Monitoring Blood Sugar While Trick-or-Treating

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Children with diabetes don’t have to miss out on all the Halloween fun if they plan ahead to adjust their diabetes management plans to fit in some of their favorite treats. They should be encouraged to go trick-or-treating with their friends, but parents should still keep an eye on how much candy they eat.

Children with diabetes can actively enjoy Halloween by planning ahead to fit treats into their diabetes management plans. But alternative ways to celebrate – like our party – that don’t involve so much candy are also a nice way to participate.

But after trick-or-treating, there may be lots of candy left over. Parents and kids can discuss together what the child’s favorite treats are and work those snacks into the meal plan.

To help motivate children to make healthy food choices, we also suggest that parents buy back some candy. Let your child use the money to buy a non-food treat, such as a game or small toy. Some perfect examples of non-candy Halloween treats include stickers, yo-yos, temporary tattoos, light sticks, spider rings or plastic vampire fangs.

For the candy that your child does collect, here is a great list of some of the most popular candies. Each candy portion size is equal to about 15 grams of carbohydrate.

  • One fun-size chocolate bar
  • 11 candy corns
  • 4 Starbursts
  • One-half stick Twix
  • 2 sticks Kit Kat
  • 30 Reese’s Pieces
  • 1/2 pack of M&Ms, plain or peanut
  • 1 piece of Fruit-by-the-Foot
  • 6 Hi-C gummy fruits
  • 5 LifeSaver Gummy Savers
  • 3 Twizzlers
  • 3 Tootsie Rolls (small)
  • 6 Junior Mints
  • 16 Good & Plenty’s
  • 15 Skittles
  • 9 Sweettarts
  • 2 Jolly Ranchers
  • 1 Tootsie Pop

Check out this complete list of your favorite Halloween candies!

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