Pittston Active Adult Center members dress up and enjoy Halloween party

By Jimmy Fisher - jfisher@timesleader.com
Members of the Pittston Active Adult Center dress in their best costumes and enjoy a Halloween party at the center. From left, are Barbara Shock, Trump of Cards; Sam DeSalvo, King of Hearts; Kathleen Martinelli, Queen of Hearts; John Bergen, Leprochaun; Mary Claire Voveris, Maid; Amy Alpaugh, Spider Woman; Ann Edwards, Crazy Chinaman; Barbara Gelb, Hershey Kiss. - Submitted photos
Jeri Jecen dressed as a Bloody Bride for the Pittston Active Adult Center’s Halloween party. - Submitted photos
Ellie Doban dressed as a Jester for the Pittston Active Adult Center’s Halloween party. - Submitted photos
Barbara Gelb dressed as a Hershey Kiss for the Pittston Active Adult Center’s Halloween party. - - Submitted photos
Sam DeSalvo, left, dressed as the King of Hearts while Kathleen Matinelli dressed as the Queen of Hearts for the Pittston Active Adult Center’s Halloween party. - - Submitted photos
Ronald Voveris, left, dressed as a clown while Mary Dziak dressed as Big Bird for the Pittston Active Adult Center’s Halloween party. - - Submitted photos

PITTSTON — Halloween isn’t just for children as was made evident by members of the Falls Active Adult Center.

Up to 85 seniors put on their scariest, funniest and most creative costumes during a special Hlaloween party and dinner at the center on Tuesday.

“It brings them back to their kids days.” said Connie Kokinda, director of the Pittston Active Adult Center. “It gives them something to do on Halloween. They like dancing, they like sweets and they get a hot dinner.”

Center members enjoyed hot wings, celery and rice for dinner while also dancing to music performed by local entertainer George Rittenhouse.

Costumes came in all varieties with some members coordinating themes as did Sam DeSalvo, of Hughestown, Kathleen Martinelli, of Laflin, and Barbara Shock, Martinelli’s daughter, of Dupont.

DeSalvo dressed as the King of Hearts while Martinelli dressed as the Queen of Hearts and Shock dressed as Donald Trump, meant to represent a “Trump Card.”

While Halloween can be seen as a children’s holiday, DeSalvo agrees — to an extent.

“We’re kids,” he said with a laugh. “We’re just older kids.”

More simple costumes were also featured such as Sharon McAdarra, of Jenkins Township, who dressed up as the Scream character from the “Scream” movie franchise.

“I like to be different,” she said.

McAdarra has dressed as a variety of characters over the years, but said her favorite costume was a housekeeper one she wore a few years ago.

“It made me look like Lucille Ball,” she said.

Paul Bergen, of Pittston Township, celebrated the holiday by dressing up as the mascot representing another holiday — a leprechaun.

“I already won (a costume contest) here as a monster,” he said. “I won here, like three years ago. I dressed as a priest before, and as a cop, and you don’t win with them. I decided on this because it’s something simple.”

Bergen didn’t win the costume contest, but one person who took home a prize was Mary Dziak, of West Pittston, who won second place for her costume as Sesame Street character, Big Bird.

Dziak said the costume was suggested to her by her daughter.

“My daughter from New York decided for me,” she said. “I have no idea (why), she just knew that I wanted to come in costume.”

Dziak spoke about how she sent pictures to her sons and grandchildren, who all complimented her outfit.

She also touched on how she always enjoyed dressing up with her late husband, Thomas, to celebrate Halloween festivities.

“I enjoy just being funny and having a lot of laughter,” she said. “Only, at this time I reminisce. I miss dancing with my husband. We had 65 years together. He just had a heart attack one day, so I’m thankful for my four children, six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.”

The Halloween costume contest and dinner is a tradition with the Pittston Active Adult Center, and Kokinda said it’s a way for the seniors to find their inner child.

“They’re young kids at heart,” she said.

Members of the Pittston Active Adult Center dress in their best costumes and enjoy a Halloween party at the center. From left, are Barbara Shock, Trump of Cards; Sam DeSalvo, King of Hearts; Kathleen Martinelli, Queen of Hearts; John Bergen, Leprochaun; Mary Claire Voveris, Maid; Amy Alpaugh, Spider Woman; Ann Edwards, Crazy Chinaman; Barbara Gelb, Hershey Kiss.
https://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_PAAC-Halloween-1.jpgMembers of the Pittston Active Adult Center dress in their best costumes and enjoy a Halloween party at the center. From left, are Barbara Shock, Trump of Cards; Sam DeSalvo, King of Hearts; Kathleen Martinelli, Queen of Hearts; John Bergen, Leprochaun; Mary Claire Voveris, Maid; Amy Alpaugh, Spider Woman; Ann Edwards, Crazy Chinaman; Barbara Gelb, Hershey Kiss. Submitted photos

Jeri Jecen dressed as a Bloody Bride for the Pittston Active Adult Center’s Halloween party.
https://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_PAAC-Halloween-2.jpgJeri Jecen dressed as a Bloody Bride for the Pittston Active Adult Center’s Halloween party. Submitted photos

Ellie Doban dressed as a Jester for the Pittston Active Adult Center’s Halloween party.
https://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_PAAC-Halloween-3.jpgEllie Doban dressed as a Jester for the Pittston Active Adult Center’s Halloween party. Submitted photos

Barbara Gelb dressed as a Hershey Kiss for the Pittston Active Adult Center’s Halloween party.
https://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_PAAC-Halloween-4.jpgBarbara Gelb dressed as a Hershey Kiss for the Pittston Active Adult Center’s Halloween party. Submitted photos

Sam DeSalvo, left, dressed as the King of Hearts while Kathleen Matinelli dressed as the Queen of Hearts for the Pittston Active Adult Center’s Halloween party.
https://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_PAAC-Halloween-5.jpgSam DeSalvo, left, dressed as the King of Hearts while Kathleen Matinelli dressed as the Queen of Hearts for the Pittston Active Adult Center’s Halloween party. Submitted photos

Ronald Voveris, left, dressed as a clown while Mary Dziak dressed as Big Bird for the Pittston Active Adult Center’s Halloween party.
https://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_PAAC-Halloween-6.jpgRonald Voveris, left, dressed as a clown while Mary Dziak dressed as Big Bird for the Pittston Active Adult Center’s Halloween party. Submitted photos
Pittston Active Adult Center members enjoy Halloween party

By Jimmy Fisher

jfisher@timesleader.com

Reach Jimmy Fisher at 570-704-3972 or on Twitter @SD_JimmyFisher

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