halloween candy and cheap plastic spiders? Do you deprive your tot of the joy of trick or treating? Do you allow him to eat his fill and then suffer from a high-fructose corn syrup crash? Do you allow her moderate doses after each meal, while you fret about potential lead contamination or possible carcinogens in ingredients like: “Artificial colors,” Red #40, Yellow #5 or carnauba wax—an ingredient also used in car waxing and shoe polish? Finally, I discovered an imaginative solution that will make both parents and kids happy: The Switch Witch!
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.
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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