Halloween is filled with goblins, pumpkins and ghouls; however, when your little one is in the hospital it can put a different spin on things. It’s OK to accept that this year will be different, but that doesn’t have to mean worse. There are a lot of things you can do on Halloween in the hospital to make it special.
Check with your child’s care team to see what’s available for trick-or-treating. Many hospitals will set up stations and a trick-or-treat route for children on Halloween.
- Create a costume closet: Who says you can only be one thing for Halloween? Pool costumes together for a “costume closet” to have the fun last all day (and night) long!
- Have a costume contest: Just because your child is in the hospital, doesn’t mean they should miss out on dressing up. Check with your nurse to coordinate a costume contest with your floor (Masks or other types of costumes may be prohibited. Ask your caregiver for guidelines).
- Have a scary movie marathon and watch your family favorites. Halloween night can still be fun by spending it indoors with your child’s favorite witches and ghosts on the big screen.
- Buy a fun Halloween themed coloring book and crayons. A quick Internet search can also provide many free color book pages to print out for your child. Ask your nurse to help assist with finding resources.
NOTE: Treats must be permitted based on dietary guidelines from the physician and caregiver team.
- Nothing cheers up a hospital room more than some creepy decor. Make spooky paper plate spiders or put up orange and black streamers. Bring out your creative powers and light up the night with a spooktacular pumpkin. Paint, stamp, or add stickers on your favorite pumpkin to add just the right amount of Halloween spirit into any room.
- Play up the fun by decorating ordinary items such as a child’s wheelchair or other devices for a magical look and feel that will make your child smile.
Remember, Halloween is a time to use your imagination and show kids that staying in a hospital for the occasion can be a fun and happy time.