St. Jude patients enjoy Halloween festivities

Photography by Peter Barta and Justin Veneman

St. Jude patients and families donned creative costumes and paraded through the hospital for tasty treats during the annual Halloween celebration. Employees decorated booths and clinical areas throughout the hospital as the children visited the various Trick-or-Treat stops with such themes as Mario Brothers, Angry Birds, Finding Nemo, Star Wars andScooby Doo.

The Halloween celebration is organized by the Child Life Program as a means to provide children undergoing treatment a bit of normalcy in otherwise difficult circumstances. The Halloween event has grown each year with everyone from nurses to bench scientists to office personnel setting up trick-or-treat stands for the kids. It’s a task taken seriously as employees select themes to decorate their booths and begin planning months in advance, working after hours and throughout lunch to design their trick-or-treat stops.