Bringing Halloween to pediatric patients

KMSS-TV
Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 4:24pm

Halloween is one of 8 year old Landry Pyles favorite holiday. This year he can't trick or treat with his friends though. He is spending the holiday as a patient at University Health with his parents, something he was disappointed about.

That is, until he woke up this morning to learn that Halloween was coming to him. Thanks to LSU Medical Students who fund raised for the Halloween party, Landry and all of the other children in the hospital got to celebrate the holiday.

For Hallie Brooke Rinaudo, her dad said that she was having just as much fun at the hospital party as she would anywhere else.

It wasn't just patients enjoying the party, hospital staff was having a great time too. Halloween is one of the few times they get to treat the kids just like kids, and not patients.

While fun was the main point of the party, there was an added benefit. Studies have shown that normalcy can help children with their recovery. Since in their normal lives, these children would be enjoying Halloween parties, the hospital wanted to bring the party to them, keeping some semblance of normalcy in their lives.

The kids didn't care about normalcy though, they were too focused on having a happy Halloween.

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