Adult Safety at Halloween


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No bones about it, Halloween is pretty darn fun. And not just if you're a kid. People of all ages love to get into the spirit of things, whether it's out-ghouling their neighbors with elaborate décor, letting themselves be bewitched by the little ones in their cute costumes, or even stealthily sneaking a few treats.

For older folks, it can be a great, pre-holiday way to fend off the late-fall blahs but, as with so many other things, it's important to take a few precautions. Here are some ideas to help ensure a happier, safer Halloween – whether you're a kid, or just pretending to be one for the night.

  • Remind a senior who lives alone that kids will be trick-or-treating, so they aren't caught off guard by ghouls and goblins. If they don't want to participate, encourage them to turn off their porch light or make plans to be away from home that night.
  • Older adults should avoid being the only one home if they are opening their door to strangers on Halloween. Is there someone else who can be in the house with them? Or a neighbor who can check in throughout the evening?
  • Most people should avoid driving on residential streets as much as possible between prime trick-or-treating hours, but this is especially true if they have vision or movement problems, don't normally drive at night, aren't in their best driving shape in the first place or are having memory or confusion issues. When in doubt, try not to drive while trick-or-treaters are making their rounds.
  • Many older adults struggle with diabetes or other health and/or dental issues that can be easily complicated by having extra candy around. Consider handing out small novelty items (i.e. fun-themed pencils, bubbles, temporary tattoos, etc.), candy that won't be tempting, or a (slightly) healthier snack alternative such as pretzels, hot cocoa packets or popcorn.

For more information about safety and quality of life for older adults, please contact us!

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