Celebrating a Socially-Distant Halloween

October 12, 2020

As children, Halloween is one of our favorite nights of the year. As adults, the joy on a child’s face when they’re dressed up as their favorite superhero, Ninja Turtle, or princess, pumped full of sugar from the candy they just can’t wait to eat until they get home, is truly unforgettable. And the best part? Grandparents get to enjoy the costumes and candy and then send the kids home with their parents before they hit their sugar high.

As we’ve already experienced with so many holidays and special occasions in 2020, Halloween will look a little different this year. Especially for grandparents who make their home in a senior living community, visitor restrictions are tight, which means they likely won’t be able to celebrate the holiday in person.

To help amp up the fun and make the most of this festive occasion, we’ve put together a list of socially-distant activities to help you include your elderly loved ones in the holiday hoopla.

Have a Zoom Costume Parade

Hop on a Zoom call with all the grandkids, cousins, and friends of the family for a costume parade! Give each trick-or-treater one minute to explain their costume and why they chose it. The little ones will love having another opportunity to show off their costumes, and their grandparents will get to join in on the smiles — and maybe even learn about the cool new superheroes on the block!

Drop off your loved one’s favorite candy

Who doesn’t love a sweet treat? Drop off a bag of Grandma or Grandpa’s favorite candy with a note letting them know you’re thinking about them.

Plan a time to watch your favorite spooky movie at the same time

There’s nothing quite like watching a spooky movie right as the weather starts to cool down and fall makes its big entrance. Since you can’t have an in-person movie night, schedule a night to watch the same movie from afar. You can snuggle up on the couch and feel like your loved one is right there with you — because they’ll be doing the same thing!

Here are some spooky movies we love to watch year after year:

  • Hocus Pocus
  • Dracula (the 1931 original!)
  • Beetlejuice

Send them some festive Halloween gear

You’re never too old to play dress-up! Our residents love to dress up in festive holiday wear, and you can help us make sure they’re dressed to impress. We love these Halloween headbands and light-up Jack-O-Lantern necklaces from Amazon.

Have the grandkids decorate a pumpkin to display in their room 

This one gives you a fun activity to do with your kiddos AND a way to brighten your loved one’s day. Carve or paint a pumpkin together to display in Grandma/Grandpa’s room. This article from Good Housekeeping lists 65 cute pumpkin decorating ideas. Which one is your favorite? ___________________________________________________________________

Choose one, choose all, or choose something that isn’t even listed here. The most important thing is including your aging loved ones in the holiday cheer!