The scariest holiday, Halloween, has now passed and we at LLI celebrated it together with teens, kids and volunteers. The annual Halloween event took place in the Teen Center, both for the kids and the teens… everybody was in scary costumes, of course!
We started preparing the Teen Center for the Halloween party days before the event. It took us a long time to decorate the center, but it would have been much harder without the help of our teen participants! Starting at 10 am of the celebration day, the Center was full of teens that were eager to help with making sure everything was perfect for the Halloween party. Together we created a haunted house for the kids and put on halloween decorations the teens had made days earlier.
‘’The teens played a huge part in organizing and executing our Halloween Event. They especially enjoyed planning the Haunted House and scaring the Kids Program participants. I’m really proud of the teens for working so hard to put something together that would really get the kids excited.’’ – Giovanna, Teen Program Manager
Everything was finally ready when kids started to arrive. We had a lot of things prepared to them: the kids could get their face painted by the teens, do an art project with our art teacher, experience the haunted house full of teens ready scare them, or just spend time at the center enjoying snacks and each other’s company.
When all the kids were picked up by their parents, it was the time for the teens to enjoy the party of their own, which they had truly deserved. We started by playing Halloween-themed group game. After the game it was time to publish the winner of the costume contest. The competition was tough since many teens had put a lot of time and effort in their costumes. One of them was voted as the best of them all, and we wrapped up the evening with a scary movie that made sure it truly felt like Halloween.
The day was a success! Feedback given by the kids and teens were all positive, and we’re all looking forward to next Halloween. Thank you to our teens, kids and volunteers for making for making the Halloween party possible!
Blog Post written by Julia Salmi, Teen Program Volunteer