Halloween is a great excuse to get involved in some spooky fun and if you are a live-in carer looking after a client, or you are a caregiver for an elderly family member, why not have a go at these fun and crafty Halloween activities for the elderly?
Decorate pumpkins. Decorating pumpkins is a lot of fun, and although carving can be difficult for the elderly with health conditions, we recommend decorating pumpkins instead. You can paint pumpkins with wonderful spooky or fun designs, or you can carve the top of the pumpkin for your elderly relative, scrape out the inside and use the pumpkin as a vase for autumnal floral arrangements!
Create decorative garlands. Why not help your elderly relative cut out ghosts, pumpkins, cats, and other spooky characters and make a garland to hang on the front door or inside? Here's a brilliant tutorial on how to make a garland - click here to view.
Bake sweet potato Jack-O-Lanters. Our whole team is a fan of getting creative with the aim to enjoy a tasty treat at the end of it, and this delicious and easy recipe for sweet potato treats is a spooky favourite! Get the recipe by clicking here.
Share spooky stories. Like we did around a camp fire when we were kids! Get your elderly relative to share a spooky story - this could be one they made up, or a family favourite!
Dress up Halloween contest. If your elderly relative enjoys getting dressed up, why not host a Halloween dress competition? You can invite other family members to join over Zoom or Skype and all vote for the winner!
Enter the Access Care Halloween Pumpkin Competition! Every year we host a pumpkin carving competition on our Facebook page - all you have to do is send a picture of your pumpkin to firstname.lastname@example.org and include your name - we then share all our pumpkins on our Facebook album and the winner gets a spooky prize!
We hope you all have a fantastic spooky time this Halloween - stay safe and enjoy a crafty Halloween with your elderly clients and loved ones.