|Nosferatu, eat your heart out, sucker.|
The annual sugar rush of Trick or Treating was not designed with Prader-Willi Syndrome kids in mind.
Children who don’t physically feel full up and buckets full of unsuitable sweeties and chocs are not a good mix.
Strictly speaking, as someone who has just had to peel my pumped up, jitterbug, vampiric son from the ceiling, that much sugar is not really a good mix for kids who don’t have PWS, either.
But our daughter, the one who has to have her diet strictly monitored, and the one whose calories we have to limit, loves Hallowe'en - the whole bat to pumpkin lot of it.
So we do what we always do: prepare, control and substitute.
We only target a few select Hallowe'enie homes: neighbours, aunties, uncles, and grandparents. Instead of Haribo multipacks, or kiddy meth delivery systems as I like to call them, savvy relatives dish out lower calorie snacks (raisins, breadsticks, Flump marshmallows, etc). If anyone sticks in normal sweets or chocolates, I do a quick switcheroo, delving into a ‘here’s one I made earlier’ bag of no-sugar substitutes. I let my daughter have a rummage through the treats and choose one thing to eat when we get back home, and then we save the rest for snacks to eke out (or as it’s Halloween, that should probably read ‘eek’ out) throughout the week.
The kids are settled down now, in front of a film called Corpse Bride, which isn’t quite as horrific as it sounds, and is for children, honestly.
It’ll soon be time to tuck them into their coffins.
It’s been blood-sucking, stake-avoiding, crypt-creeping, pointy-toothsome fun.
Video is Jace Everett - Bad Things (the theme from vampire series True Blood). "When you came in the air went out." That's a killer first line, isn't it?