For children with diabetes, Halloween may seem even spookier than it is. Though the ghoulish holiday celebrates sugary candy and treats, don't leave your kids out of the fun.
Check out these five tips on how you can help your kids celebrate Halloween safely
1. Plan ahead. Before Halloween strikes, discuss expectations and set a limit of how much candy they can eat. Otherwise, a bag full of candy may be hard for them to resist. If necessary, remind your youngster why people with diabetes have to pay special attention to their sugar levels.
Instead of focusing on the candy, build excitement around costumes, face paint, and other aspects of the celebration.
2. Let them eat some candy! Just like any other kids, children with type 1 or type 2 diabetes can eat candy too. Just keep the carbohydrate count in mind.
Throughout the night, pay close attention to their sugar intake, as too many sweets can cause blood glucose to spike. Children with type 1 diabetes must balance treats with extra insulin. Prior to the big day, call your child's doctor to ask about how much extra insulin might be needed.
If your child has type 2 diabetes, ask his or her doctor how a few pieces of candy can fit into a healthy diet.
3. Buy trick-or-treat candy that your kids don't like. When you're at the store looking for candy to hand out on Halloween, purchase treats your kids don't enjoy. This way, they won't be tempted by leftovers.
If you want to steer clear of sugar altogether, consider doling out little gifts like bouncy balls, colored pencils, or glow-in-the-dark spiders.
4. Trade with them. When your little trick-or-treaters return home, have them pick out some of their favorite treats and then make a trade, such as candy for a fun family outing like a movie night or sweets for extra minutes of TV time during the week.
5. Decide what to do with the extra candy. It's helpful to involve your child in this process. Maybe they can bring the excess candy to school and share it with their classmates. Or maybe a new neighbor in town would be happy to find a box with candy and a kind note on their front door step. However you end up handling it, allow your child a little enjoyment for several days. Put a piece of candy in your child's lunch box throughout November, or use a piece here or there to treat low blood glucose reactions.