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Niswonger celebrates Halloween with annual Spooky Trail

Brandon Paykamian • Oct 31, 2019 at 10:00 PM

While most children were preparing Thursday to go trick-or-treating in their neighborhoods, many Niswonger Children’s Hospital patients were unable to participate in Halloween festivities.

Or so they might have thought, until the Niswonger staff put on their best costumes and brought the trick-or-treating to them instead.

On Thursday, the children’s hospital held its ninth annual Spooky Trail event, allowing pediatric patients a chance to dress up and trick-or-treat throughout the hospital.

Niswonger CEO Lisa Carter said the aim of the annual event, organized by the hospital’s Child Life department, is to provide a normal Halloween for patients, many of whom are battling serious illness.

“It really is for the kids in the hospital to have a normal day on Halloween,” Carter said. “It’s so important, and that’s what the Child Life program does. They really try to normalize the day for kids, especially on a day like this. They need to have fun and do some fun things.”

In the spirit of Halloween, Madison Swedberg, a 6-year-old battling cancer, sported a black cat costume.

“I picked the cutest animal — that’s a cat,” she said, adding that her favorite Halloween candies included Snickers and candy corn. “Cats are better than dogs because they have fluffy fur and very pointy ears and tail.”

Swedberg was particularly impressed with some of the staff’s costumes, which included characters from the Super Mario Bros. Nintendo video game series.

“It’s very cool because I get to see Luigi,” she said. “I also like Princess Peach.”

For more information on other Niswonger holiday events, visit www.balladhealth.org.

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