Halloween Parade Delights Patients at Bronson Children's Hospital
Peter Pan, Wonder Woman and the Minions were spotted in the rooms and hallways at Bronson Children’s Hospital today. They were all part of the hospital’s annual Halloween Parade. During this fun tradition, staff members from throughout Bronson dress up in costumes and parade past each patient room. Many of the young patients wear costumes brought from home or choose new ones that have been donated. Patients collect all sorts of goodies as the parade passes by.
Brandy Burnham says her son Maddox has been in the hospital the entire month of October. He wanted to dress as a Star Wars Storm Trooper, so she and Maddox’s dad decided they would join him as Princess Leia and Darth Vader. “Halloween is an event we look forward to every year,” says Brandy. “But this year he couldn’t go to any trunk or treats. So for the parade to come to him, where he didn’t have to go out in the cold, it was even better than it would have been at home.”
Child life specialist Miranda Ray, who dressed as Frozen’s Anna, helped organize the parade. “We want to help them experience Halloween the best way we can so they still feel like they are part of the fun,” says Ray.
Nearly 70 Bronson employees from 15 departments took part. Yvonne Nelson, who works at Bronson Methodist Hospital’s laboratory, donned a squirrel costume to entertain the patients as she passed out small toys and books. “We want everyone to know all of the employees throughout the Bronson system like to do what we can to make the hospital experience a little better.”
To see the complete photo album from the parade, visit the Bronson Methodist Hospital Facebook page.