Ruby red good time

EMERALD CITY FUN: Lynn Gallup and Arnold Schwartz take home ruby slippers for their costumes at the Mecosta County Senior Center Halloween Party on Friday. (Pioneer photo/Lonnie Allen)

EMERALD CITY FUN: Lynn Gallup and Arnold Schwartz take home ruby slippers for their costumes at the Mecosta County Senior Center Halloween Party on Friday. (Pioneer photo/Lonnie Allen)

Mecosta County Senior Center celebrates Halloween over the rainbow

MECOSTA — Dorothy and the gang, along with witches and flying monkeys followed the yellow brick road to the Land of Oz for a little Halloween fun at the Mecosta County Senior Center on Friday.

The celebration began with different treats of frosted cupcakes, muffins and candies and was followed with a Halloween-themed meal of ghoul-ash. But, before the haunted lunch was served, seniors voted for the “most creative,” “scariest” and “cutest costumes.”

FOLLOW THE YELLOW BRICK RAOD: Mecosta County Senior Center staff dress up as the characters from the Wizard of Oz for the Senior Center Halloween party on Friday. (Pioneer photo/Lonnie Allen)

FOLLOW THE YELLOW BRICK RAOD: Mecosta County Senior Center staff dress up as the characters from the Wizard of Oz for the Senior Center Halloween party on Friday. (Pioneer photo/Lonnie Allen)

Costume contest winners Lynn Gallup, Arnold Swartz and Joanne Correll each took home a ruby slipper filled with treats.

“Everybody is having a great time,” Gallup said, during the event. “It is great to see all the creative costumes and people having fun.”

Swartz, who came dressed as a clown, enjoyed the party, proving Halloween is more than just for the little ones.

“Having fun, keeps you young,” Swartz said.

Senior Center staff were dressed up as characters from the Wizard of Oz. Home maintenance and volunteer coordinator JoAnn Longcor came dressed as the cowardly lion. This was Longcor’s first Halloween party at the Senior Center and she was pleasantly surprised.

“I am so pleased to see all the seniors dressed up,” Longcor said. “It just shows that you can remain young at heart.”

Her favorite part about the Halloween party was dressing up and getting the outfit together.

“It’s fun,” Longcor said. “Putting the costume together makes you feel like a kid again.”

Staff said those who participated in the event had a good time.

“Everyone acts like little kids again,” said Jackie Hulbert, Senior Center receptionist. “It’s so much fun. It’s a great turnout and we had great participation in the costume contest.”

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Posted by Lonnie Allen

Lonnie is the Pioneer's city/county reporter. He also coordinates the Gardens and Growers page. He can be reached by phone at (231) 592-8328 or by e-mail at lallen@pioneergroup.com.

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