Several years ago, I was looking for a solution to the candy-overload that comes from trick-or-treating on Halloween. While I wanted my children to experience the tradition of dressing up and getting to walk through the neighborhood, I wasn’t comfortable with deviating from our daily lifestyle (which is pretty much candy-free) and having all of the by-product in the house.
Then Witch Hazel entered our lives.
I stumbled across the concept on another blog and I thought it was GENIUS! Basically, the kids will go out and trick or treat as normal on Halloween. Once they arrive back home, their bags are dumped loot on the living room floor and sorted out in to piles of “really love” and “no thanks” items. Out of the “really love” pile, I allow them to pick out 10 pieces (they come home with hundreds), and the rest get placed in these cute Halloween bags that I found at the dollar store several years ago. We hang them on the outside doorknob for Witch Hazel to take while they are sleeping.
In the morning, the girls rush downstairs to find the candy gone from their bags (presumably taken to kids who weren’t able to trick or treat) and instead find a note left from Witch Hazel with one of two small gifts. (Target has really cute cartoon witch cards that aren’t scary – although don’t go to the Target in Bolingbook because I cleaned them out!).
This will be our third year having Witch Hazel dropping by and the girls are very excited (here’s the first piece I wrote about her visit). With Princess K being on a low-sugar diet, not having candy in the house isn’t a preference anymore – it’s a requirement. There won’t be ten pieces selected from the favorites pile this year. Depending on what they come home with, I will probably let Princess K select 1-2 of the lowest sugar items for special treats. She was very concerned she wasn’t going to be able to participate in the trick-or-treating at all. Once I reminded her about Witch Hazel, she was super excited again for Halloween!
I bundle the candy up and drop it off at my local dentist or coffee shop – most of which participate in some sort of candy drive for the troops. I’ve got to get it out of the house so I’m not the one who’s eating it!!
Whats do you think about adding Witch Hazel to your Halloween festivities?