Our favorite candy-filled holiday is upon us again! It feels like in one way or another, all holidays tend to make managing type 1 diabetes a bit more difficult, but Halloween can be especially challenging. Year after year I strive to find new ideas that are festive and flavorful yet not chock-full of sugar. It’s a tall order, but there are options, and I’m happy to share three of them with you here.

I’ve found that the key to holiday party success is making individual portions. They’re not only fun for kids to eat, but they make carb-counting a breeze. That was my goal with all of these recipes, so they’ll work great for a kids’ party at school or at home.

I hope you enjoy these wickedly good treats!


Dragon Eggs

Imagine your kids’ faces when they find these super-cool and creepy dragon eggs for breakfast the morning of October 31 or on the buffet table at a monster-themed Halloween bash. (They could be snake eggs or spider eggs too, depending on your party theme.) Bonus for you: They’re made with only two ingredients!

Garnish your serving plate with the empty shells, or let your kids peel the eggs themselves. It’s so cool to discover the unique imprints of each egg—no two turn out the same.


Zombie Eyeball Pizzas

Make a healthy (and gruesome!) version of a kid-favorite meal with these zucchini pizzas made to look like bloodshot zombie eyes. They’ve got all the flavor of your favorite pie minus the crust, in a perfectly bite-sized portion.



Here’s a healthier version of the ever popular dirt-and-worms dessert. The classic typically calls for pudding, cookie crumb “dirt,” and gummy worms; for the update, you’ll combine Greek yogurt with sugar-free chocolate pudding mix for the base, then top with whole grain cereal for the dirt and add a banana tombstone for a spooky graveyard treat.


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.