Halloween... Do you dread it or love it?

Jeanette Terry
By Jeanette Terry Latest Reply 2013-11-07 13:00:08 -0600
Started 2013-10-21 14:56:58 -0500

Halloween is coming up in just over a week and along with it is the question of what to do with all of the candy available? I think Halloween is a fun time to dress up and have parties with friends and family. However, I do dread the fact that everywhere I turn there is candy available for the taking. I don't have the greatest self control when it comes to candy so I have to try extra hard to resist during this time of year.

So I am curious… How many here love Halloween and really get into it? And how many dread it because of the food challenges it brings for your diabetes?

29 replies

Khürt Williams
Khürt Williams 2013-11-07 13:00:08 -0600 Report

Dread it? Why? Candy isn't food and I don't see it as something I "need" in my diet. I occasionally eat some high quality chocolate but candy? Nope.

Halloween doesn't bother me at all.

Kats49 2013-10-31 22:24:44 -0500 Report

love to see the little ones and their costumes…Also, since i have taught in the area..I challenged my students long ago to come to my door with a creative homemade costume and they'll receive a special treat…I have been a diabetic long enough to know I AM in charge of my health not events or holidays. i know i can have a small treat if I choose…

melissa5786 2013-10-31 12:13:02 -0500 Report

Halloween is my absolute favorite holiday! I love everything about it from dressing up, handing out candy and just the time of year in general.

I don't let the fact that I can't eat the candy bother me. It's not what makes Halloween so much fun! I love taking my nephews trick-or-treating and watching them have the time of their lives! Those moments were almost taken away from me four years ago.. diabetes saved my life, so I'm not going to let it ruin it!

There are so many fun things about this time of year.. candy is way down on my life of things that make Halloween great!

Bun10 2013-10-29 00:51:58 -0500 Report

I LOVE Halloween. I don't give out candy. I usually give out Capri Sun drinks. The kids in Florida are hot and love it, its affordable and its not my cup of tea so no temptation. Small water bottles would also work but the kids didn't welcome them as much.

JoleneAL 2013-10-27 13:13:32 -0500 Report

A lifetime ago I enjoyed it, now I hate it - and not for the candy. We don't pass out treats on that night. I am not going to contribute to any child's bad diet. Plus we have 2 dogs that do not understand us opening the door all the time. So we shut off all the lights and hide in our bedroom until they all go home. (No, most don't honor the "no porch light, not treats" rule I knew growing up.

melissa5786 2013-10-31 12:21:03 -0500 Report

I understand what you're trying to convey and not wanting to contribute the the obesity epidemic, but I have to say, that isn't your judgement call. It's not up to us to control other people's diets… my nephews get to keep less than 10 pieces of all the candy they collect. That's the parent's decision. We have no right to tell another person how to raise their children. Even if we don't agree with the choices they are making!

To me it's not about getting free candy from strangers. Halloween and trick-or-treating is supposed to be fun! Hand out something non-candy related! They sell so many different options. Pencils, little toys.. anything! You said you enjoyed it as a child. Why take the fun away from the children today? There are so many things kids can't do nowadays that we all did when we were younger.. I don't see the point in taking Halloween away from them, too.

Young1s 2013-10-25 23:36:31 -0500 Report

Luckily I am both candy controlled and don't have the pressure of taking my children out trick or treating any more. They're all too old now. But when they were younger, I did find it hard when it came time to split up the candy between them and me. Haha! Yeah I said me. I always wanted the good stuff but resisted. However, I gave my children a time limit. Whatever wasn't eaten within a week was up for grabs by all. Nowadays, the holiday doesn't even faise me. I always have little Hershey's chocolates on hand and have one every now and again. Usually it's when I'm having a low but I also sneak one in just because. I have to admit though, seeing all the kit kats, m&m's, reece's peanut butter cups and such, on display this last shopping trip, did look really appealing to me.

Stuart1966 2013-10-25 22:46:21 -0500 Report

Love Halloween,

Could not care less about candy, never ate the stuff… never do. There is no challenge except finding, creating the right costume…

There is no challenge, unless we make it one. Until 2-3 years ago Id never (ever) tried candycorn. Nasty stuff.

I do not eat chocolate.

Never learned to eat/like fudge.
Can't stand peanut butter in anything I know of anyway.
Licorice take it or leave it, usually leave it.

Naaah don't like the stuff -shrug- never learned to like it either. Costumes on the other hand, THEY are fun…

LynnRD 2013-10-23 22:15:06 -0500 Report

What do you think about giving out (and receiving) non-food treats like pencils, erasers, or stickers for Halloween? I often hear this recommended, but I've never tried it.

She_Sugar 2013-10-23 16:33:14 -0500 Report

Halloween is always a bit of a challenge for my family. I have type 1 diabetes and so does my young daughter (who also has a birthday on- yes, Halloween). Candy collecting comes with a lot of exercise so that evening is the time to snack along the way. We keep some treats for low blood sugars and the rest I take to work and it disappears like magic.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2013-10-23 11:23:59 -0500 Report

I love it! I live back in the woods and nobody comes unless they call first. I do live in the hills of WV, sparsely populated and trespassing after dark is generally not safe for the trespasser!. Actually there are very few kids in the isolated area and I am the last house on a dead end road (maybe I shouldn't say dead end road around Halloween). This compared to Philadelphia where we would have 400-700 kids come by between 5 and 8. It does not really challenge me with all that candy available. In fact, after halloween is when I stock up on chocolates for my low times or times that I just need a fix. I double bag the stuff and put it in the freezer. They keep for about 6 months if bagged right, no freezer burn. My friends are not the halloween party type, so that is not an issue. My 2 dogs will protect me from any goblins or ghost that might want to come near. Depending on their barks I can determine the threat level!

Hops 2013-10-23 07:16:55 -0500 Report

As a juvenile diabetic starting before the Halloween of 1968 my parents and I found raising funds for UNICEF to be a great alternative to collecting candy. I would go door to door with my friends and ask for spare change for UNICEF which I collected in a carton that UNICEF had for such collections.

JSJB 2013-10-23 04:45:02 -0500 Report

When I was first diagnosed with D I dreaded the holidays especially Halloween. Now I am used to it and do eat sweets but in moderation. Bring on dem Reeses.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2013-10-23 11:36:24 -0500 Report

No fair bringing those chocolate cover peanut butter cups into the picture. Next thing you know you will bring up those almond joy bars that are coconut covered with chocolate! How about one of your least favorite candies? Mine would have to be NESCO waffers!

Nicky230 2013-10-22 21:15:52 -0500 Report

I do not have the best self control around candy, so the next few months are hard for me! Halloween snacks at work, and from thanksgiving on we have desserts every Monday until Christmas! I love watching the kids trick or treat and I will be snitching candy ;) my new goal is to show some restraint and only indulge in moderation. I CAN DO IT!!

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2013-10-23 11:38:09 -0500 Report

I have actually got to the point that I use the dividers on the Hershey bar to divide it into 8 servings. Yes, some times I eat all 8 servings at once, but hey it kicks me out of any depression I may be in!

correctionsnurse1 2013-10-22 18:42:48 -0500 Report

Love Halloween, but not for the candy :-P

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2013-10-23 11:43:29 -0500 Report

Halloween in a prison must be a blast! So, is it you do not like candy or its overabundance or do you just enjoy the Halloween/

correctionsnurse1 2013-10-24 18:57:33 -0500 Report

Just enjoy the excitement of Halloween. not big on candy at all. Yes, Halloween in corrections was an absolute blast!

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2013-10-26 16:37:21 -0500 Report

Pat, when we were young (6 kids) and living in Philadelphia we would go out T&T and we would have to return to the house and dump our stash. Mom would then go through it and give out whatever she didn't want us to have. It didn't take the 3 oldest (boys) (my 3 sisters were all younger) to outsmart Mom. We left the storm door unlocked in the basement and took the house key with us. Then one of us boys would bring 2 bags to the basement, sort through for the good stuff, bring the "filtered" bag back, take the other one and filter it, then go up and dump. With all the kids around my sisters never missed just one of us. We would normally have 400-600 kids a night between 5:30 and 8:00 and Mom & Dad could not afford that much candy. It was last year at our Christmas dinner that we finally told Mom! After 7 years she can't punish us!

GabbyPA 2013-10-22 18:23:07 -0500 Report

We used to really love it. The family would dress up and scare the kids, have great set ups in the yard. But kids would just steal our stuff or ruin it. So we stopped. A few years was our last Halloween night with the kiddies....we were the only house on the street with the lights on. So we have closed up shop. Good in a way...keeps that candy out of the house and that works for me! Sad though. I do love the holiday.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2013-10-22 16:51:58 -0500 Report

As a child loved it..wow free bags of candy just for wearing a hand me down bunny costume…we covered the neighborhood…I mean frequent returns to the home base to dump our bags in the middle of the living room to run out for more…
Flash forward several decades…tonight is the 12th annual Trick or Treat Night at Gramy's (aka The Cake Lady). Her two great grandsons will arrive with a whole bunch of cookies. Everyone will be in costume (some less creative). We go through her building ringing doorbells and handing out cookies. Oh I forgot about her newest great grandson…a grand daughter just adopted a 12 year old who gets his first meeting with his new extended family tonight.
As to the candy…after sale on big bags of my favorite bite size candy bars…I can have 1 a day for months (I mean 1 bite size candy a day and not the entire big bag of bites)

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-10-22 11:46:15 -0500 Report

I am not into Halloween and never have been since I grew up and got to old to trick or treat. I buy candy that I don't like to give to the kids. I give any that is left over away the next day to the kids I see out playing.

Silicone eyes
Silicone eyes 2013-10-22 06:16:14 -0500 Report

I like the candy, small portions, maybe an (un)intentional wink/wink hypo here or there. I get to play dress up with my wife, but I just spent over $100 for my kids costumes. So I guess on average, it is a wash.

kimfing 2013-10-21 23:04:01 -0500 Report

This is my first holiday season with d. Halloween we sit with friends n Fire pit out front handing n eating each others candy. Don't know how i will feel this year. I think i will do fine