Across the Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) family of hospitals, the Halloween spirit was alive, yesterday. Hundreds of staff members dressed in costume and decorated their clinics to the delight of patients young and old.
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Costume game strong
The Child Life Department gave McMaster Children’s Hospital staff an extra incentive to step up their costume game. Teams were invited to enter a costume contest judged by patients and families. Some units went a step further, decorating their space to match the theme of their costumes. Congratulations to this year’s winners, the Tim Horton’s Drive Thru, 3C.
Their efforts were appreciated by patients and families who enjoyed seeing the creative costumes while they collected candy at the annual McMaster Children’s Hospital Halloween Parade. Hundreds of staff, volunteers and visitors lined the hallways of the hospital to hand out candy and toys to patients and their families. You can watch a Facebook Live video of the event below. Watch CHCH News’ coverage of the Halloween parade.
Trick-or-treating for everyone
This Halloween, for the first time ever, Hamilton Health Sciences’ Ron Joyce Children’s Health Centre (RJCHC) partnered with Eastgate Square to host an inclusive and accessible trick-or-treat event.
“Our annual trick-or-treat event is always a hit with families,” says Barbara Miele, Marketing Director, Eastgate Square. “We were excited to be expand the event this year in partnership with Ron Joyce Children’s Health Centre.”
Halloween can be a difficult time for children with disabilities and their families. Barriers like steps, uneven footing, and unpredictable social interactions can make trick-or-treating difficult, or even impossible, for kids with physical and developmental disabilities. To ensure every child had a chance to participate, Eastgate Square offered an accessible hour of trick-or-treating inside the mall on October 31st. RJCHC staff collected donations of candy that were handed out to a group of eager trick-or-treaters.
“We heard from families that they weren’t always able to fully participate in Halloween activities because of their child’s challenges,” says Lindsay Bray, Clinical Leader, Developmental Pediatrics and Rehabilitation, Ron Joyce Children’s Health Centre. “We are so glad we found a community partner to help us make this holiday one that everyone can enjoy.”