I LOVE Halloween! I really do! But I have a child who is sensitive to dyes. As in after her daddy let her have a few dye filled candies yesterday and I let her have the treats (orange cupcake, cheese balls) that her dance class provided, today she had a screaming meltdown which lasted over an hour. The whole time in Michael’s, 30 minutes in the parking lot trying to calm her down enough to get her in the car seat, all the way home and 20 minutes at home. I thought a guy in the parking lot was calling the cops on me because she was screaming so bad as I tried to put her in the car seat. It was awful. So no more. I can’t take it. Absolutely no red dye tomorrow.
What is a Halloween loving momma to do for her Halloween loving daughter? Enter the new Switch Witch tradition. I went to a couple of the dollar stores and got a cauldron and a handful of toys, hair bows and games. Before bed I will have her place her trick or treat bag on the kitchen table in the witch’s cauldron. In the morning all the candy (I’ll let her keep a few pieces of chocolate) will be replaced with the prizes.
I think it will be a fun way to keep the candy out of her hands. There are several ways to take care of the candy. Several dentist offices do have programs where you can exchange the candy for dental supplies and/or cash. I’m sending mine to a friend who is currently deployed.
Full Disclosure: I didn’t come up this idea on my own. I read about it somewhere and thought it was a great idea. A big thank you to the genius behind it.