I absolutely love Halloween! Every part of it… The scary stuff, the candy, the cute little kids so excited, the decorations, all of it. It’s just a fun time and my all time favorite holiday.

I have many people that ask if I limit my kids treats during Halloween and after. The answer is no. I rarely limit my girls intake of anything. (Except, my youngest and the 192 small cups of strawberry ice cream left over from an event. It has been her life mission to finish them all. So, she is currently in a 2 a day limit phase. She’s pissed of course.)

I just don’t teach that limiting things is the best decision. It makes you want them more and you feel a sense of being left out. And that is a bad place to be and will cause a spiral down like you’ve never seen! I have had a bowl of Halloween candy sitting out at my house for weeks and my girls haven’t touched it. If they want to eat the entire bowl and feel crappy later, then that’s a lesson they will learn on their own. They know that candy doesn’t really matter and they don’t feel left out when not eating it. So, it’s not that important to them. If they want a piece, they eat it. I’m not the mom that hears the candy wrapper and comes flying around the corner and slaps it out of their hand.

Now, I will say that I limit/don’t buy/am aware of what is in my house. I’m not trying to say that my girls have free reign of the cabinets though. Actually, they do have free reign, but I buy what’s in the cabinets.

Point of this post: Finding a better way this Halloween and the days after when the candy is hollering obscenities at you from the candy bucket.

Healthier Halloween Ideas:

  • Moderation - Set a limit for yourself and stick to it!

  • Eat a sensible meal before participating in Halloween activities. That way you are less likely to go for the huge candy bowl.

  • Only give away candy that your family does not like. This has always been my strategy.

  • Make Halloween about more than just candy. Carve pumpkins, arts and crafts, make healthy snacks or have Halloween games for the kids

Type 1 Diabetes

Often kids with type 1 Diabetes are left out of all kinds of events, but why? One of my best friends, Paul has an adorable daughter, Sydney with type 1 Diabetes. I have listened to him discuss her limits a million times. The neatest thing is that she is thriving as the most gorgeous 12 year old. She dances, has tons of friends and isn’t restricted at all by her disease. Yes, she takes care of herself and monitors her blood sugar closely, but that hasn’t stopped her at all. It just makes her even more adorable and unique. I asked Paul if he plans to restrict her on Halloween and he said no. He doesn’t want her feeling left out or different in any way. She also has a younger sister, so why treat one a certain way and the other a different way. I understand that completely. I’m sure he will watch her closer than normal without her feeling as if he is. Actually, I know he will. She is dressing up as a banana. How adorable is that? (I have one dressing up as Jesus and one as Madonna, complete with pointy corset and all. I know - don’t lecture me. I will make sure they are in church this weekend.)

I have studied carb choices and blood sugar levels extensively, but I was amazed at some of the carb values in candy! Here is one of my favorite links from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

www.jdrf.com  for more info.

www.jdrf.com for more info.

Sydney is excited and said that trick or treating is her favorite thing about Halloween. I asked her if she felt left out at all and she said sometimes but her friends are very understanding. She also said that she isn’t worried about eating certain things, because she keeps herself in balance.

And she said it best -

I can eat almost anything, I just have to take extra care of myself. A lot of people have it and they are fine. Just stay balanced.
— Sydney Swanger

Either way Mom and Dad, Halloween shouldn’t be about just the candy. Try and limit sugar every day, not just on Halloween. Go for the fruit based candies, popcorn or pretzels if you are concerned with your kids eating too much and killing each other. If your child reacts differently to one type of food, then limit it. They will survive without Cheetos. (That’s a reference from a friend whose child was allergic to dyes but still wanted Cheetos.) We want what is best for our kids!

100 Calories of Halloween Candy

  • 5 Starbursts

  • 2 Twix, Minis

  • 1 Reese’s PB Cup

  • 3 Kit Kat, Snack Size

So, just like Sydney said - Take care of yourself (or your kids) and everything will be fine. Have fun and I can’t wait to see all the costumes. My cat is super excited about her costume, even though she is currently sleeping on it. Enjoy your day and I hope Michael Myers doesn’t get you.

Love, Molly