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Diabetes Halloween Treats: Spooktacularly Sweet and Healthy Ideas and Alternatives

Are you dreading the upcoming Halloween season this year?  You are probably feeling concerned about how your child with diabetes can safely celebrate a holiday centered around pigging out on sugary candy.

We get it!  There are so many things to think about.  

What will all of these sugary treats do to your child’s blood sugar?  Should you limit how much or what type of candy your child eats?  Should you let your child have any candy at all?  What about all of that leftover candy?  

This comprehensive article will review some Diabetes Halloween treat ideas and out of the box alternatives you may consider to have a fun celebration without all of the guilt, sugar, and carbs.

Let’s dive in!

What makes Halloween challenging for kids with Diabetes?

Halloween can be a time of both emotional and blood sugar roller coasters for kids that have Diabetes.  Kids want to feel “normal” and be able to do everything their friends are doing.  Not only that, but due to the excitement of the day, higher sugar intake than usual, and the exercise of running house to house while trick or treating, blood sugars may be all over the place.  

How can you prepare for Halloween ahead of time to ensure it is a smooth, fun day for the whole family?

Have a game plan

First, you will want to make sure you agree upon a game plan with your family before the big day. By having a plan in place, everyone knows what to expect so there are no surprises.  This will help keep the celebrations fun and positive. Continue reading for some ideas of what this plan might look like for your family.

Give out non-candy items to trick or treaters

Purchase non-candy items and treats to pass out at home that are diabetes friendly to help your child feel like having options besides sugary candy is acceptable. Some ideas include (Bonus points if you can find Halloween themed versions of any of the below):

  • Stickers
  • Pencils
  • Squishies
  • Glow bracelets
  • Fidget toys
  • Playdough
  • Bubbles
  • Temporary tattoos
  • Mini bags of pretzels
  • Individual bags of popcorn
  • Applesauce pouches

Diabetes friendly Halloween treat recipe ideas

Another fun tradition to get in the Halloween spirit is to make some fun diabetes friendly Halloween treats together. Below are some easy, tasty Halloween recipe ideas that your whole family will love!

Creepy Halloween Apple Snacks

Image of a possible Diabetes Halloween Treat recipe, creepy Halloween Apple snack with apples, peanut butter, marshmallows, and raisins.

These creepy Halloween Apple Snacks by Fad Free Nutrition Blog are an easy to make treat that have plenty of fiber and healthy fat for satiety and to help stabilize blood sugars.

Halloween Banana Popsicles

Image of Image of a possible Diabetes Halloween Treat recipe, popsicles made from bananas that look like ghosts.

Another adorable, fun, fiber filled treat from Well Plated By Erin. These treats are dipped in greek yogurt for an added protein boost.

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Image of a possible Diabetes Halloween Treat recipe, roasted pumpkin seeds.

For a low carb treat packed with healthy fats, magnesium, and zinc, put those pumpkins to good use! When you carve your pumpkin, save the seeds in a bowl. Rinse and dry the seeds well, then toss with the oil and seasonings of your choice and bake in the oven until golden brown, generally about 45 minutes at 300 degrees.

Eat!

Make sure to eat a filling, high protein dinner meal before trick or treating. This will help keep the blood sugar stable throughout the evening and your child will be less likely to be snacking on candy if they go out with a full belly. Chili paired with a vegetable or salad is a great option.

Focus on what your family loves about Halloween

This could be coming up with the best possible costume for a costume party, decking your house out in fun and spooky decorations, or if you live in St. Louis like me, coming up with the best jokes to tell while trick or treating (if you know, you know!) 

I also highly recommend watching videos of the Halloween Jimmy Kimmel prank.

Visits from the Halloween Fairy

When I was a kid, the Halloween fairy would visit my house.  I would choose a few of my favorite pieces of candy to keep and would put the rest outside my bedroom door before bed. 

When I woke up in the morning, the candy would be gone and in its place would be a fun toy that I had been wanting.  This worked perfectly as a young kid, I didn’t even miss the candy and always looked forward to seeing what the Halloween Fairy would bring!

Which Halloween candy options have the least amount of carbs and sugar?

Even with all of these other options in place, let’s be real.  Our kids will still want to eat some Halloween candy.  Afterall, what is Halloween without any candy?  Here is a quick reference guide from JDRF including carb counts of many popular Halloween candy options. 

You could even save a few fun size bags of skittles or Swedish fish to treat low blood sugars later on.

Conclusion

In conclusion, although the thought of Halloween may cause anxiety for you as a parent to a kid with diabetes, there are plenty of ways to make Halloween a fun and special occasion without the roller coaster of blood sugars and emotions.  

The goal is to always have a plan in place before the big day to ensure that it goes smoothly and everyone knows what to expect.

Allowing your child to indulge in some candy is also totally fine and keeping some favorites on hand to treat low blood sugars is a great option.

Please reach out to Lindsay at Lindsay@abcnutritionsolutions if you would like to discuss a personal plan to help your Halloween (or other upcoming holidays) go smoothly.

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