Timeless, Ageless, Classic
Based on the comic strip “Peanuts,” the beloved American classic cartoon “IT’S THE GREAT PUMPKIN CHARLIE BROWN,” created by Charles M. Schultz, was released 53 years ago. Having a broad appeal for both parents and children, that original broadcast was seen first by today’s Seniors. Through the decades, it has become a holiday tradition for new generations and remains one to this day.
So what does this mean to our Senior population today? It’s all about tradition, and engaging our Seniors in remembering the timeless fun that Halloween creates. Carving and decorating pumpkins, handing out candy to trick-or-treaters, spending time with children and grandchildren – being involved in the Halloween traditions going on today.
As Nicole Sutton, the Administrator for Williamsburg Landing Senior Living Community describes, “We engage our residents with each other, their families and the community at large. We want them to actively embrace the day and embrace the holiday.”
One of Nicole’s ideas was to create a “Not-So-Spooky-Halloween” event at Williamsburg Landing Senior Living Community, and to invite the entire neighborhood community. The hall was transformed with decorations made by residents. The evening included treat stations; trick-or-treating at the rooms; surprise “character” appearances; a DJ; Halloween activities; and parades of costumed residents and visitors. Fun times and laughter were had by all, and, most importantly, the residents were looking forward to next year’s fall fun. That last part is key: Looking forward to next Halloween.
Like a child waiting for the classic Great Pumpkin to run once more, our Seniors are looking forward to the next Halloween - rekindling the zest for life both now and in the future, which is the goal for all of us every year. It appears that “Great Pumpkin” is quite an impressive character.