When planning a Halloween party for elders, we have to think about how to have a good time in a way that is inclusive for all, whether they can move freely or are confined to a walker or wheelchair. Of course, we can have costumes and a costume contest, Halloween themed décor and treats, scary movies and music. But one activity that is fun and fairly easy for elders to participate in is pumpkin painting. An entire party could be planned around this single activity. Painting a pumpkin is much easier, and safer, than carving while still being creative and fun! The following is adapted from http://painting.about.com/od/gourdartpaintedgourds/ht/paint_pumpkin.htm

To have a pumpkin painting party, you will need the following supplies:

-- Pumpkins (of course!) the smoother, the better
-- Sets of acrylic paints, poster paints or permanent markers
-- Stencils (optional)
-- Cloths to wipe off mistakes
-- Spray on sealer/varnish
-- Fabric pieces, hair, hats, etc. (optional)

When painting a pumpkin, wash the pumpkin and dry it to prepare it for paint. If you are pretty good at free hand drawing, go ahead and paint your design on with paints or permanent marker. If you need a little help, use stencils or outline your design first. If you are handy with crafts, you may also stick on paper shapes or accessories. Use a damp cloth to wipe off any mistakes. When your paint job is complete, spray on a coat of sealer to set the paint and make it last longer. You can even paint two designs on the pumpkin, one on each side. Painted pum

pkins have the advantage of lasting longer than carved ones, so you could even use it as Thanksgiving decoration in November! To get an idea of what a finished painted pumpkin could look like, see these from MaryAnn Heeb:







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