November 13, 2019
Written by Rachel Bailey
On Thursday 31st October, ghouls, goblins, witches, vampires and zombies crept through Arcare’s communities across Australia.
The spooky creatures gave some a fright, while others decided to have a laugh. However there was nothing really to fear, as the creatures were merely, clients and team members disguised in costume for Halloween!
Throughout the day, the aged care communities across Australia participated in a variety of creepy activities. Here are some of the highlights from the day:
On Halloween, the Arcare Brighton community celebrated by having a costume parade. In the afternoon, clients and team members strutted their stuff, showing off their terrifying costumes to the community. Everyone cheered, as each person took their turn, however laughter erupted from the audience when the lifestyle team playfully strutted their stuff in their matching pumpkin costumes. To round off the afternoon, the catering team had especially prepared a spooky afternoon tea feast for everyone to enjoy.
For Halloween, the Arcare Caulfield community had children from the local Treehouse Kindergarten visit. The children had fun going around to each client, infecting them with the festive spirit. A Superman, Spiderman, Batman and a zombie were just some of creative costumes that the children came dressed up as. The children had a fun time, knocking on clients’ doors and saying “Trick or Treat?”.
Later in the day, the clients joined the children in making Halloween-themed art pieces. Many of the children decided to make creepy spiders out of play doh, while the clients assisted. Laughter echoed through the room, as clients heard the children’s versions of scary stories.
One respite client commented, “Isn’t Halloween just for America?”, to which the lifestyle team responded, that it was all just a bit of fun. For morning tea, chef, Katrina especially baked some Halloween-themed cupcakes for everyone to enjoy.
For Halloween, 66 children from Kool Kidz Mill Park visited Arcare Epping to participate in Trick or Treating with the clients. One by one, the children went around knocking on clients’ doors, saying “Trick or Treat?”. A few of the clients thought it would be funny to play a trick on the children, much to the surprise and confusion of some of children. With clients, team members, and the children wearing their various spooky costumes, it was a colourful and exciting time. Plenty of sweets for were handed around, before everyone was served some freaky fresh fruit and icy poles for morning tea.
Arcare Hillside’s acting residence manager, Pat decided to play a trick on many clients and team members for Halloween, as she treated them to chocolates and lollies.
Arcare Surrey Hills
99 year-old Arcare Surrey Hills client, Ligorio desperately wanted to dress up and enjoy the silliness of Halloween, however he had no one to do his costume make-up. That was until residence manager, Shantala volunteered to come in early to work and do Ligorio’s makeup for him. What a treat!
The entire foyer area at Arcare Sydenham had been decorated in Jack O Lanterns, spider webs and orange and black balloons for Halloween. A creepy witch statue proudly sat by reception, to scare and cackle at anyone who walked by.
In the afternoon, children from the local kindergarten visited the clients for some trick or treating fun. The children split off into groups to cover all the clients in the large residence. Carrying their homemade bags and wearing their scary Halloween costumes, the children went around politely, knocked on the clients’ doors and saying “Trick or Treat?”. Several of the clients were so thrilled by the children’s visit, that they quietly snuck a few extra lollies into each of their bags.
Rachel Bailey is the Community Marketing Officer for Victoria. Rachel has been with Arcare since February 2018, when she started in the role of Relationship Coordinator. Rachel has previously worked in a wide range of roles that equipped her for her responsibilities as Arcare's Community Marketing Officer for Victoria. Rachel has previously held marketing roles and administration roles in a range of industries, earning a range of valuable communications skills that she brings to her role today. Rachel attended Lyndhurst Secondary College in Cranbourne, Victoria, graduating with her Victorian Certificate of Education in 2014. She went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts (BA) majoring in Communication and Media Studies & Public Relations in 2017. Rachel is passionate about her work and believes that strong communication strategies are the key to creating a closer connection between residents in aged care communities and the wider community. Rachel is a firm believer in regular communications to help friends and family keep updated on the lives of their loved ones who are enjoying life in Arcare residences.