On Wednesday, the staff at Niswonger and other community volunteers hosted the eighth annual Spooky Trail event, giving pediatric patients a chance to trick-or-treat and show off their best costumes.
Niswonger Child Life Manager Amanda Ward said the annual event helps bring a sense of normalcy to the pediatric patients at the hospital, many of whom are often disheartened to know they will have to spend the holiday hospitalized due to debilitating illnesses and disabilities.
“Because they are in the hospital, they are really sad to miss out on trick-or-treating, so we bring the trick-or-treating to them,” she said.
Ward said seeing children like Madeline McKinney, 3, and Connor McKinney, 2, enjoying themselves despite the setting is a heartwarming experience for her and other staff members at the children’s hospital.
“My favorite part of the Spooky Trail is to see how surprised the kids are when they actually get to trick-or-treat,” she said. “I think they are disheartened initially to know they’re going to be here on Halloween, but to see them light up and to be able to provide costumes for them is a special treat they didn’t think they’d get to have.”