This Halloween, staff and residents celebrated by carving pumpkins, playing spooky games, having a costume contest, reading fortunes, and Trick-or-Treating!
Holidays Away from Home
Holidays away from home can be difficult for our residents as many of the teens in our care as many are used to spending these occasions with friends and family. Our treatment center is a place of healing in many ways and the staff at Fire Mountain take great pride in making the residents feel like they have a home away from home while they are with us. Going the extra mile to make sure there are costumes to wear and pumpkins to carve, even during a wintery day, is just one of the ways we show how much we care.
As our co-owner and President Aaron Huey often says, “if you treat them like inmates, they’ll act like inmates.” Ensuring a healthy blend of ‘normalcy’ and plain old fun into the treatment process is essential for our teens to experience what life will be like when they graduate from our program and reintegrate back into the world. It also teaches them that you can enjoy Holidays and occasions that may come with temptations in a healthy, safe, and sober way.
From all of us here at Fire Mountain, Happy Halloween!
Starting Off Snowy!
With 10 inches of snow the day before, staff members braved the Estes Park roads to get perfect (but frozen!) pumpkins for the residents to carve during thier Halloween party on Thursday!
Lunch… but make it Spooky!
The residents enjoyed stuffed jack-o-lanterns (peppers) and pumpkins vomiting salsa and guacamole.
After a festive lunch, staff and residents played Halloween games such as a ‘wrap-the-mummy’ contest, ‘biting’ for apples, pumpkin carving, and musical chairs.