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For The First Time, This Nursing Home Opens Its Doors For Kids To Trick Or Treat And Gets Over 5,000 Visitors
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For The First Time, This Nursing Home Opens Its Doors For Kids To Trick Or Treat And Gets Over 5,000 Visitors

No matter if you’re young or old, most of us love Halloween. What’s not to love? The streets get filled with joyous trick-or-treaters, adults get a chance to play dress-up, and homes are filled with massive quantities of candy. However, a retirement home is not the first place trick-or-treaters think of when they go on their hunt. But as it turns out, the elderly, who live in nursing homes and already feel lonely as it is, can’t wait for the kids to come up to ask for candy. Just recently, one nursing home in Webster, Texas took it to Facebook to ask people to donate candy which they could give out to trick-or-treaters on Halloween. Not only did people donate candy, but thousands of them came to celebrate All Hallows Eve together with the elderly, leaving them ecstatic.

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These retirement home residents were missing the true Halloween spirit so they invited trick-or-treaters to come

Image credits: HeartisCL

“We need trick or treaters! Please bring your children, grandchildren, and their friends to Heartis Clear Lake at 14520 Hwy 3, Webster, TX 77598 on October 31st between 6-8 pm for a night of fun! We will have a moonwalk, hayride, games, food and lots of candy! Come one! Come all!” the Facebook post read.

A few weeks prior, the residents asked for candy donations so they could hand them out to the neighborhood

Image credits: HeartisCL

The staff of the nursing home photographed their residents holding up the signs that said: “We miss giving candy to trick-or-treaters on Halloween. Please help us reach our goal of collecting enough candy to invite the community to our home for a safe and fun place to trick-or-treat. Thank you!”

The elders received tons of it

Image credits: HeartisCL

“Thank you to all of our neighbors for taking a moment to donate candy to our residents! Just look at all of the candy! Our residents are excited and we can’t wait to host a community trick or treat event for our neighborhood kids!” Heartis Senior Living posted on their Facebook page.

And were waiting for Halloween to hand them out

Image credits: HeartisCL

“We are extremely thankful for all the generosity that poured in from around the nation. It was the most unbelievable selfless act of kindness from complete strangers,” a Heartis Senior Living center representative told Bored Panda.

The celebration was a huge success with over 5,000 people visiting the elders

Image credits: HeartisCL

“It was absolutely AMAZING! We had over 5,000 visitors including kids and parents. Our residents were overjoyed!”

Who were overjoyed to spend the holiday together with their community members

Image credits: HeartisCL

“It was the first celebration of its kind in the community,” the staff of the retirement home told Bored Panda. “We are hoping to make this an annual event for our residents and the surrounding community.”

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Sotsonwift
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

this is so much better than rich celebrities showing off extravagant costumes

GB1997
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

say it louder and i think you meant trash costumes

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Kasey Earls
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

While out trick-or-treating last night we stopped by a house that was on a street that was not heavily trafficked by trick-or-treaters. The man who answered the door was so happy that we rang his doorbell (I think we were his only trick-or-treaters) and thanked us for coming by so he could hand out candy. Halloween is not just for the kids, it can be just as much fun for the people handing out the candy. I can imagine that is even more true for people who are in rest homes and don't get to get out into the community as much. What a wonderful night for everyone.

Ellen
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Now this right here also would have been a cute story featured!!! This is adorable

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Loki’s Lil Butter Knife
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is really heartwarming and such a wonderful idea. Many elders in nursing homes suffer from loneliness and seeing these children all dressed up and being able to hand out candy and laugh with them must have been wonderful.

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Sotsonwift
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

this is so much better than rich celebrities showing off extravagant costumes

GB1997
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

say it louder and i think you meant trash costumes

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Kasey Earls
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

While out trick-or-treating last night we stopped by a house that was on a street that was not heavily trafficked by trick-or-treaters. The man who answered the door was so happy that we rang his doorbell (I think we were his only trick-or-treaters) and thanked us for coming by so he could hand out candy. Halloween is not just for the kids, it can be just as much fun for the people handing out the candy. I can imagine that is even more true for people who are in rest homes and don't get to get out into the community as much. What a wonderful night for everyone.

Ellen
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Now this right here also would have been a cute story featured!!! This is adorable

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Loki’s Lil Butter Knife
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is really heartwarming and such a wonderful idea. Many elders in nursing homes suffer from loneliness and seeing these children all dressed up and being able to hand out candy and laugh with them must have been wonderful.

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