Trick-or-treating with elderly makes for sweet Halloween
By: Brittany Comak
WARWICK, R.I. (WLNE) - With the rain driving some trick-or-treaters inside this year, hundreds of children got their candy at Brentwood By The Bay Assisted Living.
Halloween may not be considered the healthiest of holidays. But what if it was an exercise in mental health?
"This is a beautiful way to talk, and to actually spend some moments, with people!" said resident Teresa Malo.
That was the idea behind Thursday's trick-or-treat at the assisted living home in Warwick.
"The faces you can see from the residents, and the children - it's really a mutually beneficial activity," said Director Michael McMahon.
Instead of the usual Halloween party they throw for the residents, young lions, and princesses, and astronauts turned out to celebrate with them.
"Laughter is the best medicine," said McMahon. "You see how much laughter is going on here today. We could have had just musical entertainment, we could have had appetizers, and it would have been a nice party, but it would not have had the same feel."
That feel, which caused contagious smiles throughout the night, certainly wasn't lost on anyone at the home.
"It's not just that you're sitting here with a bag in your one hand. You're looking at the children, you're looking at the people, and you're sharing," said resident Elizabeth Gamble. "And isn't that what life is all about?"
"Just all the warmth of seeing these young children here today - it's wonderful!" said resident Mary Cooper.
The people at the home say they weren't expecting such a large turnout. They say they are so glad the rainy weather brought so many children to be with the residents this year
"He can learn something, and interact with a different generation, and it's super wonderful," said parent Michelle Wheelock.