COLORADO SPRINGS – Forget that it’s two weeks before actual Halloween, kids at UCHealth Memorial Central were ready for all the tricks and treats of the upcoming holiday.
“The favorite part of my Halloween is getting treat,” Jaxton McDonald told News 5.
Jaxton is just one patient staying at the pediatric unit at the hospital taking part in Wednesday’s big party.
Spirit Halloween really brought the spirit to these kids who otherwise wouldn’t be able to celebrate the ghostly holiday. Employee brought with them costumes, face paint, games and crafts. While there were no tricks, there were plenty of treats for the kids, like Jaxton, who got to dress up like an astronaut, and their parents.
“This was super cool,” said Jaxton’s dad Nathan. “He was super excited to hear, even though he’s been stuck in a bed everyday, that he gets to actually come down and have a little party.”
The event is made possible by grants from Spirit’s Spirit of Children program. It looks to raise money to host parties to take the scariness out of staying at the hospital.
“I think it’s a pretty cool event and it’s definitely a very nice thing to do for people,” said Marco Cruz, whose son was able to take part.
In all Spirit will host more than a hundred parties at hospitals across the country.