For residents at Bolton Clarke’s Galleon Gardens residential community at Currumbin Waters, their annual Halloween party this year featured plenty of boogie – rock and roll boogie, that is.
Complete with 50’s style crooning, circle skirts and pumpkins galore, residents and staff dressed in full Halloween costumes played themed games, enjoyed tricks and treats and danced the morning away to favourite rock and pop tunes, including a conga line to “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini.”
For 90-year-old former ballroom dancer Pearl, watching the dancing was the highlight of the day. “The dancing is fabulous,” she said.
“I used to teach dance during the war and did ballroom performances for the servicemen. My favourite dance was the waltz, it’s so romantic.”
Dancing runs in Pearl’s family. “My mother danced, my daughter dances and my granddaughters dance. We’ve all loved it. It’s good exercise. I think it’s one of the things that has kept me going.”
When asked if dancing kept her out of trouble in her younger years, Pearl laughs. “If there was trouble I think I was there,” she says with a twinkle in her eye.
Pearl is passionate about imparting knowledge to the next generations. Her biggest pearl of wisdom is to tread your own path. “Sit back and listen,” she says “…but do your own thing. People will give you all sorts of advice, but it’s not always good. If you do your own thing, and what you believe in, you can’t go wrong.”
Pearl’s witchy Halloween costume has a history of its own, having served her for the past 10 years.
“I was out one day and saw this hat, and I saw the big spider on it. I’m terribly afraid of spiders but I thought wearing it might stop my fear of spiders. I wear it every year and then it goes back away for 12 months… till the next Halloween.”