Intergenerational Trick-or-Treating
Debbie Bouknight, BS, ACC, CDP
Lexington Medical Center Extended Care, SC
NAAP Public Relations Trustee

One program that has been very successful at our facility for many years
and also won a S.C. Spirit of Caring Best Practice award in 2004, is the
Intergenerational Trick-or-Treating program. This is a lot of fun for the
residents and they also have the opportunity to see the children dressed in
their Halloween costumes. We try to schedule this on Halloween, unless it
falls on the weekend, then we will do it the Friday before. This is mainly
because the daycare centers are closed on weekends.

Decide in advance the times you would like the children to come trick-or-
treating. We usually start at 10:00a.m. and stagger times every 30 minutes.
We have 10 units and will have 3 different groups go to each unit at 10:00,
10:30 and 11:00. Decide how many children you can handle or will need.
We typically have 20-30 per group and each group will go to 2 or 3 units.
Send out notices to the daycares in your area inviting them to participate.
Let them know the times and any rules you establish. We ask that the
children come in costume and that they bring their own bags/containers to
collect candy/prizes. Give them a deadline to respond. Once you have all
the responses, you can schedule their specific time and get that to them.

Sources of candy/prizes or the money to purchase those items, would be
volunteers, activity budgets, family of resident’s, and/or staff donations.
Once we know how many children will be going to each unit, we count out
enough candy for each bag (a resident will hold it) so that each child gets
one piece or one prize from every resident assigned to hand it out. You will
need to make up a list of appropriate residents to hand out the treats
ahead of time and also talk with them to let them know what they will need
to do. We always remind the residents to give each child only one item. If a
resident might be prone to eating the candy, give them a bag with toy prizes

On the date of the trick-or-treating, the residents and staff also dress up.
Before the children start arriving, the bags filled with goodies are handed
out to each resident assigned to hand out the prizes. Other residents are
brought out into the lobby or hallways to watch the festivities. Once the
children start arriving, someone is assigned to each group, to lead them
around. This can be staff members or volunteers. They will need to know
which residents on each unit have goodies. We also take a group picture of
each daycare before they get started. It is also good to have someone
assigned to take pictures throughout the trick-or-treating. The groups of
children are led to the residents, who give them each a prize.

There will be much laughter, hugs and fun for the children as well as the
residents/clients. This program also gives the residents/clients an
opportunity to give back to the community and gives the children an
opportunity to interact with the elderly.
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