Elgin senior home to host safe trick-or-treating event for community kids

"It just means everything. I can’t tell you how good it feels to look at their faces. They just light up. Last year, it just brought tears to your eyes."
Trick or treating

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- An Elgin senior citizens home will be hosting a Halloween celebration on Saturday for children in the community and they’ll be doing it safely.

The Halloween event started last year at The Vines Senior Homes in Elgin. Because it was going to snow heavily on Halloween, the seniors invited children to visit them in costume and get candy.

Activities director Cathy Vaden said the faces of the 60 residents of the home lit up when the children were there and she promised the residents she'd set up the same kind of event in 2020.

"It just means everything. I can’t tell you how good it feels to look at their faces. They just light up. Last year, it just brought tears to your eyes," Vaden said.

But this year because of COVID, there had to be changes to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. So, instead of children going into the facility to mingle with residents, children will “hike” around the facility. That way they and the residents can wave at each other and the children can go from candy station to candy station as they "trick-or-treat."

"They’re not going to be able to mix, touch each other, but I’m sure hoping there’s a lot of eye contact. We’ve made a lot of signs for the seniors to hold and wave and I hope they see each other and know how happy they are," Vaden said.

Vaden said the event will take place Saturday between 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.

She decorations have been put up and some residents will be in costumes, too.