Spirit Halloween hosts UC Davis Children's Hospital festivities

Diana Sunberg
UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Manager Diana Sundberg (left) with Shanda Pierce, owner of Sacramento region Spirit Halloween Superstores.

Posted Oct. 24, 2012

Dozens of children hospitalized at UC Davis experienced the fun and excitement of Halloween on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at a party hosted by Spirit Halloween Superstores. The stores provided an event complete with accessories, decorations, activities and costumes for patients and their siblings.

Kathy and Lowell Jones looked on as their daughter, Meghan, 12, who was hospitalized for leg surgery, had a skull decorated with a purple bow painted onto her cast.

"She has had a rough past few days after her leg surgery," Kathy Jones said. "It's wonderful that the hospital has something like this to help with the boredom."

Spirit Halloween Superstores raises money online and in its stores to support the hospital's Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department, which supports the emotional and psychological well being of hospitalized children. The donations underwrite a range of activities — from music and art therapy to games and toys that distract children while undergoing treatment.

Pediatric patient © UC Regents
Samantha Stegmair, 13, of Reno, decorates a mask at a Halloween party during the children's hospital party.

Spirit is the largest Halloween specialty retailer in the nation and its Spirit of Children program focuses on making hospitals less scary for kids and their families. In 2011, the stores donated nearly $30,000 to UC Davis Children's Hospital's child life department.

Spirit Halloween customers can make donations online and in the stores. To learn more, visit:

UC Davis Children's Hospital is the Sacramento region's only nationally ranked, comprehensive hospital for children, serving infants, children, adolescents and young adults with primary, subspecialty and critical care. It includes the Central Valley's only pediatric emergency department and Level I pediatric trauma center, which offers the highest level of care for critically ill children. The 129-bed children's hospital includes the state-of-the-art 49-bed neonatal and 24-bed pediatric intensive care and pediatric cardiac intensive care units. With more than 120 physicians in 33 subspecialties, UC Davis Children's Hospital has more than 74,000 clinic and hospital visits and 13,000 emergency department visits each year. For more information, visit children.ucdavis.edu.