Archives for October 2012

The Tooth Fairy Has A Sister: The Switch Witch

The Tooth Fairy Has A Sister: The Switch Witch

Just read about the Switch Witch on and just HAD TO SHARE IT!

It’s no secret, we get 400 Trick or Treaters in our ‘hood every Halloween.  And since my child is hitting all of the same houses that the other 400 are visiting, she will be coming home with A TON of candy in which to indulge.  Or so she thinks….

Because the Switch Witch is coming to our house tonight.

Here’s the concept: On Halloween night, after she has exhausted herself by visiting all of the houses on the block, she will come home to count her loot.  Once she has sorted the best and tossed the rest of the gross candy, my daughter will be allowed to keep 10 pieces of the best candy.  She will put the rest of it in a bag and leave it on the porch for our buddy, the Switch Witch!

The Switch Witch is a witch that comes by Halloween night and scoops up the candy that is left on the front porch.  She  leaves behind a small gift in exchange for the candy. While her sister is busy making houses (or whatever she does) with our children’s baby teeth and leaving money in return, the Switch Witch is cleverly taking our children’s candy and leaving them a small gift of love–I’m thinking cool earrings this year.

Tomorrow morning, I will encourage my daughter to take the dog out for her daily constitutional (i.e to pee and poop.)  Low and Behold!  There will be her gift!  A great pair of FABULOUS earrings for her to enjoy and show her friends.  Of course, there will need to be a note explaining why she received this lovely gift (i.e. save her teeth and make sure she doesn’t ruin her braces)  and thank her for giving away the candy.

This year’s Halloween preparations have been bittersweet.  We (accidentally) donated our inflatables and other outside decorations to Good Will.  (I swear it was an accident.)  We didn’t even get a chance to carve all of our fabulous pumpkins.  But the ones that were decorated are AMAZING.  (Make sure you check out Adam’s photos on Facebook tonight.)  We didn’t even coordinate costumes this year.  But…I know that K is going to have a great time trick or treating with her buddies and I can’t get enough of her enthusiasm for the Zombie costume she picked out this year.

Adding the Switch With to the equation is just one way to keep the Halloween spirit alive for one more day of the year!

Finding Pumpkins & Festivals

Finding Pumpkins & Festivals

The trees have changed colors, the air is crisp and suddenly I find myself craving warm apple cider while strolling through local fall festivals.  It’s Autumn and our family’s favorite time of the year!  So you can imagine how thrilled I was to come across this great (and FREE) online interactive guide to the best fall festivals in the US by MapMuse: Pumpkin Festival Locator:  an interactive online guide to visiting pumpkin festivals and giant pumpkin weigh-offs this fall season.

Featuring over 220 festivals across the USA, the free map-based application is the largest and most comprehensive pumpkin event locator of its type on the Web.  According to MapMuse owner Mike Pilon, “We strive to ensure that no matter where you live, you can find a pumpkin festival to visit.” For those who aren’t familiar with the concept, pumpkin festivals are family-friendly fairs that exhibit the cream of the local pumpkin crop. Attendees can buy pumpkins to convert into jack-o’-lanterns, stuff themselves on pumpkin pie, observe giant pumpkin weigh-offs, partake in live demonstrations, and enjoy good old fashioned fun and live music. “Not a bad way to spend a day with your kids,” suggests Pilon.

Here’s an example of what one of the maps looks like:

Each Pumpkin Festival is given a dedicated profile page that can be accessed by clicking its icon on the interactive map. The profile page contains pertinent information such as contact details, hours, physical location, visiting tips, photos, and user reviews.

The site couldn’t be easier to use!  Not a bad way to spend a Fall Day, don’t you think?