Halloween is meant to be the spookiest night of year. Full of ghouls, goblins and ghosts, it’s the one time we delight in all things that go bump in the night. But for children and families who will be spending Halloween in the hospital, it’s difficult for them to enjoy the holiday festivities. This is why Spirit Halloween, the largest seasonal Halloween retailer in North America, brings fantasy and fun to Seattle Children’s Hospital every Halloween, with costumes, crafts and pumpkin painting.
Since 2006, Spirit Halloween and their Spirit of Children Program has made sure every patient gets the opportunity to transform into the superhero, princess or character of their dreams. They also provide funding to Seattle Children’s through their Spirit of Children Program.
To date, Spirit has raised more than $290,000 for Children’s, with money benefiting Children’s Therapeutic Play Programs, encompassing art therapy, music therapy and animal-assisted activities. Every dollar donated to Spirit of Children goes directly to participating hospitals, including Children’s, and makes the incredible work of Children’s Child Life Department possible.
“Seeing the smiles on the kids’ faces, that’s what we’re here for,” said Kevin Tokar, district sales manager at Spirit Halloween in Seattle.
Thanks to Spirit of Halloween and generous donations from the community, hospital stays really are less scary for kids and their families, on Halloween, and all year long.