Friday, October 27, 2006

Halloween Part 1

I just finished reading a newletter sent out from the American Diabetes Association where they suggested offering your child pumpkin seeds, stickers, and wax lips instead of candy for trick or treating.

Um...RIGHT. Pumkin seeds taste EXACTLY like Reeses Pieces. She won't notice a difference. No problem.

Okay - truth of the matter is I am really concerned about L's first Halloween since her diagnosis. We have always made a big deal about this holiday. I love it. I am a candy FREAK. It has always been my favorite holiday, hands down. Costumes and free candy. What could be better!

So now what. I have had lots of suggestions. Trade in candy for cash. I think they had a similar program with hand guns a few years ago. Tell her to leave the candy on the porch for the Great Pumpkin or the Tooth Fairy and they will bring her a present... I don't know. How many times a year does a fairy or magical creature need to be invited in?

This is turning into a rant - but in a way, it is. I can't handle negotiating this holiday. I also read that some families bolus or give extra insulin so their kids can eat one piece of candy a night. Well - I DON"T KNOW HOW TO DO THAT. So it is not an option.

L is going to be a devil this Halloween. She designed her costume and I made it. When she tried it on she said, "Mom, I don't want to hurt your feelings or anything, but I like this costume better than last year!" I felt so proud.

We agreed to trade in all her candy but 10 pieces for a new outfit for her American Girl doll. She is fine with this, but I wonder, really? Wish me luck - I don't think she is the one who will need it - to make it through this holiday sane.


Lauren said...

I think the trading candy in for a gift is a good plan. It's honest (no mythical creatures) and she'll get to play an active role in the whole thing.

I'm going to be a devil for Halloween too! :)

Grammy said...

I think you did the right thing. I spoke with Lili and she seemed excited about the American Girl outfit. You can make a new tradition for our family - Halloween is about dressing up and having the best time ever! This can be a big deal and lots of fun, and trick or treating can still be a part of it.

Grammy said...

By the way, Lili, I was a devil, too. I'll send some pictures.