Halloween isn't just about kids asking for candy or finding the best costume. It's a chance to get that exciting, exhilarating tingle down your spine. Being scared is a healthy feeling in many ways, and one that should be experienced every now and again. It can be equal parts thrilling as it can be freeing. This is a season to face your fears and conquer them, and there is no better way than having a scary movie night with every generation of the family. You may be surprised at just how much fun you end up having.
Traditional snacks (Raisenettes, SnoBalls, Red Vines, etc.) and movies have always gone hand in hand, but there's something deeply satisfying about going above and beyond. Score a few squeals from kids by serving pea soup during the scenes where characters vomit, or eat some roasted cauliflower during a few zombie movies. It's these types of special touches that make scary movie nights more memorable. If stomachs can't quite handle these types of visual foods, then you can substitute the old favorites instead. One way to make movie night more fun for the parents in the room would be to do a wine pairing with your movie snacks like candy and popcorn.
Halloween, Night of the Living Dead, Nightmare on Elm Street or Dracula are horror classics. However, if you're watching with younger kids, then movies like Hocus Pocus, Coraline or The Addams Family may be better choices. These movies offer a little more humor to break up the scarier scenes, and can help kids stay cool during even the worst moments. There are also campy classics like Gremlins which can introduce a whole new generation to these furry friends. Or you can try something a little out of the ordinary and watch The Book of Life. This movie explores the tenets of the Spanish holiday, Dia de los Muertos. The themes not only let kids learn about another culture, but also can stimulate discussion about how death is a natural part of life.
Fall gives everyone a chance to snuggle up with their favorite grandparent. Your favorite flannels, and blankets are an absolute must for spooky movie night. As an added bonus, they make an excellent blocker for the screen during the gorier parts of the movie.
Light up a Jack-O-Lantern and enjoy the warmth that comes from being in your own home surrounded by your favorite people. Regardless of how much you or the kids know the characters on screen aren't really in mortal peril, it's useful to have a little comfort available so you can truly enjoy your watching experience (and have an easier time sleeping that night.)
Whether your family has long-standing movie night traditions during this time of year or not, this is a time to gather with those you love. Bringing everyone together means a chance to bond over shared shrieks and feelings of joy when the hero finally defeats the bad guys. Bury your eyes into your grandkids sleeve and tell them to protect you, and watch their eyes light up in delight. Help them turn their favorite foods into a much creepier version to bring to the movie.
Seniors who honor the traditions of Halloween will find it remarkably more satisfying than those who just set out a few treats on a coffee table. Sunshine Retirement Living honors the residents who stay with us by making it easy to connect with those of shared interests.
We respect those who want to live their life in the way that they choose. From all-day dining to exercise classes and more, we make it easy for seniors to accomplish their goals. Please contact Sunshine Retirement Living for more information today!
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