Don’t Be Scared Out of Enjoying Halloween With a Chronic Illness

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Halloween is a favorite holiday for many and can be celebrated in so many different ways. Having a chronic illness doesn’t mean you have to sit out on the fun. 

You have time, pace yourself

Perhaps you’ve noticed that Halloween isn’t just one day anymore. Technically it is, but Halloween is celebrated throughout the entire month of October in most places. Starting on October 1st venues, parks, restaurants, bars, movie theaters, malls all spring into action and start offering Halloween related activities and programming. People also tend to host their parties on weekends throughout October. It’s tempting to want to go to all of them, but if you have limitations you may have had to pick and choose what you attend. If you’re familiar with spoon-theory, this won’t be a new concept for you. In the long run, you’ll enjoy the things you choose more fully and it’ll also make sure you celebrate at least some even if you don’t feel your best on October 31st.

Host your own gathering

If getting out of the house is difficult for you or you’ll feel safer sticking close to home then think about hosting your own Halloween gathering! This could be anything from a full-blown bash to a small gathering of people watching scary movies. Since you’re hosting you get to call the shots and won’t be pushed past your limits. You can even make pre-party decorating and food preparation part of the fun for you and your friends.

Consider your costume

Not everyone likes dressing up for Halloween but for a lot of people it’s one of the best parts. If you have sensitivity issues than you might consider using things from your own wardrobe instead of buying a store-bought costume as they tend to be of low quality, often scratchy fabric. Overall, choose something you can move around and keep in mind that you’ll probably have to use the bathroom at some point (onesies are comfortable but if you make frequent trips to the restroom, it’s going to get old very quickly). And lastly, makeup can be a costume unto itself! If you want to go low key in the wardrobe department doing a cool face paint or makeup look is all the costume you really need.


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