The beginning of October marks the start of fall, cooler weather and, most importantly, the countdown to Halloween! There are tons of fun holiday-inspired activities to do this month that are appropriate for all members of the family, from grandkids to grandparents. If your senior loved one resides in an assisted living community, make a point to include him or her in the festivities.
Watch a scary movie
Nothing sets the mood for Halloween quite like a scary movie. Heat up some popcorn, bundle up in fuzzy blankets and plop down on the sofa for a fright night of films, whether that means inviting your senior loved one to your home or hosting the screening in their assisted-living apartment. Of course, you don't want to feature a horror movie that will leave little ones having nightmares. Rather, pick a family-friendly flick that puts you all in the spooky spirit. "Hocus Pocus" (1993) is an excellent option that combines all the myths that circulate the season – like witches and curses – with an added comedic flair. Other picks that will please the masses include:
- "Halloweentown" (1998).
- "The Nightmare Before Christmas" (1993).
- "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" (1966).
Host a costume party
Invite all your children's friends over to your house and include grandma or grandpa in the fun with a costume party. While your senior loved one will enjoy seeing all the kids dressed up as little ghouls, goblins and ghosts, make sure he or she is in the appropriate attire, too! Everyone needs a little encouragement, so prompt your parent to get in the groove of Halloween by suggesting a joint costume. That is, a costume that requires two people. For example, the two of you could be ketchup and mustard, peanut butter and jelly or Bonnie and Clyde.
Play Halloween charades
The concept of charades is fairly simple. When it's your turn, you try to send the other players a message without talking. For example, if you wanted to signal the word "bird," you may flap your arms like wings. Whoever guesses "bird" first wins that round.
Use the same idea with Halloween topics. You can choose from movies, monsters, activities and songs. The kids will love acting like their favorite spooky characters, and your senior loved one will certainly enjoy watching the little ones give their best effort!
Remember to check if your senior loved one's retirement community is hosting any Halloween festivities. You and your family may be able to join in the fun group activities.