Pub parties cap off Riverview Manor Halloween season

Festivities capture the spirit of the season and the OMNI core value of fun and laughter

Riverview Manor started Halloween season with jack-o’-lantern decorating this year (see Nov. 2 story) and carried activities and celebrations through to the Halloween weekend, with socially distanced pub parties being hosted on the north and south sides of the Peterborough long-term care home.

For the parties, both dining rooms were decorated with jack-o’-lanterns residents designed days earlier as well as with large spiders dangling from the ceiling. Residents were also provided with pointy witch hats to wear during festivities.

To keep the pub parties safe during the global COVID-19 pandemic, seating arrangements were organized for two residents per table, rather than four residents per table, which was the pre-pandemic norm.

There were also plastic, see-through barriers between residents for added safety.

The pub parties featured beer, a variety of different pop, Cheezies and cake that was served to residents.

Riverview Manor life enrichment aide Adam Wicklum says that while the pub parties were socially distanced, the spirit of the Halloween season was as strong as ever and the OMNI Health Care core value of fun and laughter was in high gear.

And of course, Halloween parties would not be complete without lots of favourite Halloween music.

“We used Spotify Halloween music, like Ghostbusters and Monster Mash, during the party” and the scary background noises were also a hit with the residents, Adam says.

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