Family’s innocent ‘switch witch’ Halloween tradition sparks online debate

With Halloween just around the corner families are sharing their annual traditions.

And because everything that’s shared on the internet is subject to criticism, one family has found themselves at the center of a debate.

A family from Utah showed their nearly 200,000 followers on Instagram a tradition they call “switch witch.” And while it may be an innocent way for the couple’s daughter to participate in trick-or-treating without consuming an excess amount of sugar, many questioned the practice.

The Instagram page Emilyxlevi shared a video explaining the family’s “switch witch” tradition. In the video, their daughter dressed as a pumpkin, trick-or-treated like thousands of children do on Halloween, but then selected only five candies to keep from her bags of treats.

Although some people commented on the couple only allowing their daughter to keep five pieces of candy, it was the “switch witch” part that really got people talking.

“It’s one day of the year. Give it a rest. You think it’s better to buy your kid toys than to let them have the bite sized candy?” a commenter wrote on the family’s video.

The video explained once the little girl picks her candy, she places the rest in a basket on the front porch and the next morning a toy is in its place!

“The switch witch is back! This has been such a fun tradition!,” the family wrote in the caption.

“Better yet, it’s been a way to let our daughter enjoy every bit of Halloween without eating tons of candy. You can get fun with it and give your witch a name! The witch who stops by our house is Wilda.”

But not everyone was onboard with the idea.

“Why not just teach moderation? Like it’s a great idea but it’s not really teaching her anything.”

“What happened to parents just letting kids be kids and enjoy halloween,” someone else wrote.

A group of children begin trick-or-treating, Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Oct. 31, 2013. On Halloween night, Team Shaw dependents donned scary, cute and traditional costumes for trick-or-treating around base housing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tabatha Zarrella/Released)

While there were plenty who disagreed, there were also who liked the idea and even wondered if the “switch witch” visited adults.

“Is there an age limit? Does the switch Witch give out gift cards?”

What are your thoughts on the “switch witch”? Is it something you’d like to try with your children or grandchildren?

Let us know in the comments!