Are you scared of handling Halloween with diabetes? Don’t be! It’s going to be okay! The most important thing I’ve learned about how to tackle Halloween over the last few years is that it’s just like any other day. Now, I’m not saying that you have school parties, enormous piles of trick-or-treating candy, and long walks around the neighborhood every day. What I mean is the way you handle it is just the same — check and correct, check and correct, check and correct.
Halloween isn’t scary if you always know what the blood-sugar numbers are. You’ll rarely have really high highs or really low lows if you’re checking, checking, checking. In the past, I have just made up my mind that we’ll be checking a lot more often for a couple of days. It’s a bit more of a pain, but it’s definitely something that she can handle!
The major difference for us this year is that we are going to have the added benefit of a continuous glucose monitoring system (CGMS)! Our CGMS gives us a constant reading of Kaitlyn’s blood sugar. It’s not always 100 percent perfect, but it gives us a pretty good idea of what her levels are and whether she’s trending up or down. If you’ve considered getting a CGMS, Halloween and the general holiday season might be the perfect opportunity to see the benefit it can provide!
Secondly, we try to make sure Kaitlyn’s blood sugar numbers are right where they should be before going out for the big night of trick-or-treating. I always choose a hearty and protein-heavy dinner on Halloween night so that her numbers will be nice and steady. If I were to feed Kaitlyn pizza instead, we would probably end up chasing high numbers all night, and she wouldn’t be too happy to have to wait to eat her candy. When we aim to keep her numbers right in range or even on the low side, a piece of candy here and there throughout the night is just fine!
Disclaimer: The experiences and suggestions recounted in these articles are not intended as medical advice, and they are not necessarily the “typical” experiences of families with a child who has type 1 diabetes. These situations are unique to the families depicted. Families should check with their healthcare professionals regarding the treatment of type 1 diabetes and the frequency of blood glucose monitoring. Jen and Kim are real moms of kids with type 1 diabetes and have been compensated for their contributions to this site.