For little kids, and those of us who have yet to truly grow up, Halloween is one of the best times of the year. But, when you have diabetes you need a little bit of extra planning to make sure your sugars don’t get too ghoulish.
If you talk to your children ahead of time you can come up with a great plan on how to handle all of the extra sweets. It’s important to include your child along the way so they can give you hints on how to make Halloween even better. Something my mom used to do to surprise me was putting two pieces of my favorite chocolates in my lunch bag each day and write down the carb counts of the candy so I could bolus correctly. ( My faves include: Snickers, Reeses Peanut Buttercups). Eating candy on Halloween is easy as long as it is in moderation and you use insulin to cover the carbs and then get back to things that really matter like scaring the neighbors!
Other cool ways to be popular amongst the ghouls can be trading your candy with your friends or to have your parents trade in your candy for toys or games. You can also throw a Halloween party with all of your friends and play fun games. I have even heard that some kids donate their candy to the less fortunate! How cool is that?
Knowing how much candy your child can have and what alternate ways they can still have fun without overdosing on candy, ahead of time can make this scary holiday an easier transition for a child with diabetes.
Here are some resources for Halloween and Diabetes to give you some extra tips and tricks.
Landileigh’s Halloween Carb List – http://www.thediabetesresource.com/blog/halloween-candy-carb-list/
Children With Diabetes – Halloween and Diabetes – http://www.childrenwithdiabetes.com/d_0n_c00.htm
Diabetes Daily – http://www.diabetesdaily.com/forum/recipes/59787-carbs-calories-halloween-candy
The Princess and the Pump – http://www.theprincessandthepump.com/2011/10/let-eating-begin.html
Mommy What is Diabetes – http://mommywhatisdiabetes.com/HalloweenwithDiabetes.aspx
Respect the Hustle for Candy –http://www.thediabetesresource.com/your-diabetes-health/respect-the-hustle-for-candy/
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