Halloween Bash dancing

Ed Jardell and Louisiana Scramble kept the crowd hopping and dancers swinging each other around the floor at the annual CCOA Senior Citizens Halloween Bash held each year at SPAR. A free lunch, door prizes, a costume contest and giveaways from area health agencies make this one of the most anticipated senior events during the year.

Calcasieu Council on Aging (CCOA) hosted its annual Senior Citizen Halloween Bash Thursday, Oct. 27 at SPAR in Sulphur. The popular event once again drew seniors from not just the Sulphur area but Westlake, Moss Bluff, Iowa, Vinton, Lake Charles and many other towns throughout the parish.

Each year the party offers seniors a chance to socialize and visit friends they may otherwise not be able to see regularly. Along with the great company, CCOA also invites a local band to entertain the crowd. This year’s entertainment was Ed Jardell and Louisiana Scramble. Known for their Swamp Pop, and country style of music, they soon had couples two-stepping, jitterbugging, and of course the ever-popular line dancing music packed the dance floor in front of the bandstand.

Vendors from the area offered free samples and give-aways from their tables, as well as introducing the attendees to their particular services.

Midway through the party participants in the costume contest lined up at the front of the room and judges chose winners in three categories — the most creative, the funniest, and the scariest. With about 20 participants the contest was a tight one, but every seemed to enjoy the fun and many congratulations were passed out to the winners.

Coffee, cold drinks, and muffins were available to stave off any hunger until lunch time, which was also provided free of charge to those attending. On the menu this year was barbecue and all the trimmings which was served once again by firefighters from the area. Hats off to these brave men.

Each year the Halloween Bash seems to grow bigger with more fun and prizes. New friendships are made, old acquaintances are renewed, and everyone goes home with memories of a happy day spent in the company people with a zest for living.