Halloween can prove to be a scary time for the elderly and people living with dementia or physical limitations. Having strangers at the door and the fear of tricks being carried out can be very stressful.
It’s important as a community that we support and protect our older residents and be thoughtful and considerate. This can make a significant difference to an individual’s sense of well-being and safety.
Trick or treating may last a few days over the Halloween period but the evening of October the 31st will most likely have a steady stream of visitors knocking on the door.
Here are some safety tips:
🎃 On the evening, arrange to be with your relative or an elderly neighbour who lives alone, so that they are not intimidated and afraid about knocks at the door.
🎃 You could answer the door yourself to hand out sweets or, you can print a poster (below) for the front door to politely ask people not to visit.
🎃 Watch a movie or listen to music in another room away from the front door if possible
🎃 If you are not able to stay for the evening then arrange for a carer to be in the house all night.
🎃 Print your “No Trick or Treat” poster for you, a neighbour, friend or family member here:
Remember Halloween may not be a happy time for seniors with Dementia and may be scary, or create added stimulation from doorbells, fireworks, and general noise outside. Be sensitive to what they can tolerate and do your best to keep them safe and enjoy the evening with you. Find more tips for a safe and happy Halloween at Age UK