‘We’re even now all kids’: Seniors dance down Halloween memory lane

Ora Sawyers

The Regina Senior Citizens’ Centre on Winnipeg Road is usually stuffed with audio and dance on a Friday afternoon. But one particular day a yr it performs host to grim reapers, witches and skeletons waltzing.

CBC joined some of Regina’s more mature citizens on the dance floor for their yearly Halloween dance. An accordion player dressed as a clown provided the tunes as dancers took a journey down Halloween memory lane.

“The young children having enjoyable is what I like most. And most people finding dressed up below. We’re still all kids,” reported Celeste Rainbow, who arrived to the shindig dressed like a butterfly. Which is one of a handful of costumes she’s sporting this season.

She mentioned observing people dressed up at the senior citizens’ centre helps make her really feel nearer to her close friends there.

Rainbow isn’t by itself. Gladys Brodniak also attends the centre’s weekly dances, and explained the Halloween dance was specifically exciting.

“I adore this dance. I come every Wednesday and each and every Friday and it’s a fantastic position. Everybody is so helpful. It truly is unbelievable. It is really astonishing how many did gown up. Of system, not me,” Brodniak said, preferring to be a spectator. 

Mary Dumencu and Don Seitz dressed up as milk and cookies for the Halloween dance at the Winnipeg Street Regina Seniors Centre om Oct. 27. (Laura Sciarpelletti/CBC)

In the meantime, Mary Dumencu and her date Don Seitz went to the Friday Halloween dance dressed like milk and cookies. Dumencu said her favourite aspect of Halloween is observing the very little types.

“In my more youthful decades, I had 4 minor children and they could hardly hold out to go out and I could hardly hold out right until they appear property with the candy. I enjoyed it so a great deal, so a lot,” reported Dumencu, beaming in her chocolate chip cookie costume.

“At property, I employed to make the young children, the neighbours, jump up and down, dance, sing. And they’d get an added take care of.”

Some seniors at the dance said trick-or-treating is not what it used to be.

“When [I] first moved in about 1983/84, we had about 125 to 150 young children. And then issues began slowing down, and then in the previous couple yrs it is only 20 or 25,” said Seitz, the milk to Dumencu’s cookie.

A woman dressed as a butterfly dances.
Celeste Rainbow enjoys a dance dressed as a butterfly. (Laura Sciarpelletti/CBC)

He said numerous young children are going to browsing centres to trick-or-take care of now. Brodniak has discovered the change as perfectly. 

“It appears to be that they’re all collecting in the malls now, so you do not see incredibly many trick-or-treaters,” she mentioned. 

Brodniak claimed she isn’t going to feel door-to-door trick-or-treating will make a comeback. She believes the tradition has transformed because of to latest hard moments. But she even now loves to see little ones dressed up close to Regina when she places them.

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Regina seniors dance down Halloween memory lane

The Regina Senior Citizens’ Centre performs host to grim reapers, witches and skeletons waltzing.

Candace Alston, vice president of the board of administrators for the Senior Citizens’ Centre, mentioned she thinks Regina is in for a trick-or-managing comeback. 

“The community that I are living in didn’t see a good deal of young children for a lot of yrs. And now more youthful households are shifting in and their young children are coming to Halloween to partake in the Halloween traditions,” she reported. 

A senior couple dancing.
Folks experienced a swingin’ good time at the Regina Senior Citizens’ Centre Halloween dance Oct. 27. (Laura Sciarpelletti/CBC)

Alston has seen that the door-to-door tradition has changed, and is now much more of a family members outing.

“It isn’t really just the young ones out with the pillow circumstance knocking on doors and begging for candies. It’s the families. You know, three kids and two parents at the sidewalk trying to make sure all people stays secure.”

Whilst seniors at Friday’s dance have been fired up for youngsters in Regina to get to just take part in spooky festivities, it was very clear that Halloween isn’t just for the youngsters. Some items you by no means mature out of.

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