MGH pediatric patients paraded through the Yawkey building collecting treats during the MassGeneral Hospital for Children Cancer Center and Department of Radiation Oncology trick-or-treating parade. Costumed patients – including Cristopher Chavarria, 6, pictured here with MGH Police and Security officers – and their siblings filled pillowcases – donated by Ryan’s Case for Smiles – with goodies distributed by staff. Superhero patients were thrilled to meet the Incredible Hulk, New England Revolution player Jalil Anibaba.
Other frightful festivities were celebrated leading up to Halloween. The Spirit of Children program’s party kicked off the fun Oct. 17. Volunteers from Spirit Halloween Superstores transformed the Ellison 17 playroom into a fantasy land, featuring pumpkin painting, free costumes and ghoulish goodie bags. The Center for Dietary Therapy of Epilepsy and THRIVE program hosted their 16th annual ‘Ketoween’ party at the Museum of Science Oct. 21. Costumed staff distributed diet-safe snacks to pediatric epilepsy patients who follow a restricted diet, known as a ketogenic or low glycemic index treatment, to control their seizures. And on Oct. 24 the MGH Police, Security and Outside Services PUPP (Police Uniting with Pediatric Patients) Program held spooky screenings on Ellison 17 and 18 of It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown and Stephen King’s It.
MGH Aspire participants also enjoyed a scavenger hunt, read ghost stories, carved pumpkins and decorated treat bags at Hale Reservation – host to Aspire’s summer camp for children with Asperger’s Syndrome, high cognitive autism spectrum disorder and similar cognitive profiles.
Children from the inpatient units concluded October’s Halloween happenings with a parade on the main hospital’s first floor. More than 20 patients and their families, along with MGH child life staff dressed as Disney villains, participated in the event.