How To Have A Happy Halloween With Your Kids Regardless Of Your Autoimmune Disease

44626875_M (2)Halloween is an exciting time to be a kid – and a mom! Helping your kiddos plan their costumes and walking door-to-door with them as they trick-or-treat is definitely a mom favorite. But what happens when your autoimmune disease takes you away from sharing these memories with your kids? Maybe this year you’ll be too exhausted to walk around your neighborhood. Or maybe you’ll be spending more time at doctor’s visits than helping your kids get their Star Wars or princess costumes all ready to go.

But even if those things are true, the autoimmune and/or chronic pain doesn’t have to take you away from making Halloween memories with your kids. You may not be able to walk or spend every waking hour working on costumes, but that doesn’t mean you should just throw away the candy and give up.

Absolutely not! There are still tons of things you can do with your kids this Halloween that your autoimmune disease can’t hold you back from. It’s time to pull out the candy corn and enjoy this holiday like you would if you weren’t dealing with all of the other health challenges going on.

Your autoimmune disease won’t be able to stop you from making these simple Halloween memories with your kids this year.

How about watching a (family-friendly) Halloween movie with the little ones? Thanks to Disney, Tim Burton and many other family-friendly movie makers, we can still enjoy Halloween-themed movies and television without having to worry about our kids ending up in our beds for the entire month of October. Movie nights are a great way to spend time as a family without having to use up too much energy or plan a huge event. Movies also require little cleaning (unless, of course, someone spills the popcorn.) Here’s a list of family-friendly Halloween movies you can watch with your kids this year.

Have conversations with your kids about their Halloween plans, crafts they’re doing at school, and what their costume goals are for this year.

If you’re stuck in bed when your kids get home from school, invite them up to discuss their Halloween plans and activities. You will be able to feel like you’re part of the excitement simply by staying updated on their lives and activities. Ask them about their costumes and what they plan to be. Ask them what their friends are being. You can talk to them about the Halloween activities their doing at school. This is even a great time to talk to them about what makes them scared and comfort them if the holiday makes them nervous. And it’s certainly something your autoimmune disease can’t get in the way of.

Spend a night telling not-so-scary ghost stories with just a flashlight.

If your kids are older or enjoy the spooky things this holiday brings, consider having a spooky story telling session. You can huddle up on your bed, or simply hang out on your couch. Ask your kids to each tell a scary story they made up or do some research online and tell them one of your own. This is a great way to celebrate the spooky holiday with your kids where you can control the level of scariness.

Have a family night where you make a Halloween craft or create a deliciously spooky treat.

If you’re really feeling up to the challenge or are having a day free of your autoimmune disease strife, consider hosting a craft night or treat night for your family. The crafts can be as simple as making ghosts out of strings and tissues, or the treats could be stress-free as frosting sugar cookies you bought at the store.

Let’s take back the night and have a fun-filled Halloween season! Your kids will absolutely love being able to share these memories with you, but probably not nearly as much as you’ll love getting to be with your kids on this fun holiday. You may not have all the energy in the world to take on every Halloween craft, project or party, but that doesn’t need to keep you out of the fun altogether. No matter how much your autoimmune disease tries to hamper you or how much chronic pain you’re experiencing, you can still make the memories that truly count.


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Katie Cleary is founder of  She lives with her autoimmune conditions and her family in Austin, Texas.

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