St. Joseph's Children's Hospital Makes Halloween a Treat for Hospitalized Kids
TAMPA, Fla. (October 30, 2020) – Halloween is a day that most kids look forward to, a day to dress up, play pretend and of course trick-or-treat. When children are hospitalized during the holiday, their expectations remain the same which is why each year the Child Life team at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital organizes a day of fun-filled holiday activities for patients.
Because of the additional safety measures in place due to COVID-19, the Child Life team switched things up this year and hosted a reverse trick-or-treat with doctors, nurses and other caregivers delivering treats to patients in their hospital rooms.
“Being able to celebrate Halloween while in the hospital brings about some normalcy, which is truly important for our patients and their families,” said St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital Child Life Supervisor Hadley Trull. “While things looked a little different this year due to the pandemic, the entire hospital came together to make the holiday something special for the children.”
The patients were able to choose from dozens of Halloween costumes and also participate in a special virtual Halloween-themed Bingo activity, which was sponsored by Rooms-to-Go Foundation.
To see photos from the Halloween parade, visit St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital’s Facebook page: Facebook.com/StJosephsChildrens.