OCSD joins Halloween fun at CHOC Children's
Padding down the corridor and stopping at an inviting looking table, a tiny Donatello stretched to his tiptoes to get a better look at the candy selection.
This trick-or-treating spot was the equivalent to that home on the block that skips the mini versions of the best chocolate bars and instead hands out the full-size ones.
Deputy Pete Chavez dumped not one, but two, adult-sized handfuls of candy into a Halloween-themed pillowcase candy bag that was nearly as big as the trick-or-treater soliciting sweets.
Deputy Kaylynn Cramer then pressed a sheriff’s star on the little Ninja Turtle’s chest before sending him off with a deputy hat and a smile on his face.
“This is my favorite event of the year,” Cramer said as the parade of princesses, super heroes and clowns made their way past more than a dozen tables on the second floor at CHOC Children’s.
Chavez and Cramer along with deputies Tyler Gish and Mike Leeb from Six Points for Kids, a nonprofit run by members of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, and Undersheriff Don Barnes, celebrated Halloween with dozens of children at the hospital.
Halloween-themed music and catchy pop tunes blared over loud speakers as patients and their families held open their bags for costumed adults passing out treats including rubber duckies, beaded necklaces, miniature trophies and pumpkin erasers.
Different divisions of CHOC employees were staged at many of the booths and various organizations also participated in the event, including the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the Anaheim Ducks.
For children too ill to make it to the annual Halloween event, nurses dressed as fairies and baseball players layered bags on their arms and bounced from booth to booth gathering candy and other treats to deliver to children’s rooms.
Caring nurses and hospital employees made sure each child celebrated Halloween.
On this day, if even for a short time, every patient had the chance to hit pause on the tough stuff and simply be kids.
“It’s amazing to see these kids have a really good day when they are facing so many challenges,” Barnes said. “The people here make this so fun for these kids. CHOC hires the absolute best.”