'A great treat': Doctors wear Halloween costumes for kids at Children's Hospital

Posted at 3:17 PM, Oct 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-31 17:37:33-04

Halloween can sometimes be even scarier for kids in the hospital, that's why doctors and nurses try to make it special.

Every year, the staff at Children's Hospital dress up in their favorite costumes to cheer up the children and explore their inner child too.

"I think it really helps them see us in a different light and helps us to bond with them in an even more special way," said Dr. Carey Ehlert, a neonatologist at Children's Hospital.

"It’s a good distraction for him," said Abhi Gargash whose nephew had to get surgery on Halloween.

"I was hoping they might have something for Halloween and it was good to see all the people come out in costumes," he said. "I see doctors and nurses all involved, it was a great treat."

"It’s fun to go around to the different units and see what kids are dressed up as," said Ehlert. "They’re always really excited to see us dress up and see us kind of take on a different look for the day. Sometimes those nerves and jitters about being in a hospital go away just a little bit for a day."

Each department also competes in a costume contest and has planned Halloween activities for the kids.