Senior-Friendly Halloween Activities
Halloween marks the start of the holiday season and is a great time to spend with friends and family. If you’re looking for Halloween activities for the whole family to enjoy, there’s a ton of spooky-themed crafts, movies, games, and local activities for you to try out this season.
If you come from an artistic family that likes to flex their creative skills, then Halloween crafts are a great way to bring everyone together for family fun. You can stick to traditional Halloween crafts such as carving and decorating pumpkins. Or, if you have empty jars around the house, you can turn them into spooky spider containers or mummies. Are some people in your family less excited by crafting than others? Turn your crafting adventures into a competition, and those who don’t want to make something can be the judges.
Gather your friends and family, get a fire going, and have a scary movie marathon to start the Halloween season. You can have a themed movie night, such as classic slasher films or psychological thrillers. Or you can have each person choose their favorite movie to watch. If you have young children or a senior in your family with dementia, be cautious of showing films with too much gore or jump scares. Instead, choose a family-friendly classic such as Hocus Pocus or Halloween. Don’t forget to stack up on your favorite movie snacks for a well-rounded movie experience!
Consider visiting a local pumpkin patch if you want an outdoor activity that the whole family can enjoy. Pumpkin patches are a great place not only to pick your own pumpkins, but most patches sell apple cider, hot cocoa, and other warm treats to enjoy on a brisk fall day. You can also enjoy hayrides, haunted houses, and corn mazes at some farms. Some popular pumpkin patches near Manassas include Cox Farms and DePaul’s Urban Farm.
If you’ve got a competitive family, then you may want to host a Halloween trivia night! You can shop online for a Halloween trivia game to purchase, or you can create your own with flashcards. If you choose to create your own, you can use assorted color cards to break the questions up into categories, or you can encourage each family member or friend to write three to five questions and decorate their cards. Play individuals or in pairs, and make sure there’s a prize for the night’s winner!
Who doesn’t enjoy Halloween-inspired treats? Even if you don’t consider yourself a cook or baker, there are many easy Halloween-inspired recipes to try. For a simple and healthy treat, try making Frankenstein avocado toast or mummy pizzas. Want something sweet? Try a ghost cake or ghost s’mores dip. Or keep it classic with homemade caramel apples! If you’re interested in eating some spooky treats but not so excited about making your own, you can order some Halloween cookies and pastries from your local bakery.
Working with Visiting Angels
If you or an aging loved one needs assistance this Halloween, the team at Visiting Angels is here to help. Our team of compassionate caregivers is happy to spend time making Halloween crafts, eating spooky treats, or enjoying a fun thriller film. Caregivers can also provide light housekeeping, meal preparations, mobility assistance, personal grooming, transportation, and more.
Our Manassas office serves those in Prince William and Western Fairfax counties, including Fort Belvoir and Lorton. If you’d like to learn more about our services, you can complete this form online or call us at 703.530.8811.