We celebrated Halloween at Loose Valley Care Home a little early last week, on Tuesday 26 October.
We started with a Halloween quiz and facts about the holiday and how it started in America. Did you know….
- Jack ‘o lanterns were originally carved from turnips
- Dressing up in costumes was a way to hide from ghosts
- Cats have been part of the ancient Celtic festival, as priests sacrificed them to predict the future (poor cats!)
- The White House is haunted by Abraham Lincoln, whose ghost has been spotted by Lady Roosevelt and many others residing at the presidential house.
Next was a fun game to ‘punch a hole in the pumpkin’ and receive a chocolate treat – all treats no tricks! Our residents had to punch a hole through the orange paper and reach in to pull out a treat. Paula from our Recreation and Well-Being Team said “Be careful there maybe a spider in there! Only kidding!!”
In the afternoon we welcomed Kevin Walsh to Loose Valley and he entertained us all with his wonderful music, which is always thoroughly enjoyed by everyone.
One of our ladies requested Frank Sinatra, so he sang ‘That’s Life‘ and ‘You make me feel so young‘ and said he will learn a few more tunes for next time.
Kevin is returning on Monday 8 November for our Irish Day, as his dad was Irish. It also happens to be Kevin’s birthday on 9 November and our Molly will also be 99 years old, so we’ll be celebrating them both!
On Halloween itself, our Chef Dee made some fantastic Halloween cupcakes made with pumpkin of course! They not only looked great but tasted great too and everyone enjoyed them in the afternoon with a lovely cup of tea or coffee.