By Sharon Toth
October has arrived, and there’s fall and Halloween fun for seniors around the county!
This month, since Halloween is at the end of the month, on Oct. 31, we’re going to start in the upside-down world with Halloween activities and work our way backwards!
Alvin Senior Center is hosting its Spook-Tacular potluck lunch on Monday, Oct. 31, from noon to 1 p.m., for Alvin-area seniors ages 60-plus. Participants are encouraged to dress in costumes and bring a dish that will serve 20 or more. A prize will be awarded to the most Halloween-spirited dish and best costume. Everyone attending will receive a goody bag. Please reserve at least two days in advance.
On Thursday, Oct. 27, Alvin seniors will head to Lake Jackson to have lunch at Jimmy Joe’s Texas Kitchen. The van will leave the center at 10:30 a.m. The average meal price is $16.99 plus drink, so seniors need to bring their lunch payment. Please reserve a seat.
Movie Tuesday on Oct. 25 will include going to the Cinemark 18 in Webster to see “Ticket to Paradise” for $6 each. The film is about a divorced couple who learn their daughter plans to marry a man she just met, and they work together to prevent the wedding that is to take place in a beautiful tropical setting. The parents are played by Julia Roberts and George Clooney, who also are executive producers. The group’s departure time for the movie will be announced on Oct. 20. There also will be a lunch stop nearby.
Burgers & Bingo will be held Wednesday, Oct. 19, with burgers served at 11 a.m., followed by bingo 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The cost is $4.
A potluck lunch and bingo will also be held Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 11 a.m., and the cost is $2. Seniors should bring their favorite appetizer, chips & dip or dessert to share at the senior center, and the center will provide sandwiches.
Reservations must be made at least two days in advance for meal events hosted by the senior center. For information or reservations, call (281) 388-4198.
(CLUTE’S SENIOR PROGRAM HAS BEEN MOVED TO OCT. 25 THIS MONTH.)
There are some scary things in this world that don’t involve the traditional Halloween goblins! One of them is senior fraud.
Clute will have a speaker informing seniors attending its Oct. 25 program about “Protecting Your Money from Scammers, Fake Friends, and Even Your Kids.” Jackie Pontello, J.D., is principal program coordinator for the Elder Justice Program at Houston-Galveston Area Council.
Guests are invited to wear costumes to complete the Halloween theme, and there will be prizes at the event, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lunch is included.
Clute’s program normally is held on the third Tuesday of the month but will be moved back because Oct. 18 is Senior Day at the Brazoria County Fair. (See story in this Senior Focus.) Please call (979) 265-8392 before or by Thursday, Oct. 20, to reserve your spot.
On Oct. 31, Halloween, Angleton’s Silver Hearts program will have a craft day with harvest signs to decorate and canvas available for creating a Halloween or fall painting. Caramel apples will be provided since it will also be national caramel apple day. Guests are welcome to wear costumes if they wish.
Angleton also will have a potluck lunch on Oct. 28 at 11 a.m. at the Angleton Recreation Center.
On Saturday, Oct. 22, registered seniors will travel between 4:15 p.m. and 9 p.m. to Lake Jackson and Brazoria. The schedule calls for dinner first at Wurst Haus in Lake Jackson, then to Brazoria to see the Bobby Reed Musical Reunion Show. The cost for the show is $20, and dinner will be extra and self-pay.
There’s lots of fitness classes and recreational games going on weekly, including pickleball (see story in this Sr. Focus) so check with the rec center about these. For information or to register for Angleton activities, please call (979) 849-4364 and push button #5.
The Lake Jackson Civic Center Fun Timers’ Mini Trip in October will be traveling to Brookshire on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 9:30 a.m. and returning about 5 p.m.
The destination will be the Brookwood Gift/Garden Center. The cost is $15 per person. The gift and garden center is operated by adults with disabilities and offers them opportunities they might not have otherwise. Space is limited, so please register early.
The Lunch Bunch will be going to Mel’s Country Cafe in Tomball in October.
Lake Jackson also has a variety of fitness options, games and more activities weekly.
For more information, or to reserve an activity spot, call (979) 415-2600.
Have a safe Halloween! Look here for holiday fun next month!