American Family Children's Hospital Gets Creative to Celebrate Halloween During COVID-19

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Madison, Wisconsin - American Family Children's Hospital is getting into the Halloween spirit this week while making sure to follow COVID-19 safety protocols.


In a normal year, the hospital's child life services would be organizing group gatherings, games and costumes contests for the patients, but Halloween will look a bit different this year.


This year the hospital is using closed-circuit TV to broadcast events into patient rooms. This week they've had arts and crafts projects like making a spooky skeleton along with story time reading the book "Dem Bones" and singing the "Dem Bones" song, Halloween-themed coloring contests, Halloween bingo with fall fun prizes and Halloween trivia from our partners at American Family Insurance Dream Bank. This afternoon the hospital will have reverse trick or treating, where "Halloween fun bags" of items will be dropped off at each patient's room.


"We are trying to give our patients the best experience given the circumstances," said Julie Auenson, manager of child life services. "It almost felt normal planning for these events. We are grateful for our staffs' creativity and the technology available to us."


Child life services at American Family Children's Hospital is made up of trained professionals helping children, adolescents and families cope with fear and anxiety during their hospital stay.





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Date Published: 10/30/2020

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