Halloween is almost upon us once again. For many (especially those of you with freshly diagnosed kiddos), I’m sure the mere thought of Halloween and it’s candy-filled traditions is now the scariest part of this holiday for you. I know because I’ve been there and I admit that those first couple of Halloween’s after C was diagnosed with diabetes were pretty challenging and stressful.
After C was diagnosed with diabetes, we maintained that we never wanted to rob him of staple childhood experiences (like trick-or-treating) just because of diabetes. However, as we are all very aware, diabetes doesn’t ever decide to just take the night off either, so these holidays do unfortunately take some extra planning.
It’s taken several years, but I’ve finally learned that I need not dread the candy-filled holidays. With a good plan in place, that both you and your child have agreed on, holidays like Halloween can still be super fun and enjoyable for your type 1 kiddo.
With that in mind, this year I wanted to create a whole pre-trick-or-treating Halloween themed meal. I’ve seen so many cute ideas floating around, and I compiled the ones I thought would make the most kid and carb-friendly, balanced meal, and served it in a muffin tin. Here’s what’s inside:
Mummy Dogs (1 hot dog cut in 1/2 and wrapped in a strip of crescent roll dough and baked at 375F for 10-13 minutes)= 12 carbs
“Candy Corn” Veggies (yellow bell peppers, carrots, and cauliflower layered to resemble candy corn)= 4 carbs
Witches Broomsticks (cut 1 cheese stick into thirds, wrap one end with chives and insert a pretzel stick through the top)= 2 carbs
Clementine “Pumpkin” (1 peeled clementine with a small piece of celery inserted in the top)= 9 carbs
Dirt & Worms (sugar-free chocolate pudding cup topped with 1/2 crushed Oreo and 2 gummy worms)= 30 carbs
Silly Apple Monster (1/4 apple, strawberry slice, sunflower seeds and 2 googly eyes secured with peanut butter)= 8 carbs
Meal Total= 65 carbohydrates
Of course you can cater this to your own child’s appetite and likes/dislikes. If you’re wanting to cut back on carbs in anticipation of allowing your child to indulge in some trick-or-treating candy, just omit the dirt & worms and it will nearly cut the meal carb total in half.
Here are 3 more ideas of what you could fill your muffin tin with, that I have shared on t1everydaymagic.com:
I’d love to know…how do you navigate holidays like Halloween with diabetes? Feel free to share your tips/tricks in the comments!