Hospital holds Halloween parade

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WCIA) — Soon, ghouls, goblins and witches will scour the block searching for candy. For those too sick to go out, St. John’s gave them their own special treat.

The children’s hospital put on its annual Trick or Treat Parade. More than two dozen kids participated and walked away with bucket-loads of candy and goodies.

For most kids, trick-or-treating is a given they take for granted. But, for many dealing with illnesses, who are in-and-out of the hospital, it’s hard to predict when sickness will strike.

Wednesday, even though they had to be in the hospital, St. John’s made sure the kids had a fun-filled Halloween holiday. The event gets bigger and better each year.

Not only did kids get candy, but they also got coloring books, socks, glow sticks, you name it. There was a massive assembly line of volunteers.

Everyone dressed up as a popular character and kids’ faces really lit up as they made their way down the gauntlet.

One mom says her son, Erik, has a form of leukemia. They were still happy they dressed up as milk and cookies. Erik is known in the hospital for his love of milk, so his mom says the costume was a “no brainer.”

For the kids who couldn’t make it out of bed, staff made sure to fill buckets for them as well. Like Erik said, they’re overloaded with goodies, so hopefully everyone will have smiles on their faces.

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