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Nurses bring Halloween to their patients

Being diagnosed with a new illness and coming to the hospital can be stressful events for a family. The Child Life Program at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, in Memphis, TN, seeks to minimize that anxiety as much as possible. Child Life specialists organize special events like the trick-or-treat trail during Halloween to offer families ways to celebrate holidays with their children in order to help normalize the hospital environment.

The Halloween festivities allow patients to enjoy the holiday as they would at home. It’s the one event each year in which all hospital programs and departments participate in a fun day with the patients and families—making it a morale-boosting activity for staff as well.

A trick-or-treater meets with Schroeder, Sally, Peppermint Patty and Snoopy.

Click through these pics from the 2009 trick-or-treat trail to see why St. Jude Hospital is so excited about their 2010 event this week!

Nurses talk about the patients
From a family’s perspective
Nurses reveal their favorite memories
Patients go fishing for treats
Staff turn the hospital into an O.K. Corral
Trick-or-treaters go ‘wild horses’ for candy!
Organizing your own hospital event
Slam dunk for Scooby-Doo
A dreamy night for a young patient
Patients and family live it up at a tropical luau
Going green for Halloween!
A leukemia inpatient floor is transformed into Whoville!
Tinkerbell welcomes guests into Sleepy Hollow

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