Staff at the Bishop Wicke Health and Rehabilitation Center in Shelton helped residents celebrate Halloween with a parade at the facility.

Staff members from multiple departments donned their costumes and provided residents with their choice of hats, feather boas, gloves, masks, wigs and other outfits in preparation for a community Halloween parade.

The parade was led by Activities Director Mary Barbin and resident Barbara Charles, followed by teams of staff and residents all dressed in silly, scary and spooky costumes of all kinds, with monster music trailing with them along the way.

‘The Peanuts Gang’ shows up

The highlight of the event was the grand appearance of the “Peanuts Gang,” a group of nursing staff dressed as the classic Charlie Brown characters. The group had created giant handmade paper mache masks to impress the residents, gathering off-hours at the home of a co-worker to work on the project.

Staff and residents then gathered in the resident dining room for a costume contest following the parade, and costumed characters “performed” before residents and judge Lori Bauer, assistant director of nursing.

The prize for best costume went to the team of Charlie Brown characters, who not only “wowed” the crowd with their creativity but also performed a short skit based on the Charlie Brown story of “The Great Pumpkin” to the applause of residents and staff.