Do you invite kids to trick-or-treat at your nursing home? If not, I hope you’ll give it a try. This is a big event at our nursing home every year, and it’s so much fun!
There are lots of reasons why a nursing home is a great place for trick-or-treating:
- It’s always warm inside the nursing home. Here in North Dakota, the weather can be very cold and snowy by the end of October. It’s sad when kids get super excited about their cute costumes, and then those costumes end up hidden under jackets.
- A nursing home is a safe place to go trick-or-treating. You don’t need to worry about traffic, and you don’t need to worry about what strangers might give to your kids.
- Residents love watching the little trick-or-treaters, and it adds variety and fun to their lives. Many residents enjoy dressing up in costumes, too.
- Events like this make work more enjoyable for the employees at the nursing home.
- Trick-or-treating gives kids an opportunity to interact with seniors and see them having fun.
Here are some great tips for making your Halloween a success:
- It’s important to advertise your trick-or-treating hours in advance. Children will be disappointed if they come to visit and all the candy is put away. You also don’t want people coming for treats when residents are getting ready for bed.
- You can get great deals on bulk candy at stores like Sam’s Club or Costco. We give each resident a little paper bag filled with a variety of candy. Volunteers make the rounds and refill the bags as needed.
- Passing out simple maps of the nursing home helps kids maneuver through the building without missing any residents who are giving out candy. In addition, this is helpful if there is an area where you prefer not to have trick-or-treaters visit.
- Encourage staff to dress up by offering prizes for the best costumes. Our employees often choose to dress up according to themes in various offices or departments. We’ve had everything from “The Wizard of Oz” to “Three Peas In A Pod”.
- We always ask that staff not dress in anything that might be scary for the residents or the trick-or-treaters.
- It’s a nice idea to have candy alternatives available. Check out this list of 25 great options.
I would love to hear your trick-or-treating ideas. Feel free to share them in the comment section!