Trick-or-Treat Drive-Through Delights Shriners Children's Spokane Patients
It was all treats and no tricks at the 2021 Shriners Children's Spokane drive-through Halloween party.
Due to COVID-19, staff altered the popular party among patients to be a safe and socially distanced, outdoor trick-or-treat event.
Patients and their families drove through the front of the decorated Spokane Shriners Hospital and received costumes, pumpkins, crafts, hats, candy and more. Spirit Halloween helps host this party every year for children who otherwise might not be able to participate in traditional Halloween celebrations.
“It just brings a special surprise to patients that they were not expecting,” said Recreational Therapist Larissa Sims. “This was a way for them to get out of the house and to celebrate as a family.”
Funding from this event came from the Spokane community through Spirit of Children donations at Spirit Halloween locations. One hundred percent of local donations stayed in our community and helps to support the Spokane Shriners Children’s Child Life Program. In 2020, the Greater Inland Northwest region raised about $96,000. In 2021, the goal was to surpass $100,000! To date, the Spirit of Children Foundation has raised more than $550,000 for Shriners Children's Spokane.
The child life department makes the hospital experience easier and more comfortable for young patients and their families by providing all non-medical treatment and healing through play. In the past, the grants have funded art projects, hospital room entertainment systems, a teen room and a teen formal dance.
Though different this year than a traditional party, the Spirit Halloween Party was a great success.
Halloween Fun in '21!
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