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Halloween Party


Each year, families join the Joslin staff for a Halloween costume party in October. This event gives children and families a chance to celebrate with others who also face the challenges of balancing life with diabetes. Everyone can enjoy Halloween snacks, making crafts, and playing such games as "pumpkin bowling," "cauldron toss," and "pin-the-hat-on-the-witch." This event is held the Saturday before Halloween.


Sweets in Moderation Are Okay

Children with diabetes can actively enjoy Halloween by planning ahead to fit treats into their diabetes management plans. But alternative ways to celebrate - like our party - that don’t involve so much candy are also a nice way to participate.

Children can and should trick-or-treat. But after trick-or-treating, there may be lots of candy left over. Parents and kids can discuss together what the child’s favorite treats are and work those snacks into the meal plan.

To help motivate children to make healthy food choices, we also suggest that parents buy back some candy. Let your child use the money to buy a non-food treat, such as a game or small toy.

Candy equal to about 15 grams of carbohydrate:

  • One fun-size chocolate bar
  • 11 candy corns
  • 4 Starbursts
  • One-half stick Twix
  • 2 sticks Kit Kat
  • 30 Reese's Pieces
  • 1/2 pack of M&Ms, plain or peanut
  • 1 piece of Fruit-by-the-Foot
  • 6 Hi-C gummy fruits
  • 5 LifeSaver Gummy Savers
  • 3 Twizzlers
  • 3 Tootsie Rolls (small)
  • 6 Junior Mints
  • 16 Good & Plenty's
  • 15 Skittles
  • 9 Sweettarts
  • 2 Jolly Ranchers
  • 1 Tootsie Pop


Date: October 24, 2015

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617 732 2603


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