While seniors may love to see children in costumes on Halloween night, the constant door knocking, masked visitors and unfamiliar faces can be intimidating. After all, 1/3 of seniors who live at home, live alone – and most are women.
Visiting Angels, one of the largest in-home care companies for seniors in the nation, offers the following Halloween safety tips for seniors.
Halloween Safety Tips For Seniors
• Keep guests outside – never let an unknown trick-or-treater inside to use the bathroom or make a phone call.
• Turn on interior and exterior lights during trick-or-treating hours even if no one is home or if the senior chooses not to answer the door.
• Stay inside while handing out candy.
• Post a sign on the door that says “Sorry, No More Candy” when the goodies run out.
• Make sure all floors, entry ways and porches are free from decorations
• Remove any Halloween décor that involves flames, such as a lit pumpkin, from outside stairs and footpaths. This is a fire hazard for the dozens of kids stopping by with tails and capes.
• Place carved pumpkins outside to keep the smell out and bugs away.
• Add night lights to hallways, walkways and rooms.
• Avoid window decorations that block light or the view of the front entry.
• Don’t play music outside for Halloween guests – be aware of your surroundings.