Having carved enough pumpkins to fill a patch, residents filled the run-up to Halloween with spooky activities. From mask-making to fancy dress, on the day itself they enjoyed Pin the Smile on The Pumpkin and a tabletop game called Graveyard Smash!
It was the games that were most popular… that and a little bit of zombie dancing to The Monster Mash! Everyone had a great time. We received lovely compliments from the families that came in, especially about the decorations, which some of the residents actually had a hand in!
The whole team from care to maintenance helped me organise. The effort matters and was absolutely worth it, every minute, just to see the residents’ faces.
Thirty residents attended, as well as relatives! There was music, fun hats, party games and themed food. It was all organised by Aaron Woodford, one of our Senior Care Assistants, and Johanna Casemore, one of our Activitices Coordinators – they did brilliantly. I popped in to the party myself and residents were all dancing, they were clearly having a lovely time. They were all very tired by bedtime!
After relaxing with autumnal arts and crafts in the run-up, it was time for a little mischief on the day. Following an energetic game of Pass the Pumpkin, residents loved playing ring-toss with witch hats, tasty seasonal sweets, and even went pumpkin bobbing!
As Crecy provides specialist mental health support, the team knows that the most important thing in planning fun is keeping it person-centred. Registered Manager Vicky Boursnell-Brooks said this of their events:
We always consult with our residents and what they want, so we basically had two events. Downstairs we had Fright Night – we streamed some horror films by popular demand and the people who wanted a scare had a really great time. Upstairs we were more low-key, and residents enjoyed spooky Pass the Parcel and lots of group games instead! Everyone had the same delicious buffet – severed finger cakes, brain jelly, gummy worms. There was something to suit everyone.
Residents had so much fun that they’ve asked us to plan a big bonfire night… which is just around the corner!
Queensferry Court Care Home in Derby made sure to thrill both residents and visitors. A grand party was thrown on Halloween afternoon that everybody dressed up to the nines for, with friends and family all on the guest list!
Devilish treats such as creepy cupcakes, spooky cookies and scary sandwiches were on the menu.
Because we welcome visitors all year round, seeing families enjoy the occasion together was wonderful. With lovely decor creating a makeshift photobooth, residents and their loved ones took pictures together in their costumes and made memories.
And now for the bonus treat…
As promised, enjoy our musical round-up of Agincare’s Halloween highlights!
Agincare's Spooktacular Halloween!
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