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Three Crowns Park hosted its first “Halloween Fest” on Oct. 30 with an afternoon full of candy, pumpkin carving and food trucks.

Tables were set up outside Three Crowns and the retirement community’s residents sat and handed out candy to families in the neighborhood. In the courtyard were live music, balloon animals and a petting zoo, with the fan favorite being a pair of bunnies.

Three Crown residents ready to hand out candy to trick-or-treaters on Oct. 30. (Photo by Sam Stroozas)

Terri Cunliffe, Chief Executive Officer of the Covenant Living community, said the last two years have been devastating for residents due to COVID-19. Each Halloween kids are normally welcomed inside Three Crowns for trick-or-treating but to be safe, this year Three Crowns decided to move the event outside.  

“The residents are excited to be a part of the community again. COVID has been really isolating for them,” Cunliffe said.

Trick-or-treating Oct. 30 at Three Crowns Park. (Photo by Sam Stroozas)

Beth Negronida, a Three Crowns volunteer for the last 15 years, was handing out apple cider and hot chocolate. She said the event aimed to include the neighborhood, as everything but the farmer’s market was free.

“Three Crowns has always been really good at including the neighborhood in celebrations; beyond residents and their families, this is for the community too,” Negronida said.

Sam Stroozas

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  1. The Three Crowns Park outdoor celebration was great fun!!! And they even managed to provide great weather along with all their treats!!