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  1. From the Archives: Boo to Injections
    From the Archives: Boo to Injections October 27, 2010 at 6:56 am |

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  3. Jamie
    Jamie October 27, 2010 at 7:56 am | | Reply

    I love Leighann’s posts. Great stuff. It is crazy how halloween for a lot of kids is about collecting and consuming as much sugar as you can in one night.

  4. Jeff Hitchcock
    Jeff Hitchcock October 27, 2010 at 9:17 am | | Reply

    Marissa was diagnosed at 24 months in early September 1989. Brenda and I decided to buy inexpensive “toys” from the Oriental Trading Company catalog — things like pencils with pumpkin prints, plastic vampire teeth, and sticky eye balls — and have given these out ever since. It’s a nice break from candy and all the kids really enjoy it — even the teenagers.

  5. Hannah
    Hannah October 27, 2010 at 9:53 am | | Reply

    When I was a kid, I was the only kid in the neighborhood with diabetes. My parents talked to the neighbors they were friendly with, and each house had a special treat for me, including apples, Halloween trinkets, and sugar-free gum. I got a LOT of sugar-free gum when I was a kid. The stash I got every Easter lasted until Thanksgiving. I am so grateful for carb counting!

    Another good “treat” that my parents used to have for me was that I could “sell” them my candy when I returned from trick-or-treating. They’d give me a bit of money for each piece of candy they wanted, and then I could save that for something else. I did find it hard to just get money to save…it was never enough to buy a new Barbie dress, but I was also an easily amused kid, so the act of “selling” candy to my parents and trying to strike bargains with them was fun.

    Again I will say THANK GOD FOR CARB COUNTING though, because once I figured out that I could claim giving my leftover candy to my friends, I would hide it by my bed and sneak it at night or while in my room doing homework. Let your kids be kids. Just make sure they’re kids who bolus for that bit of Laffy Taffy!

  6. Scott S
    Scott S October 27, 2010 at 10:29 am | | Reply

    When I was diagnosed at age 7, we didn’t have insulin pumps or all the other things that kids today have. But trick-or-treating was still a big deal, but because of designing a costume and actually going around the neighborhood collecting all of the treats. More often than not, we measured success based on the number of pieces collected or how much someone’s bag weighed, but few kids actually could consume all they collected anyway, plus there is always concern about razor blades and “tricks” that could ruin even a kid without diabetes’ Halloween festivities. My parents never tried to control my participation in this uniquely American tradition, and I don’t think its a good idea to try and do so today, either. But as Jeff Hitchcock mentioned, I do remember getting packages of baseball cards or stickers in my bag and those were a refreshing change that few kids disliked. The event of trick-or-treating is not inherently bad for PWD’s, its how parents decide to deal with all the stuff that’s been collected that makes the difference!!

  7. Pubsgal
    Pubsgal October 27, 2010 at 11:31 am | | Reply

    This sounds like great advice for kids who aren’t dealing with diabetes, too. Thanks for sharing your great tips, Leighann, and thanks for featuring her article, Amy! :-)

    I like the idea of non-food “consumables,” because they can get used up and not add to the clutter. I was excited to find some glow-sticks on sale at the local craft store to pass out on Halloween, 15 for $1 – they’re the kind you can bend into bracelets and hook together for necklaces.

  8. Allison Porter
    Allison Porter October 27, 2010 at 12:11 pm | | Reply

    Thank you for this.

    When Lyra was first diagnosed three years ago, I had no idea how to “do” Halloween. We came up with the idea to invite imaginary Halloween Fairies to accompany us on our trick or treating. The Halloween Fairies are like sweet protectors, keeping us safe. We even build a fairy house out of sticks and leaves the day we go trick or treating. After we return home with our spoils, we offer half of what we have collected to our Protector Fairies (which we, Mom & Dad, either give away or throw away).

    It has been a fun tradition that we plan to continue.

  9. Michael Hoskins
    Michael Hoskins October 27, 2010 at 11:26 pm | | Reply

    Great post! Thanks for sharing it. Since my mom was a Type 1 since her fifth birthday and was always worried about my potential diagnosis, candy wasn’t a huge thing in my household. I got the fun of dressing up and going out with friends and family, but then would get two pieces of “reasonable” candy that night then a few to keep for the next week. That was it. Pretty much stayed that way after I was diagnosed at age 5. Candy hasn’t ever been my focus, but the fun and festivity of it all! Fav parts are still the Garfield and Charlie Brown movies that are MUST SEES on Halloween night with my wife as we give out some fun items or even cracker packs at the door to the kiddos!

  10. Denise Costabile
    Denise Costabile October 29, 2010 at 5:52 am | | Reply

    Leighann – thanks for the fabulous ideas for all of us.
    It is so helpful for you to remind us not to focus on the treats but on the fun activities instead. This is a valuable blog! : D

  11. Halloween: Less D, More Fun!
    Halloween: Less D, More Fun! October 29, 2010 at 7:57 am |

    [...] We have a few strategies for making Halloween less about diabetes and more about the fun. Head on over to Diabetes Mine where I am guest posting. Read Tricks For Treats. [...]

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  13. hyperhidrosis
    hyperhidrosis December 16, 2010 at 5:27 am | | Reply

    Nice information. Halloween is one of our family’s favorite holidays. The event of trick-or-treating is not inherently bad for PWD’s, its how parents decide to deal with all the stuff that’s been collected that makes the difference.

  14. Tricks and Tasty Treats For Halloween - Diabetes Daily Voices

    [...] to do if your child has diabetes? Leighann Calentine of DMom Blog did a wonderful guest post on Diabetes Mine talking about what it’s like for her daughter and family to celebrate Halloween as a type 1 [...]

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  17. {Halloween} LOTS Of Posts About Halloween!

    [...] We have a few strategies for making Halloween less about diabetes and more about the fun. Head on over to Diabetes Mine where I wrote a guest post. Read Tricks For Treats. [...]

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