Halloween isn’t just a special day for kids. In fact, it has grown to become the second largest holiday in the U.S. The financial team at Investopia estimates that Americans spend $8 billion on Halloween each year. Not surprisingly older adults, including those who live in senior living communities, are a part of that trend. The holiday provides an opportunity for independent and assisted living residents to bridge the generation gap and most do so with great enthusiasm.
The Benefits of Intergenerational Halloween Celebrations
Communities like Elmcroft Senior Living host a variety of intergenerational programs for seniors throughout the week of Halloween. From costume parades to pumpkin carving contests, residents of senior living communities enjoy having the opportunity to celebrate this spooktacular day. Probably the most popular intergenerational event is an open house-style trick-or-treat night, which most communities host. Residents dress up in costumes and hand out treats and goodies to young trick-or-treaters from the area.
Intergenerational events like these are a great way for kids to interact and have fun with seniors. For children, especially those who have grandparents who live out of town, the experience can provide them with a chance to see how much fun life can be at any age.
For the residents of senior living communities, children are always a welcome addition to the day. The fun of dressing up and interacting with young children often brings back memories of their childhood and of days when their own children were the kids dressing up.
Halloween Fun at an Elmcroft Senior Living Community Near You
If you would like to give your children or youth group the opportunity to enjoy an intergenerational Halloween this year, our communities welcome you. We invite you to call the Elmcroft community nearest you for their Halloween schedule and join the fun!