Halloween may be associated with the creepy and spooky, but who doesn’t love a good cute costume? One hospital in Kansas City gets it and prepares adorable costumes for its tiniest patients.
It’s a Halloween tradition at St. Luke’s Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit to take some of the scariness out of patients’ situations. Each October, nurses and volunteers get together to dress up the newborns in their very first Halloween costumes. Professional photographers take each baby’s picture so that parents can remember the special moment.
“It takes the edge off the scary things and brings some light to a scary time,” Brianna Hoden explained in footage provided by WDAF.
Her daughter, Nicklyn, is a patient in the NICU. She weighed just 1 lb., 11 oz. when she was born in August. This Halloween, she’s celebrating as Wonder Woman.
“We felt it was fitting for what she’d been through and what she’d accomplished so far,” Brianna noted.
For some parents, the tradition is a way to look forward to brighter days ahead with their children. Megan Jasperson, a volunteer at the hospital, knows the feeling. Both her children were born prematurely and spent months in the NICU.
“Seeing the babies all dressed up gives us a sense of hope,” Megan said. “They hope next year babies can be going through the candy and all over and enjoying Halloween.”