The Rittenhouse Senior Living Community in Valparaiso hosted a Halloween night for children on Tuesday, October 29th, from 6-8 p.m. The event was open to the community and included indoor Trick or Treating with the residents of Rittenhouse, a Balloon Twister from 6:00pm-7:30pm, a visit from Prompt Ambulance, and fun games and snacks. Children who brought a new, small (12-16 inches tall) stuffed animal for the United Ways I need a Hug Drive were entered into a raffle for a gift certificate to the movies.
“Tonight’s turnout of kids is about the same as last year. It allows the seniors to hand out treats if they can’t anymore, and gives the kids a safe environment to trick-or treat,” said Heather Kelly, event coordinator.
“It is great to see the seniors and the kids together at this event,” said Ron Donahough from Prompt Ambulance. Jeff Zielinski also from Prompt Ambulance was in a full costume, handing out candy at the event.
“One great thing about trick or treating here is that you don’t have to worry about what is in the candy the kids are getting! It is a safe place to trick-or-treat,” said Jerry Ososki, daughter of resident Dorothy Cooley.
Many of the kids were friends and family of the residents of the Rittenhouse, and the evening gave families the opportunity to spend time together, while dressing up and celebrating Halloween.