Medical students help diabetic children enjoy Halloween safely

By Alyssa Donovan

October 26, 2013 Updated Oct 28, 2013 at 10:52 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill.-- The candy and sweets that come along with Halloween can be a hurdle for children with diabetes. But that might not be the case for one group of kids.

More than 100 children and their families celebrated Halloween at the University Of Illinois College Of Medicine on Saturday.

Kids enjoyed games, face painting and sugar free snacks.

Parents also received information about healthy Halloween treats for diabetic children.

"So when they go trick or treating they have these sheets and when they come home the parents can kind of help their kids control their portions as far as how much sugar they are in taking that day. Which allows them to kind of enjoy Halloween like all of the other kids and have that experience but while still dealing with their diabetes,” said Niki Patel, event co-coordinator and co-president of the Pediatrics interest group.

Organizers say they have been doing the event for several years and add that it helps children with diabetes enjoy Halloween.