If you’re celebrating Halloween with seniors and wondering how to make Halloween memorable this year, let’s get started because it’s time for some spooky fun! Halloween is complete with goodies, so stock up on all your treats for your beloved seniors.
Whether you’re in the mood for movies, costumes, candies, foods, or decorations, we got you covered. You can celebrate Halloween in the comfort of your home, with neighbours, or in the public areas all around Australia. After all, Halloween is not just for the kids; it can be a fantastic part of fun senior activities, too.
A Time for Seniors to Relive Childhood Memories
Halloween holds a special place in the hearts of many seniors. This annual spooky holiday provides an opportunity to relive fond memories and share the experiences of watching their grandchildren revel in the fun of Halloween.
When to Celebrate?
Halloween is celebrated every year on October 31st. However, we understand that some church organisations may not endorse Halloween-related events. It’s advisable to check with your facility, staff, and fellow seniors to ensure that celebrating Halloween is appropriate in your setting.
Ideas for a Halloween Activities for Seniors
Creating a Halloween-themed day for seniors can be a fantastic way to engage them in the holiday spirit and provide opportunities for fun and social interaction. Here are some ideas to make your Halloween Theme Day special for seniors:
Halloween is the perfect time to plan a creative craft activity. Transform your care facility into a haunted house with some imaginative craft ideas. Many discount stores offer spooky decorations like cobwebs and eerie wall prints. Check out our guide on creating charming Jack-O-Lanterns from old jars to light up your residential aged care home and create a memorable experience for seniors.
Halloween is complete with costumes! Encourage staff and residents to dress up and organise a mask decorating activity with prizes for the best-decorated masks. Participants can then model their creations at a photoshoot, followed by a parade and tips for the best masks.
Trick or Treat
Halloween is a paradise for those with a sweet tooth. It’s no secret that some adults secretly indulge in their favourite chocolates for Halloween. Serve up Halloween-themed cupcakes and ensure there are some healthy snacks alongside all the candy.
Halloween Bingo for Seniors
BINGO is a timeless game that has brought joy to seniors worldwide. This Halloween, try a spooky-themed version of the game. If you don’t have Halloween Bingo playing cards yet, don’t worry. You can sign up for our premium membership to access 12 printable Halloween bingo cards and other entertaining resources, providing endless enjoyment and cognitive benefits.
Pumpkin Toss Game
Elevate the Halloween festivities for seniors with our Pumpkin Toss Game. Check out how easy it is to set up and play this Halloween-inspired game that will leave your seniors with joy and cherished memories.
As night falls, there’s no better way to get into the Halloween spirit than hosting a classic scary movie night. Keep it light-hearted with a touch of comedy by watching films like “Hocus Pocus,” “Ghostbusters,” or “The Addams Family.” These are all excellent choices for a Halloween movie night.
Whatever you love about Halloween, whether it’s spooky movies, candy, or dressing up in costumes, there’s plenty to do in Camberwell this October to immerse yourself in the Halloween spirit fully. Enjoy a spooktacular time!
Following these tips can create a supportive environment where residents feel comfortable sharing their thoughts and emotions, ultimately contributing to their overall happiness and mental well-being.
At Care360, we are committed to promoting the well-being and safety of our elderly loved ones every day, including on special occasions like “Halloween”.