Halloween is on its way!

By jani Latest Reply 2008-10-11 13:24:22 -0500
Started 2008-10-07 09:35:26 -0500

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?

4 replies

Punkie200 2008-10-11 10:00:43 -0500 Report

That is a wonderful idea. This year I decided to purchase things like bouncy balls, pencils, rings, keyrings and put them in a bag to give out to trick or treaters. I am diabetic and have been for over 30 years and I am tired of tempting myself to the so called treats.

vgarrison 2008-10-11 13:24:22 -0500 Report

I went to the party supply store today, and got a bunch of the little kid grab bag toys that cost like 10 to 30 cents each, and I'm going to give those out this year…


momoftype1 2008-10-11 09:05:55 -0500 Report

This is a great idea-I have allowed her to pick several and she puts them in a special bowl in the pantry for special treat times. The rest has been stashed for a couple of days, and generally I would take them to work and put them in the candy jar on my desk for visitors. I like the idea of the replacement item, as we have not done that for her before, but my kids are not big candy eaters anyway.