One of my family’s pre-trick-or-treating rituals was stopping at the grandparents’ house to show off costumes and take pictures. Because my grandparents lived across the road and down the hill from my parent’s house, there wasn’t a year this ritual was missed. Though Skype and FaceTime allow long-distance grandparents to participate in Halloween festivities, nothing can replace family showing up at the door and hearing grandchildren yell “trick or treat.”
Eunice Trotter, communication specialist with American Senior Communities, says “it’s about the family that Halloween brings and the celebrating opportunities it provides,” as to why this senior living providers' nearly 90 Indiana and Kentucky communities celebrate the holiday. And it’s not only residents, their families and staff who are invited to participate in the festivities. The general public is also invited!
“A big part of these celebrations is to bring residents and the community together. Even though they are in these facilities, the city is still their home. By inviting the public, it takes the mystery out of the community,” Trotter says, adding that residents look forward to the celebration just as the children do; they light up and are ready for the children to arrive.
How American Senior Communities Celebrate HalloweenGood Samaritan Home & Rehabilitative Center will celebrate the holiday with a chili cook-off featuring delicious recipes submitted by residents, families and the public.
At Timbers of Jasper, it’s was only kids who showed off their costumes. On Oct. 20th, the community hosted a Halloween Pet Show. Trotter says this event has been a favorite of residents, as they have a chance to show off their pets. Everyone is welcome to attend, with prizes being offered for scariest costume and even worst-behaved pet.
A Spooktacular Library and trick or treating will be featured at the Brownsburg Meadows community on October 27th. With senior living communities designed just as apartments, children can have the fun of going door-to-door and visiting residents.
At Autumn Ridge, it’s a trunk and treat experience open to families and the public on October 30th. Michael Lehman says that this is the third year for the event and “it’s something the community loves to do.” He says that management had the idea from learning it being done in larger cities and wanted to try it at their community since they had a large parking lot. For the past two years, they’ve run out of candy, “which is a good problem to have,” Lehman says with a laugh. Residents also dress up and pass out candy, along with the staff who decorate their cars. There will also be a fire truck, police car and ambulance on hand to show off.
All ghost and goblins are invited to join a spooktacular party at Rosegate on October 30. The community will host a costume contest with parade and bewitching snacks.
Zionsville Meadows is inviting the public for an evening of trick or treating on October 29. And judging from last year's photos, it seemed like fun was had by all!
So before your family heads out for trick or treating this year, be sure to put the nearby senior living community among your places to visit and join in their Halloween fun!
Photographs courtesy of Eunice Trotter, communication specialist with American Senior Communities.