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Halloween Celebrations in Aged Care

Activities for Seniors | By Debbie Davison
Halloween has a special meaning in the lives of many seniors. This annual spooky holiday is an opportunity to relive youthful memories and the shared experiences they had watching their own grandchildren celebrate this fun event!

When to Celebrate?

Halloween is a holiday celebrated each year on October 31, and Halloween 2021 will occur on Sunday, October 31. We do recognize that many Church organizations do not celebrate any events towards Halloween so please check with your facility, staff and seniors to make sure this celebration is appropriate. 

Ideas for a Halloween Theme Day for Seniors

#1 Ghostly Crafts

Halloween is a great time to plan a fun craft activity. Transform your care facility into a haunted house with some creative craft ideas.

Many discount stores will have decorations available like cobwebs and spooky wall prints like the one in the photo below.  

The Art and Craft group can create some decorations for the activity room - from cut-out bats, pumpkins and ghosts to witches and skulls, there are hundreds of spooky craft ideas we have linked for you in this article: https://www.thebestideasforkids.com/halloween-crafts-for-kids/

#2 Costumes

It wouldn't be Halloween without some costumes!

Have the staff and residents dress up, have a mask decorating activity with prizes for best decorated. 
Participants can model their creations at a photoshoot, followed by a parade and topped off with prizes for best mask.

#3 Trick or Treat

Halloween is a great time for those with a sweet tooth. It's no secret that some adults secretly buy their favorite chocolate for Halloween.

Serve up Halloween-themed cupcakes and make sure you include a few healthy foods amongst all the candy. 
Halloween Cupcakes

#4 Halloween Bingo

BINGO is a classic game that has been played by many seniors around the world. Celebrate Halloween this year with this Spooky-themed version.

For Full Halloween Bingo instruction and print outs click here: https://www.personalcreations.com/blog/halloween-bingo

#5 Movie Time

When night falls, there's no better way to get creeped out than to host a classic scary movie night. Keep it light hearted with a touch of comedy:
Hocus Pocus, Ghostbusters or The Addams Family are all great movie choices for a Halloween movie night. 

Whatever you love about Halloween, whether it's scary movies, candy or costumes, there's plenty to do this October to get in the spirit.
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About the Author
Debbie Davison
Debbie is the owner of Memory Lane Therapy and an experienced Activity coordinator for Aged care. Her passion is Music, Arts, Crafts and making people Laugh and Smile.

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