Kids at Shriner's Hospital get to 'operate' on pumpkins for Halloween

Patients at Children's Methodist celebrate Halloween early

Patients at Children's Methodist celebrate Halloween early

The patients at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital aren't able to go out trick-or-treating tonight.

Halloween is one of the happiest times of the year for kids as they dress up as their favorite superheroes, cartoon characters and monsters and run around the neighborhood door-to-door yelling, "trick or treat!"

"Nobody ever wants to be hospitalized when you're a kid, but it's especially hard during a fun holiday like Halloween", Weller said.

Halloween can sometimes be even scarier for kids in the hospital, that's why doctors and nurses try to make it special.

Each department also competes in a costume contest and has planned Halloween activities for the kids.

Patients that were well enough paraded through the hospital in costumes donated by the community and TGH staff.

Margaret Kugler, educational and vocational services coordinator at Shriner's, said their class gets two pumpkins every year and the kids guess the weight, circumference and number of seeds.

This was the first such event at the new Sanford Hospital building after the facility opened in July.

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