I was diagnosed with diabetes when I was 17 so as a child I did not have conflicts about candy. By the time I was diagnosed, the celebration of Halloween with candy was in my past. The same for my sons, who are not diabetic and therefore we (mostly me) took them around the neighborhood each year and they got to enjoy the candy associated with the holiday.
I say this because I do know of the struggles that occur in many households with diabetic children. Since my mom was a diabetic I grew up around diabetic children and I always thought how fortunate I was that did not endure the awful struggles I saw between the children and their parents. There were many different ways of handling diabetes at this time of years. Of course pumps have smoothed the way a bit, but I imagine the struggles at some levels still persist even with pumps. As a parent I really feel for how tough it must be in some households to set strict rules about candy and then have to enforce them. My heart goes out to families who are struggling with this issue. I am so glad I never had to face it as a parent.
As a child I saw many ways that parents deal with this time of year, some better than others and there are many other ways I have never thought of. Here is a list of how I saw parents deal with Halloween and the unintended outcomes:
Perhaps my favorite was the almost no candy Halloween Party. I attended a few of these as a child and I always had the best time. I recall one in particular where we did apple bobbing and each of the boys of course was soaked while the girls were a little well less than enthusiastic. The parents at these parties had plenty of games, and thinking back on things I cannot say I ever missed the emphasis on…