Need costume ideas? Draw inspiration from within! Diabetes is always there, even on Halloween, so these families decided to wear it on the outside for a night. Take a look at their epic T1D-inspired ensembles!
If you ask us, this larger-than-life test strip stands head and shoulders above other Halloween costumes, literally — it’s almost seven feet tall! “The costume was all her idea,” says Mila’s dad Cory. “People were stopping and congratulating her all night. One guy just said, ‘Wow,’ and dumped his whole bowl of candy into her bag. On the upside, now I don’t have to spend money on low supplies for years to come!”
Not all superheroes wear capes! Dr. Frederick Banting, one of the co-discoverers of insulin, is the perfect hero to celebrate with a simple and educational Halloween costume. “Our kids’ school had the excellent idea for a Historical Halloween that included dressing up as an important historical figure and presenting a speech. Dr. Frederick Banting was an easy choice,” says Jacob’s mom Hannah.
With a little cardboard and imagination, you can become a walking, talking insulin pump! “This was a great DIY teen costume because it was as much about the insulin pump as it was about the fun wig and makeup,” says Caitlin’s mom Mary. “The pump ‘screen’ is coated with a shiny clear coat that made it look very real. What you don’t see: Her own pump looks just like this!”
Anyone feeling low? This adorable bit of fast-acting sugar is here to help. “My boy’s initials are A.J., and for the longest time I’ve wanted to make him an apple juice costume,” says mom Merrilee. “I’m thinking about getting a group together and making juice box costumes for a variety of juices — apple, orange, grape, pineapple. It would be perfect for an ensemble costume!” A.J. doesn’t have diabetes, but he’s already inspired some D-parents to replicate the flawless look for their own kids’ costumes. Top tip: The straw is made out of a pool noodle!
Blood Glucose Molecule and Test Strip
This very enthusiastic drop of blood would be lost without her best pal. (What do you think her number was??) “This was our staff’s group costume for our Halloween party,” says Ana, right. “It made the kids in attendance smile. We also hope it inspired them to grab their dia-besties and have some costume fun of their own!”
If you meet someone dressed as a glucose meter and ask for their number, you’re going to have to be more specific. “I always find new ways to ‘show off’ my T1D in style!” says Jazz. “And this felt like the perfect costume for Halloween, as it represents who I am as well as spreads awareness about type 1 diabetes!
When your mom has type 1 diabetes, sometimes your teddy bear gets diagnosed with T1D too. “I dressed up a stuffed animal bear with a Halloween costume and an insulin pump, and it became a really helpful way to explain diabetes to my son Eric who was 4 years old at the time,” says mom Laura.
If your teen’s not into dressing up anymore but still wants to collect low supplies — er, candy! — here’s the perfect accessory to carry for a one-and-done look. “We love celebrating Halloween with a little pump-kin fun!” says Emma’s mom Chalsie.
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.