S&R seniors living communities make the most of Halloween

Residents, team members and even some dogs got into the spirit of the day
11/29/2019  - Deron Hamel

Steeves & Rozema seniors living communities made the most of Halloween this year, creating a variety of events geared to ensuring that residents, team members – and even some dogs – had a fun, festive time.

At Southgate Village in Kingsville, residents and team members dressed up in costumes for a party. There were lots of treats available for everyone, including chocolate mousse covered with whipped cream and wiggly jelly worms, which proved to be a big crowd favourite.

“The wiggly worms were hung over the top of the glasses, so they look like worms coming out of dirt – the residents loved them,” says fun co-ordinator Susan Davis.

Team members got creative with their costume designs. Susan opted for an early Christmas costume theme – Santa Claus. Other costumes included a bumble-bee outfit and a pirate. Southgate Village executive director Becky Broughton brought her French bulldog, Lily, who was also dressed in a costume, to the festivities.

There were also best-costume contests for residents and team members, with Brenda DeJong’s bumble-bee costume taking top prize for team members, while Maria Datillo’s lamp outfit took top honours for resident costumes.

Rosewood Village in Sarnia also hosted a costume party for Halloween. The highlight of the day was a group of team members dressed as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, with maintenance manager Clarence Sweeney playing the part of Snow White.

“He is a real trooper,” fun co-ordinator Bev James says of Clarence. “He works here with all women, and we said, ‘we’re going to get you a Snow White costume, do you mind?’ And he said, ‘not at all. ’ He will do anything to make the residents laugh.”

Many of the residents also dressed up in their favourite costumes to celebrate the day, Bev notes. The afternoon party featured live entertainment from the Sarnia Kitchen Party Band, and there was lots of dancing, she adds.

In the morning, a group of dogs came to Rosewood Village for a canine costume show, which was a big hit for residents.

“The residents loved that,” Bev says.

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