Children will say those three magic words tonight: “Trick or treat!”
But some kids are not so lucky…they must spend Halloween in the hospital. Geisinger Medical Center near Danville made the day a little brighter for dozens of little patients.
14-month-old Judson Chacona is not really a prisoner, he’s just dressed up for Halloween! The tiny tot from Towanda took a break from chemotherapy at Geisinger Medical Center near Danville to go trick or treating through the hospital hallways.
“He’s having a blast. I don’t think he knows what to think with all the people. He likes getting dressed up and he likes all the people,” Rhea Chacona said.
It’s the 19th straight year for Janet Weis Children Hospital’s trick or treat.
This year about two dozen pediatric patients showed off their best Halloween costumes. If they did not have one with them, Geisinger provided one.
“It’s just an event we put on for the kids to provide some normalcy while they’re in the hospital so they can trick or treat and cheer up their day a little bit,” Sarah Hoffman said.
Basketball players from Bucknell University handed out treats.
“Just seeing the smiles on their faces and just seeing them happy for that one moment it means the world to us. Just being something bigger than ourselves,” Cameron Ayers said.
There’s no candy at this trick or treat because of food restrictions and allergies. Instead, the basketball players are handing out small toys like temporary tattoos, stickers, even bubbles!
“Nice little fun things for them to bring home to their siblings,” Hoffman said.
“It’s pretty cool because I was looking forward to doing it around lock haven where we live and it’s a bummer that we couldn’t, but it’s pretty cool that we could do something like this with her,” Tiffany Spotts said.
Parents say the hospital trick or treat is a great way to let their kids be kids on Halloween.