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Trick or Treat

Discussion in 'Parents of Children with Type 1' started by cgbphp, Sep 21, 2011.

  1. mom24grlz

    mom24grlz Approved members

    Mar 30, 2010
    Sorry about your child's diagnosis.

    We continued to trick or treat after diagnosis. Any candy that she wanted to eat we would just add it with her meal and add in the carbs.

    This was given to us by our endocrinologist's office. Maybe it will help you.

    Halloween Candy (fun sizes) carb amounts

    Air Heads=15
    Almond Joy=12
    Baby Ruth=17
    Bazooka Pop=11
    Bottle Caps=7
    Bubble Yum=6
    Charleston Chew=9
    Charm Pop=5
    Fruit Rollup=9
    Goldfish Crackers=9
    Green Apple Caramel sucker=17
    Gummi Savers=14
    Hershey's marshmallow pumpkin=20
    Hershey's milk chocolate=10
    Hershey's nugget=5
    Hot tamales=18
    Joe Blo bubble gum=4
    Jolly rancher lollipop=16
    juicy fruits=9
    laffy taffy=7
    M&M (peanut)=13
    M&M (plain)=15
    Mega warheads (soft-gum filled)=11
    Mega warheads (sour candies)=3
    mike & ike=18
    milk duds=7
    milky way=14
    Necco wafers=13
    Nestle crunch=7
    Nut roll=10
    100 grand=10
    reeses bites=8
    reese's peanut butter cup=10
    reece's sticks=9
    Rice crispy treat=9
    scooby doo fruit snack=10
    shock tarts=11
    sour punch twist=7
    starburts (2 pieces)=8
    sugar babies=24
    3 musketeer=13
    tootsie roll bar=12
    tootsie roll pop=16
    candy corn (10 pieces)=13
    Hershey's assorted minatures=5
    M&M mini box=10
    Milky way minature=6
    3 musketeer minature=4
    reese's miniture cup=4
    tootsie roll midgee=6
  2. MomofSweetOne

    MomofSweetOne Approved members

    Aug 28, 2011
    Actually, when we give out the Play-dough, it is extremely popular with the Trick-or-Treaters. We hear lots of "Cool, something other than candy." or "Awesome!" Some kids look forward to our house because it is not the standard offering.
  3. akgiauque

    akgiauque Approved members

    May 13, 2010

    Kayle is T1 and Juliann is allergic to corn (corn Syrup) so we have an exchange for coloring books, paint, dollies, pencils, jewelry whatever they are into. Dad sets the rate as they choose.

    Family and friends get them special treats (fruit, sugarfree gum, Tic Tacs other food items) for their bags.

    It is great fun and they do not know any different.
  4. manda81

    manda81 Approved members

    Feb 17, 2010
    We were pretty freaked out by our first Halloween, too. But it turns out that all the excitement (paired with running all over the neighborhood) made the candy not only a non-issue, but a great way to keep him from going low. We let him snack on a bit, checked his BG more frequently that evening/night, and corrected when we needed to.

    For us, the biggest challenged we have faced is just keeping everything normal. Halloween is just one night, IMO, let them have it. ;) You can always get rid of any candy the next day. Or, if you're like me and love candy more than your kids do, you can have a secret stash for weeks. ;) *haha*
  5. denise3099

    denise3099 Approved members

    Jul 31, 2009
    He's only 2. You can't give him a bucket of candy anyway, D or no D--he's just a baby. Let him have 1 piece of candy and save the rest to dole out for deserts--an lows. :D

    Also, walking around house to house made my dd run low so she was actually nibbling candy to stay in range.
  6. Tweety8

    Tweety8 Approved members

    Feb 28, 2008
    Hi there. I am so sorry about your son's diagnosis. It's very hard, the first year is sooo hard. Just let yourself feel everything you feel and try to get support from wherever you can (emotional support that is).

    Our DD was diagnosed at 2 yrs old. She has always trick-or-treated. She gets a whole bunch of candy from the neighborhood, and then she is allowed 1 small treat each day after lunch... I let her do this until about mid-November, then I slowly hide the rest of the candy :) She is really used to this, so it's never a problem. She just loves to dress up and go out trick or treating!

    As long as it's in moderation and you "cover" him for what he is eating, it should be fine. But of course, every family is different, but this is what we do.

    Take care!
  7. Tweety8

    Tweety8 Approved members

    Feb 28, 2008
    Wow this is awesome!! Thanks for the list!!!!
  8. MrsBadshoe

    MrsBadshoe Super Moderator

    Aug 8, 2006
    My son was Dx 3 days prior to Halloween 8 yrs ago and was released on Halloween.....his nurses were adamant that he trick or treat. He needed to be a regular kid and that means trick or treating. He was nine years old at the time and we made sure he understand he could trick or treat and we would use the candy for his scheduled snacks....Though he got to pick one treat that night to take as a unscheduled treat...It was perfect and everything worked out.

    Your child needs to learn to be normal and that they can be a normal kid and still trick or treat...
  9. GaPeach

    GaPeach Approved members

    Dec 29, 2007
    You can also look for a fun alternative as many churches host Fall Festivals. We were never fans of trick-or-treating prior to dx.
  10. Lovemyboys

    Lovemyboys Approved members

    Sep 19, 2010
    I'd say, do only what you are comfortable with. Last year at Halloween my son was 14 months old and he'd only been diagnosed a month. I was terrified of the candy that his 3 older brothers would bring home from trick or treating. I didn't want it in the house. Instead of trick-or-treating, we made a fall festival in our house. My sister and her family were in town so we went to the dollar store and got prizes and we all made booths and had games and had a wonderful time just with family, without a single piece of candy.

    That being said, this year I have no problem with all the candy, but I know I wasn't ready last year.
  11. Ellen

    Ellen Senior Member

    Oct 22, 2005
  12. lcblk27

    lcblk27 Approved members

    Sep 27, 2011
    This will be our first halloween after Dx as well, it didnt even really dawn on me that it was coming up untill reading this thread. We've never been big on candy even before the D. Actually, I had already limited the sugar my son got (he's 5) because it would make him really crabby. So, we went to the zoo's halloween gathering. He got to dress up in costume, trick or treat around the zoo and they were very good about giving out little trinkets as well as candy. So, he had a blast and only came home with a small handful of candy. If youre not feeling up to dealing with the candy especially with still getting his BG under control, see if you can find something else fun to do, Im sure there are options in your area that can be just as fun as trick or treating. We actually have yet to go around in the nieghborhood trick or treating and I assure you, my son isnt deprived of a fun time.
  13. Christopher

    Christopher Approved members

    Nov 20, 2007
  14. Marcia

    Marcia Approved members

    Feb 22, 2007
    We handed out candy and pencils. Ab trick or treated. She picked out stuff to treat lows with, picked out her favorites, then I bought back the rest and took it in to work. I like to give out Dum-Dum lollipops- they are only 5 carbs each and take a while to finish. The first year, before pumping, 5 carbs was a "freebie" that she didn't need a shot for.

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