As the nights start to get longer and the days get chillier, many people start to look forward to Halloween. It might be difficult for seniors to participate, but this festive and spooky holiday is often a favorite for this age group. Seniors might no longer be going to parties that last all night, but they can still have plenty of fun during Halloween. Here are a few great options for senior Halloween activities.
Have a Scary Movie Marathon
Seniors who love horror movies may love staying in all night and watching some of their favorites. Watching movies is an easy way to get into the Halloween spirit without requiring any physical activity or a great deal of planning. There are plenty of options to choose from, ranging from 1960s B-movies to tense modern thrillers, so even seniors who dislike gore or violence can still participate.
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Hand Out Candy
If your senior loved one lives in a neighborhood with trick or treaters, help him or her set up a candy station by the door. Provide a comfortable seat right by the door and make sure there’s plenty of candy within reach. Handing out candy to trick-or-treaters is a fun activity that allows seniors to see all the adorable kids in costumes and interact with their neighbors.
Host a Halloween Party
If your loved one spends time at a senior center or has a group of friends in the same age range, try planning a senior-friendly Halloween party. Play upbeat Halloween music, plan some fun Halloween-inspired games, and hang up decorations. Having a party at home lets you set the time frame and avoid tiring your loved one out. If your loved one enjoys dressing up, make the Halloween party into a fun costume event.
Cook Halloween Foods
Many seniors feel left out during Halloween because they cannot eat all the sugary treats offered at this time of year. Your loved one might not be able to eat bags of candy, but you can get creative and make healthier Halloween-themed foods. Consider baking some pumpkin bread or using a healthy recipe to make Halloween cookies. If you want to get creative, you can do things like turn apple slices into toothy grins. Spending all day cooking and eating themed food can make the holiday memorable.
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Visit Community Events
Check out the local library, museum, or community center. These sorts of public spaces often host special exhibits and events during the weeks leading up to Halloween. Your loved one can get excited about Halloween while interacting with helpful community resources. A great benefit of going to Halloween events in the community is that buildings are typically handicap-accessible and very senior friendly.
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