Halloween moves inside

Windy weather did not stop area facilities from hosting their trick or treat for the children.
At Auglaize Acres, resident’s children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and others stopped in for a visit.
“This is a time for them to socialize with the younger generation,” Activities Coordinator Barb King said. “The residents’ faces light up when they see the kids — it’s an important thing for them.”
King said the trick-or-treat event allowed residents and staff members to mingle with family members that they speak about every day.
Resident Dorothy Ridenhour, 102, had four great-great grandchildren attend the event, whom the staff were happy to meet.
Approximately 20 residents handed out candy to nearly 60 children, while other residents enjoyed watching the youngsters in their costumes.
“One man saw a cute little girl, so he pulled out a fist full of candy,” King said. “She was dressed as a bumblebee.”
Earlier in the afternoon, residents enjoyed a Halloween party with sandwiches, donuts and apple cider, along with entertainment. King said the residents coerced the staff to dance to “The Monster Mash.”
“We try to always keep a lot of things going on,” King said. “That’s what it’s all about — giving them a purpose in life and a reason to get up in the morning.”
King said the residents enjoyed spending time socializing and enjoying the holiday and their family members.
“They have worked and served others all their life,” Kind said. “Now it’s time for them to relax and enjoy things going on.”
At Harvest Church, organizers moved their annual Trunk-or-Treat inside a hall at the church.
Hundreds of people showed up for the event which had aisles of tables for church members to hand out candy to the children.
At one point, it took between 60 and 90 minutes to make it through the line because of the number of children and the number of stops.
Associate Pastor Tony Dirr said it was difficult to determine if they were any busier than when they have it outside because this is the first time they had the children in a concentrated place. Typically the event is held outside in the parking lot.
The scary weather did not postpone trick or treat at the Wapakoneta Manor, which had residents pass out candy from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
“It went great,” said Manor Activities Director Peggy Hower, who estimated approximately 170 children visited the facility. “It was more than usual, but we had enough candy.
“We really had a wonderful time and the residents are still talking about it this morning,” she said in a telephone interview this morning. “The weather held out so people could come. We really had a good time.”
She estimated 40 residents participated in the event.
Wapakoneta Mayor Rodney Metz, like other mayors in the area, postponed trick or treat to noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturday.
The village of Cridersville is holding trick or treat from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Police Chief John Drake said.