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Published on October 31, 2014

MU Health Care Employees Reverse Trick-or-Treating for Patients at MU Children's Hospital

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Dressing up for Halloween and going trick-or-treating is a memory many children carry with them all their lives. Today, University of Missouri Health Care helped hospitalized patients at MU Children’s Hospital make a unique Halloween memory.

More than 100 MU Health Care employees, many dressed in costumes, delivered Halloween treats to patients in the pediatric unit, the pediatric intensive care unit and the adolescent unit.

“This is always a very exciting event for our patients, and many dressed in costumes and waited at their door for staff members to bring treats,” said Paula Rathz, a child life specialist at MU Children’s Hospital and organizer of the reverse trick-or-treating. “We try to create as normal and positive of an environment as possible for the children, and this event is just one way that we can provide that.”

Employees volunteered their time and provided candy, stickers, crayons, coloring books and other items to patients ranging in age from infants to teenagers. Goodies were even left for young patients who visit the emergency room later tonight or those admitted to the hospital after the trick-or-treating festivities ended.

Trick-or-treating at MU Children’s Hospital has been a tradition at MU Health Care for more than 20 years.