October 31 is fast approaching. For some, it is simply a night of candy; a higher quantity than normal, but no big deal. For others, especially for parents whose children rarely eat sugar, or who only eat organic or natural sweets, the dye, chemicals and other ingredients in the Halloween candy can be a point of major stress.
Some parents aren’t thrilled with the candy but they figure it’s only one night a year and it’s fine, but for others, this one night of candy actually lasts for a week or two and reoccurring every year, it starts to add up to a level of toxification that makes them uncomfortable.
This was the case for my husband and for my neighbor (a mother of three with whom we celebrate Halloween every year.) We tried the solution of “choosing one piece of candy” but this felt so limiting to me. I wanted my kids to have the experience of the plethora and indulgence of Halloween. My husband didn’t want what he considers poison in their young bodies. And, then, we came up with Switch Witch and hit the jackpot.
Halloween arrives. The kids dress up. Darkness falls. We hit the streets en masse and trick’0′treat in our fun-filled neighborhood. We trek through haunted houses and collect candy and booty like the best of them. When the bags are bursting and the little legs are weary and the youngest are sleeping in the slings, we head home.
We gather 2-3 families in our living room and the children pilfer through their bags for all the non-edibles. Then they open the front door and leave their bag of edibles on the front porch. Then they close the door, sit in a circle and begin to chant:
Switch Witch, Switch Witch, flying in the night
Switch Witch, Switch Witch,making things right
Switch the candy bad for good
Switch the candy in my ‘hood!
When the kids open the door, there is a new bag of candy on the porch waiting for them. This bag is filled with gummy bears, lolly pops, chocolate and gum, but it was purchased at our local health food store and is made from organic and natural ingredients.
The kids get the thrill of trick’0′treating, they love the chant, and then they get a bag of candy in the end!
And, the fall-out and crash and burn is lessened, as well, the long lasting effects of the dyes, chemicals and additives in the “regular” candy that is manufactured today.
Feel free to share any Halloween tips or “tricks” in the comments section.
About Jessica Williams
Jessica Williams created L.O.V.E. Parenting with a series of techniques for effective communication, deepened connection and more joy in parenting and life. Jessica is also the creator of www.UltimateParentingCourse.com with the best of today’s progressive parenting experts together in one program. Jessica is a featured expert internationally on both Mothering.com’s Ask An Expert and the upcoming www.KidsInTheHouse.com. Jessica is a regular contributor to Mothering Magazine’s All Things Mothering, LA Parent Magazine, LA Mom Magazine & DailyBuzzMoms. She has been interviewed on television and radio and taught workshops at family wellness centers, schools and doctor’s offices. Her BirthKit has helped women have a transformational & empowering birth. Jessica maintains a private coaching practice in her native Los Angeles where she lives with her husband and their three children. “Truly amazing woman. I love her advice.”—Carrie-Anne Moss. “All you have shared has helped tremendously.”—Lisa Bonet. “I am experiencing nothing short of a miracle thanks to your laser beam approach.” –Andrea Bendewald.