I know for us our first Halloween after our son was diagnosed I was REALLY worried about the trick-or-treating thing. He was 8 yrs. old and, of course, still wanted to go trick-or-treating. We didn't want him to miss out, but all that candy made us soooo nervous. Therefore, we came up with a plan that we still use today with our children who are NOT diabetic (our son is 16 now and he doesn't trick-or-treat since it makes his mother and father CRAZY when high school kids come trick-or-treating at our door—it's time to grow up ya know?). After our son got back home he dumped out his loot on the living room floor and we told him to pick out ten treats that he wanted and then we put the rest of the candy in an "offering bowl" on the fireplace to the Great Pumpkin and went to bed. The next morning, the candy was gone and in its place was a present or two from the Great Pumpkin in exchange for the candy offering. Usually they get a movie that the family has been wanting or a game or something. It has worked very well for us and we still do it with our younger kids because they don't need all that candy either. What do you do for holidays like Halloween?
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