How Retirement Residences Are Getting Ready for Halloween


Halloween is a magical time filled with fantastical creatures, eerie tales, and delightful seasonal decorations. From organizing costume parties to pumpkin carving contests,  All Seniors Care residences are bustling with enthusiasm as they get ready to celebrate this spooktacular holiday.

In the weeks leading up to Halloween, retirement homes are transformed into enchanting havens of Halloween spirit. Residents, staff, and volunteers collaborate to decorate the common areas with a delightful array of pumpkins, fall leaves, and cobwebs. Creative crafting sessions are organized where residents can make their own decorations, and personal touches to be added to the communal spaces. This not only cultivates a sense of community but also allows residents to engage their imagination.

How All Seniors Care is Getting Ready for Halloween

With cool costumes, tons of candy, and community spirit, Halloween is the perfect opportunity for families and friends of all ages to unleash their creativity and imagination. Here are some of our favourite ideas from All Seniors Care senior residences to get you started.

1.  Halloween Themed Activities

Many retirement communities focus on inclusivity by organizing activities that are accessible to all residents, regardless of their physical or cognitive abilities. Halloween-themed movie nights, storytelling sessions featuring ghost stories and folklore, and themed music nights with classic spooky tunes, are all popular at All Seniors Care.

2. Costume Making Workshops

Special costume workshops are another highlight, where residents can design and create their Halloween outfits. Whether it’s sewing, knitting, or simply brainstorming ideas, these workshops are a hive of imagination and collaboration. Residents also enjoy helping each other with makeup and accessories on the day, making the getting-ready process a shared, joyous activity.

3. Pumpkin Spice and All Things Nice

The culinary teams at our retirement residences  play a crucial role in the Halloween preparations. They curate special menus that feature seasonal and festive dishes that are wildly delicious . Pumpkin pies, apple ciders, and various Halloween-themed treats create a dining experience to tantalize the taste buds in the lead up to October 31st.

4. Trick or Treaters on Parade

Intergenerational activities are a popular treat at our senior living centres. Not only do they foster connections between residents and the broader community, but they are simply fun. Local schools are invited to participate in trick-or-treating, Monster Mash dances, crafts, and costume parades, bringing joy and youthful energy with them. The superheroes, Disney princesses, dinosaurs, and witches make for a ghoulishly delicious day that is looked forward to all year!

12 Engaging Halloween Activities for Assisted Living Residents

Halloween is one of Canada’s most popular holidays, and children aren’t the only ones celebrating. There are many Halloween activities for adults beyond simply passing out candy that can inspire you and your loved one to join in the fun. In preparation for the ghostly season, here are 12 ideas to help seniors and their caregivers get in the spirit.

1. Put up Halloween decorations:

Leaves in russet, yellow, and bright red, fake cobwebs, plastic spiders, black cats, orange crepe paper streamers. The cacophony of colours will delight and get everyone in the spirit as the temperatures turn cooler and people start to spend more time indoors.

2. Pumpkin Decorating:

A classic Halloween activity that allows residents to showcase their inner artist. Instead of carving, which may be challenging for some, older adults can paint, adorn with stickers, or drape fabrics over pumpkins to create a seasonal masterpiece.

3. Themed Bingo Nights:

Bingo can be given a Halloween twist, using words associated with the holiday instead of numbers. This makes for an engaging activity that is also familiar and easy to participate in.

4. Costume Parties:

Embrace nostalgia with clever costumes, relish delightful treats, and sway to timeless tunes. A magical afternoon or evening of laughter turns memories into shared moments that glimmer with joy. Costume parties are a fun way for residents to show off their costumes while building meaningful relationships and boosting well-being!

5. Halloween Storytelling:

Host a storytelling session where residents can listen to or share spooky tales and legends. These can be real-life stories or fictional tales that engage the imagination. Start the program with a group Build a Scary Story Activity. Ask your group to help you create a unique story. Have a volunteer start by suggesting the opening sentence of a ‘fictional’ story, e.g. “I was walking down the street, when suddenly…” The next person in line must continue the story.  Everyone will be howling with laughter in no time.

6. Cookie Decorating:

Baking and decorating cookies with Halloween themes is a delightful culinary activity. Residents can create their spooky designs on cookies, engaging both their sense of play and taste buds.

7. Gentle Halloween Exercise Classes:

Thriller lunges, monster squats, broomstick twist. Exercise classes can be themed around Halloween, with gentle moves that get residents moving. The work-outs promote physical wellness … and help offset some of the seasonal goodies.

8. Crafting Sessions:

Organize crafting sessions where residents can create Halloween decorations, masks, or accessories. Using various materials, residents can make items that they can display or wear.

9. Movie Marathons:

When night falls, there’s no better way to scare yourself silly than a movie.  Enjoy a  movie marathon featuring classic Halloween movies that are light-hearted and enjoyable to ensure that residents can comfortably engage with the cinematic experience.

10. Memory Sharing Circles:

Ask residents to share their past Halloween experiences and memories. It promotes social interaction and memory recall in a meaningful context. This is also a fantastic intergenerational activity! Kids will love hearing all about how older adults trick-or-treated.

11. Themed Musical Events:

Live musical performances are always a hit. Otherwise, put together a playlist featuring Halloween classics that allow residents to enjoy the haunted melodies and dance if they wish.

12. Create a Halloween Sensory Cart:

Perfect for people living in Memory Care, this activity is also great for a variety of ability levels.  Simply compile  a variety of interesting, theme-oriented items that will enhance the  environment and encourage a memory tie-in to the sensory experience. Items can include:

  • Trick-or-treat bags, plastic pumpkins, or a pillowcase to hold all of the goodies.
  • Simple Halloween masks, hats, or cut-outs.
  • Vintage Halloween cards.
  • Pumpkin-scented candles.
  • A jack-o’-lantern.
  • Rockets, candy corn and other classic Halloween candy.

Each of these activities is designed with the comfort and enjoyment of assisted living residents in mind, promoting participation, creativity, and community spirit. In doing so,  residences ensure that the holiday is accessible, enjoyable, and memorable for all older adults, allowing the spirit of Halloween to thrive within their communities as they age in place.

Visit All Seniors Care for a Delightful Halloween Experience

Choosing a residence for your loved one is a significant decision, and at All Seniors Care, we prioritize creating a vibrant, loving community where residents enjoy a myriad of festivities, including Halloween.

Our dedicated team crafts a range of engaging activities, special menus, and decorations that allow each resident to immerse themselves in the spirit of the holiday, fostering happiness and a sense of belonging. At All Seniors Care, Halloween is not just a holiday; it’s a special occasion where memories are made, stories are shared, and the magic of the season is celebrated. Your loved one will not just be moving into a residence, but into a home where traditions are honored, and each individual’s happiness is nurtured with care and enthusiasm. Consider All Seniors Care, where we ensure that the golden years of life are filled with delightful celebrations, companionship, and the joy of meaningful experiences.

This Halloween, many of our residences are hosting Open House Events. If you are looking for senior living in Gatineau, retirement homes in Calgary, or a retirement residence near you, be sure to contact us today!


Writer – Julianna McLeod

Julianna is a health and wellness expert at All Seniors Care. Her mission is to create content that empowers seniors to form sustainable solutions for lasting health and happiness. She is an experienced writer, editor, and Recreational Therapist living in Toronto.

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