halloween activities for seniors

5 Halloween Activities for Seniors

October 25, 2018

Halloween isn’t just for kids. It’s a great excuse for seniors to dress up, do some spooky crafts, and, of course, eat goodies. Here are five activities your senior loved ones can enjoy:

1. Movie night
What’s Halloween without a spooky movie? Here are some of our favorites that are fun for all ages:

  • Hocus Pocus: a light-hearted comedy about witches seeking revenge, featuring Bette Midler.
  • Casper: based on the comic book character, this movie is about a ghost who wants to make friends.
  • The Witches: a humorous movie about outsmarting an evil witch, played by Angelica Houston, and her plan to turn all children into mice.

2. Gourd monsters
Anyone can paint pumpkins! For a ghoulish twist, substitute the pumpkin for a gourd and make a creepy gourd monster or witch. All seniors need are simple craft supplies like paint, paint brushes, craft glue, googly eyes, pipe cleaners, and a gourd — the uglier the better. Get the grandkids involved and make a whole gourd monster family!

3. Spooky photos
Photo props are great for creating funny memories with seniors. Pull together old clothes and accessories or create your own props using craft sticks and paper. Use them at a Halloween family gathering and take lots of photos to cherish for years to come. 

4. Halloween snacks 
In addition to candy, be sure to enjoy a few fall snacks. For a senior-friendly take on candy apples, make or buy caramel apple dip and serve with sliced apples. Create a sweet and salty snack by mixing candy corn with either popcorn or peanuts. Check out some other yummy ideas to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth this Halloween.

5. Make a mask
There is no need for a full costume when seniors can be just as festive in a simple mask. It’s easy to make your own with a plain masquerade mask and craft supplies like feathers, rhinestones and glitter. Have your senior parent wear the mask on Halloween night to surprise their grandkids or unexpecting trick-or-treaters.

Happy Halloween from Enlivant! We hope you try one of these spooky-fun Halloween activities with your senior parent.