By Lindsay Spolan Pinchuk, Founder + CEO, Bump Club and Beyond
Have you heard about the Switch Witch? If not you’re going to want to keep reading. This idea just about restored my faith in Halloween this year.
I don’t know about you, but by the time Halloween has rolled around on October 31st, I’m a little Halloween’d out.
I am not sure when Halloween went from a one to thirty-one day celebration, but by the time October 31st arrives I’ve kinda had enough. Not to sound like the Grinch who stole Halloween, but when I was growing up, I remember Halloween being SUPER special. The costumes, the dressing up, the CANDY. But now, with so many “Hallow-Days” leading up to the big one, is the 31st even something to celebrate anymore?
From the looks on so many parents’ faces today at school and while trick-or-treating, it’s obvious that tomorrow morning I am going to hear a collective sign of relief from many of you. By the time my kids put on their costumes to go trick-or-treating tonight, they basically needed a good dry cleaning. Sure, the cost per wear on costumes these days is tremendously low. But as of today my kids have worn their costumes to dance class, enrichment classes, a couple Halloween themed birthday parties, the BCB Halloween Party, and if I would have let them—they could have worn them trick-or-treating during about a dozen other pre-31st occasions.
With the wearing of the costumes also comes the one thing I dread most. CANDY.
Sure, I love candy as much as the next person. Who doesn’t? But what I can’t stand is the excess amounts of candy that come with all of these pre-Halloween celebrations. Truly, all of these pre-celebrations take away from the big one.
So this Halloween I called up one of my close mom friends. One of my younger, but far wiser mom friends, and asked her what she does with the candy. I know that she loathes the candy consumption as much if not more than I do. “Two words for you,” she said.
I have heard rumblings of this before, but wasn’t quite sure what it was all about. But after she told me I had one word back for her:
Here is how it works.
Your kids get to pick ten pieces of candy that they want to keep. The rest goes in a big bag that sits on the kitchen table or somewhere central in your home. When your kids go to sleep on the 31st the Switch Witch pays a visit, swapping out the candy for a small toy or a gift card, or something else your child has wanted. Think of it as the Tooth Fairy for Halloween. Quite honestly, I’d give almost anything to get the candy out of my house.
After my friend told me, I knew I had to get my kids on board. This move would save me so many arguments, negotiations and let’s be honest—eventual dental bills. So I started with my Big. While originally she asked for a “kitten or hamster” from the Switch Witch, she eventually settled for a Target gift card. This was after my neighbor told her that hamsters poop a lot and reminded her she would have to clean its cage (thank you, said neighbor.) Once she was on board I enlisted her to get the Little on the Switch Witch bandwagon too.
The real clincher was when I told them that the Switch Witch gives the candy to kids who can’t go trick-or-treating. They spent a lot of our time tonight talking about all of the candy they were getting for the kids who couldn’t go. Overall—a win-win for everyone.
So the Switch Witch came and made her switch. Fingers crossed this truly is a win. we’ll see in the morning. If so, we’ve got ourselves a new Halloween tradition. Perhaps even more of a reason to look forward to October 31st in the future. (Who am I kidding? I will never stop looking forward to 8am on November 1st. Happy November everyone!)
Lindsay Spolan Pinchuk is the CEO and Founder of Bump Club and Beyond. She started Bump Club and Beyond nearly eight years ago when she was pregnant with her first daughter, Jordyn (pictured here.) Bump Club and Beyond now hosts events in dozens of cities across the country. BCB’s mission is to connect moms and moms-to-be with the best information, resources, products, experts and each other, both online and through dozens of premier events. Lindsay lives in Chicago with her amazing husband, two incredible daughters and their super dog, Cooper.