The public was once again invited to attend a safe night of fun and fellowship. Associates decorated the facility for Halloween, passed out treat-filled candy buckets to the participating residents and excitedly waited for the crowd to arrive.
“Each resident who participates in the Trick-or-Treat is so excited to see the children dressed in their Halloween costumes,” said Adrienne Surber, marketing director.
More than 420 children, accompanied by parents, participated in the Trick-or-Treat this year. In the lobby, each child collected a treat bag before starting his or her candy excursion on unit one and walking throughout the building.
“The procession is so fun to watch,” said Surber. “The interactions between our residents and the children are priceless.”
Family pets got in on the action too, dressed in costumes and visiting with residents and children.
At the end of the candy path, guests ended their evening in the main dining room. Halloween music and festive decorations made for a party atmosphere, with cookies and drinks to snack on. Einstein the Mad Scientist made balloon animals for the children to take home.
On Oct. 31, storybook characters took over rehab while cowboys and Indians roamed the halls at The Heritage Center.
“Halloween is the best time at our facility,” said Surber. “There is great buy-in from the associates as well as the residents. People put a lot of thought and effort into their costume ideas, and everyone looks forward to seeing what people come up with year after year.”
Thus began the annual resident Halloween party!
Tommy White, a local celebrity, played guitar and sang vocals for the event, and associates paraded through the dining room to the music so the residents could see their costumes.
A judges’ panel awarded prizes to associates with the best costumes. First place and a Nook went to Kim McMillan, dietary director, who was dressed as Flo from the Progressive commercials. Traci Sargent, registered nurse and unit 3 and 4 supervisor won second place and an iPhone sing stand for her crayon box costume. And coming in third place to snag an Applebee’s gift card was Stephanie Woods, licensed practical nurse, dressed as Fred the plumber.
“The day is so fun, and the residents know that our jobs extend far beyond the responsibilities of our titles,” said Misty French, social services director. “We enjoy being with the residents, making things fun for them and making their home at The Heritage Center the best possible experience.”