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Abby 16th Sep 2020 Service Coordinator
Hi All,
I have been beginning to brainstorm ideas for October and Halloween. Does anyone have ideas of what they are doing with their residents?
Thanks!
Susan 16th Sep 2020 Activity Director
Hi Abby
Here are some ideas
https://www.goldencarers.com/search/#stq=halloween&stp=1
I’d like to have the staff decorate pumpkins and have the residents
vote on which one they like the best
I also like to do some smaller group activities about Halloween
In the afternoon I like to have a party whete residents and staff can get dressed up
We also had a costume contest having the residents vote again
For the party you will need the help of the food service department
Let us know how it goes
Eniko 17th Sep 2020 Activity
Pumpkin picking
Pumpkin painting
Pumpkin carving
Hats and wigs day
Harvest
Working with things from the nature forexample leaves painting
Auyumn picknick
Sensory activities, taste differrnt flavours (autumn themed)
Kristen 18th Sep 2020 Activity Director
It's so hard Abby with COVID! I'm going to do room to room sensory items related to Halloween, spooky treats, arts and crafts, pumpkin painting, etc. For Halloween I'm kind of stumped because we normally have a party with entertainment. I might do a parade down the halls but besides that I'm stumped!!
Susan 19th Sep 2020 Activity Director
Hi Abby
I thought I responded to this post before but apparently it got lost
Anyway October is a fun month for activities
Mainly I like to talk about Columbus
https://www.goldencarers.com/christopher-columbus-trivia/5999/
and Halloween
https://www.goldencarers.com/search/#stq=Halloween&stp=1
As you can see there are many things to celebrate in October
This depends on your facility and your residents
https://www.goldencarers.com/calendar/october/
I think it is very necessary to talk about Residents Rights month
https://www.goldencarers.com/calendar/residents-rights-month-activities/187/
Susan 19th Sep 2020 Activity Director
Thank you for your input Kristen
Susan 21st Sep 2020 Activity Director
Eniko
Thank you for your input
Jannet 24th Sep 2020 Recreation
Social distance digging for candies. put loose chocolates ,candies in a bowl.
Blind fold residents and have them scoop up candies with a wooden spoon. make sure to give a time to stop scooping .Place scoop up candies aside with residents name . The person who get the most candies from the bucket while being blind folded win the candies. The rest of the candies will be shared among the resident. Make it fun by cheering on the residents .

What needed:
Candies
Bucket and wooden spoon
Timer/ stop watch
Blindfold and residents to participate
Susan 25th Sep 2020 Activity Director
Thank you for your ideas
Jannet
Elisa 30th Sep 2020 Senior Activity Coordinator
My experience is that we young people have more interest in celebrating Halloween that the people living in nursing homes at the moment (it will change soon).
Because of covid we are not celebrating Halloween at all but are focusing on being ready for Christmas. We asked the residents and they didn't fell they'll be missing out.
We will be celebrating all souls day though. We have mostly Catholic residents and thought that it is a good idea to remember the dead specially this year.
Susan 1st Oct 2020 Activity Director
Hi Elisa
Thanks for your input
Abby 7th Oct 2020 Service Coordinator
Hi All,
Thought I would add what we are going to do. We are putting together little Halloween goody bags for each person, and hanging it on their door as to help with social distancing. We are doing a Spooktober Soup Social. We will have soup and decorations, people will be able to space out or take their soup home. We are also doing a "BOO" fundraiser. We have made cute door hangers that have a Halloween theme and a "BOO" and a treat (candy). Residents and loved one's can purchase a "BOO" and management will secretly place the treat on specified residents door. All the money we collect from family and residents will help fund a Christmas celebration. Thank you all for your wonderful ideas!
Susan 7th Oct 2020 Activity Director
Wow Abby
That sounds great
Thank you for sharing

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