West Lake residents’ faces ‘lit up the dining room’

Picton home takes part in Halloween

November 8, 2013 — Natalie Hamilton

Janie Butler teared up when she saw how excited residents were to see children in costumes.

Janie Butler teared up when she saw how excited residents were to see children in costumes.

Janie Butler teared up when she saw how excited residents were to see children in costumes.

West Lake Terrace was her first stop when she took her daughter trick-or-treating Oct. 31. Butler, acting life enrichment co-ordinator, and two other staff members with their children stopped by the Picton home on Halloween.

“The residents’ (faces) lit up the dining room,” Janie says.

“They were so happy to see the kids. It brought a tear to my eye because they were so overwhelmed by their little faces.”

Butler was also involved earlier in the day arranging Halloween activities for residents.

“I think it’s important to celebrate Halloween because it’s a past tradition they would have celebrated with their own children,” Butler says.

“It’s important to keep them involved in such activities, celebrating holidays of all kinds.”
For Halloween, staff dressed up in costumes and residents who wished wore disguises too.

West Lake provided a buffet of treats, including, peanut butter coffin-shaped sandwiches, pumpkin Rice Krispie squares, cupcakes, fresh fruit and yogurt dip and hot apple cider.

Resident Georgie Macey, dressed as a purple witch, won the best residents’ costume honour.
Staff member Wanda Sensenstein won for being dressed as a Day of the
Dead girl.

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