Why should kids have all the fun on Halloween? We’ve created a list of 10 fun and easy Halloween crafts for seniors below. Research shows that crafting fosters mindfulness, eases depression, and may lessen your chance of cognitive decline, according to a 2011 study published in the Journal of Neuropsychiatry. That makes it one of the best Halloween activities for seniors. Of course the best reason of all to craft is that it’s fun and something grandparents, parents, and grandkids can all enjoy together. The ideas below can be made with household items you already have and include options suited for seniors with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Photo: Jennifer and Kitty O’Neil
Witchy Pinecone OwlHere’s the perfect excuse to take a fall nature walk together. The adorable faces on these witchy owls get glued on pinecones. Collect different shapes and sizes to create a fun variety of personalities. From there, simply construct your hat from black felt and blue ribbon, cut out eyes from craft foam, and glue it all together. See full instructions from All Free Kids Crafts. Photo: Elizabeth Lampman
Pumpkin Apple StampsThere’s no need for stencils to paint these pumpkins. Cast-off apples from your family orchard visit do the trick. Cut your apples in half, dip in orange craft paint, and press to paper. Add a green stem at the top and use black paint to make it a jack-o-lantern if you wish. See full instructions from Frugal Mom Eh. Photo: Eighteen25.com
Ghost Milk Jug LanternsCarving pumpkins is messy and not easy for seniors with arthritis or little kids. These lanterns require minimal cutting and no scraping, just some rinsing and drawing. Clean out old milk gallon jugs, draw on faces with black permanent marker, and light with white holiday lights. See full instructions from Eighteen25. Photo: TheResourcefulMama.com
Sponge Painted PumpkinsAnother way to get around the carving, scraping, and scooping of making a jack-o-lantern is to paint one. A paper plate makes the perfect canvas, while sponge paint eliminates the need to go out and buy brushes. Just cut a regular dish sponge into pieces. See the full instructions from The Resourceful Mama. Photo: PleasantestThing.com
Halloween SlimeEveryone knows kids love slime, but it’s also a fun, tactile experiences for seniors with Alzheimer’s. Whip up a safe, non-toxic batch with school glue, liquid starch, and liquid watercolors. For a spooky effect, pass it around in a witch’s cauldron. See full instructions from Pleasantest Thing.