Many people will tell you that Halloween is their favorite holiday all year. And even if it’s not, most everyone will agree that Halloween themed crafts and activities are pretty fun. But don’t be fooled (or should we say “tricked”), getting festive for Halloween is not limited to children. In fact, there are a ton of creative activities that can be enjoyed by just about every generation.
Take a look at a few of our favorite crafts and activities that personal caregivers can do with their clients to make new memories and get in the Halloween spirit!
Popsicle Stick Magnet
Create something that is as cute as it is useful. This popsicle stick magnet requires little more than a magnet backing, glue, some popsicle sticks, orange and black markers and a few pieces of hay for hair. This activity will help aging adults use their fine motor skills, as well as their creativity to create a festive magnet that can help display important information on their refrigerator, or be given to someone as a present.
Create a Leaf Bouquet
Go for a walk and slowly look at all the different sizes and colors of the changing leaves. Collect a variety of leaves, examining the unique qualities of each one and talking about it together. Then, take your leaves home and arrange them in a small glass vase. There, you’ll get to enjoy the beauty of fall for a few days while remembering the afternoon you spent walking outside selecting the perfect combination of leaves!
Painting with Q-Tips
Create a beautiful fall tree with some red, orange and yellow paint, a brown marker and a bundle of Q-tips. Start by drawing a tree trunk, then bundle a handful of Q-tips together and secure with a rubber band. Dip the Q-tips into a mixture of the paint colors and dab them all throughout the top of the tree to create bursts of leaves. This craft is fun, easy and there’s no wrong way to do it!
I Spy Halloween
Go to the Dollar Store and purchase between seven and ten small Halloween items. Then, create a list detailing each item; include a picture of that item for extra help! Next, hide your items throughout your client’s house or apartment, making it as easy or as challenging as what fits their skill level. Finally, go on a scavenger hunt seeing if they can find where you hid each item. This is a fun and interactive game that provides both physical and mental exercise.
This craft is great to do slowly while you talk with each other and really spend some time telling stories and sharing memories. All you need are a paper plate cut into a pumpkin shape, corn kernels, kidney beans, mung beans and glue. Start by making your Jack-O-Lantern’s face with the kidney beans and fill in the rest with the corn kernels. Finish off the stem with the mung beans. You can create a detailed pattern or let it be more free form. It’s completely up to you! The time and care you put into these will be what makes it special.
Do you have another Halloween craft or activity that would be perfect for a senior adult and their caregiver? Share your ideas by leaving a comment!