Halloween is a fun holiday for kids and adults. But for elderly loved ones, it can be stressful and a little unsettling, especially if they live alone.
Older adults should feel safe and secure on Halloween, whether they hand out candy or not. These six Halloween safety tips for seniors can help family caregivers ensure their loved ones enjoy the holiday no matter what, while also providing peace of mind to family members.
- Make sure the house is well lit. Whether you’re loved one is going to be away from the house on Halloween or at home handing out treats, make sure their porch light is working and the exterior and interior of the home is brightly lit.
- Look outside before opening the door. Even though it’s Halloween, always check to see who is standing outside before answering the door. If it’s a group of unruly teens or a lone adult, keep the door closed as a safety precaution.
- Keep all visitors outside. Encourage your senior to stay inside when passing out candy and to not allow strangers into the home for any reason. You can also place a bowl of candy on the front porch rather than handing it out. Include a sign that says: “Happy Halloween! One per person, please.”
- Keep steps and walkways clear. Keep all walkways and steps clear of flame-lit jack-o-lanterns, oversized decorations and other décor. Removing items that pose tripping hazards will not only help keep aging loved ones safe, but also the children coming to the door whose vision may be impaired by a mask.
- Keep your loved one company. Instead of having your elderly loved one hand out Halloween candy alone, join them! This is especially important if they are living with dementia or physical limitations. It will make everyone feel more comfortable, and they’ll be safe throughout the night! If you can’t be there, we can. Our Companion Care Services provide companionship for a few hours, or even overnight. We can help distribute Halloween candy and, in between trick-or-treaters, we can share a conversation, play games or watch their favorite TV shows.
- Remember costume safety: If an elderly adult is dressing up in a costume, it shouldn’t be restrictive or something that could cause them to trip. Masks and other accessories that can block vision are also a bad idea for seniors that may already struggle with poor eyesight.
Halloween is a spooktacular night for people of all ages. But with these Halloween safety tips for seniors, you can help your aging loved one stay safe and enjoy all the fun. If you have children, read these simple steps for an extra safe Halloween.
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