Scary costumes, haunted houses, candy-filled bags…it’s that time again – Halloween. While it is a fun and festive time for youth, Halloween is a holiday th
Fact or Fiction: Fear of Halloween
According to the National Crime Prevention Council senior citizens are more likely to be fearful during Halloween. Are they afraid of kids dressed like ghosts, goblins and ghouls? Not exactly. As it turns out, elderly people are more vulnerable to con artists, robbers and thieves. On October 31 they are expected to open their door and hand out candy. This puts them outside of their comfort, and safety, zone. They are in a vulnerable position, especially those seniors who have mobility issues, vision problems, or other health concerns. In order to overcome this issue, here are a few safety strategies to make Halloween safer for senior citizens.
Safety Tips for Seniors
- Do not turn your porch light on if you do not want to have trick-or-treaters. This should deter anyone from stopping at your house unexpectedly.
- If you do want to give out candy, give it only to family and close friends. Invite them to stop by your house during their trick-or-treat rounds.
- Instead of staying in for Halloween, go out to a restaurant or social get-together for the evening. Churches, for example, often host trunk-or-treat events to replace traditional trick-or-treating as a safe alternative.
- If you are handing out candy to the general public, put on more than just your porch light. Light up your house inside and out to ensure you are able to see clearly as you hand out candy.
- Avoid putting out a lot of tricky decorations that can reduce your mobility. Less can be more when it comes to haunting decor.
We hope we have provided you with some useful advice for senior strategies for Halloween. As a nationally recognized firm we are Garcia, Artigliere & Medby, your elder abuse attorneys. Give us a call at 1-800-281-8515 to set up a consultation or to learn more about preventing elder abuse.