ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Many kids in the Capital Region are gearing up for Halloween. For some children, a stay in the hospital might prevent them from celebrating the holiday.
That’s why the “Spirit of Children” Program teamed up with the Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center for a Halloween Party on Monday.
The party is all about providing a fun experience for children here at Albany Med and giving them an escape from why they’re at the hospital in the first place.
The Halloween party for children at Albany Med, featuring costumes, masks, and even Spiderman, was all about making those kids happy.
“It’s really fantastic to have programs like Spirit of Halloween to come in and make a whole different world for our kids,” Certified Child Life Specialist Megan Bien said.
Bien is part of the Child Life program at the hospital, which tries to make the atmosphere less scary for kids.
“When a kid comes into a hospital setting, they’re afraid of getting shots, that’s the most common thing I hear,” Bien said. “They are terrified of the unknown.”
Events like the Halloween party are just one way to keep the kids in good spirits.
“I honestly think it’s really nice. They can’t go out. It gives them that something to celebrate Halloween,” Brienna Loveland, a parent, said.
Loveland’s son Jayden is recovering from a recent fall but got to come out and meet one of his biggest heroes.
“She’s very happy. When she’s happy, it makes me happy,” Arthur Knapp, a parent, said.
Isabelle is at the hospital supporting her sister who just had her appendix removed.
Her dad Arthur Knapp thinks having this kind of event for the kids is great.
“It makes me feel like the hospital is doing a lot of the community and everything else,” Knapp said. “You don’t normally see it. It’s perfect.”
The Spirit of Children program has been putting on parties just like this one since 2009 at Albany Med, raising nearly $203,000 for the child life program.
“We spend so much time in the stores raising money for these kids every day to be able to come and witness it on hand it’s just an unbelievable experience,” Ashleigh Lang, District Sales Manager at Spirit Halloween, said.
This event is put on every year here at Albany Med hoping to make the hospital a little less scary for the kids spending time here.