Niskayuna seniors dress up for holiday

A group of friends play a game of UNO. Photo: Kate BunsterA group of friends play a game of UNO. Photo: Kate Bunster

By Kate Bunster
Gazette Reporter
NISKAYUNA — The members of the Niskayuna Senior Center are proof that you’re never too old to dress up for Halloween.

They gathered Oct. 29 for an afternoon of card games, a hearty chili lunch and a costume contest. Prizes were awarded to the winners for best, funniest and scariest costume.

The Senior Center also surprised them with a visit from members of the center’s mom and tot group. The kids were dressed in costumes and paraded around the decorated tables. Smiles and laughter filled the room as seniors entered in their costumes, showing off a fun and creative side to their peers.

The center was transformed into a fall wonderland, complete with corn stalks tied to the poles of the room, plenty of candy corn and spider rings.

“We love coming here,” said Irene DeSoyza. She and her husband, Sumitte, attend the senior center twice a week. “He doesn’t drive anymore so we are limited in where we can go.”

The senior center provides transportation throughout the area as well as monthly trips and events, and has built a dedicated core of participants, according to Rosemarie Mullaney, assistant coordinator of community programs, to the point that some activities have waiting lists.