Senior citizens and retired persons want to have as much fun during Halloween as everyone else. Here are some costume ideas and game suggestions for seniors and retirees during October.
If your Halloween event will occur at a nursing home or convalescent hospital, you want to make sure the guests and their visiting family members all can have a fun time. So you will need to make your Halloween event interesting to everyone. This is not a problem at all.
The most important ingredient of any Halloween event is, quite simply, lots of fun. People of all ages want to have a good time without too much stress or work to do. Try out some of these ideas if you are planning an event with senior citizens and retired people.
Senior Citizen Celebrity Costume Contest for Halloween
If you need a contest for your party full of retirees, think first about having a celebrity costume contest. Everyone loves watching or thinking about celebrities. You can have individuals volunteer to dress up as their famous celebrity from the golden days of Hollywood, maybe famous people like John Wayne, Charlie Chaplin, Marilyn Monroe or Al Pacino. Some simple Halloween costumes can be augmented with famous quotes from the celebrities. For John Wayne, try “Hello, Pilgrim.” Or for Al Pacino, try “Hoo-Ahh!” from “Scent of a Woman.”
You will likely find some seniors who do not want to dress up for Halloween. That is fine but make sure they attend the big event and definitely make sure they participate. Prepare voting cards where everyone can vote for their top three choices.
Retired Person Activity of Funny Joke Teller Stand-Up Comedy Act
Everyone loves a good laugh. That is why you should try and get someone to come to your event who can tell some nice funny jokes like they told them in the good old days. Remember Bob Hope? Everyone loved Bob Hope. You can find some of his classic jokes at cbsnews.com.
You could also try and put some comedy sketches together. Remember “The Honeymooners” starring Art Carney and Jackie Gleason? Check out tvparty.com for some fun ‘Honeymooners’ clips and you will get the idea. Even short sketches with people who resemble Carney and Gleason will get plenty of laughs.
Senior Citizens and Best Scary Costume Contest
Remember that Halloween would not be Halloween if there were no scary costumes in the house. Try and encourage some of your retiree attendees to consider dressing up in a scary costume. You need some simple fangs and a black cape for a fun vampire costume. And of course being a ghost is incredibly easy if you can find a white sheet.
Hope you can use some of these Halloween suggestions for activities for senior citizens and retired people during Halloween in October. Every single person, no matter their age, really just wants to have fun and be entertained. This year, make sure the elders in your household know that they are appreciated and that their presence is wanted during Halloween.
You should always be mindful that senior citizens and retirees will not have as much energy as the little ones so remember this when planning activities. Make things fun and interesting but not too long or too rigorous. Happy Halloween!
Bob Hope’s Online Joke File, cbsnews.com
The Honeymooners, tvparty.com