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Boy, I don’t know when I’ve had this much fun.  Today, since I was going to be the M.C. of the day, I dressed up as Bride of Frankenstein, with the wig, makeup, cape, etc.  It was a hoot to see.  First, I had to announce the Pumpkin Carving Contest winner from earlier in the week.  All the carved pumpkins were on display, residents voted on their favorite, and that’s how Frank won with his “Lady Eyes.”  Notice how his pumpkin has eyelashes!

My best friend, Cindy, dressed up as Frankenstein so we would be a pair.  Man, was that facial scar scary.  And, I couldn’t believe it. Fred dressed up as Count Dracula and Monica as Morticia from the Adams Family TV show.  A few people got it. Barbara and Sy dressed up as Superman and Wonder Woman. Barbara’s blonde hair kept coming out of the black wig. Amy as a Bumble Bee complete with yellow and black tennis shoes, little yellow wings and black furry antennae.   Mr. Sanders’ costume was straight out of the “Sound of Music” and Clarita looked like a drum major resplendent in vibrant blue and gold.  Finally, Shirley looked sexy as a fiery Peggy Lee with streaks of fire painted on her dress.

Everyone made a good showing, but the winner was Gussie, dressed up like Judy Garland in her clown costume, makeup and all. She even did some impromptu diva singing of an upbeat “Over The Rainbow” and “A Star Is Born.”  That cinched the win!  A giant box of chocolates. But it got better!! Some of our families came over and it was a real treat to see all the cute costumes. The children trick-or-treated throughout the residents’ rooms, each collecting a bag full of candy. (We were prepared.) Chef made us a special dinner complete with a huge double-layered orange cake decorated with bats, witches on brooms, ghosts, a tomestone and lots of candy corn.  The common areas were decorated with spider webs, witches, bats, black cats, ghosts, etc. All the usual Halloween decorations on the walls and tables, my favorite, chocolate bars strewn around the tables. Oh, we cannot forget the display of the pumpkin carving content .  The children loved everything.  Afterwards, when all the activities calmed down, and the children went home, we gathered in the dining room for coffee and hot chocolate. It truly was a fun day for all. And, check it out… we had an anonymous contestant as whatever scary thing that is… such a cool mask.  A couple of residents are following her round to see which room she enters.

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