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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Where Halloween Isn't Just About Kids

In all honesty I forgot to take a lot of photos this Halloween. Knowing how attached I am that's very unusual, but really I was so focused on spending time with Emily and enjoying a fun night with her that I forgot to take many photos.

While most people go door to door through the neighborhood on Halloween there is a better place to go, in my opinion. I never would have thought of it either, but a nursing home is an amazing place to go for Halloween. The one I work at actually does a huge celebration for it. Decorations, spooky set ups, games, prizes, coloring contests, and a free bike raffle. All the residents get excited days in advance. Tons of candy is purchased. The night of Halloween they all sit outside their rooms doling out candy to all the children. I think that the older folks might even enjoy it more than the children!

What I tell people who ask where I'm going is that going to the nursing home is like going to sixty houses in one swoop. It's all lit, safe, an indoors. The added activities are a bonus. Not to mention, the resident's happiness. It's a win all the way around.

So, next year when you are planning out your route for trick-or-treating make sure it includes a nursing home. There is no better place to go!

And here are a few photos of this year's Halloween...


Kristin said...

The nursing home was one of my favorite stops when I was a kid! The homes here don't participate because of security reasons (big city with drug problems), but we live next to an assisted living facility and some of the residents came out to sit on the front bench and hand out candy. I made sure to stop over there with the kids and chat for a bit. :-)

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