Written by Cynthia L. Jacoby
October 15, 2013
Hundreds are expected to roam the halls of Riverview Healthcare Campus at this year’s Halloween trick-or-treating Oct. 27.
“We had between 700 and 800 here last year,” said Kendra German, Riverview’s administrator. It was unbelievable. It’s just a total win-win situation. The kids can walk through there without having to bundle up and the residents have a great time. There are 110 residents so it’s like visiting 110 homes.”
The event, in its 13th year, runs 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Activities include a costume contest, pumpkin carving contest, Halloween coloring page, a haunted house in the basement as well as cookies and drinks for trick-or-treaters and their families. Trick-or-treating is limited to age 12 and under but there are plenty of activities for older visitors.
County commissioner Jim Sass can vouch for the variety of festivities.
“I try to make it out there every year. There are some many kids there. It’s great. You would not believe it,” Sass said.
And for those school kids hoping they escape the watchful eye of school leaders over the weekend, think again. The costume contest will be judged by the superintendent of the five mainland schools: Guy Parmigian (Oak Harbor); Dennis Mock (Genoa); Linda Bringman (Woodmore); Pat Adkins (Port Clinton) and Dan Parent (Danbury).
“I just had the last person commit the other day,” German said.
The haunted house comes compliments of the hard work of Riverview staff members and sisters in law Lisa Woods and Chris Woods. Their family members and some fellow co-workers make up the bulk of the creepy ghouls and goblins haunted the dark hallows of the senior care facility.
“They really get into it,” German said. The duo is no strangers to backing community efforts. They also head up the Riverview All Stars, the facility’s Relay for Life team that competes in the Ottawa County relay held annually at Oak Harbor High School.
Riverview Ladies Auxiliary led by president Jo Ann Monnett of Bay Township has donated $1,000 for the candy. Community donations are used to underwrite the rest of the party.
Minimum cost, maximum fun.
“That’s what we strive for and I think we do a great job,” German said.