Just 10 years ago, Halloween wasn’t a particularly big holiday in the UK. In more recent times and following the lead of our friends across the pond, Halloween has become a hugely popular date and as such has become more commercialised with shops cashing in as early as August for the celebration. For most, Halloween is a fun holiday where children get dressed up to go trick or treating and enjoy themselves.

However, Halloween for the elderly, especially those who live alone, can be a particularly scary evening. Dark nights coupled with unusual noises, loud bangs and strangers knocking at the door can be intimidating and cause an abundance of problems for the elderly.

The team at There4U love Halloween and will certainly be joining our “Junior Directors” in Trick or Treating, but we ask that our clients, friends and staff are mindful of this date and the implications it can have to the elderly.

We have listed our top 3 suggestions on how to help the elderly on Halloween night. We believe these simple ideas will help make Halloween a fun occasion for everyone.

  • Plan ahead if you are going trick or treating then ensure you only knock on the houses of people who you know are taking part in the celebrations. Visit people who have decorations on their homes or of younger people who can easily get to their door to play along.
  • Get everyone involved. If you have elderly relatives or neighbours, then invite them over or arrange someone to sit with them at peak times (6pm – 9pm)
  • Leave sweets outside the house. If you know elderly people who are likely to have an abundance of people knocking at their door then place sweets in a bowl outside their front door or at the end of their driveway so that they are not disturbed or frightened by any loud knocks at the door.