Diabetes is a serious disease.
There are children who’s parents and loved ones dread Halloween for their child. Children do not usually understand the magnitude of diabetes. If you have diabetes or the symptoms, you need to take it seriously.
A family member years ago, as a child, had diabetes. She did not realize that it really could kill her. She died at around age 12 after going into shock.
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It is so important to explain diabetes to these little ones who are affected. If old enough to read, they can understand fully the ramifications of death and losing limbs etc. I do not recommend you trying to scare them to death or showing them pictures, but after they understand it is serious, they then will be doing everything possible to keep that from happening and helping instead of sneaking off with treats.
Don’t keep sugary treats in the house:
Be considerate of that loved one who craves but cannot touch these sugary treats on a daily basis. As I recall, the Aunt who was mother to the deceased girl, kept cookie jars full of sweets right out in view. Old pictures prove this was the case. No one can resist that kind of daily temptation. It is a very cruel thing to do, although the Aunt probably never thought of it that way.
Do keep healthy treats and food around.
Not all “diabetic safe” foods are that. Some sweeteners are just changed versions of sugar. They have their own set of consequences because they are chemically altered.Stevia is a wonderful 10x sweeter than sugar alternative for the whole family. It does not affect the blood sugar and has no calories. It is made from an herb, and tastes great. Be sure to buy “Pure Stevia Extract” , however, because other types have fillers and you never know what exactly it is or how it can effect your blood sugar.
Stevia is also economical. Because it takes such a small amount, a $15.00 bottle of it can last all year for a family of 5. Put it in coffee, tea, homemade candy, desserts. Anything you need sugar for, put Stevia in instead. Approximately 1 tsp. = 1 cup sugar in sweetness.
Plan to eat a healthy fiber rich meal on Halloween
You can lessen the sad time on Halloween for your family member who cannot partake of the sweets. Plan a very nice candle light meal that is super healthy and filling. This will make it much more bearable when they smell the candy you are giving out if you must partake in the giving.
Have your own party on Halloween with diabetic safe treats.
If you can avoid the whole “passing out candy” or ” Trick-Or-Treating” routine, maybe substitute those activities for a costume party or scary movie night.
Be sure all of the guests understand there can be no sugar treats brought to the party. Have guests bring healthy treats from a list, and you the host can provide the sweets made with Stevia,or purchase the safest of the diabetic pre-made versions.
Give out small toys instead of candy
Toys can be given out instead of candy at a party like this. Small toys like you would put in a stocking at Christmas are fun only geared towards Halloween.
If giving out to trick or treaters, small trinkets in a big bowl is very fun. Let them pick one or two from the bowl themselves, or pre-package in Halloween candy bags as you would your normal candy treats.
Some ideas are: spider rings, small yo-yo’s, glow in the dark anything.
Caution: be careful not to give babies the small and dangerous items that they could choke on. Their parent ultimately are responsible here but you can help as well.
Offer diabetic safe candy bags
If you are however passing out treats to the trick or treaters, let your friends and family know ahead of time that you are putting together diabetic safe candy bags for those in need.
This will give those little ones somewhere to Trick-or-Treat, and put that smile back on their faces.
Better yet, start a fad if diabetes is big in your area. Be the neighborhood that is safe for diabetic children. Trust me, kids who want that sugar rush will avoid these bags in favor of the sugar candy elsewhere.
Get the community involved
Just like you would in a hospital ministry, you can get the city officials together to make an event happen.
Recommend a parking lot set up and some sort of check in system to make sure everything is safe for diabetics.
Pass out diabetic bags from your trunk or tailgate. If the downtown area is an option, you could get the stores involved. Give the kids a real experience they will never forget.
There are so many ways we can be thoughtful of those left sitting on the couch at Halloween. The only things that must be remembered is, double check the ingredients for “alternate sugars” etc., and have a way to check everyone as some people think it is funny to play pranks and offer real sugar treats to diabetics. A prank of this type could kill or mame a person with diabetes for life. Whether you or a loved one has type 1 or type 2 diabetes, it does not have ruin your Halloween.
Have fun and be thoughtful this Halloween. Make plans for next Halloween as well.