But those interested need to register by Friday, Oct. 24 at 4:30 p.m. Phone numbers to call are: Autumn Glow, 544-1235, Golden Years, 295-3479 and Heritage, 773-7065.
SCREAM (Seniors Creating Relationships, Excitement, and Memories), are for seniors who attend the activity centers. They are encouraged to bring their grandchildren or great-grandchildren, says Sally Kershisnik, director of the Davis County Health Department Family Health & Senior Services division.
“The children are invited to join their grandparents for lunch and an afternoon of exploring and learning activities,” she said.
Festivities begin at 11 a.m. and will end about 2 p.m.
“This event gives the seniors an opportunity to show off their senior activity center to their grand and great-grandchildren and to let them see where they hang out,” Kershisnik said. “Grandparents and their guests are encouraged to dress up in their favorite costumes.”
Cost for grandchildren or seniors is $1 for lunch if they are in full Halloween costume – more than a hat, for example. For others, guests are asked to pay the full price of $4.50 for lunch, while a suggested donation for seniors aged 60 and above is $2.50.
Spiders, bats and goblins will greet partyers at the door. There will be food, fun and lots of activities. For example, USU Extension Agent Joanne Roueche will share information on the Food Sense Education program; the Utah Saves program offered through United Way, including special materials for youth; and the Money Bingo Game through USU Extension’s 4-H Youth Programming.
Because of her role in counseling grandparents raising grandchildren, Davis Behavioral Health’s Debbie Gold will also speak briefly at each party location. Becky Love of the Utah Dairy Council will provide handouts aimed at grandchildren and grandparents, as well.
The Halloween-themed menu includes, brains, blood sauce with hairless spiders, sprinkled webs, vampire knuckles, frog eye salad, dusty bones, witches brew and ghouls dessert.
Translated, that’s spaghetti with meat balls with parmesan cheese, green peas, fruit salad, garlic sticks, berry drink and make-your-own ice cream sundaes.
Planned activities include musical chairs, hand-print art and prizes.
“Not often enough do grandparents have an opportunity to share their daily schedules with their families,” said Kershisnik. “It’s usually the opposite. We’re hosting these parties in a fun, relaxing atmosphere to allow plenty of interaction among the participants. It should be a memorable day for all.”