Tricks & Treats and lots of Feasts at St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children

Spirit Halloween Brings Special Halloween Celebration to St. Mary’s Kids and Continues to Raise Funds at Local Stores to Support Children with Special Needs

“What a cool mask,” exclaimed one parent. “Is that Cinderalla?” asked another.

While St. Mary’s kids were nowhere to be found, their counterparts, Snow White, scary goblins, Batman, and Robin were enjoying a special Halloween celebration. The young patients of the Bayside hospital joined in a festive costume ball and Halloween party, all courtesy of Spirit Halloween, the country’s largest seasonal Halloween retailer.

Volunteer Spirit employees joined St. Mary’s kid in painting pumpkins, creative arts & crafts activities, spooky Halloween stories and a spectacular celebration devoted to enjoying the fun and excitement of the year’s spookiest holiday.

Launched in 2006, Spirit Halloween created the Spirit of Children program to bring the joys of the October spirit to children in hospitals and rehabilitation centers who may not be able to join in the Halloween celebration.

“Spirit of Children is deeply important to me, our employees and the hospital staff we work with each season,” said Steven Silverstein, Spirit Halloween president and CEO. “We have the honor of bringing Halloween to kids who otherwise wouldn’t get to celebrate what is many kids’ favorite holiday. We try to help kids forget their worries for the day.”

Spirit of Children program will also be raising funds in support of St. Mary’s kids at most participating stores in the U.S. and Canada through customer donations. All of the funds raised will be donated to help provide the quality care and unique programs and services the children of St. Mary’s need, some of the most seriously ill and injured children in the New York area battling complex medical and life-limiting conditions.

Visit your nearest Spirit Halloween store and help improve the lives of thousands of children and their families with special needs.