Halloween Party Ideas for Kids With IBD

Throwing a House Party May Be the Best Idea

Halloween children
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Being a kid with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is tough, especially during holidays. Trick-or-treating may not be the best idea for kids with IBD when they are not able to eat many of the treats, and it's a long way between restrooms when you're walking around the neighborhood. So, parents, how about a Halloween party at your house instead? This is a way to control the food and activities, and nobody will even realize all the food and fun is IBD-friendly.


Kids (especially if they're in a flare) will a costume want something that is loose fitting and easy to manage by themselves in the restroom. Costumes made from street clothes might work best. Here are a few ideas:

  • Nerd: Use an old pair of glasses (without the lenses), white dress shirt and black pants.
  • Angel: For an angel, you'll need a long, white dress, wings and halo.
  • Cowboy or Cowgirl: Start with a pair of jeans and add cowboy boots, a cowboy hat, a bandana or two and a plaid shirt.
  • Fairy: A fairy is a variation on the angel costume. Paint or dye the wings and a dress a pastel color. Bend a pipe cleaner into the shape of a star and attach to a wooden dowel for a wand.
  • Gypsy: A puffy blouse, long skirt, shawl and scarf would make a gypsy. Add clip-on earrings and costume jewelry, or even a crystal ball.
  • Lady Bug: Glue black felt dots to a red sweatshirt, and wear black pants. For the feelers, attach two pipe cleaners to a black headband. Paint two polyurethane balls black, and attach them to the top of the pipe cleaners.
  • Scarecrow: Sew patches on some old clothes and attach straw (or raffia) to the arm and leg cuffs with duct tape. Add a straw hat, white face make-up, and a black nose.
  • Strawberry: With fabric paint, paint some strawberry seeds on a red sweatshirt and sweatpants. Cut leaves from green felt and glue them around the collar.

    Ghoulish Gobblins

    All the recipes I've included here have ingredients from a low fiber diet. Every person's condition is different, so make sure none of your child's trigger foods are on the list of ingredients before you decide to serve the recipe.

    Main Dishes


    • Slab O' Scabs



    • Kitty Litter Cake (I also tried this recipe, it was a hit and it makes a lot of cake!)

    Tricks and Treats

    Instead of filling a treat bag with candies, fill it with some non-food items. And the best part is, anything that is left over can be saved to use next year. Your local party store is sure to have plenty of Halloween party favors. Some ideas are:

    • Balloons
    • Crayons
    • Pencils
    • Stickers
    • Erasers
    • Rubber spiders, worms or bugs
    • Collectible trading cards
    • Zipper pulls

    Another idea is to fill the treat bag with more nutritious items. Some ideas from Pat Kendall, R.D., Ph.D., Food Science and Human Nutrition Specialist at Colorado State University include:

    • Cheese and cracker packages
    • Cheese sticks
    • Individually wrapped sticks of beef jerky
    • Juice box packages
    • Sugar-free gum

    Games and Fun

    Bobbing for apples may be traditional, but kids today will likely want some other activities. Games and crafts with friends are so much fun that kids may even forget about candy.

    Halloween Karaoke

    Halloween Should Be Fun

    Kids love Halloween—not only for the candy but also for the fun of dressing up and being someone (or something) else for a day. Throwing a party can be a lot of work, so parents from local IBD support groups may want to plan the party together.

    Older kids will want to help by making invitations and decorations, as well as deciding the menu and theme for the party. With some preparation, creativity, and help from their parents, kids with IBD can have a great time.