This year, Halloween falls on a Saturday night, which means kids can stay up later canvassing the neighbourhood for candy. While seniors may enjoy seeing children dressed up for trick or treating, opening the door to strangers can cause anxiety for many older adults. If possible, plan to have a caregiver keep your loved-one company during the evening to hand out candy.
Safety Tips for Halloween
- Never leave a senior with mobility problems or dementia alone on Halloween.
- Do not let any visitors inside the house for any reason. (bathroom, phone, etc.)
- Keep house well-lit inside and out.
- Post a sign “Sorry, no more candy,” to close the evening and ward off older, late-night trick or treaters.
- Keep doorway, steps and porch clear of decorations or lit candles (tripping hazards).
- Use a battery operated candle to light a jack-o-lantern instead of an open flame.
The added noise, doorbells and knocks can agitate some seniors, especially those with dementia. Be prepared by having someone stay the night and stock the home with distractions such as music, movies, crafts, books or a favorite meal to distract from over-stimulation. A healthy balanced diet is linked with slowing the progression of dementia so try not to overindulge in Halloween leftovers.