Microblog: Halloween With Type One Diabetes


In hopes that we can have a slightly “normal” Halloween this year I thought I would share some tips for Halloween with Type One Diabetes.

The first Halloween after my daughter was diagnosed with Type One put me in to such a tailspin of anxiety. We did not have a lot of the tools we do now to keep her safe, and so the idea of being around that many carbs stressed us out.

Now 4 years later we are a lot more relaxed, simply because we’ve developed some rules that work for our house and maintain the “fun”  of the Holiday. We wanted to keep her safe, but we also didn’t want to be so uptight the memories were tainted.

We pass out alternates to candy. I love the Dollar Store, Oriental Trading, Walmart, or Target dollar spots to collect small trinkets and handouts.

We do normal Trick or Treat traditions. We enjoy a fun night in our neighborhood. We get excited about the treats, we snack on a few while we go from house to house and then like everyone else we come home and eat a few pieces of candy, get a sugar high, dose her insulin appropriately and have tons of fun.

And then after she picks out a handful of her favorites she trades in the rest for a trip to the store to pick out a new toy. The night wasn’t ruined, and then she has something to look forward to the next day. This has been our solution for several years now and it has worked so well for us.

If you need more Holiday hacks with Type One check out this article from last year.

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Emily Schofield
Emily is new to the Coastal Bend area but enjoys everything it has to offer! Emily and her husband Landon both grew up in Idaho, and came to Kingsville for her husband’s job as a range and wildlife biologist. Emily graduated with her BSN from Brigham Young University-Idaho. Emily has two amazing children, Ashton (6) and Brooks (16 months). Emily has been a SAHM since Brooks was born and is returning to the nursing field this Fall. When she isn’t adventuring with her family, she loves faking insomnia with a good book, trying (and sometimes failing) new recipes, listening to podcasts and taking a bubble bath.