STANFORD, Calif. -- How does a hospital morph itself into a Halloween playground? First, create 50 different trick-or-treat stops. Next, decorate the halls, desks and doors. Then, build one of the world’s freakiest haunted houses. Throw in a couple hundred caregivers trying to out-costume each other. And finally, invite some of the most special kids in the world.
Welcome to the annual Trick-or-Treat Trail this Friday (29) at Packard Children’s Hospital. It’s a place where all types of kids with illness can experience the thrill of Halloween even if they’re hospitalized. It’s an exciting and poignant event that patients, families, and staff spend weeks preparing for. Now, the decorations, the haunted house, the toys, gooey treats and outrageous costumes are almost ready for the big day.
And this year, to allow those away from the hospital to also follow the Trail, Packard Children’s will be tweeting and posting photos of the event while it’s happening via the hospital’s Twitter feed. It’s a Trick-or-Treat Trail with tweets. (Say that real fast.)
Of course, it’s not just kids, siblings and families hitting the Trail and getting a two-day jump on Oct. 31. The staff gets into it, big-time, with lots of themes. The superhero nurses on 3 North? They’re dressing as, well, superheroes.
“We think it’s one very cool way to give kids a little bit of normalcy,” said Colette Case, director of child and family life services, whose team masterminds and organizes the extravaganza. “It’s a major event for all of us, and we’re proud of the happiness it creates.”
Friday, 10/29/10, 1:30pm-3:00pm
Packard Children’s Hospital, 725 Welch Rd., Palo Alto, CA
Follow the event on Twitter
1:30-3:00pm at twitter.com/packardhospital
(or, search Twitter hashtags #trailkids or #halloween)
About Stanford Children’s Health and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford
Stanford Children’s Health, with Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford at its core, is an internationally recognized leader in world-class, nurturing care and extraordinary outcomes in every pediatric and obstetric specialty from the routine to rare, for every child and pregnant woman. Together with our Stanford Medicine physicians, nurses, and staff, we deliver this innovative care and research through partnerships, collaborations, outreach, specialty clinics and primary care practices at more than 100 locations in the U.S. western region. As a non-profit, we are committed to supporting our community – from caring for uninsured or underinsured kids, homeless teens and pregnant moms, to helping re-establish school nurse positions in local schools. Learn more about our full range of preeminent programs and network of care at stanfordchildrens.org, and on our Healthier, Happy Lives blog. Join us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube.
Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford is the heart of Stanford Children’s Health, and is one of the nation’s top hospitals for the care of children and expectant mothers. For a decade, we have received the highest specialty rankings of any Northern California children’s hospital, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospitals survey, and are the only hospital in Northern California to receive the national 2013 Leapfrog Group Top Children’s Hospital award for quality and patient care safety. Discover more at stanfordchildrens.org.