10 Tips for a Diabetes-Friendly Halloween

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Halloween is the kickoff into a season of sweet indulgences. For parents of children with diabetes, nothing can be more terrifying than a vacation filled with sugar-laden treats. But with creativity and a little planning, it’s still likely to have holiday time and a Halloween.

These tips may help you and your loved ones enjoy the holiday season and still keep diabetes management on track.

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1. Include your child. Think of a plan for dealing with sweets and treats that your child with diabetes interferes with. Children are more likely to be on board when you put them. A popular choice is to ration candy or desserts. “You can have a couple of pieces of candy each day for a week.” Make sure this program goes equally for everybody in the home!

2. Buy treats your child doesn’t like. Your child is less likely to overindulge when the sweet treats you’ve in the house do not tempt them–or you! Make sure to have snacks available to give your child an option rather than Halloween or other candy that is seasonal.

3. Purchase treats on the day. Buy treats the day you plan to eat or distribute them. Keep them in the house for a period of time if you are purchasing candy or snacks for collecting or a vacation and give the leftovers away.

4. Consider some alternatives. Work on arts and craft projects, play Halloween games, watch a Halloween movie, see a haunted house or make a special Halloween snack with your child. These activities are fun and do not revolve around candies.

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5. Treats. Instead of candy give out Halloween-themed pencils, bookmarks, stickers, little plastic bugs, glow-in-the-dark rubber chunks, or glow sticks.

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