Even though Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and this is the noble time of year in which we give thanks, some of us are still wading our way through the Halloween candy we collected. Others may have just eaten the last Snickers bar, but many of us here at Cambridge House of Swansea are still talking about our Halloween celebration.

This year, we welcomed more than 300 children for our celebration.

Halloween is the only time of year when we get to “be” anything we want to be for a day and indulge in gobs of sweet treats.

The holiday has changed over the years from the ole-time tradition of playing tricks on our county neighbors’ outhouses to running from house-to-house to fill our pillow cases and plastic pumpkins.

Nowadays, churches and school parking lots are filled with open car trunks for trunk or treat events.

The residents at our community love to hand out candy and see all of the creative costumes that the children are wearing. We host a safe event for families and provide guaranteed fun for the young and young at heart. The local Girl Scouts, neighborhood kids, staff and resident family members all come together to make memories during our annual event.

Our eight resident volunteers make everything possible. Just before Halloween, they stuff 80 gallon baggies full of Halloween treats.

On the big night, residents gathered and received their gallon bags for tiny hands to reach into for a surprise treat. The noise level was on par with a rock concert, and the smiles of both young and old lasted well into the night. We can’t wait until next year!