Halloween Activities & Treats for Seniors & Their Families
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. Preparing easy-to-make Halloween goodies is a great way for families to spend time with loved ones of all ages, and provide activities for seniors during a holiday we usually think of as child’s play. So forget the tricks and head straight for the treats and have a fun time with your loved ones this Halloween!
Here are some 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.
- Twitches and Twitches Too: Reunited on their 21st birthday, twin sisters use their magic powers to save their kingdom from the forces of darkness.
- Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie:Roo and his new friend Lumpy set out to search for the Gobloon, a creature that has the ability to grant wishes. Unfortunately, if the Gobloon catches them first, Roo and Lumpy will be turned into jaggerdy lanterns.
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. 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.
5. Mummified!: A used toilet tissue roll and some gauze can be fashioned into a scary mummy. First, paint the tube black with tempera paint. Next, use some plastic, beady eyes that you can get from your local craft store, and then just use some white glue to hold everything together.
Here are some fun treats to make together and to enjoy at your Spooktacular event!
- Spooky Spiders:Mini chocolate donuts, M&M candies, cake frosting, and pretzel twists are all you need to make spooky Halloween spiders. It’s a project that’s fun for all ages. The donuts make the spider’s body, the curvy pretzels make good legs, and the M&M candies are perfect for eyes. A little bit of frosting can be used to keep the eyes in place, if needed.
- Pumpkin Patch Pudding:Pumpkin patch dirt pudding is something that’s as fun to make as it is to eat, according to Tara.You will need two packages of chocolate sandwich cookies, some cream cheese, butter, confectioners’ sugar, milk, whipped topping, 40 mellow creme pumpkins, vanilla frosting, and some green food coloring. Crush the cookies to make the “dirt,” then use the icing by following these instructions to create vines and leaves for the pumpkins you’ll spread across this tasty dish.
- Witches Teeth: Witches Teeth are made with wedges of apples for the mouth and slices of almonds. Follow the instructions to make these, and find several other healthy Halloween-themed treat ideas.
- Snack-O’-Lantern Fruit Cups Snack-o’-Lantern Fruit Cups are a festive way to serve a health-concious dessert. Oranges can be carved to make mini Jack-o-lanterns. Fill them with your favorite fruit to make a healthy snack!
- Frozen Boo-nana Pops: Dip frozen bananas into white chocolate to make ghostly figures called Frozen Boo-nana Pops. Add a popsicle stick for a handle and chocolate chips for eyes, and you’re ready to enjoy a Halloween favorite. You can make them even healthier by dipping them in low-fat vanilla yogurt instead of chocolate, and you have a tasty treat that totals less than 100 calories a serving.
Halloween Activities for Seniors and the Whole Family!
These projects are ideal for family bonding because projects that are appropriate for seniors’ hands are often also perfect for the small fingers of children!