Let’s face it: candy makes Halloween magical for most kids. As a kid, when else do your parents let you go out after dark and collect candy from your neighbors? It’s heaven!
Unless you have food allergies. And then it’s fraught with danger and uncertainty. Not only is candy laden with dairy and nuts, but wheat, soy and eggs are all potential pitfalls for families with food allergies. Ingredient lists are often missing – or extremely hard to read – on small, packaged candy. And what may be safe to eat in a larger size is sometimes no longer safe when miniaturized due to manufacturing practices. Even when candy does not contain a particular allergen, it’s often processed on equipment that poses a risk.
Nothing is more fun-ending for a kid than realizing most of your candy isn’t safe to enjoy – except, of course, having a food allergy reaction. There have been many years when my son’s “Trade” pile was larger than his “Keep.”
Enter The Switch Witch. At bedtime on Halloween night, tired and oversugared kids can leave a heap of their Halloween candy out with their Switch Witch doll. While they’re sleeping, the Switch Witch trades their stash for a special gift. It’s brilliant! Whether, like us, you have a child with food allergies whose Halloween candy isn’t safe for him or -also like us- your kids are just super-stellar candy collectors who have amassed way too much unhealthy sugar, the Switch Witch extends the excitement of Halloween. This is a great way for food allergic children to have fun trick-or-treating, knowing that their milk and nut-filled loot will be traded for a satisfying surprise.
I’m getting on board this craze now! It’s sure to be fun for ALL my kids.
[I feel like I need to say it for the record, but I get nothing from the genius that is Switch Witch. This is not a sponsored post. I just think this is a fabulous tool for kids with food allergies (and those without!).]