Bridge at Cherry Hill puts indoor spin on trick-or-treating


There was lots of treating and absolutely no tricks Friday night at The Bridge at Cherry Hill.

In fact, folks like Johnston Police Patrolman David Slinko would agree that The Bridge’s annual Halloween happening is probably the safest Trick-or-Treat Party anywhere.

The award-winning assisted living and retirement center, you see, invites families to trick-or-treat with their residents and encourages everyone to come dressed in their favorite superhero, princess or other spooky costumes.

“And we tell people, don’t forget to bring a bag for children’s treats,” Jen Burns, The Bridge’s sales and community relations director, said as she smiled and greeted more guests. “We want to make trick-or-treating fun and safe for everyone.”

So, instead of going house-to-house in various neighborhoods, parents – and even grandparents in many cases – brought children to The Bridge for an unmatched form of trick-or-treating. Kids and adults used the elevator to visit residents on all five floors.

“This gets bigger and bigger every year,” said Maryann Grace, The Bridge’s executive director. “We love hosting this event every year, and our residents love it as well.”

In keeping with tradition, The Bridge’s Trick-or-Treat trek concluded with people enjoying large cookies and apple cider in the Bistro.

While the event was fun for each and every child, the same held true for such staffers at The Bridge like lifestyles director Corinne Elwell, who was decked out in a Patriots shirt, and her assistant Elizabeth Cavallaro, who came dressed as Lily Beth.

Even Col. Sanders of KFC fame – a.k.a. former employee Aubrey Manfredi-Dutra – increased the night’s excitement, as did 10-year-old Nolan Calligan, who was hidden inside a super special dinosaur outfit.


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