With October here and the fall season setting in fast in many places, it’s time to start thinking about autumn holidays such as Halloween and Thanksgiving. While Thanksgiving is still awhile off yet, Halloween is only a couple of weeks away. In this issue we will explore how you can help get seniors involved in Halloween, a great way for them to spend time with family and friends and get into the season a bit.
Seniors enjoy participating in the holidays.
Halloween is the perfect time to start wearing some of your best in fall fashion, so you can get your seniors involved first and foremost by helping them get their winter clothes out of storage, washed and ready for the cooler months ahead. If they have a particularly fun scarf, hat or sweater they like to wear for the holidays, encourage them to wear it at every opportunity! Here are some other great ways to get seniors involved in Halloween:
Make Halloween themed crafts. Everything from hand dipping spooky looking orange and black candles to making wreaths for the mantle in fun Halloween or autumn themes is a good way to create a fall-based ambiance. You can even make it so that the feature is fall with only a couple of removable Halloween things in the wreaths/decor so that they can enjoy the decorations into November and through to Thanksgiving.
Help your senior shop for treats for trick or treaters. Make a plan together to determine the best course of action in handing out candy. If your senior is really into Halloween, they may like to set up a haunted spot outside where you can help them give out candy in a frightening way - perfect for the kids!
Depending on their dexterity and arthritis issues, your senior may like to help make their grandchildren’s Halloween costumes. They may even like to dress up themselves.
Watch scary (or funny) Halloween themed films. Be cautious in choosing something too spooky as some seniors scare easier.
Read spooky stories. A lot of the stuff by Edgar Allan Poe is great for this time of year, isn’t too scary and are shorter reads.
Bake seasonal treats such as pumpkin cookies, pumpkin cakes and cheesecakes too.
Carve a pumpkin together. Get a few of your seniors friends around and maybe have a pumpkin ‘Carve Off’ with a small prize for the person with the coolest pumpkin. This can be done with their family and grandkids too!
So there you have some great ideas on how to get your seniors involved in Halloween. With so many other things to do to enjoy the season, how will you get your clients involved?
Stay tuned next month when we will do a section on ‘Getting seniors involved in Thanksgiving”.