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Halloween at Emmaus in 1978

Emmaus Homes - Tuesday, October 16, 2018

From a December 1978 Emmaus Messenger

Cats and kings, cowboys and convicts, plus many other kinds of interesting persons and creatures gathered on October 31, 1978, at Emmaus Homes, for their annual reunion, sometimes known as Halloween.

"King" Julius (top left picture) was delivered in his royal chariot (wheelchair) and, complete with crown and scepter, presided over the affairs of the evening. Two cowpokes (top right picture) from the west were there, somber, quiet, surveying the scene.

There was music from a record player accompanied by an Emmaus rock group "Danny and the Juniors", a parade, clowns, prizes, and good things to eat and drink -- all amid decorations of ghosts, pumpkins and scarecrows.

As the clock struck, everyone disappeared and the next morning no one could tell that the dining room had had such eerie and interesting visitors a few hours before. Thanks to the Recreation Department for inviting all those "spirits" to gather at Emmaus.

Along with the party was one of the other major events of the year at Emmaus, our annual Halloween Masquerade Dance! Shown in the photo (bottom) are our highly skilled teaching staff. Halloween events this year included a variety of activities such as bobbing for apples and game booths in the afternoon. In the evening everyone dressed up in costume and attended our Disco Dance. Prizes were awarded for the best costume, funniest costume, etc. A good time was had by all.

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