Halloween Tips for Children with Diabetes

Halloween is a bittersweet holiday for children with diabetes. There is the excitement of planning a costume and maybe a party, but there is the problem with all of the candy.

If your child is going trick-or-treating, parents, here are some tips for a safe and happy Halloween for both you and your child.

Kids with diabetes can have treats. The rule is moderation with candy and other treats high in carbohydrates. Suggest that your child select a few favorite treats, put some away to be doled out over the next several months, and trade the rest in for a present, or money. Any treat eaten will need to be a part of the carbohydrates in that day’s meal plan.

When your child does eat sweets, be sure to check their blood sugar levels and plan for more activity to help keep those levels under better control. They will feel better.

The best part of Halloween is the costume. Put extra effort in your child to pretend to be whatever he/she wants and involve the entire family.

Since Halloween this year is on a school night, arrange for your child and a friend or two to visit a haunted house or go on a hayride this year instead of going trick-or-treating. Plan to stop for a special "treat" such as ice cream or frozen yogurt on the way home.

How about a party at home? Use black or dark purple table cloths. Change the light bulbs to blue to set the mood. Decorate with cobwebs and plastic spiders as well as skeletons. Place paper bats on the walls and hang other flying objects on wire from the ceiling at a safe height.

There are games to play, and some are as old as the hills. There are always bobbing for apples, scary stories with props, and scary movies from the video store. Give out plenty of prizes all around.