Trick or Treat for Seniors

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Last Wednesday was our annual Halloween service project with our church family…

and one of our favorite nights of the year!

Every year around Halloween our church participates in a special service project…”trick or treat for seniors.” In essence we create a trick or treating experience for the patients at a local nursing home.  We do this by “building” a Halloween village in the recreation hall of the nursing home. Preparation for this evening begins weeks before the actual event as organizations and families from church begin brainstorming to come up with ideas for their “house.” We then drive to a local furniture store where we pick up a pile of large cardboard boxes which are left in the gym closet for people to come and collect for their Halloween creations. It is then a few days or a few weeks (depending on the box) of cutting, taping, and painting to create the Halloween boxes. As you will see in the pictures, some people go all out with their creations! On the evening of the activity families arrive early to begin setting up their boxes. At 7:00 the actual trick or treating begins as volunteers wheel the patients around our village and we hand out treats like candy, crackers, cookies and applesauce. The senior citizens enjoy seeing the boxes and the children handing out treats. At the end of the evening the nursing home thanks us with  treats of cookies and juice. It is a really neat event and a lot of fun for everyone involved.

Mr. Potato Head...a wanted man!

Mr. Potato Head…a wanted man!

This year we had fun embracing our Toy Story theme and recreating the bank robbery scene from the Toy Story movie. I LOVED the simplicity of the box and the minimal artistic talent needed,

since we were turning our background into Andy’s artistic creation. This is my sort of artwork!

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We then added some toy touches to finish off the look.

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. It was fun seeing everyone’s creations as people arrived to set up their boxes. Here are some of the creative boxes people came up with…

Another Toy Story box with a really cute Buzz Lightyear!

Another Toy Story box with a really cute Buzz Lightyear!

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The Schmuck family always goes above and beyond with stunningly creative boxes!

The Activity Day girls made a Ghoul Bus.

The Activity Day girls made a Ghoul Bus.

The scouts made a toll booth...

The scouts made a toll booth…

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The young women made a Monster's University box...here are a couple monsters.

The young women made a Monster’s University box…here are a couple of monsters.

...and a two headed one!

…and a two headed one!

Andy's Toys handing out treats.

Andy’s Toys handing out treats.

Gracie pushing one of the residents around to trick or treat.

Gracie pushing one of the residents around to trick or treat.

It was a wonderfully perfect evening!

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