The Johns Hopkins Children’s Center gave pediatric patients Halloween today with its annual celebration. During this year’s festivities, approximately 50 staff from the adult and pediatric units of the Children’s Center and Johns Hopkins Hospital dressed in costumes and visited the pediatric care units to share special treats with patients. . Dozens of other staff volunteered their time packing gift bags or donning costumes in inpatient units to help the children celebrate.
No child wants to be in the hospital on vacation. We try to bring Halloween to our patients to help them feel the joy of the holidays as they cannot go out to cheat or treat. “
Peyton Pike, Senior Child Life Specialist and Special Programs Coordinator at the Children’s Center and Event Organizer
The children’s centre’s child life department also hosted other Halloween-themed inpatient activities this week, including a pumpkin decorating and door panel decorating contest.
Families outside of the hospital should also remember to stay safe while celebrating Halloween this year. Experts at the Children’s Center recommend that families consider having their child vaccinated against COVID-19 when possible. Children should wear face masks if physical distance cannot be maintained, and wash their hands or use hand sanitizer.
Photos and videos are available from the Children’s Center Halloween celebration, and Pike is available for media interviews. Pediatric infectious disease experts are available to chat with the media on how families around the world can safely celebrate Halloween.