Daleville Senior Center members are busy preparing for Halloween, a homemade quilt give-away and a holiday bazaar.
This is the second year for the center to hold the “Safe Haven Halloween Trick or Treat Festival” and they are partnering with the city’s Recreation Department to provide even more fun for the community on Oct. 31.
“I enlisted our seniors last year to hold a safe haven trick or treat last year as a way of reaching out to the community and bringing seniors and children together,” said Center Director Laura Leger. “It was a fun time for the seniors to see the children in their costumes and help provide a safe sort of going to grandma’s house kind of experience.”
The event will be held at the Senior Center, said Leger, “with the idea that since Daleville Baptist Church will also be having their trunk or treat right across the street, we can kind of zone that area for safety and the families can walk back and forth in close proximity.”
Leger said that Recreation Department Director Brook Beasley has several “ladies from the community putting together around 10-plus game stations for the kids where they can win treats.”
Children and families will find a “spooky walk-thru where kids can come inside the center” where seniors will have trick or treat tables set up to hand out candy,” explained Leger, adding that the center and recreation center have candy donation boxes set up and both departments are in need of candy donations from the community “because last year we did run out very quickly, and we are expecting a larger number of children this year.”
On the night of festivities, “We are asking for a donation of one can of dry food from each child as a way of building up our local food pantries to help families and seniors in need in our area. This will allow the children to play games while helping to feed those in need,” said Leger. “For me personally, I love Halloween and I just want to provide our local kids a safe alternative where they can come have fun and get treats and moms and dads don't have to worry about what their child is receiving.”
Besides the haunted walk-through, there will be games, arts and crafts tables, a photo booth and more. Children from babies to age 12 are invited to participate in the event, which begins at 5 and ends at 7 p.m.
“There is no charge for admission, but we would appreciate canned/dry food donation” and $1 donations at the photo booth,” said Leger.
“It means a lot to me that our departments are coming together because it bridges the gap between the old and young and they can see that honestly, there is not a lot of difference between them. It gives our seniors a chance to remember what it was like to be young again,” explained Leger, adding that $1 tickets for the queen-size quilt give-away are also being sold. The drawing for the quilt will be Friday, Dec. 16, with all proceeds of that, plus the annual holiday bazaar benefiting the center. The Holiday Market will open at the center on Nov. 1 and run through Dec. 16. Leger said an additional bazaar will be held at the Recreation Center after the city Christmas Parade Dec. 2 and additional vendors are being sought and should contact Beasley at the Billy Atkins Recreation Center.