Updated: Nov 18, 2019

Halloween is almost upon us. I, for one, love the holiday. To me it is a magical time. There are so many cute costumes and crazy decorations to see. But there is also a dark side to the holiday. There are those who abuse the holiday and take advantage of people’s goodness, not to mention a lot of potential hazards that can happen on this holiday.

So here are a few safety tips for you seniors out there. Come to think of it, it’s not a bad idea for everyone to follow them.

  • Turn on your outside lights. (if you run out of candy, don’t turn off your lights, merely put up a sign indicating this. It’s better than allowing it to be dark outside on this night).

  • Use your peephole

  • Never let trick-or-treaters, or anyone else for that matter, inside your home to use the bathroom or the phone. Ever.

  • Make sure you have a companion with you on that night if you live alone.

  • Call 9-1-1 if at any time you don’t feel safe.

  • Make certain your walkway/porch is free of all obstacles. This means no wet pavement or fallen leaves for someone to slip on. Other obstacles which can be a tripping hazard are wires or electrical cords.

  • It’s a good idea not to place decorations in your window or else outside that will obstruct your view of what is going on outside.

  • Keep the inside of your home well lit as well.

  • Don’t use real candles in outside decorations. They, of course, are a great potential fire hazard. Should you want to light your pumpkin, place battery operated (flameless) candles in them instead. This way all the excited trick-or-treaters who may accidentally knock them over won’t start a fire on your porch.


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Halloween may cause some dementia patients anxiety and fear: unexpected visitors and costumes can be overwhelming to them. Costumes are a source of fear because dementia patients sometimes have a hard time distinguishing reality from fiction.

The bottom line here is this: if you have a dementia patient in your life, be certain not to leave them alone on this night. Try to give them added support and comfort during this time. Also keep your personal decorations to a minimum. Remember that candles and flashlights can be upsetting to a dementia patient as well.

One last word: be sure to monitor the candy you have. Some patients forget they have already had some and may eat too much. This is especially true if they also are diabetic.

With all that said, Halloween can be a fun time. Like most things in life, you need to follow a few simple rules so that all can be safe and have a good time.


Call Missy Donaghy with Interiors for Seniors for a FREE consultation 321-279-3301.


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