A Halloween party was thrown at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford in Palo Alto Tuesday afternoon (Oct. 18) for patients and their families, hospital spokeswoman Reena Mukamal said.
The party was sponsored by costume retailer Spirit Halloween through its "Spirit of Children" program, which brings Halloween to hospitals so children can experience the holiday, organizers said.
Volunteers brought costumes, decorations and pumpkins to the children's hospital and patients participated in activities that included pumpkin painting, costume parades, Halloween games and crafts, Mukamal said.
The festivities will continue on Oct. 31 when the young patients will participate in trick-or-treating, according to Mukamal.
"Trick-or-Treat Trail will take place on Halloween and patients are invited to stop by all the departments and get goodies, just like they would in the neighborhood," Mukamal said.
"Spirit of Children" has raised over $4.6 million since 2006 for hospitals in the United States and Canada and $75,000 for the child life department at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, program spokeswoman Sushma Dwivedi said.