Residents and Colleagues across HC-One care homes participated in Halloween festivities. Teams across the country embraced the Halloween spirit and the opportunity to become involved in a number of creative creep-tacular fun activities to mark the occasion including carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns; holding a Halloween party for Residents and dressing up in Halloween costumes; apple bobbing; enjoying bewitching cakes and magical food; telling scary stories; sharing happy memories recalling the fun they had as children at Halloween; playing games, quizzes and pranks as well as watching horror films.
At Murrayfield House Care Home in Edinburgh, Residents enjoyed spending an afternoon getting in the Halloween mood by decorating scary biscuits that the kitchen Colleagues had baked with ghostly toppings, whilst remaining socially distanced in the dining room area of the care home. Everyone enjoyed getting involved and loved getting their hands messy decorating the biscuits which they enjoyed later that day with a cup of tea or coffee. Colleagues decorated the home with Halloween decorations and Residents loved the new temporary spine-tingling look and atmosphere of the care home which was fitting for the occasion. Residents relished in having their photo took in front of the eerie decorations to show and share with their loved ones.
In Buckinghamshire at Highclere Care Home, Residents and Colleagues had fun celebrating Halloween by enjoying a fun day of pumpkin carving. Residents thoroughly enjoyed the activity of carving pumpkins with ghoulish faces and posed for photos with their creations afterwards which they shared and showed with loved ones. Colleagues and Residents also dressed up for the occasion with some wearing a witch’s hat and a broom stick. Farai Maringa, Home Manager at Highclere Care Home said, “We love Halloween at Highclere and the Residents really enjoy the decorations and arts and crafts planned around the holiday.”
At Chaseview Care Home, in Burntwood, Staffordshire everyone got in the Halloween spirit by decorating the home with hair-raising displays which the Residents loved. A variety of chilling mysterious activities took place on the run up to Halloween including Residents making pumpkin stress balls, enchanting Halloween lanterns and glow stick ghosts using upcycled milk bottles as well as a murder mystery event. Residents were especially amused when they saw the effect that the glow sticks in the ghost milk bottles created once they had decorated them. Residents commented that they found their creations to create a relaxing atmosphere and were very pleased with their decorations which they placed in their bedrooms afterwards.
In Stockport at Appleton Lodge Care Home, Residents and Colleagues got creative, spending time creating Halloween decorations before decorating the home together with their creations. The Residents spent time socialising together whilst remaining socially distanced by making pumpkin garlands and lanterns to display around the home. Whilst making the enchanting decorations, Residents reminisced and had conversations about how they used to celebrate Halloween when they were younger.
Senior Home Manager, Kay Slinger commented “The Residents thoroughly enjoyed decorating the home and creating their own decorations. They had lots of laughs and chatter about making decorations with their children when they were younger. It was lovely to see.”