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Hospitalized children at UC Davis Children’s Hospital didn't miss out on trick or treating today. The Davis 7 pediatric nurses and the Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy team brought the trick or treating fun to the kids.
Patients and family members were dressed up in costume - many of which were provided by Spirit Halloween - and were given bags to go trick-or-treating through the hospital’s hallways.
Employees from UC Davis Health departments staffed different doors on the pediatrics unit, providing treats for children who knocked. Patients also visited different stations with face painting, family photos, games and activities, with the help of volunteers.
This year's theme was country fair, with many staff members dressed as farmers and animals. Trick or treating doors resembled barns. Mylar balloon animals decorated the halls.
For nurse manager Angie Marin, Halloween is a labor of a love.
“There are no do-overs for Halloween. You can’t put on your costume and knock on doors on November 1st or any other day and get a treat,” said Marin. "Children start getting excited about Halloween in September. They look forward to this day with such anticipation. For a couple of hours, we are able to help them forget about their illness and just celebrate being a kid."