As we’re sure you’ve noticed from the store displays here in Scottsdale, Halloween is almost upon us. Our corner of Arizona will be celebrating all weekend long, with a host of events for all ages, including:
- The Scottsdale Fall Festival full of spooky fun for al the family in Eldorado Park.
- The family-friendly Salt River Fields Balloon Spooktacular, with over 20 hot air balloons lighting the sky and candy for eager trick or treaters.
- The PoeFest at the Hotel San Carlos in Phoenix, where actors will act out scenes from tales by Victorian author Edgar Allan Poe.
- Howl-O-Ween! at the Phoenix Zoo, a mix of scary and merry attractions set across the zoo from 6pm to 10.30pm.
- The Dia de los Muertos Festival (Oct 28-29) with live entertainment, mercado, and more at the Mesa Arts Center.
Halloween at The Manor Village at Scottsdale
For our part, our Residents will be entering into the fun by wearing spook-tacular costumes all day long, and joining in with our Halloween Happy Hour. We’ve also a suitably spooky trip to the Goldfield Ghost Town to enjoy earlier in the week.
Trick or Treating in Scottsdale
We’re sure that Scottsdale’s streets will be busy with trick or treaters out in full costume, with bags and buckets ready. Today’s trick and treat fans might also be armed with the latest high tech ghostly gadget, a Treat Map app on their phone that shows a map of the neighbourhood with candy corns marking those who welcome little ghouls, ghosts, witches and warlocks.
Trick or treating should always be done just for fun, but for some seniors living on their own, it can be a rather intimidating night too. They may be concerned about opening their doors to strangers, or worried that if they can’t get up and answer the door fast enough, they may fall prey to tricks.
If you’re concerned that your senior parents or relatives might be concerned, here are some practical steps you can take to help.
Thanks but no thanks
Pop up a polite notice on the door wishing callers a Happy Halloween and saying that you don’t wish to answer the door. Most kids will respect your privacy and move on once they realise there is no candy a-coming from this door!
Create an ‘honesty’ box
Pop a box full of apples or similar healthy Halloween treats on the doorstep with a note saying “Ghoulishly good. Just take one!”. Add a mask or some decoration with eyes, as psychologists have shown that being watched prevents people taking more than their fair share!
Porch-only for all callers
Genuine trick or treaters will always be happy chatting or showing off their costumes on your front doorstep or porch. They don’t need to be invited inside. Remind your senior relatives that they should not let anybody in on Halloween, even if the parent/child claims to “Need the bathroom”.
Halloween at the grandparents
Make a family event of it and bring Halloween into their home! Create a great Halloween dinner, and bring out those photos of great Halloweens past. Continue family traditions like pumpkin carving or making your own costumes, or create new ones that span the generations.
Halloween treats – a memory in every bite
Most parents warn kids not to accept treats that are not wrapped from people they don’t know. It may seem somewhat sad to a senior generation brought up on a tradition of baking and making treats to offer, such as toffee and fudge, candy apples, pies and other home-baked goodies. So, why not make some of these favourites with your family and ‘trick or treat’ the grandparents in reverse, turning up with treats for them that bring back those memories in a single bite!