Halloween versus Diabetes by Susan Sussman

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.

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Comment by twinchick on October 21, 2013 at 4:48pm
I dread Halloween too! Nancy
Comment by Elyssia on October 21, 2013 at 5:12pm
I completely feel you on this one. I didn't consider Halloween linking to my terrible sudden lows here lately but there could possibly be a connection? I have been droppin low after dinner especially and sometimes lunch usually to 49. Then voila! The frankenstein butlar that my boyfriend bought is staring me in the face with peanut butter cups. Then guess what, I'm up to 300 and we have strapped ourselves in to the blood sugar roller coaster. I have tried buying the candy that I hate to give to trick or treaters but I'm making some delicous semi healthy but still require chocolate recipes for a party. This season is a joy but such a heartache at the same time for me. Any advice would be appreciated friend, I am in awe at what a giving heart you have how blessed we are! Keep donating you are an encouragement.
Comment by Kathy on October 21, 2013 at 7:26pm

The Dollar Store has great candy. I get so few kids that I can afford to give stuff like yo-yo's, sugarless gum, animal crackers, pre-packaged rice krispie bars and goldfish crackers.

Comment by Jessica_Strickland on October 21, 2013 at 8:04pm

I always dreaded Halloween growing up, my parents would let me go trick or treating but I never got to eat the candle like the rest of the kids my age did. And it was a pain to go through all the parties at school and watch all the kids eat the delicious and yummy stuff while I'd be sitting back eating the sugar free stuff :(

Comment by RogerAlyn on October 22, 2013 at 11:45am

I totally agree with you too. As if kids need a whole bag of candy these days! We used to have kids in our neighborhood come around the day after Halloween and "Trick or Treat for leftovers"!


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