Sugar, Sugar: Switch It Out

Forget the costumes, that’s what halloween is all about: sugar and more sugar. We’re not strict about sugar in our house. In fact, I have a whole stash of fruit snacks and lollipops. But, you know what I hate? A whole bag full of enough sugar to kill a small whale. Okay, maybe not that much. But still, I hate Halloween candy. I usually just hide it and it ends up forgotten and thrown away months later. Then, I heard of the switch witch

What is the switch witch you might ask? It’s a magical being who comes and divests your children of candy and leaves a toy. You know what I hate more than Halloween candy?? Cleaning up my kid’s toys. So, instead of toys, our witch brings functional things. Well, she did our first year, which was only last year. And, she’s continuing her trend. So, what’s functional and fun???? Rain boots. I kid you not my littles loved them last year and I loved them because of how much use they got. I bought my oldest a pair of horse covered ones by Western Chief and she has worn the heck out of them, yet they look almost new. 

Last year, I filled the rain boots with some pokeballs and little figures. The kids ate them up, no pun intended. This year, I’m serving rain boots with a side of Chomp. I mean, that’s fitting right? Maybe I’ll even leave them a piece of candy or two because you know what they’re not getting? Toys…no, I’m saving those for Christmas (stay tuned because I have a whole slew of ideas for you for St. Nicholas day through December 25). The great thing about these lunch boxes is that they open up to be a plate and close up to be a nifty animal. My kids aren’t even going to know they’re getting jipped out of toys. Just look at those boots, there are going to be little faces pressed to windows praying for rain just so they can wear them. 

The best thing about the switch witch is that you can foist her on unsuspecting friends via your children. “Hey, so what did the switch witch bring you last year? Oh you didn’t leave your candy out? Do it this year, she’ll bring you a toy…or rain boots.” But, seriously, my three year old cried today because he thought we forgot his boots at the park. Now, those are some well loved boots let me tell ya.

So, I have this question for you- what’s your switch witch bringing? At least here, it’s not a sugar coma! 

Flowered Rain Boots: c/o Western Chief

Butterfly Rain Boots: c/o Western Chief

Cowboy Rain Boots: c/o Western Chief

Dragon Rain Boots: c/o Western Chief

Animal Lunchboxes: c/o Chomp

Other non-toy ideas for your Switch Witch: 

made-to-be shoes 

Apple Park Kids animal shaped backpack 

Art Supplies and notebook for drawing

Usborne educational books

Science experiments from Steve Spangler (40% off your first order of STEM deluxe subscription the full month of October)

Magazine subscription to S’more Science Magazine

Movie theatre gift card 

Board games


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