BY HEATHER WARLICK-MOORE •
Modified: November 2, 2009 at 1:48 pm •
Published: October 27, 2009
/articleid/3412167/1/pictures/746222"> Emma McCarty, 5, models her Halloween costume in Edmond. Photo by Steve Gooch, The Oklahoman
"It’s hard to watch other kids tear into sacks of candy, but with a little preplanning, parents can make the holiday more enjoyable.”
Following are some ideas from the Central Oklahoma chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation for a happy and healthy Halloween.
→Trade candy for cash or toys. Parents can often allow some candy on Halloween for their type 1 kids, but they also should have their child exchange the bulk of the candy for a toy that they really want. Parents also can buy back the collected candy with a coin for each piece. Older kids may appreciate their parents making a contribution to a charity like Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation or another worthy cause.
→Plan alternative activities and treats. Host a Halloween party and offer small toys such as glow-in-the-dark insects and Halloween-themed stickers and cause-related wristbands as treats. During the party, you can make popcorn balls, hand out sugar-free candy and other sugar-free treats. By placing the focus on fun and not food, the holiday can be better for everyone involved.
→Inform teachers and nurses at your child’s school. Prepare your child, teachers and nurses with information about type 1 diabetes before Halloween. The holiday can be a teaching opportunity about health, science and diet. Some schools have used Halloween as an opportunity to calculate the carbohydrate counts for varied serving sizes of sweets, should there be a Halloween party in the classroom.
→Take inventory. If you are going to allow your child candy, be sure to space out your distribution by having him pick out only a few things and eat one a day or on a supervised schedule.