Truly Nolen makes Halloween Truly Spooktacular at TMC for Children

Shrek and Princess Fiona make for a Truly Spooktacular Halloween at TMC for ChildrenHalloween may be over, but Michelle Nolen Senner and her coworkers at Truly Nolen spend the entire year thinking of new ways to help hospitalized children celebrate the holiday.

For five years running, they have provided Truly Spooktacular – Truly Nolen employees dress in themed costumes to visit TMC for Children, bringing fun activities, gifts and cheer.

“It’s my favorite time of year,” said Senner, the director of public relations and philanthropy at Truly Nolen Pest and Termite Control, who was dressed as Princess Fiona form the Shrek series of movies (this year’s theme). “It’s a holiday where kids get to be creative and show off their true selves.”

The annual visits were Senner’s idea, which started right here in Tucson. The festivities have become a company staple, with Truly Nolen employees visiting 16 children’s hospitals across the country in 2018.

“Our business is keeping pests and insects out of people’s homes and businesses,” Senner said. “Insects and spiders and Halloween – there’s a connection there.” But for Senner, the connection is much more than spiders and Halloween.

“My own child has spent a lot of time in the hospital and I understand that a joyful distraction can bring a sincere smile for the kiddo and relief for their family,” she said. “That’s really why we are doing this – it’s a chance to support the communities and families that support us.”

Whether it’s decorating no-carve pumpkins, posing with Shrek or just laughing and giggling with Truly Nolen team members, there’s no doubt that the kids staying at TMC for Children got their fill of Halloween fun.

“We hope to make it bigger each year,” said Senner. “More of our offices are taking part and we’re dedicated to growing the effort.”

So, what is the theme for next year’s Truly Spooktacular? “I can’t say just yet,” said Senner. “I can say that we will be back and we’re bringing the smiles with us.”

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