For Release: October 29, 2013
STANFORD, Calif.--How does a hospital morph itself into a Halloween playground of superheroes and princesses? First, create 50 different trick-or-treat stops complete with hundreds of caregivers out to see who has the best costume. Next, decorate the halls, desks and doors. Then, build a haunted house guaranteed to give thrills and chills. And finally, invite some of the most special kids in the world.
Welcome to the annual Trick-or-Treat Trail this Thursday (31) at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford. It’s a place where kids can have Halloween fun even while being hospitalized. The decorations, the haunted house, the toys, gooey treats, and outrageous costumes are almost ready, and everyone is counting down for the big day.
Making sure that family and friends can get in on the Trail fun, Packard Children’s staffers will be tweeting and posting photos of the event via the hospital’s Twitter feed while it’s happening. It’s a Trick-or-Treat Trail with tweets (Say that three times fast).
Of course, it’s not just kids, siblings and families hitting the Trail. The staff gets into it, big time, with lots of themes. Staffers dressed as characters from Finding Nemo? Dorothy and her pals? A Disney princess or two? You never know.
“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 is masterminding the extravaganza. “It’s a major event for all of us, and we’re proud of the happiness it creates.”
1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, 725 Welch Rd., Palo Alto, CA
Follow the event on Twitter
1:30 to 3 p.m. at twitter.com/packardhospital and #packardtrickortweettrail
(Or search Twitter #packardtrickortweettrail)
About Stanford Children’s Health and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford
Stanford Children’s Health, with Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at its core, is the Bay Area’s largest health care enterprise exclusively dedicated to children and expectant mothers. As the top-ranked children’s hospital in Northern California, and one of just 11 nationwide to be named on the 2016-17 U.S. News & World Report Best Children’s Hospitals Honor Roll, Packard Children’s Hospital is a leader in world-class, nurturing care and extraordinary outcomes in every pediatric and obstetric specialty. Stanford Children’s Health offers care ranging from the routine to rare, regardless of a family’s ability to pay. Together with Stanford Medicine physicians, nurses, and staff, Stanford Children’s Health can be accessed through partnerships, collaborations, outreach, specialty clinics and primary care practices at more than 60 locations across Northern California and 100 locations in the U.S. western region. As a non-profit, Stanford Children’s Health is committed to supporting the community – from caring for uninsured or underinsured kids, homeless teens and pregnant moms, to training the next generation of doctors and medical professionals. Celebrating the 25th anniversary of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in 2016, Stanford Children’s Health looks forward to the fall 2017 debut of its expanded pediatric and obstetric hospital campus. Discover more at stanfordchildrens.org and on the Healthier, Happy Lives blog. Join Stanford Children’s Health on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.