Easy Halloween Décor for SeniorsOctober 14, 2022
One of the best ways to usher in a new season, or a new holiday, is to decorate. While it might just seem like a silly task, decorating is so much more than that. The mentally stimulating activity requires a great deal of forward thinking and planning, which is especially valuable for older adults.
However, if you have never been one for decorating, it can be challenging to know where to start. This list of easy Halloween decor for seniors encourages you to flex your creative muscle. Each easy DIY is relatively simple to execute and inexpensive.
Witchy pinecone owl
Next time you’re on a walk, pick up a few pinecones along the way. Then, assemble a hat with black felt and ribbon. Glue on craft-foam eyes and a beak and your owl is done! This sweet craft comes together in just a few minutes and would be great to do alongside grandchildren.
Pom-pom pumpkins, spiders, or ghosts
The first step of the craft is making your pom-poms. Using orange, white, or black yarn, wind it around cardboard or your fingers and tie it off. For a jack o’ lantern, you’ll add a pipe-cleaner stem. That same pipe cleaner is cut into eight pieces for spider legs. For a ghost, you’ll tie it off in the middle.
Floating witch hat luminaries
Making a floating witch hat is far simpler than it may initially sound. First, you’ll purchase a few witch hats from your local dollar store. Then, buy a bag of glow sticks or small lights. Loop a fishing line around your light of choice, poke a tiny hole in the top of the hat, and feed the fishing line to it. Adhere the hats to the ceiling with a hook.
A Halloween wreath
Creating a Halloween wreath is a little more difficult to instruct, as it can include whatever you’d like. So, purchase a wreath base and get creative with leaves, small pumpkins, and whatever else calls to you. Now that you have the wreath base, you can fill it with items for every holiday and hang it on your front door!
No-Sew Pumpkin Pillow
Pumpkin pillows are expensive, but they aren’t expensive to make! Pull two diagonal corners of a piece of fabric towards the center of a pillow insert, then tie those corners into a knot. Tuck in the ends of the other sides, tie a string into a knot around the fabric, and repeat to make the sections of a pumpkin. Use hot glue to adhere a stem to the top.
Falling Leaves Mobile
Instead of throwing away your raked leaves, save them. Using waxed string, sporadically tie the stems of your leaves in a chain. Attach pinecones to the bottom as weights, then tie them to an embroidery hook wrapped in twine. Hang your falling leaves display wherever you see fit.
This is probably the most challenging option on the list—however, once you get the hang of it, it’ll come to you easily. Form knots around the top of your embroidery hoop, then let the macramé cord hang. Attach felt pieces for a ghostly face, and your macramé ghost is made!
Your home caregiver can help you craft
If your creative juices are pumping but you need supplies to get started, make a list for your home care aide. They can pick up the necessary supplies for whatever easy Halloween decor for seniors you’d like to try so you don’t have to navigate traveling to and from the store. Then, they can assist you with the decorative fun– whether it is for a Halloween party or simply an easy Halloween craft for you.
At-home caregivers are here to make the activities of daily living more manageable. Whether you require assistance with personal care, medication reminders, or simply need additional companionship, your caregiver is here to support you. Your care options are tailored to your life and needs.
For nearly 30 years, Home Care Powered by AUAF has served seniors in the Chicago area, and we would be glad to serve you too. For more information on our program, call us at 773-274-9262.
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