Halloween can be a scary time for people with memory loss. The sights, sounds, and even smells can be overwhelming for them. During the time of coronavirus, handing out candy and participating in Halloween activities is even more risky. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all folks at a higher risk for contracting COVID-19 should not attend in-person Holiday celebrations. For more information, click here.
That doesn’t mean that you can’t have a little fun this Halloween season! Below are some fun ways to enjoy the holiday in the
safety of your own home.
Enjoy Some Sweet Treats
View this list of 8 Halloween Treats to make with your loved one, like pumpkin Patch Dirt Pudding and Snack O’Lantern Fruit Cups.
Make some fun Halloween Crafts
Here is a list of simple Halloween crafts and decorations appropriate for seniors with memory loss.
Do a pumpkin toss with small pumpkins, or a ring toss with glow in the dark necklaces and pumpkins with stems. And, even better, go for a walk and identify all of the signs of fall you can see.
Find alternative ways to decorate pumpkins
You can paint them with basic acrylic paint, draw on silly faces with permanent markers, or use “Mr. Potato Head” parts to use to make pumpkin faces. (You can find them on Amazon or Walmart.com).