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BY HEATHER WARLICK-MOORE Modified: November 2, 2009 at 1:48 pm •  Published: October 27, 2009
/articleid/3412167/1/pictures/746222">Photo - Emma McCarty, 5, models her Halloween costume in Edmond. Photo by Steve Gooch, The Oklahoman
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.


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