I don't particularly love Halloween.
costume idea changes almost daily
However, Bug is overjoyed about trick-or-treating and could not be more excited about all things Halloween; pumpkins, costumes, witches, ghosts, pumpkins, parties, and even candy. So, with that in mind.... I am jumping on her excitement train and this evening I will be taking Snow White and her Apple to brave the elements.
Everywhere we go there is talk of candy and trick-or-treat and sugar, etc. Bug even plays pretend "trick-or-treat" when we are at home, away from the worldly candy pressures. Needless to say, as she gets older I have learned I have to have a plan of action before heading into situations like this.
Even at a birthday party, recently, I was at war with the yummy options at the food table as the other kids filled their plates with one of each. I hadn't had a plan and was about to have a knock-down-drawn-out fit on my hands. Thankfully she settled for "you can have one sip of milkshake, half a cookie, and take home a cake pop". I know I won't be able to get away with that very long. But I don't have to enter the war room just yet; for today I can relish in her naivete as she truly believed me today when I told her "ew, that's bubble gum.... you do not like that stuff!"
We will not be trick-or-treating long, but some friends of ours have offered to stock their candy pile with Bug friendly things, so we will be heading to their block for a bit. The fact that these friends thought to do this before I even thought there was a need, brought tiny happy tears to my eyes. After visiting friends, we will head to my husband's parents' house for some more diabetic friendly treating. Then tomorrow we can begin our conversations about Thanksgiving and how Mommy is so thankful the Halloween Candy Battle 2011 is over.
I'm going to post a list below of candies and their carbohydrates for those interested, thanks to the JDRF website. And for those interested in bringing sugar free cheer here are a few ideas:
any of the plastic Halloween jewelry
Clementine Oranges or other fun little fruits
100 Calorie Packs
little bags of popcorn
and the list goes on.... but those are my top 8
Se la vie. She is excited. And as I watch her face light up as she wishes everyone she sees "Happy Halloween!", I can only feel blessed by my little ball of excitement and joy. Her cup overflows..... and in turn, mine is filled just a bit more.
Carbohydrate Values for Common Candies*
Candy Size/Package Carbs (g) 3 Musketeers 16 gram fun-sized bar 12g 3 Musketeers 2.13 oz bar 46g Baby Ruth 2 oz. bar 37g Baby Ruth 1 fun size 17g Blow Pop sucker One sucker 13g Butterfinger 2 oz. bar 41g Butterfinger 22 gram-fun sized bar 15g Candy corn 15 pieces 15g Dum Dum suckers One sucker 5g Gummy Bears 11 pieces 30g Heath Bar 1.4 oz. bar 25g Hershey's Almond 3 minis 15g Hershey's Almond 1.45oz. bar 20g Hershey's Kisses 6 pieces 16g Hershey's Milk Chocolate bar snack size 10g Jolly Rancher 1 piece 6g Kit Kat bar 3 piece bar 10g KitKat 1.5 oz. package 26g Licorice 3 6-inch Twizzlers 15g M&M's "Halloween" mini box 10g M&M's, plain mini pack 15g M&M's, plain 1.69 oz bag 34g M&M's, peanut mini pack 13g M&M's, peanut 1.74 oz bag 30g M&M's, peanut butter 1.69 oz bag 27g Milky Way 2.15 oz bar 43g Milky Way fun-sized bar 14g Nestle's Cruch 1.5 oz 28g Nestle's Crunch 4 mini bars 26g Reese's Cups 2 regular-sized 1 oz cups 18g Reese's mini cups 4 1-oz mini cups 16g Skittles 15 pieces 15g Skittles mini pack 17.5g Snicker's fun size 12g Snickers 2.07 oz. bar 36g Snickers 20-gram fun-sized bar 12g Starburst 4 pieces 16g Sweet Tarts mini packs - 5 packs 13g Tootsie Pop 1 pop 16g Tootsie Roll midgets 12 30g Tootsie Rolls 2 bars 23g Twix 2 2-oz. cookies 37g Warheads 5 13g Whoopers 8 Pieces 15g Whoppers 1 small pouch 16g Wonka Pixie Stix Each (about 6 in. in length) 2g