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Halloween Activities for the Elderly

Halloween is the perfect time to get crafty with the elderly and keep them active with different projects. Here are a few activities that are simple, Halloween themed and fun!

1. Decorate

painted pumpkins

Carving pumpkins is a Halloween must! Of course, not everyone is able to carve a pumpkin on their own. Alternatively, try painting, using colored sharpies or stickers to decorate pumpkins.

Paper plate wreaths are easy and fun. All you’ll need is a paper plate, some leaves and glue. You’ll start by cutting the center out of a paper plate, collect beautiful orange, red and yellow leaves that are starting to fall, then glue the leaves all around the paper plate. Punch a hole in the top and attach string to hang from the door.

2. Fall Treats

It isn’t fall without pie. Halloween is the perfect time to bake  apple or pumpkin pies. You can also try your hand at easy crock pot apple cider.

Gingerbread cookies are not just for Christmas! Bake gingerbread cookies and decorate them to look like skeletons. Alternatively, buy the pre-shaped cookies and decorate ghosts, pumpkins or bats.

3. Puzzles

Puzzles are a great way to keep your brain active and Halloween themed puzzles make it fun! From your basic carved pumpkin puzzle to the spooky cemetery puzzles, there are many options to choose from.

4. Candy Bags

chocolate covered pretzlescandy glove

Making candy bags for grandchildren is a fun, simple and heartfelt activity. Bags can be decorated with stickers, markers, leaves, the options are endless. Alternatively, you could decorate smaller bags for trick-or-treaters in the neighborhood. Pretzels dipped in white, orange and black chocolate and placed into bags are great to pass along to friends and family. A cute alternative to clear plastic bags or paper bags is a clear glove.