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Halloween and Diabetes

Posted by Jade Venhaus on

Living with diabetes can be a bit tricky huh? When I was first diagnosed with diabetes 19 years ago, my Dad wasn’t sure if I’d be able to do “normal” kid things like trick or treat. Though even at the age of 7, I was fearless and knew I could do anything I wanted. So, we decided that year I’d trick or treat anyways! Here is what I recommend for a great Halloween with diabetes:


1. Eat a Meal Prior to Trick or Treating

To have the best Halloween experience, it is important to get your child’s blood sugars in range prior to going trick or treating. I suggest eating a well-balanced meal prior to going out to trick or treat. Keep in mind, all of the walking may make your child’s blood sugar go low. Although, the perk of having a low while trick or treating is getting to eat your candy right away!


2. Set Candy Expectations  

Make sure to set clear boundaries for your child. Set a fixed number of candy pieces that they can have each day, and prepare the right amount of insulin accordingly. The candy will spike your child’s blood sugar, but the right dose of insulin will bring their blood sugar back in range.


3. Keep Candy for Low Snacks  

I always loved keeping my candy for low snacks. You will likely end up with more candy than you want/need, so save it for those lows. If you just want to get the candy out of your house, some alternative options are bringing the candy to your workplace, donating it, or even saving it for when you have guests over.


Remember, anything involving diabetes takes extra planning, but that doesn’t mean you and your child can’t have a wonderfully memorable Halloween!


Happy Halloween 🎃


Jade Venhaus @vibrant.jade

Living with Diabetes Since 2000

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  • It has been such a challenge deciding what is best to do for my son during Halloween. This gives me so much insight! I really like the idea of setting candy expectation, and using candy for lows.

    Amanda on

  • This is great! Thank you. My daughter was diagnosed last month, and I wasn’t sure how to handle Halloween. This is really helpful.

    Emma on

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