Halloween parade aims to ‘bring some joy’ to local nursing homes

Though it was far from a typical Halloween, Tina Lopez still found a way to get the residents of Parkview Julian Convalescent involved in the holiday festivities.

Lopez, an administrator at the nursing home, would generally spend the day with residents as they passed out candy to visiting children, an activity not allowed this season due to COVID-19 restrictions.

To try to fill the holiday void, patients at Parkview and several other nursing homes were placed on the route of a costume parade organized by Tonya Abbott and Matt Flannigan on Saturday.

“I said, let’s do something,” said Flannigan, a registered nurse who generally throws Christmas parties at area nursing homes. “I just wanted to do something.”