Diabetes-Friendly Halloween Treats

Chris Southwell

Halloween is supposed to be scary for children. It can also be plenty scary for parents with young children who have diabetes. But with the right planning and preparation, your children don’t have to miss out on all of the fun.

Adjusting your child’s meal plan and monitoring portion size is essential. Just watch out for the carbohydrates and fat hidden in the treats that they collect in their bags. Small packages can be deceiving.

You can also make some great diabetes-friendly Halloween recipes that will let children with diabetes enjoy the holiday without missing out on the fun. Both the staff and the children at Joslin recommend these gory-licious treats.

Jiggly Graveyard Cups
6 grams carbohydrate per serving
Yield: 6 servings


  • Graveyard base: 2 packages sugar-free berry-colored gelatin
  • Jell-O Jiggler Goblins: 2 packages sugar-free gelatin (try lime or orange)
  • Decorations: Lite Cool Whip, raisins, sugar free candies, Halloween cookie cutters

1. Base: Make the gelatin according to the directions. Pour into 6 individual glasses.
Refrigerate them until cool.
2. Goblins: Make the gelatin, but use only the amount of water you would for one box.
Pour into cookie sheet with sides or a pan. Cut with your favorite Halloween cookie
3. Form ghosts with Cool Whip in glasses by placing a dollop (2 tbsp). Use raisins as eyes.
Place the Halloween cutouts around the ghost.

Dracula’s Blood Pudding
20 grams carbohydrates, 2 grams protein, 1 gram fat per serving
Yield: 6 servings


  • 1 package sugar-free vanilla instant pudding
  • 1 ½ cup 1% milk
  • 1 cup Lite Cool Whip whipped topping
  • 1/3 cup All Fruit seedless raspberry jam, stirred through

Prepare the pudding according to the package directions, using 1 ½ cups milk. Before serving, with a rubber spatula fold in the whipped topping until almost blended. Spoon into 6 individual bowls. Spoon some jam into each pudding and stir slowly.

Spider Pretzels
7 grams carbohydrate, 3 grams protein, 7 grams fat, 1 grams fiber per spider

For each spider you need:

  • 2 round crackers
  • 2 teaspoon smooth peanut butter
  • 2 raisins
  • 8 small thin pretzel sticks

With the peanut butter, make a cracker sandwich. Insert the 8 pretzel legs into the filling.
With a dab of peanut butter set the two raisin eyes on top.

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