Halloween and diabetes don’t mix. For me it's like Armaggedon…orange is a symbol of fire, black is a symbol of fear, and candy, candy, candy...a symbol of the devil himself.
This year I have opted not to buy candy nor give anything out to the critters, big or small. Although many of them are adorable, I feel like a pusher. I can’t eat it so why feed it? Then of course there are the big kids. Many of them are so overweight they already look like pumpkins. Fuggedaboudit!
I long for the days of the cute little orange UNICEF boxes that we brought home from school and took around with us on Trick or Treat. People would put coins in them and we’d bring them back to school the next day. Donating money to the poor and sick children of the world was, and still is, a great cause. It would kick those greedy kids in the pants, you know the ones, that complain about how little candy they get. Perhaps the UNICEF box would help them realize how lucky they are.
I am proud to say that when I do participate I have this Trick or Treat thing down to a science. I buy candy at the Dollar Store and keep the receipt. I buy only stuff that I don’t like so I won’t eat it. Instead of opening all of the bags I ration (open a few bags at a time) until I run out, then open another bag. If there are any closed bags remaining I return them to the Dollar Store and get my money back. Not that I’m cheap, but remember, I buy candy that I don't like so why keep it. Then I take the money and run, buy something sugar free, or donate it... to UNICEF.