October 14, 2021
From creepy-crawlies to candy and costumes, Halloween is frightfully fun for kids and adults of all ages. Who doesn’t love dressing up, acting a little silly and eating sweet treats? And better yet, who doesn’t love gathering to celebrate, play games and go a little wild?
“Halloween is such a popular holiday because it’s a chance for everyone to act like a kid again, no matter how old they are,” says Pamela Klapproth, CEO of Kendal on Hudson, a not-for-profit Life Plan Community serving older adults in the Quaker tradition in Sleepy Hollow, NY. “This year, we encourage people to plan their own fun and get into the celebratory spirit of the season.”
If you’re looking for spooktacular ideas to transform your Halloween party into something terrifyingly terrific, here are some fun Halloween games for older adults that will ensure everyone can join in for a ghoulishly good time.
Halloween Scavenger Hunt
For a game that will get guests searching for thrills and chills, there’s nothing better than a scavenger hunt. Gather up a bunch of Halloween-themed items (jack-o’-lanterns, witches, creepy bugs, black cats) and scatter them in the rooms where you’re holding your party. Provide guests with a list of everything they need to look for and then set them free to hunt. Whichever person (or team) finds everything first gets a special prize—and, of course, anyone who succeeds at all will get some treats as well.
If you’re searching for sit-down Halloween games or easy games for seniors with dementia, Halloween-themed bingo is a calmer game that is lively while also being easy to play. There are all sorts of bingo cards available online, or you can make your own. This is a fun game because it’s easy to keep playing until everyone yells “bingo!” at least once.
Halloween wouldn’t be complete without a chance to decorate your very own jack-o-lantern. Avoid the mess by using whole pumpkins and decorating with fabric, buttons, stickers, feathers … use your imagination and let your guests go wild! You may be surprised at how creative everyone can get with just a few items.
There are all sorts of pumpkin-themed games for residents in a nursing home that are also easy games for older adults. Pumpkin bowling is one of those—you can make it as easy or as challenging as you like. You can set up small pumpkins and try to bowl them over, or you can set up plastic cups decorated to look like pumpkins for a slightly less demanding game.
This is an easy party game for older adults who may not be very active. This is played adjust like Hot Potato but uses a gourd, small pumpkin or orange balloon that is tossed to one another until the music stops. Once the music stops, that person is out—and you continue playing until just one person remains.
Fill a big jar with candy corn, small chocolate bars or other similar candy and have guests guess how many pieces of candy there are. The individual who comes closest to the number wins a prize—perhaps the jar of candy itself!
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