The activity department, left to right: Amanda Bates, Heather Hartman and Debbie Haggen

Every year on Halloween, Marysville Care Center in Marysville, Washington, opens its doors for a “spooktacular” Trick-or-Treat Street event.


Resident and associates dress up as goblins and ghouls, princesses and animals and invite the community into their home.


On Oct. 31, 2015, the center welcomed well over 400 parents, toddlers and tweens and served up 426 pounds of candy. The trick-or-treaters went down the halls and door to door, knocking for a sweet treat. Residents beamed with delight at the sight of all the dressed-up little ones.


After trick or treating, the children were invited into Marysville Care Center’s spooky haunted house or into the dining room for a cake walk and a hot dog snack.


“I love seeing the kids all dressed up” was a sentiment shared by many of the long-term residents.


“I’ve never seen anything quite like it,” said Brandon Dravis, interim executive director. “What a treat for our residents!”