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The essential pet-safety guide
Foods to avoid
•Sugar substitute found in gum, mints, candy & baked goods
•1/8 teaspoon can cause dangerously low blood sugar in dogs
•1/2 teaspoon can cause liver damage
Natural stimulants in this Halloween staple can cause a range of symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, abnormal heart rhythm & death
May cause a toxic reaction in dogs from vomiting to kidney failure.
Jack-O-Lanterns & Corn
These fall decorations can cause gastrointestinal upset in large doses
Candy Wrappers & Lollipop Sticks
Cellophane, plastic & paper sticks can cause gastrointestinal upset or bowel obstruction
Can cause drooling, irritation, agitation & vomiting
Hot wax & flames can potentially burn your pet’s nose, tongue or tail when within reach
Sharing these types of beverages can be toxic with symptoms ranging from bloat to respiratory failure.
The Teal Pumpkin Project is an easy way to make a big impact in your community. Food allergies can be life-threatening, and they affect 1 in 13 children in the United States. We are thrilled to see so many people embracing the Teal Pumpkin Project as a way to ensure kids with food allergies can enjoy a safe, fun Halloween experience just like their friends,” says Veronica LaFemina, spokeswoman for Food Allergy Research & Education.
LaFemina says they are already starting to see photos of children with paintbrushes and teal pumpkins on doorsteps via Instagram and other social media channels. Families who are managing other diseases for which candy presents a problem, such as diabetes and celiac disease, have also shown support.
If you don’t want to purchase non-food items, it is helpful to separate allergy-free candy from candy that may trigger an allergic reaction if you’re handing out goodies on October 31. Cross-contamination is a concern, as many food allergies require only a small amount of the allergen to trigger a reaction. Find out more here
The Teal Project
No tricks this Halloween, just allergy-friendly treats.
Today, candy is the central focus of the spookiest holiday of the year. In fact, the average American consumes 24 pounds of candy in a year, most of which is eaten right after Halloween according to the U.S. Census Bureau. But for diabetic children, it can be difficult to enjoy the festivities when all their fellow goblins are in a frenzy to get their hands on mounds of sweet treats.
Marc Wolf, registered pharmacist and CEO of Diabetic Care Services, provides the following tips to help parents of diabetic children shift the focus off Halloween candy so the kids can have more fun.
•Explain to diabetic children ahead of time that they should not snack on candy until you are home from trick-or-treating. (Parents, that goes for you too!)
•Lots of walking can affect blood glucose levels for anyone with diabetes, so pack a healthy snack that you can rely on to battle lows. This way, you avoid the temptation of dipping into the Halloween treat bag for a quick solution if your child’s blood sugar levels begin to drop.
•If your child has diabetes, choosing which type of candy to pass out is important because there is a good chance you will have leftovers. If you select the correct type of candy, you can use leftovers to treat lows throughout the year. According to the American Diabetes Association, chocolate and other higher-fat treats do not work well for treating lows. Therefore, if you anticipate leftovers, choose hard candy, gumdrops or lollipops to pass out at Halloween so you can use the leftovers to treat lows.
•Do not feel you have to deprive your child of all Halloween candy because they have diabetes. Instead, allow them to choose a fun size, smaller version of their favorite candy. Just remember to adjust their meal plan based on the number of carbohydrates in the sweet treat. Visit the JDRF web site for a list of common Halloween candy carbohydrate values.
•After trick-or-treat hours are over, sit down with your child and help them choose a few of his or her favorite pieces of candy they can enjoy throughout the week. To help diabetic children part with the leftover candy, allow them to exchange it for money, a toy or some other special treat (a special dinner, trip to the movies, etc).
•If you do not want to waste the extra candy by throwing it away, go with your child to donate the leftovers to a hospital or senior center. Not only will your child learn healthy diabetes management habits, they will receive a lesson in sharing.
•Take the focus off Halloween candy by encouraging diabetic children to create an exciting Halloween costume. You can even involve the entire family by designating a day to work on homemade costumes.
•Halloween costumes often require plenty of face paint, body paint and colored hair spray. When the festivities are over, ensure you give proper attention to skin and scalp cleansing and care. Diabetic children can use products like Diabet-X Hair and Scalp Therapy Shampoo and Dermal Therapy Body Lotion by Bayer, can help to safely scrub dye out of hair and moisturize skin after removing dehydrating costume makeup.
•No matter what the Halloween costume, ensure your child wears comfortable, closed toe shoes and invest in special diabetic socks that will keep feet clean and dry. Whether trick-or-treating or at a costume party, it is important for children with diabetes to protect feet from potential cuts and scrapes and prevent blisters and soreness.
•Offer to host the Halloween party this year. You will be able to ensure your child, and all the guests, enjoy healthy Halloween treats safe diabetic children rather than experience sugar shock.
•Use food coloring to turn your favorite dip or sugar-free whipped topping orange, and pair with fruit and cheese or vegetables for a festive tray.
•For dessert, dish out sugar-free chocolate pudding in individual cups and garnish with sugar-free whipped topping and sugar-free candy worms for a creepy surprise.
Jiggly Graveyard Cups
6 grams carbohydrate per serving
Yield: 6 servings
Graveyard base: 2 packages sugar-free berry-colored gelatin
Jell-O Jiggler Goblins: 2 packages sugar-free gelatin (try lime or orange)
Decorations: Lite Cool Whip, raisins, sugar free candies, Halloween cookie cutters
1. Base: Make the gelatin according to the directions. Pour into 6 individual glasses.
Refrigerate them until cool.
2. Goblins: Make the gelatin, but use only the amount of water you would for one box.
Pour into cookie sheet with sides or a pan. Cut with your favorite Halloween cookie
3. Form ghosts with Cool Whip in glasses by placing a dollop (2 tbsp). Use raisins as eyes.
Place the Halloween cutouts around the ghost.
Posted on October 25, 2010 by Joslin Communications
This entry was posted in Healthy Eating, Holidays and tagged diabetes candy, halloween diabetes, holidays.
Things You’ll Need
Large Foam Pumpkin, available at a craft store
1-2 Yards Festive Halloween Themed Fabric
Paint, Glitter, or other embellishments of choice
HERSHEY’S Assorted Shapes
TWIZZLERS Candy Assortment
How to Make
Using a serrated knife, carefully cut off the top half of your foam pumpkin. Measure the depth of the bottom of the pumpkin. Multiply that number by three. This is the approximate diameter of the circle of fabric you will cut to line the pumpkin. (For example, if pumpkin is 6” deep, you will need to cut a circle with a diameter of 18”.)
Cut your fabric. Place over the top of your pumpkin bowl. Press fabric to the bottom of the bowl. Slowly glue fabric over the cut-edge of the bowl until you have glued the entire radius of the bowl. You may have to fold fabric occasionally to account for the roundness of the edge. Trim any excess fabric from the edge of your bowl.
Decorate the outside of your bowl with acrylic paint. You may wish to paint a circle of spooky ghosts, glue glitter patterns, or embellish with ribbon.
When glue is dry, fill bowl with your favorite individually wrapped HERSHEY’S Treats. We suggest HERSHEY’S Miniatures, REESE’S Peanut Butter Pumpkins, KIT Kat Miniatures, HERSHEY’S KISSES Brand Milk Chocolates, Jolly Rancher Candies, TWIZZLERS Candy and more.