Having a fun Halloween

It's that time of year again, so dust off your broomstick, get carving those pumpkins and prepare yourself for some spooky fun!

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Whether it's a Halloween party or trick-or-treating, there's likely to be lots of sweets and chocolate around, and as you know, you don't have to miss out just because you have diabetes.

But it's important to keep track of what you eat, and not to eat loads of sugary and fatty foods as that's not good for anyone – diabetes or no diabetes.

Halloween party food

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With some help from your mum or dad, you can make some scary-looking food that tastes nice and is good for you!

Scare your guests with these witches’ fingers with vampire blood or witchetty grubs in swamp juice!

Or, how about making these tasty jelly treats or Halloween biscuits?

For more recipes, go to Enjoy Food

Halloween hints 

Follow our tips to make sure you have a spooky, but fun, Halloween this year! 

Try not to eat all the treats while out and about

If you go out trick-or-treating, you could have carrier bags full of sweets by the time you get to the end of the street.

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But, try not to eat them while you're out, as it will be difficult to keep track of how much you've had. Instead, wait until you get back and share them out with your friends. Then, you can decide how much you're going to have and make changes to your insulin dose if you need to (if you don't know how to do that, ask your mum, dad or nurse).

Test blood glucose (sugar) levels

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If you're eating more sweets than you usually would, it's important to test your levels regularly. This will help you to learn about how eating different foods affects your diabetes.

Eat proper meals

It's easy to fill yourself up on sweets, but they won't give you lasting energy. Eating things like granary bread, wholemeal pasta, or brown rice will give you the energy you need for all your Halloween fun!

 

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Be prepared for hypos

Lots of activity can make your blood glucose drop, so if you do a lot of running around or trick-or-treating, you might have a hypo.

Make sure you've got something with you, like glucose tablets, a sugary drinks or sweets, to treat it. Remember that chocolate and some sweets aren't that great for hypos, though, as they don't work very quickly.

 

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You might need to have a snack afterwards too, like a cereal bar or a piece of fruit.

Avoid diabetic sweets

Don't have any diabetic sweets or chocolate. People might think they're being nice by giving you this, but it will still affect your blood glucose (sugar) levels and might make your tummy hurt. 

Finally, stay safe!

  • Don’t go out alone.
  • Don’t knock on stranger’s doors.
  • If you don’t have an adult with you, make sure your parents know where you will be.
  • Make sure someone with you has a fully charged mobile phone.
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