By Lai2 Latest Reply 2012-11-01 11:03:57 -0500
Started 2012-10-22 17:28:32 -0500

Does anyone else do this? When I was a kid my Mom and Dad would "buy" our candy we collected on Halloween night. That way my sister and I would go to the store and get a new Nancy Drew Novel. My parents would also allow us to choose 5 pieces of candy, one for every day of the week. They would determine when we could eat the piece. Normally before walking the dog or going to a ballet class…NOT right before bed tho.

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tabby9146 2012-10-27 19:04:12 -0500 Report

I wish my parents had cut down most on our consumption of sweets!! way back then, they just did not know what we know now, but my dad was a pharmacist, looking back we got too much for sure ,and there was almost always sodas around, fresh fruit we ate too, that was encouraged, veggies, my dad always had a big garden every summer, but still…way too much sugar!!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-11-01 11:03:57 -0500 Report

Tabby we always had candy in our house as well as cookies, cakes and pies. In the summer mom would save our Popsicle sticks, wash them and stick them in Snickers, Three Musketeers and Mars Bars and put them in the freezer. She also kept carrot and celery sticks in the fridge for us. We had to ask for cookies, and candy but we could eat all the fruit we wanted. We were never really big candy eaters, homemade cookies, cakes and pies was our downfall.

Turtle 2012-10-27 03:53:45 -0500 Report

When I was an early teen, too old to trick or treat, I would go out anyways with a friend and bring in my haul of candy and give it to my mom for t or t's, as she got lots where she lived.

mommyr3m2 2012-10-26 15:58:26 -0500 Report

This is our first halloween with T1D and I've struggled with what to do. My husband and I finally decided that we will let the kids go trick-or-treating and then we will donate the candy to the hospital for the kids that can't and then will replace with sugar free candy.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-11-01 11:00:32 -0500 Report

Yesterday my neighbors son came home from school with candy in a bag his teacher gave to him. All of the candy was sugar free. As a diabetic, she took the candy from him because she has never given him any of her sugar free sweets because she doesn't know how his system will react to it. She knew that when she first started using it when she was diagnosed it caused bloating and diarrhea. The same thing happened to me until my system got used to it. She didn't want that to happen to her son.

She called his teacher and put her on speaker phone and we both explained why she should not have given that kind of candy to children and we also asked why she gave candy with nuts to them. She said she had gotten calls from parents who told her they tossed the candy and also complained that nuts should not be given to kids because they may have allergies. We told her we knew she meant well but to give the kids candy that was real and contained no nuts which she said all the parents said was ok. This is why it is important to always check candy the kids receive from trick or treating. In fact it is wise to teach kids to never take anything from strangers and to not eat any candy given to them at school until they show it to mom or dad.

I would never give anything sugar free to a child. I don't know how their systems would react to the artificial sweeteners and I would not want a child to get sick from something I give them. I know you mean well and want all kids to eat healthy but please don't hand out sugar free products to kids.

By the way, if you have a Kool Smiles Kids Dentist in your area, they are collecting Halloween Candy to send to the troops and if a kid turns in 75 pieces they get 3 free toys while supplies last.

John Crowley
John Crowley 2012-10-30 15:51:40 -0500 Report

Be careful about "sugar free" candy. Some sugar-free candies are not carb-free so they can still affect blood sugar. And furthermore, some of the non-caloric sweeteners like malitol and xylitol can cause some serious bloating and diarrhea.

We chose to let our kids (even our son with type 1) to choose 7 of their favorite candies out of their trick or treat bags to save to eat later. Then they left all the rest of the candy on the fireplace hearth when they went to bed as and offering to the Great Pumpkin. In the morning, the candy was replaced by a present. The kids still love that tradition and it allowed us to get rid of almost all the candy from Halloween.

Lai2 2012-10-22 18:48:49 -0500 Report

I guess I forgot to add that I've been a Type1 since birth so Mom and Dad really had to put a limit on candy and treats. Sounds like you had it natrually figured out. We however, had to get some motivation NOT to eat candy. So, Nancy Drew became our favorite replacement.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-10-22 18:22:54 -0500 Report

My parents didn't do that. They bought us books if we wanted them or we saved our money for them. They also left the candy out for anyone to enjoy. We would have candy until Christmas and toss it out. We also had Christmas candy till almost Easter unless we had a lot of visitors. My parents never bought anything from us nor make us buy anything from them. They simply provided for us and because we were not big candy eaters, they didn't care too much when we ate it as long as it wasn't before dinner. My fondest memory is Friday our father would give us our "allowance" they gave us money during the week if we asked for it. With that money we would go to the drugstore and get a candy bar. I would get my newest Archie or Romance Comic books. I think I still have a lot of them.

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