Each year tenants in buildings throughout Tioga and Bradford County take part in the age-old ritual of trick or treat. “When I was a kid we used to trick-or-treat for a whole week,” said Anna Kithcart of Sayre, PA. “Nowadays these poor kids only get a few hours to do it,” she laughed. Kithcart is one of several dozen tenants residing at Keystone Manor who donate candy for costume-clad ghosts and goblins who visit the building each Halloween. Tenants line the building’s lobby as children enter and take turns dropping goodies into their bags. You would be surprised how many kids come to the building every year, ”said Kithcart, who noted the treats handed out today are much different than years ago. “We used to go home with apples, brownies, popcorn and other baked goods.”
Only a few miles from Keystone at Page Manor in Athens, PA, the building’s Tenant Association there votes each year to donate funds from their account to cover the cost of hundreds of bags of candy. Residents sit in the building’s lobby or outside, depending on the weather, and hand candy out. At Hillcrest Apartments in Troy, PA, children are invited into the building’s community room where residents hand out treats.
In Tioga County residents at Sherwood Manor in Mansfield, Park Hill Manor and Pinnacle Towers in Wellsboro also open their community rooms to local children on Halloween.
“These acts of kindness are a prime example of why our buildings are viewed as integral parts of their local communities,” said the Authority’s Executive Director, Kelley Cevette.