Crohn's and Halloween

Halloween is the holiday where you or your children can dress up like favorite super-hero, ghost, goblin, or creature. Halloween is a holiday where we can go door to door knocking for candy, so we can stuff our face when we get home. It doesn’t matter how old we are, we can still have some good only fashion fun. But can patients with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis still enjoy the holiday? Is it too much stress?

Of course we can! We all have limitations about what we can and cannot eat. We all have good days, and not so good days. So why not enjoy this day right? Here are a few tips to make your Halloween a fun and spook-tacular evening.


First and foremost, if you are planning on wearing a costume make sure that you choose one that is not a full body suit. You do not want one that you can’t take off just incase you got to get to the rest room quickly.

House Parties

Secondly, just like always, don’t put yourself at a Halloween party that doesn’t have easy access to the bathroom. I am not a fan of house parties. The reason I don’t like them is because usually the guests have you use the “guest bathroom,” and more than likely there is a line.

Trick or Treating

If you are planning on going out trick-or-treating, make sure you plan ahead of time. Make a route that is close to your house. Only walk a few streets at a time, so you can stop back if need be to use the bathroom in the comfort of your own home. Of course if you don’t feel good, then just don’t go back out.


You should always hang around people you feel comfortable with, whether you're Trick-or-Treating, going to a party, etc. Make sure they understand that you might not feel comfortable traveling far. If you are inconveniencing them, let them know that they can go on without you.


When you return home to eat your (or your child's) candy, pick and choose the ones that your body can handle. We know as Crohn’s patients to stay way from nuts. Maybe get rid of the Snickers, or Paydays. Maybe stick to one or two pieces of candy that evening. Your body will tell you how much candy it can handle. Don’t over do it!

Stay Home

Try having a quiet night in, or hosting a party at your own house. You get to control the menu, the amount of people, and you have easy access to the bathroom.

There is no reason why you shouldn’t have a good time on Halloween. You are human; you are allowed to enjoy your life. What did I say before? You are in control of this disease. It is not in control of you! Just remember your limitations. Have a plan! Don’t try to be a hero, because you are going to pay for it the next day. Enjoy yourself. Boo!!

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