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Halloween is horribly fun

November 8th, 2023

Booo! from Peace River.

Cobwebs hung from walls while scary music filled the halls. Communities throughout Points West Living celebrated Halloween, including by wearing costumes, decorating pumpkins and welcoming young trick-or-treaters. There was ghoulish food consumed, games played, movies seen and Halloween poems read.

In Lloydminster, a red witch (otherwise known as resident Gale), cackled, “It’s kinda nice to be silly like this.”

In Stettler, resident Marie said, “We had so much fun! I haven’t had that much fun on Halloween in ages.”

In Cold Lake, employee care partner Mabel and her son entertained residents with their costumes. Resident Jackie said with a laugh, “It was funny to see the big gorilla costume.”

In Drayton Valley, Recreation Coordinator Codie Riddoch said, “All residents were full of smiles and laughter the whole time.”

Although frights were the order of the day, amusement prevailed. “It’s all about the fun,” said Nicole Fischer, Recreation Therapist in Stettler. “Many residents expressed how they had a wonderful day. Many were asking questions for weeks before about handing out candy as it is new for some of our farmers moving into town.”

The residents obviously did a fine job entertaining the kids—whether there for trick-or-treating or with a school group earlier in the day.

At Heritage House in Vegreville, “Shrieks of laughter and joy could be heard as the students joined us inside the building and got set up for a craft,” said Kristen Gusnowski, Recreation Aide. “The afternoon was full of fun and togetherness. Eden principle #4 states we thrive when we have purpose and the opportunity to give, as well as receive; this is the antidote to boredom. The residents were entertained by all the little ghouls, goblins and princesses and loved that they were able to make treat bags for the kids to enjoy.”

Claudia Cupasachoa, Recreation Aide in Cold Lake, also pointed out that the Halloween activities address the Eden principle that states that loneliness, helplessness and boredom are destructive to our health and well-being. With all the creepy craziness, boredom was certainly banished that day!

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