From to dressing up in your favorite costume, Halloween is a great time to have some fun with .
No matter the age, there is plenty of fun to be had around the holidays. The best part of holiday activities is the opportunity to inspire conversation and reminisce about your ’s past and make new memories with the .
Whether you’re creating new memories or looking to shake up old traditions, here you’ll find some to do while spending quality time with your this Halloween.
No matter whether your interests are fun or spooky - we have some activities for you! Check out the following ideas below and try your favorites.
A classic! To make this an all-afternoon activity, start by checking out a local or farmers market to select pumpkins with your .
Decide with your whether you’re going to carve your pumpkin and make a , or if you rather decorate with arts and crafts supplies.
Keep in mind that it’s okay if your is unable to participate the way they used to. Sometimes, have different strengths than they had previously. Use the process as a way to ask questions and inspire conversation.
Consider gathering friends or family members or staff at the facility to have a friendly competition. If your lives far away, have them send photos of their pumpkins to share with your .
Pumpkins don’t have to be the only decorations this fall. Get creative and create some other festive decorations. They can be spooky or warm and autumnal!
Some of our favorite decorations include:
Wreaths made out of artificial fall flowers
Garlands or banners made out of flowers or paper
Paint pinecones in your favorite fall hues
Make out of paper plates
Design your own with white yarn or glue
Create arrangements with colorful
Pinterest has hundreds of ideas for other fall decorations, including those for people living with Trick-or-treaters will love seeing all the fun decorations!
Consider such as:
Caramel-covered apples (or apple slices to make it easier!)
Warm apple crisp (with apples you picked!)
Rice crispy treats with festive colored sprinkles or cut into spooky shapes
Toast up those leftover pumpkin seeds for a tasty, salty snack
For a more nutritious option, make a fruit parfait with pineapple and orange slices topped with whipped cream. Try putting it in a and it will look like !
Have you ever seen a ghost or perhaps something you just can’t explain? Now's the time to share!
If your enjoys a good , gather around the campfire to share. Tell some of your own stories, or old family tales or pick up a from the local library.
If you’re feeling creative, try writing your own together or use Mad Libs for some inspiration!
If your lives in a residence, ask staff to share their stories or chat with some other residents to hear their favorite spooky tales.
Have a group to entertain? Try a round of Halloween ! Write a variety of prompts from Halloween characters like ghosts and vampires, to your favorite .
If you’re a fan of games but aren’t your ’s style, print out some Halloween to try with the .
Learn about the history of Halloween and of past years.
Whether or not you and your are fans of , there are a variety of to get you in the mood for the season.
Have a with classic such as one of ’s or perhaps a more recent family-friendly film such as Hocus Pocus or .
Watching a might be difficult for someone with , so be mindful and consider sticking with family-friendly films.
This year, make some new traditions together. You and your will have fun preparing for Halloween and enjoying the season together with these !
Laurel McLaughlin has over a decade worth of experience in various sectors of the elder care field- home care, senior living, and non-profits. She has a Master’s in Gerontology and is a certified dementia practitioner.
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