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Tricky Treats: Getting into the Spooky Spirit!

Tips for a happier, diabetes-friendlier Halloween

Trick or treat? This spooky holiday may be one of the sweetest, and the focus on treats can pose a challenge for parents of children living with diabetes. Read on for tips to make this year’s Halloween fun and diabetes-friendlier for you and your little goblins. (Be sure to talk to your diabetes care team if you are considering making changes to your meal plan.)

Get into the spirit

halloween tricks for people living with diabetesLiving with diabetes doesn’t mean you can’t indulge a little, but diabetes-friendlier treats may make it easier to keep things balanced during Halloween. RD Jill Weisenberger suggests a toothsome, spooky snack that kids can help prepare – transforming an apple and sliced almonds into a mouthful of monster-like teeth for the whole family to munch on.

Further reading: Eating a balanced meal before trick-or-treating, and other tips from a registered dietitian for a diabetes-friendlier All Hallows’ Eve.

Highlight the fun

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When the focus is on food, it may be trickier for parents to help their kids living with type 1 diabetes to feel included at Halloween. D-mom Jennifer Anderson highlighted fun instead. She rallied her community to donate pumpkins, and she set the scene for her 7-year-old son Jack to greet trick-or-treaters and hand out candy from a festive pumpkin patch in the front yard.

Further reading: Rather than skip trick-or-treating, Jennifer developed a reward system for her son’s candy haul instead.

Be creative

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Amy Ohmer, a d-mom of two girls living with T1, adapted the family’s longstanding trick-or-treating tradition and set up a “store” for her daughters to trade in their candy for nonedible prizes. Amy’s husband helps the rest of the family avoid eating sugary treats by sneaking Halloween candy off to the office to share with coworkers.

Further reading:  When the Ohmers carve a pumpkin, they scoop out and toast the seeds for a diabetes-friendlier snack the whole family can enjoy.

Amy Ohmer and Jennifer Anderson received no compensation for their posts on Discuss Diabetes; Jill Weisenberger is a paid contributor to The DX. All opinions contained in this post reflect those of the interviewees and/or contributors, and not of Sanofi US, its employees, agencies, or affiliates.

© 2015 The DX: The Diabetes Experience

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