MANCHESTER, N.H. -- A few weeks ago staff approached the Program Director at Hampshire House with an idea to host pumpkin painting/carving for the residents and their children.

Saturday the 25th was scheduled for family day in which residents were invited to have their children paint pumpkins, which they would then be able to take home.

Sunday the 26th was scheduled as pumpkin carving for residents to carve pumpkins to decorate the program – this allowed residents without family participation on Saturday to still be able to participate. Program Monitor Grant Pfeiffer and Case Manager Jenn Garvey spearheaded these events and gathered together the needed supplies, decorations, pumpkins, beverages and the donated snacks and candy from the New Hampshire Food Bank.

Only one family with children was able to participate on Saturday, but the children had a blast and the resident was very appreciative of the efforts put forth by staff for the event. On Sunday, nine residents signed up for pumpkin carving, but fourteen ended up participating. There was food, candy, warm apple cider and many other treats. The day’s activities were a huge success, and as seen in the photo, the results have Hampshire House nicely decorated for Halloween.