MamaLA: A Halloween Sugar Solution That’s Sweet As Candy

Have you heard about the Switch Witch?

Tonight, after all of the trick-or-treaters turn in for the night, the “Switch Witch” will be making her Halloween rounds. Soraya and Yasmine recently learned of this friendly candy-gathering enchantress from Soraya’s sister-in-law, Hilary Dancsecs.

We work hard to feed our little ones with the best food and treats out there (sans high-fructose corn syrup) but we also appreciate childhood traditions, so Halloween sugar binging rides a fine line. Thankfully, the Switch Witch can help lure those pillowcases full of candy from your little one’s grip.

Here’s the deal. Your children get to keep a portion of their sweet loot, but the majority of it will be whisked away by the Switch Witch while they sleep.  The great news is that the Switch Witch loves to leave behind a special toy in exchange for all of that sugar!  Mamas can twist this tale to suit their needs, even if that means the Switch Witch has to come this weekend, so her Assistant Witch (aka Mama) can head to Target for the trade.

We love this idea, but felt at first a little funny about rewarding our kids with yet another toy, and what do we do with all of that candy?

Hilary, who grew up on military bases, had the answer. Her mother, Rose Jones, was the first woman on the U.S.S. Kennedy.  A single mama, she worked as a nurse in the military while raising Hilary and her brother. Hilary has fond memories of trick-or-treating on military bases and needless to say, she has a very soft spot for our troops. 

Well, it turns out the Switch Witch loves supporting our troops too! Right here in Van Nuys there is an Armory where volunteers from Operation Gratitude put together care packages for troops oversees. This Sunday, an army (pun intended) of volunteers will gather at the Armory to put together 5000 care packages. 

On December 7th a massive shipment of donated Halloween candy will depart for our servicemen and women, a little reminder of home for them to enjoy or share with young children as a way to show good will towards the communities our troops are dedicated to helping.

You can get all of the details on how and where to deliver your extra candy on Operation Gratitude’s website. Candy can be shipped to or dropped off at the Victory Boulevard address (do not send to the Encino address). And if your trick-or-treaters are older than the Switch Witch’s usual crowd, kids 12-17 can volunteer with a guardian for Operation Gratitude.

Yeah, the Switch Witch is a bit of a trick, but the treat leaves us feeling great.

With seven children ranging in age from eleven months to sixteen years between them, sisters and bloggers Yasmine Delawari Johnson and Soraya Delawari Dancsecs are experts at parenting in L.A. They take a break from PTA board meetings, cooking, and producing films to blog at CityThink each Thursday.