Jeanette Terry was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was 11 years old, and she has since lived with diabetes through difficult life transitions, including the teenage years, college, and having children. She addresses the day-to-day struggles of living with diabetes—going beyond medical advice—to improve overall adherence and management.

Do you dread this candy and sweet treat obsessed time of year?

Halloween, and the weeks around it, can be stressful for a person living with diabetes. There is candy everywhere you turn, and if you are like me, you try to justify having one little piece as you walk by the candy bowl, thinking that just one won’t hurt. But one piece leads to another, and before you know it, you have consumed almost an entire bowl of fun-sized candy bars. Now that will hurt!

Food is almost always the center of any holiday, and Halloween is no different. You have to be on high alert and have your self control on lock down so that instead of being miserable with blood sugars through the roof, you can enjoy this time of year with your friends and family.

Here are four ideas to help you keep good blood sugar control during the Halloween season

  1. The biggest trick I have found to help myself from eating too much candy is to focus more on the costumes than the candy. Try going all out on a Halloween costume this year. You will spend so much time putting it together that you won’t have time to think about the candy.

  2. If you are throwing a Halloween party, plan activities that don’t include food, such as a haunted house or a pumpkin carving contest. And remember, focus on the costumes. If you are involved in everyone’s costume, you won’t be standing around munching on snacks.

  3. When buying candy for trick-or-treaters, avoid buying the candy in bulk. It will almost always be too much candy, and then you will have a big bag of leftovers taunting you. Buy a small bag or buy candy you don’t care for so you won’t be tempted to munch on it as you are handing it out.

  4. If you are the creative type, put a healthy twist on some traditional Halloween treats. For example, use raw veggies to create fun Halloween characters. The more creative you get, the less your guests will know that you are serving them healthy food.

Halloween doesn’t have to give you that feeling of dread in the pit of your stomach. Save the scares for a haunted house and let yourself enjoy Halloween this year.

What tips or tricks do you utilize to make the most of your Halloween? Add them to the comments below.