Halloween is a day most children look forward to all year. A chance to dress up in costumes, get lots of treats and have some fun. This doesn’t change just because they are hospitalized. Which is why each year the Child Life team at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital organizes a day of festive Halloween activities for patients.
With the additional safety measures that remain in place during the pandemic’s second Halloween, this year the Child Life team hosted a reverse trick-or-treat Friday, Oct. 29, 2021, with doctors, nurses and other caregivers delivering treats to patients in their hospital rooms.
“Each year we strive to find ways to make Halloween fun for our patients,” said St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital Child Life Supervisor Kacie Webster. “Being able to celebrate holidays while hospitalized gives kids and their families a sense of normalcy which is so important.”
While things looked different again this year, the entire hospital came together to make the Halloween something special for the children.
“Our lobby, nurses’ stations and even our caregivers themselves are showing off their best Halloween decorations and attire today and our patients and their families are loving it,” Webster added.
The patients were able to choose from dozens of Halloween costumes and also participate in a virtual Halloween-themed Bingo activity, thanks to Rooms-to-Go Foundation.
To see highlights from the Halloween festivities, visit St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital’s Facebook page: Facebook.com/StJosephsChildrens.