Halloween isn’t just about the sugar crash we get from consuming our weight in candies and treats. As a person with diabetes, there is fun in and focus your energy on the other enjoyable traditions, like spooky decorations, haunted houses, hay rides, carving pumpkins, making costumes, and having fun parties.

But, you also shouldn’t have to restrict yourself too much and completely avoid the sweet delicacies of the season. It’s all about portion control and moderation, while not being a Scrooge.

Here are tips for having fun this Halloween without jeopardizing your blood sugar levels.

Work

In many work environments, people are allowed to dress up for Halloween, as long as the costume is appropriate. Focus more on your costume and winning that costume contest trophy instead of the bombardment of candy and sweets you may see around the office during Halloween time. Give yourself an allowance of treats to eat each day so you can still indulge without sending your blood sugars through the roof.

If your company has a potluck on Halloween, volunteer to bring something you know is diabetic-friendly so you’re not limited to unhealthy options that could compromise your management.

Home

If you live in a neighborhood that has high trick-or-treating traffic, consider buying candy to pass out that you don’t like. If Mike and Ikes and Almond Joys don’t do it for you, buy those so you’re not tempted to gobble them down if you have any left over. When trick or treating with your kids, consider saving the treats your kids love most and throwing the rest away. Sugar isn’t great for anyone, and limiting Halloween candy consumption will set healthy precedents for you and your family for years to come.

If you don’t have kids or don’t participate in trick or treating, start your own fun Halloween traditions that aren’t centered on sweets. You can go out to dinner with your friends, see a scary movie, or host a Halloween cocktail party.

Parties

If you’re hosting a party, cook or buy diabetic-friendly foods, and let your guests know they’ll be experiencing a healthier version of the sugar-filled holiday at your get-together.

Whether it’s at your house or a friend’s, focus on the festive games and activities instead of the sweets. And, as we’ve said before, let yourself enjoy some of the treats while keeping a tight limit on the carbs.

Remember that Diabetes Awareness Month starts the day after Halloween. That might give you more of an incentive to stick to your diabetes regimen and pay more attention to any rising blood sugars.

It can be hard to figure out how many carbohydrate are in each piece of candy you eat and correct with insulin accordingly. Thankfully, we’ve put together a handy infographic with the nutrition data of 20 of the most popular Halloween candies. Instead of injecting bolus insulin blindly, use it to more easily keep your blood sugar levels in check.

Enjoy this Halloween season healthfully and fully!

To learn more about Halloween and diabetes:

4 Tricks for a Diabetic-Friendly Halloween
4 Ideas on How to Hack Halloween
Halloween and Children With Diabetes: Don't Be Scared