I spent Halloween night with Dad at his senior residence in an assisted living community and it was a blast! It was a night filled with ghosts, pirates, dragons, vampires, and princesses. Seniors enjoy Halloween night just as much as the kids do.
Sunrise Creek, a residential community for seniors offering assisted living and independent living in Montrose, Colorado had quite a Halloween party. They opened their doors to Halloween trick-or-treaters and it was a fun night for all. The trick-or-treaters began knocking on doors at 6:30 pm and it continued until 8 pm. Even the staff was dressed in costumes for the event.
All ages participated in this Halloween event including some of the seniors who got dressed up too. One senior wore a black outfit, a long purple wig, and as she walked with her cane, she looked fantastic. She was greeting all the kids and had smiles for everyone.
Many of the Moms and Dads that came with their kids were dressed up too. The trick-or-treaters began arriving at 6:15 pm and by 6:30 pm there was about 50 people waiting to begin their nightly haunt.
Sunrise Creek obviously has two purposes in holding this event. First, it provides a safe area for kids to roam around and do their trick-or-treating. The kids are mainly indoors going through the two-story building knocking on doors. They don’t have to worry about bad weather, bullies that might try to steal their candy, or other people with wrongful intentions. Moms and Dads are assured of a safe place when they trick-or-treat with the seniors at Sunrise Creek. There’s also independent living units in which the kids can walk door-to-door outside and trick-or-treat.
Secondly, it gives the senior residents a chance to participate in Halloween again. The seniors came out of their rooms to greet the masked marvels and to pass out candy or nickels. The joy that was on the faces of these seniors is a moment I’ll always remember. Seniors are alive and kickin’ and they want to have fun too. Why shouldn’t they?
My Dad is 93 years old and it’s been many years since he’s participated in handing out candy to Halloween trick-or-treaters. I gave him a huge plastic bowl filled with candy and he sat the bowl in his lap and let the kids pick out what they wanted. He thoroughly enjoyed himself and was still talking about it the next day.
I thought this was a fabulous idea and if you live in a town with an assisted living community, you may want to suggest this idea to them for next year. Sunrise Creek has been doing this for several years, and each year it becomes more successful. All they do is advertise in the local paper that they are holding this event and the Halloween trick-or-treaters show up. I spoke to one of the staffers and she said that there was probably 200-300 trick-or-treaters this year.
Next Halloween, I told Dad that he was going to get dressed up like everyone else and hand out the candy. I’m not sure he went for it, but he’s thinking about it.
Source: Personal Experience on Halloween Night