Jack-o'-lanterns displayed on a table

Jack-o'-lanterns arranged outside Horizon House in Albany.

There are grinning ghosts, red-eyed bats, and glowing jack-o’-lanterns on full display at CRJ’s reentry programs, as staff and residents lean in to the macabre ahead of Halloween.

A lobby decorated with fake cobwebs, paper bats, and a happy Halloween sign strung across the counter

Staff and residents have been getting into the Halloween spirit at McGrath House in Boston.

Over the past week, residents have been decking the halls with fake cobwebs, hanging ghouls, and pumpkins carved in every shape from the playful to full-on creepy.

For residents in the reentry programs, it’s about more than just decorating. Carving and painting pumpkins, hanging fake cobwebs, and indulging a sweet tooth is an opportunity for Halloween lovers to celebrate a holiday that they’ve missed while incarcerated.

Activities like pumpkin decorating can also give residents a fun way to bond and show off their artistic abilities.

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