Halloween Events in Eureka, California Bring Young and Old Together for a Ghoulish Good Time

150+ Nursing Homes in California will simultaneously open their doors

Wednesday to Trick or Treaters and the media are invited to cover the


Oct 30, 2007, 01:00 ET from California Association of Health Facilities

    EUREKA, Calif., Oct. 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- It's not every day
 pirates and gypsies visit a nursing home. Nurse administrators don't often
 see miniature witches and 3-foot tall bumblebees, and little goblins rarely
 get to meet 90-year-old soldiers or 80-year-young ballerinas! But at more
 than 150 nursing homes in California this Halloween, it's going to be a
 different story.
     "Our nursing homes are a part of the community, and we want as much
 interaction with our neighbors as possible," said Betsy Hite, Director of
 Public Affairs for the California Association of Health Facilities (CAHF),
 which is coordinating the statewide event. "So we're inviting children to
 visit their participating neighborhood nursing home between 3 p.m. and 5
 p.m. on Halloween to trick or treat, play games, show off their costumes,
 and just generally have fun." (A list of participating nursing homes in the
 Eureka area appears below.)
     The statewide Halloween event began as an idea of the Association to
 which many of the state's nursing homes belong. "We want our nursing homes
 to be as comfortable and home-like as possible, and so many of the elderly
 in our care have such fond memories of seeing the little ones come trick or
 treating in our homes," said Rebecca Turner, Chair of the Association's
 Public Advocacy Committee. "With the neighborhood children coming by, it
 gives our elder citizens the opportunity to share in the Halloween fun."
     Children between the ages of 5 and 12, along with their parents, are
 invited to trick or treat at participating facilities from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
 on October 31st. There will be treats, games, costume prizes and other fun
 activities. For more information call a nursing home on the attached list.
 "This is such a fun time for little kids," Turner said. "And when these
 children get to interact in a fun, positive way with our elderly folks,
 everyone smiles."
     Eureka participating Halloween
     event nursing homes:
     Pacific Healthcare & Rehab
     2211 Harrison Ave
     Eureka, CA 95501
     (707) 443-9767
     St. Luke Healthcare & Rehab Center
     2321 Newburg Rd
     Fortuna, CA 95540
     (707) 725-4467
     Seaview Healthcare & Rehab
     6400 Purdue Dr.
     Eureka, CA 95503
     (707) 443-5668
     Granada Healthcare & Rehab
     2885 Harris St
     Eureka, CA 95503
     (707) 443-1627
     Eureka Healthcare & Rehab Center
     2353 23rd St
     Eureka, CA 95501
     (707) 445-3261

SOURCE California Association of Health Facilities