Halloween isn’t just for kids. Senior living communities across the nation take advantage of this spooky and spectacular holiday to bridge generational gaps. With community staff and even residents dressed to the nines in fantastic costumes, communities host trick-or-treating events for local children from preschools or daycare programs, or even host events for the public.
Senior Communities Host Halloween Celebrations
Some residents pass out hand-decorated cookies they make and carefully decorate as a group activity, while others pass out traditional treats, spider rings, pencils decorated with bats and ghosts, and everything you can imagine. Many communities spend time decorating main hallways and community areas for a more festive feel, and some, such as Westbrook Senior Living & Memory Care, gave residents an opportunity to create their own masks to wear to join in the costume-fun that makes Halloween such a fun holiday.
Homestead Hills is another senior living community that takes Halloween seriously, hosting an annual celebration for their team members and families, complete with a costume parade, contest and prizes for the kids. After enjoying great food and showing off their costumes in the parade, children go trick-or-treating around the neighborhood to stock up on even more sweet treats.
EPOCH Assisted Living of Norton turns Halloween fun into a community open house, inviting the public to bring children and grandchildren to the community for an evening filled with fun, party games, refreshments and a safe environment for trick-or-treating.
Bridging the Gap: Fun for All Ages
No matter where you look, there’s a senior living community near you hosting fun events and inviting children to trick-or-treat, providing not just fun for the kids but a way for residents to feel connected to the larger community. Just like seniors would have dressed to the nines and passed out candy at their former family homes, senior living communities enable them to continue carrying on the same traditions.
It’s an excellent experience for children, as well, providing an opportunity to interact with local seniors and — most importantly — have fun with them. Some children may not have aging loved ones residing in senior living communities, so the experience is valuable for gaining an understanding of the world around them and of course, that having fun is possible at any age. For senior living community residents, these events bring joy to their lives — for many, few things in life are more enjoyable than being around children with wide grins and joyous laughter.
It’s a light-hearted and fun experience that helps seniors remember what it was like to see the world through youthful and innocent eyes. These events refresh cherished memories from the days when residents’ own children were dressing up as their favorite characters and excited beyond words to head out and collect bags full of tasty (albeit cavity-inducing) treats. Even the inevitable post-Halloween days of attempting unsuccessfully to ration a child’s consumption of all those sweet treats, or at least encourage extra teeth-brushing, are memories that can bring smiles and tears of joy to the faces of seniors.
What spooktacular events did your senior living community hold this year? Tell us about it in the comments below!
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Post by Angela Stringfellow