Spirit Halloween, a seasonal Halloween retailer in North America, continues its annual tradition of bringing Halloween cheer and festivities to pediatric patients with its Spirit of Children program.
Starting the week of October 12, 2015, and going through October 21, 2015, Spirit of Children will host 86 Halloween events in conjunction with the Child Life departments at hospitals throughout the United States and Canada.
Founded in 2006, Spirit of Children provides critical funding to Child Life departments at partner hospitals all year round; making hospital stays less scary for kids and their families.
To date, the philanthropic initiative has made an important impact in each community the program has touched, raising more than $22 million in cash and merchandise donations.
With patients often unable to leave the confines of the hospital environment, these Halloween parties will bring the fun of Halloween to the pediatric patients and their families; enabling them to experience the magic of the holiday like kids are supposed to, complete with costumes, accessories, decorations and activities.
“Halloween is a time for kids to dress up and be anything their imaginations can dream up,” said Steven Silverstein, president and CEO, Spirit Halloween.
A number of famous characters will be visiting some of the Spirit of Children parties across the country this year, giving kids the chance to “Go Go” with Saban’s Power Rangers, “booyakasha” with Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, save the day with the Paw Patrol gang, dance it out with DreamWorks Animation’s Oh from Home, kick it with Po from Kung Fu Panda, protect Gotham with DC’s Batman, and explore distant lands with Cartoon Network’s Jake the Dog of Adventure Time.
This year, Spirit of Children’s goal is to raise $6.7 million – bringing its total contribution to more than $28 million donated since the program’s inception 9 years ago.