Gools and goblins, even Snow White and Winnie the Pooh gathered at The Fort Smith Senior Activity Center as locals with special needs got a chance to dance the night away and get in the Halloween spirit.
“It’s very rewarding to watch them light up when they see each other in their costumes, said Executive Director of The Arc Micayla Cole.
Every Halloween The Arc of the River Valley hosts a dance where those with disabilities can dress up, let loose and let go of their insecurities.
“A lot of them struggle with food insecurity so it’s a great opportunity to give them just a great time like everybody wants to have a great time with their friends,” said Cole.
Thanks to The Arc, parents like Shirley said Saturday night’s dance gives her kid the chance to be himself.
“We don’t have. To worry about someone taking advantage of him or that someone is going to miss treat him they just get to chill out have a good time,” said Shirley.
Locals like Joey, Olivia and Scott, all given the opportunity to have a spooktacular Halloween just like any other trick or treater would.
Aside from their three annual holiday parties The Arc offers every day activities for locals to find a safe and fun place in their community.