I was browsing on Pinterest this morning (what's new?) trying to find some kid-friendly Halloween treats to whip up for my son's Kindergarten class, when I came across this poem about "The Switch Witch." She will DEFINITELY be making a stop by our household this year. But before I get into that, let me tell you how our Halloween goes every year. 

We take our son trick-or-treating and he gets loaded down with candy. I don't know if people are more generous these days or what, but I don't remember ever having as much candy as this little one brings in when I was younger. That's what makes it fun for them though, right?

The aftermath of Halloween is the awful part. Once we are in for the night, I make him dump his bag/bucket. I immediately start separating his candy, putting aside what he cannot or will not eat (hard candies, sour candies, etc). That pile of candy usually gets taken to work with my husband for his coworkers and their communal post-Halloween, look-what-I-stole-from-my-kid stash. Then, being the slightly OCD person that I am, I separate the rest in different gallon size (yes, gallon-size.. I told you he gets a lot!) bags.. chocolate, suckers, gum, etc.  

I swear, that candy lasts F-O-R-E-V-E-R! I am constantly having to change up my hiding spots so he doesn't get into the stash and get more than he should. He honestly has so much energy that he doesn't need any at all. But, we are not quite anti-sugar parents. I mean, it is Halloween. He's 5. Everything in moderation.

With that being said, this year I want to try something different. This "switch witch" poem I came across is genius! Take a look: 

    Again, I came across this on Pinterest. 
All credit (and PRAISE) to Catherine Burns

This is a perfect way to get all of that candy that we don't really need to be eating out of the house without any tears! I know Ayden would love to wake up to a new book or a toy from the dollar store. And yes, there were some comments I read through that said, "Why take them trick-or-treating at all if you are going to get rid of all of their candy?" To that I say - read the poem again. You don't take it all. Let them pick out their favorites and then put the rest out for the Switch Witch. Besides, trick-or-treating (for us) is not only about the candy. We love the games and dressing up and hanging out with his friends at the festivals/events.

As far as where the Switch Witch takes the candy, I suppose that's up to the individual. I'm sure ours will end up where the "can't eat/won't eat" candy goes...

.. the husband's coworkers and their communal post-Halloween, look-what-I-stole-from-my-kid stash.