Kids with diabetes face a challenge on Halloween: what to do with all the candy. While their friends are busy consuming their trick-or-treat booty, kids with diabetes must be more careful.

There are many possible approaches to helping kids with diabetes enjoy Halloween, including:

  • Exchange candy collected while trick-or-treating with something else, such as a small toy or money. Younger kids might like this, especially since they can get something more permanent than candy.
  • Donate candy collected — or most of it — to a local children’s hospital or your community center. Older kids might feel good about helping other kids.
  • Keep selected candy and fit it into your child’s meal plan. With carbohydrate counting and a fast-acting insulin such as Humalog or NovoLog, you can easily accommodate an occasional treat.

Alternatives to Candy

You may even wish to choose non-candy treats to give away (read: Children Are Happy With Toys or Candy at Halloween).

Some families give out Halloween-themed pencils, small plastic bugs, glow-in-the-dark rubber balls, or other small toys instead of candy. These kinds of items are readily available at local party-supply stores, or via mail-order from places (like Oriental Trading Company), or dollar stores.

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Carbohydrate Values for Common Candies

Candy Size/Package Carbs (g)
3 Musketeers 16 gram fun-sized bar 12g
3 Musketeers 2.13 oz bar 46g
Baby Ruth 2 oz. bar 37g
Baby Ruth 1 fun size 17g
Blow Pop sucker One sucker 13g
Butterfinger 2 oz. bar 41g
Butterfinger 22 gram-fun sized bar 15g
Candy corn 15 pieces 15g
Dum Dum suckers One sucker 5g
Gummy Bears 11 pieces 30g
Heath Bar 1.4 oz. bar 25g
Hershey’s Almond 3 minis 15g
Hershey’s Almond 1.45oz. bar 20g
Hershey’s Kisses 6 pieces 16g
Hershey’s Milk Chocolate bar snack size 10g
Jolly Rancher 1 piece 6g
Kit Kat bar 3 piece bar 10g
KitKat 1.5 oz. package 26g
Licorice 3 6-inch Twizzlers 15g
M&M’s “Halloween” mini box 10g
M&M’s, plain mini pack 15g
M&M’s, plain 1.69 oz bag 34g
M&M’s, peanut mini pack 13g
M&M’s, peanut 1.74 oz bag 30g
M&M’s, peanut butter 1.69 oz bag 27g
Milky Way 2.15 oz bar 43g
Milky Way fun-sized bar 14g
Nestle’s Cruch 1.5 oz 28g
Nestle’s Crunch 4 mini bars 26g
Reese’s Cups 2 regular-sized 1 oz cups 18g
Reese’s mini cups 4 1-oz mini cups 16g
Skittles 15 pieces 15g
Skittles mini pack 17.5g
Snicker’s fun size 12g
Snickers 2.07 oz. bar 36g
Snickers 20-gram fun-sized bar 12g
Starburst 4 pieces 16g
Sweet Tarts mini packs – 5 packs 13g
Tootsie Pop 1 pop 16g
Tootsie Roll midgets 12 30g
Tootsie Rolls 2 bars 23g
Twix 2 2-oz. cookies 37g
Warheads 5 13g
Whoopers 8 Pieces 15g
Whoppers 1 small pouch 16g
Wonka Pixie Stix Each (about 6 in. in length) 2g

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