St. John Valley

Trunk or treat brings joy to Van Buren youth and seniors

VAN BUREN, Maine — The residents of Borderview in Van Buren got all treats Halloween night as they got to see young goblins and ghouls trunk-or-treat outside the senior living facility. 

Trunk-or-treat is a form of trick-or-treating where people volunteer their cars in a central location. Children go from trunk to trunk searching for candy as if they were going door-to-door.

Trunks were set up facing the windows of the facility so that the residents could see trick-or-treaters go from trunk to trunk to collect candy. 

This year, Griffin Clifford, activity director, Leslie Beaulieu, rehab director, and Rebecca Smith, food service supervisor, met with the Van Buren Education Association, which typically hosts this event. 

“We were planning to ask them if they’d consider holding it on Borderview grounds this year,” Beaulieu said. “

Beaulieu said that the intent was for the residents, who have many visitor restrictions due to COVID-19, to feel like they were part of a fun holiday.  

“We knew we couldn’t safely take the residents down to the school, but also knew that we could safely have the event brought here to us,” Beaulieu said. “When the VBEA decided not to host the trunk-or-treat this year, we jumped at the chance to host it ourselves.” 

The facility had close to 200 children and 20 trunks participate, including a fire truck, two ambulances and a police car. 

Beaulieu said some of the trick or treaters had family members inside and were able to wave and smile at them through the windows. Some residents even knocked on their window so the trick or treaters would turn around and see them. 

“I sat in the window for the whole thing and I really enjoyed it,” Bridget Cote, a resident at Borderview, said. “It was something new to me.  It was so nice to see the children with their parents.”

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