Making the hospital a little more festive for kids, a group of volunteers from Spirit Halloween brought the party to pediatric patients in Colorado Springs.
Wednesday at UCHealth Memorial Hospital Central, children and their families enjoyed a bit everything; from face painting, to games and free costumes.
“You’re in the hospital, you don’t feel well, you don’t expect to have such wonderful party happen and just to see them forget for a few minutes that they’re sick and not feeling well,” said Jeri Young, a Child Life Specialist, UCHealth Memorial Hospital.
For many patients, the Halloween party is a short but sweet break from reality.
Jaxton McDonald has been in the hospital for respiratory issues and will stay away from home a few more days. During the Halloween party, he was able to wear his favorite costume, a spacesuit of an astronaut.
“The astronauts have oxygen, they wear helmets and someday I’ll be an astronaut,” said Jaxton McDonald, a patient at UCHealth Memorial Hospital Central.
The Halloween parties are brought to Children’s hospitals each October through the program Spirit of Children.
The program raises money for more than 100 Child Life Departments across the U.S. and Canada that help to make the hospital experience easier and more comfortable.