Halloween Tips for Little Ones: Trick-Or-Treating With Diabetes

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By : Suvarna Sheth

As you know, children with diabetes can celebrate Halloween, just like other kids.

However, parents with little ones need to do a little extra planning to make sure their child has a happy and healthy Halloween.

We offer a few tips and tricks to handle your little ones’ loot:

  • Plan ahead with your child so they know what to expect. Consider (if they are old enough) involving your child in a plan for what to do with the extra candy. Finding a great cause to donate the candy to such as a local hospital, community organization or troops overseas will make your child feel good about their decision.
  • Participate in an activity that doesn’t entirely focus on Trick-or-Treating for the night. Host your own Halloween party and do other activities such as play games, or do arts and crafts. Make a d-friendly Halloween treat or snack together. Look for local activities such as hayrides,  haunted houses, and costume contests to participate in.
  • Give your child the option to “trade-in” their candy for other things such as a small toy, a night out to their favorite restaurant, or any other activity they enjoy.
  • Limit the number of houses you and your child visit on Halloween night.
  • Encourage your friends and neighbors to hand out stickers, pencils, or small toys instead of candy. Start the trend by handing out these alternatives at your house first.
  • Make sure you have a healthy dinner before you head out for the night.
  • Have your child pick out their favorite candy and get rid of the rest. For the stash they have decided to save, put them in a special location and use once in a while as a treat or to treat lows.
  • Divide the extra in servings of 15g carbohydrate, and check the nutrition labels before consuming them. Make sure the candy is factored into your child’s meal plan.
  • Most importantly, have fun with your little one!

Here is a useful guide for candy to carbohydrate ratio from the Joslin Diabetes Center:

Candy equal to about 15 grams of carbohydrate:

  • One fun-size chocolate bar
  • 11 candy corns
  • 4 Starbursts
  • One-half stick Twix
  • 2 sticks Kit Kat
  • 30 Reese’s Pieces
  • 1/2 pack of M&Ms, plain or peanut
  • 1 piece of Fruit-by-the-Foot
  • 6 Hi-C gummy fruits
  • 5 LifeSaver Gummy Savers
  • 3 Twizzlers
  • 3 Tootsie Rolls (small)
  • 6 Junior Mints
  • 16 Good & Plenty’s
  • 15 Skittles
  • 9 Sweettarts
  • 2 Jolly Ranchers
  • 1 Tootsie Pop

Also, check out our article on Halloween Candy Carb Counts.


  1. “Halloween Party.” Retrieved from: https://www.joslin.org/phs/halloween_party.html
  2. “Halloween and Diabetes.” 2012. University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. Retrieved from: http://www.med.umich.edu/1libr/PedEndocrine/Diabetes/HalloweenandDiabetes.pdf