Parent Tested, Parent Approved: Halloween toys, other items

October 23, 2013

PTPA website:


- Elmo is a favorite Sesame Street character for so many kids
- He is always a big hit for little kids and they love dressing up as him for Halloween
- Kids scared of all the spookiness of Halloween and need a hug? Now they can get one from Elmo!
- Hasbro has a new fun way for kids to interact with their favorite character on Halloween and any time of year
- $59.99 USD
- Avaliable at: Walmart, Target, Kmart, Toys R Us or
- for more info

PlaySkool Showcam 2-in-1 Digital Camera and Projector: (IN STUDIO)
- Have the take pictures of their favorite decorations and costumes on or before Halloween
- Use the built-in projector afterwards for a fun slideshow of spooky pictures!
- A fun way to make even more fun Halloween memories
- $59.99 USD
- Available at: Walmart, Target, Kmart, Toys R Us or
- for more info

The Switch Witch

The Switch Witch is a good witch who visits your house on Halloween night while the children are asleep. She takes the children's Halloween candy and leaves a small present in its place. The best idea is likely to let your kids keep a few of their favorite candies and trade the rest for a surprise toy from the Switch Witch. Some parents like the rule that the more candy they give, the better a gift they'll receive. It's a good way to teach moderation and the kids don't feel like they're being deprived. If they're scared of the witch, they can leave the bucket of candy (or cauldron) by the front or back door.

Switch Witch 101
If you want to give the Switch Witch a try this year, here's what you do:

* Sell your child on the idea. Give her some backstory on who the Switch Witch is.
* Have your child decide, in advance of trick-or-treating, how much candy she is willing to give to the Switch Witch.
* Have your child write a note to the Switch Witch asking for the toy(s) she wants.
* After the trick-or-treating is over, help your child prepare the candy for the Switch Witch.
* After your child goes to sleep, exchange the candy for the toy(s). Tip: Throw it out immediately so your child doesn't find it and so you don't eat it!

You don't HAVE to throw out the candy though:
Another option:
Gather your Halloween Candy and send it to troops overseas!
Donate your leftover candy to a community charity or food bank. There are many that accept unwanted Halloween candy so ask around!

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