Blustery skies and a public health crisis could not stop local families from celebrating a special, socially-distanced Halloween Spookmania at the Sussex County Family Success Center located at Project Self-Sufficiency. The organization’s usual in-person festivities morphed into dueling virtual and drive-by events; those who did not feel comfortable leaving their homes enjoyed ghoulish crafts and spooky games over Zoom, while others drove through the agency’s Newton campus to receive treats and prizes from costumed staff members while snuggled safely in their vehicles. Patrons and staff were serenaded with ghostly tunes by violinist Susie Mittelstadt.
“We continue to be amazed by our dedicated staff who have demonstrated boundless enthusiasm and creativity as they address the unique demands of serving our participants during this pandemic,” remarked Project Self-Sufficiency Executive Director Deborah Berry-Toon. “Today’s events have allowed children and families to kick off their Halloween weekend in a safe yet spectacular way. We are particularly grateful for the support of the Family Success Center Parent Advisory Board during this challenging time. This event launches our seasonal festivities and we are looking forward to helping families celebrate Thanksgiving and the holidays.”
The Sussex County Family Success Center at Project Self-Sufficiency is a program of support which includes parenting skills training, economic self-sufficiency services, family activities, legal education services, information about health and nutrition, referrals, advocacy, and other services. All activities are free and open to the public. For information about the Sussex County Family Success Center at Project Self-Sufficiency, visit www.sussexcountyfamilysuccesscenter.org.