My mission this year: a true real food Halloween full of fun tricks and treats that will spook out my daughter and delight her! So how am I planning this?
First we have to start with how I will entice my daughter to enjoy real treats vs. the processed junk she will get trick or treating. My daughter told me today she is thinking hard about what she wants from the Switch Witch today. The Switch Witch? Who is that?
The Story of the Switch Witch
Last year, I came across a hilarious video from Mama Natural about a character you can refer to on Halloween as a crafty way to get rid of all the junky GMO ridden candy your kid is going to get on Halloween. I figured it was worth a shot. I followed the backstory somewhat but instead of the Switch Witch needing to take the candy from boys and girls on Halloween to eat herself (this actually horrified my 3 year old – she didn’t want the Switch Witch to get sick from the junk), we ended up agreeing she was going to need all of the candy from Halloween to feed her dog. This year my now 4 year old has already changed the backstory a bit again by stipulating that witches do not have dogs – they have cats!
My daughter has gotten so into this character that she has decided she wants to be the Switch Witch for Halloween. I hope this is not a ploy to eat all of the candy herself (good thing we do not have a cat)!
Why We Do Not Consider Processed Halloween Candy a Treat
I am sure some of you are dying to comment here about how it is just one time a year and I should just let me daughter be a ‘kid’. Or something like that. But never fear, we do celebrate the tricks and treats of Halloween with our own yummy and REAL concoctions. We just avoid the packaged fake stuff. We do not even consider it a treat!
My Planned Real Food Halloween Tricks and Treats
We are planning a cute party for the neighborhood kiddos and we plan to make a number of fun items for them including:
These 3-ingredient maple pecan candies were a huge hit with my daughter, husband, and the neighbors! I will definitely be making them again:
These ghost and pumpkin treats are simply adorable (spotted online everywhere for a couple years now and this will be my first year to actually do it! I actually do not know who started this photo but it has made so many rounds online now I do not know where to source it!):
We will also have some ‘blood’ punch (chia kombucha fresca from Healthy Living How To):
I will also make these pumpkin spice muffins:
And these amazing easy caramel apples from Clean Eats in the Zoo (a lot less mess with a bunch of kids under the age of 6):
We also plan to do the typical spooky tricks: peeled grapes for ‘eyeballs’ and cold spaghetti for ‘worms’ – these two are at my daughter’s request!
Do you use the Switch Witch character on Halloween to ease junky candy away from your kids? What treats and tricks do you serve up for Halloween?