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Trick or Treat for Seniors

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Velma and Scooby

Velma and Scooby

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 day 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 the treat of cookies and juice. It is a really neat event and a lot of fun for everyone involved.

When we arrived home from co-op we had just a little bit of time before we had to head over to the nursing home so we began getting ready after we put away our backpacks and lunch boxes. Rusty was the only one that didn’t need to change into a costume because his young men group had made a rocket which they were going to man in street clothes.  The young women made a castle and were dressing as princesses so after the girls put on their gowns I helped them curl their hair and do their make-up. Tyler was going to stand in a box of Scooby Snacks so he dressed as Scooby Doo and I dressed up as Velma. We finished dressing up and loading the boxes in the car and were off. Toby had to meet us there because he had an appointment for a MRI to see what was going on with his foot.

Mt two princesses

My two princesses

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When we arrived we began the process of constructing the castle which was in multiple parts so that it would fit in the back of the car. 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…

A ballerina in a jewelry box.

A ballerina in a jewelry box.

A Dr. Who box :)

A Dr. Who box 🙂

 

A construction site

A construction site

 

A Sponge Bob box

A Sponge Bob box

 

Daughters of a King...love these girls :)

Daughters of a King…love these girls 🙂

 

A SUPER family!

A SUPER family!

 

Gracie and the Hulk!

Gracie and the Hulk!

 

The seniors trick or treating

The seniors trick or treating

 

The girls handing out candy :)

“The need of others are ever present and each of us can do something to help someone.  Unless we lose ourselves in service to others, there is little purpose to our own lives.” – Thomas S. Monson