13 Awesome Costumes Ostomates Are Wearing On Halloween

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Getting scared for fun, eating tons of candy, decorating pumpkins with ostomy bags - what's not to love about Halloween? People can get really creative with costumes, and you can multiply that by 100 when it comes to ostomates.

Some people believe that 13 is an unlucky number, not us. We were lucky to connect with 13 awesome ostomates who aren’t scared to show off.

1. Amy Votta-Fierro

Amy had colostomy surgery in April, 2014 due to rectal cancer. She lives in Santa Cruz, California and works as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker by day and a fitness instructor by night/weekend. Connect with Amy on Instagram.

Amy Votta-Fierro

Edward Scissorhands, emptying should be interesting.

2. Krystal Miller

Krystal had ileostomy surgery in April, 2006 due to Crohn's disease. She is a patient advocate, married, and mother of two living in Perth, Australia. Connect with Krystal at Bag Lady Mama.


My son is an October baby! We had a dress up party for him & baby shower too. It was only last year! This was just before our daughter was born.

3. Keagan Lynggard

Keagan had ileostomy surgery in March, 2005 due to Crohn’s disease. She is an ostomy advocate and Senior Patient Engagement Officer at 11 Health.

Keagan Lynggard

Bride of Frankenstein

4. Suzanne Mullins Doré

Suzanne had colostomy surgery in 2011 due to colon cancer. She is a wife and mother of two, living in the United Kingdom. Connect with Suzanne at Gladrags & Bags.

Suzanne Mullins Doré

This dress is my wedding vow renewal dress. It's good to get a second outing out of it!

5. Danielle McCormack

Danielle had permanent ileostomy surgery in June, 2016 due to imperforate anus. She is a 22-year-old writer for The Disclosed and ostomy advocate living in the United Kingdom.


Morticia Addams from "The Addams Family"

6. Caroline Bramwell

Caroline had ileostomy surgery in March, 2009 due to ulcerative colitis. She is a mother of two living in the United Kingdom, inventor of Gutsy Bars, and an athlete training for Ironman. Connect with Caroline at Iron Ostomy.

(on left) Just ran 10k through the woods at Arlington in a wedding dress! 10k of Terror was the appropriate name of the event. Loads of screaming!

(on left) Just ran 10k through the woods at Arlington in a wedding dress! 10k of Terror was the appropriate name of the event. Loads of screaming!

7. Stephanie Crane

Stephanie had ileostomy surgery in March, 2010 due to Crohn’s disease. She is a 4th grade teacher and dance instructor living in Orlando, Florida. Connect with Stephanie on Instagram.

Stephanie crane

(on right) because who doesn't love the 80's!

8. Tina Aswani Omprakash

Tina has had over 20 surgeries in the past seven years due to Crohn’s disease, and in 2011 her ileostomy was made permanent. She is 33-years-old from the NJ/NY area with a background in legal and compliance. Connect with Tina on Instagram.

non-scandalous pic from being a cop, lol

this costume is way too much fun!

9. Brenda Elsagher

Brenda Elsagher is a national keynote speaker, author and comedian who lives in Minnesota. Diagnosed with colorectal cancer at age 39, Brenda’s mission is to educate people on the importance of colorectal screening.

the "Queen" on Halloween

the "Queen" on Halloween

10. Gaylyn Henderson

Gaylyn had a temporary ileostomy in 2008 which was made permanent in 2011 due to Crohn’s disease. She is a patient advocate living in Atlanta, Georgia and the founder of Gutless and Glamorous.


Super GG!

11. Ellen Speicher

Ellen had a partial colectomy in June, 2015 and total colectomy with ileostomy in May, 2016 due to Crohn’s disease. She is a teacher in Columbus, Ohio and holds a Masters Degree in Education from The Ohio State University. Connect with Ellen on Instagram.



12. Jessica Mijnssen

Jessica had permanent ileostomy surgery in March, 2016 due to Crohn's disease. She is 34-years-old, married and lives in Zürich, Switzerland. Connect with Jessica on Instagram.

Marie Antoinette

Marie Antoinette, after the guillotine. (Party theme: 7 deadly sins) friend said, "I really want to help you clean up, but I love watching you toil in that get up."

13. Leah Sannar

Leah was diagnosed with Stage III Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma in 2007 and had permanent ileostomy in 2008 due to Crohn's disease. Home and family is what she loves to write about most on her blog, Life, Lemons and Lemonade.


I've been known to dislike Halloween, glad I’m celebrating with hubbalicious this year.

FUN FACT: This time of year brings with it a harvest of candy corn, those sugary tricolored treats of yellow, orange and white. The Goelitz Confectionary Company in Cincinnati began making the candy kernels in 1898 and called it “chicken feed.” It was such a best-seller that it kept the company going through two world wars and the Great Depression.

We can’t wait to see the creative costumes that ostomates will come up with next year! And for those of you who are superstitious, here’s #14… our token male. :)

14. Collin Jarvis

Collin had ileostomy surgery in March, 2014 due to ulcerative colitis. He is a Track & Field athlete living in Northern California, and works as the VP of Marketing & Operations for Stealth Belt.

collin jarvis

Wharf to Wharf race where I dressed up as a Paleo Cave Man.