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Halloween comes to St. Joseph's Children's Hospital

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Halloween has become a holiday for kids of all ages.

It's become a time when children and even their parents dress up to go trick or treating.

Not every child can go door to door for candy though.

Some are simply too sick.

At St. Joseph's Children's Hospital the have solved this problem by taking Halloween to the halls.

Shannon Rivers is a child life specialist at the hospital.

" Our job as a child life specialist is to help normalize the hospital. We know that laughter and fun can help the healing process for our kidos, so we like to promote these normalizing activities. Halloween is a really fun one. They get to dress up, be silly.", said Rivers.

Tania Kazmierczak's daughter has lymphoblastic leukemia.

"I think this is amazing. I was not expecting this, this morning. She cried all the way here because she didn't want to have anymore Chemo, she was tired and she was like, I don't want to do it today.", said Kazmierczak.

Instead of Chemo, her daughter was given candy.

"We come here and they have costumes for her and they had candy and I'm trying really hard not to cry because I think this is so great."

As staff members handed out candy, they were smiling as brightly as the children who were stuffing it into their bags.

Giving the children just a few moments to forget about being sick, and allowing them to be a kid again.

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