Halloween-- Truly Scary for People with Diabetes

The day is coming and we want to prepare the best way we can. Here are some ideas and resources to help make Halloween less scary for your Type 1 trick or treater. 


What we saw on a recent discussion forum: 

Here is the question: So what do all you do for Halloween? I don't even want to let her go?
Answer: For the past 15 years since my son was diagnosed we have had the Great Pumpkin come to our house. Our kids save all their candy and leave it out that night. In the morning they find the candy is gone and the Great Pumpkin has left something else for them instead (when they were little it was a toy, changes in early teens to things like iTunes gift cards, etc.) They were always excited about this and would hoard their candy to turn in. Hardest part was making sure I didn't keep all the candy and eat it myself! wink emoticon I actually would save some to put in lunches as treats-- sometimes a small 10 carb candy bar was the perfect thing. Good luck!

This comes from a useful JDRF article:

Following are some ideas for a happy and healthy Halloween.

  • Trade candy for cash or toys - Parents can often allow some candy on Halloween for their type 1 kids, but they should also have their child exchange the bulk of the candy for a toy that they really want. Parents can also buy back the collected candy with a coin for each piece. Older kids may appreciate their parents making a contribution to a charity like JDRF or another worthy cause.
  • Plan alternative activities and treats - Host a Halloween party and offer small toys such as glow-in-the-dark insects, Halloween-themed stickers, and cause-related wristbands as treats. During the party, you can make popcorn balls, hand out sugar-free candy, and other sugar-free treats. By placing the focus on fun and not food, the holiday can be better for everyone involved.
  • Inform teachers and nurses at your child's school - Prepare your child, teachers, and friends with information about type 1 diabetes before Halloween. The holiday can be a teaching opportunity about health, science, and diet. Some schools have used Halloween as an opportunity to teach students to calculate the carbohydrate counts for varied serving sizes of sweets.
  • Take inventory - If you are going to allow your child candy, be sure to space out your distribution by having them pick out only a few things and having them eat one a day or on a supervised schedule.

And the somewhat snarky, but true perspective from Balance Your Diabetes: 

What is your game plan for a successful and healthy Halloween? We would love to hear it and share it with the community. Comment and spill. :)