After discovering how tricky it can be for some kids to get to the door while trick-or-treating, Ashley Muir (one of the members of the Youth Advisory Committee) decided it was important to create a Halloween event that was fun and accessible for all. So, she teamed up with Grandview to throw an amazing accessible trick-or-treat experience at Clarington Secondary School.
This year, the event is bigger and better! Grandview’s Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) will be hosting this accessible Halloween recent again this year on Sunday, October 28th at the Kids Safety Village of Durham Region!
This new, bigger location means even more children will be able to attend this incredible event.
According to Brad Sexton, the group’s Youth Leader, there will be a lot of fun had at this year’s event, including a unique trick-or-treating experience!
“Throughout the village there’s going to be a haunted house, maze-type thing. Then, we’re going to have some games, and there’s going to be house structures set up that the kids can feel like they’re going to the door, knock on it and someone will actually open it,” shares Brad Sexton.
Last year was full of smiles and fantastic costumes, so we can’t wait to see the creativity this year brings.
What is the YAC?
For those who don’t know, the Youth Advisory Committee was created in 2017 by a group of Grandview adolescent clients and some client siblings who wanted to get more involved with Grandview.
This group puts on events like this accessible Halloween event, an annual Christmas event and other fun activities throughout the year. These events are always plenty of fun and a great way for both kids and parents to connect.
“I think it’s great that everybody can come together and make Grandview a whole,” says Brad Sexton. “These Grandview kids can make new friends and it’s great to have the families come together and develop relationships.”
How can I join?
Being part of the YAC means attending monthly meetings and helping organize and run these fun-filled events.
Currently, the YAC consists of six members, but are on the lookout for another two or three members! If you’re an adolescent client or sibling of a Grandview client and would like to get involved, or know someone who would be a perfect fit, reach out to Brad Sexton to apply!
For more information or to apply, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration information for the Halloween event is coming soon, so stay tuned!