Creatures, candy and contests brew up Halloween delight
Whoever said Halloween is a kids’ holiday never celebrated at a Holiday Retirement community. Yes, kids are certainly welcome to join in, but when you’re young at heart, All Hallow’s Eve positively brims with opportunities for tricks and treats.
For the residents and staff at Holiday Retirement’s Bluebird Estates, memories of last year’s celebration are fueling the anticipation for this year’s festivities. The most recent Halloween soiree was one for the books, as residents, visitors, families and staff marked the occasion with an extensive roster of games, activities, treats and, of course, a costume contest.
Alongside a creepy insect ping-pong toss, spider tosses into a moving web, an eyeball drop and a sensory guessing game, residents competed in an interactive costume memory game. Teams competing in the costume memory game attempted to memorize the clever names of as many costumes as possible. But the residents weren’t the only ones who had their skills put to the test. Many members of the staff participated in the manager mummy races. If that name suggests a scenario involving toilet paper, you’re not wrong! Team members raced to wrap the management teams up, while residents cheered on the antics.
Residents brought their A game to the costume contest, but it was Gretchen Barton who won the day in her homemade knitted outfit. Sisters Mary O’Conner and Trudy Ryan took second and third place, respectively, as a pirate and a peacock. Staff and residents alike are already looking forward to what this year’s festivities will bring.
Meanwhile, residents at Holiday Retirement’s Bear Canyon Estates will have a full month of themed fun in the run up to Halloween on Oct. 31. Enrichment coordinator Erica Costello has curated a number of October events around the theme of “Creatures, Crawlies and Things that Hoot in the Night.” Throughout the month, a series of three speakers will visit Bear Canyon Estates to educate the Albuquerque senior living community about local animals ranging from the Gila monster to native owls. Susi Wolf, a storyteller and wildlife educator, will present Animal Tales and the Lessons They Teach Us, a program that incorporates storytelling, discussion, singing and drumming, all related to animal tales found in various cultures, including her own Cherokee heritage.
To cap off the month, visitors, family members and residents will be invited to an on-theme “animalistic” Halloween celebration. Favorite events such as the costume contest and Bootiful Ball Dance will return this year, as well.
At Holiday Retirement, we find ways to have fun all fall (and winter) long. Check out some of our upcoming activities or get in touch to find out if senior living — and all of the events that come with it — is the right choice for you.