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Halloween fun helps our kids celebrate despite being hospitalized (Photo gallery)

Joanne Ehrmantraut in Social Work celebrates the nerd in all of us.

Joanne Ehrmantraut in Social Work celebrates the nerd in all of us.

No one wants to miss the Halloween fun at school because they’re in the hospital. But if you have to be hospitalized on the 31st of October, Akron Children’s Hospital is the place to be – both in Akron and Boardman.

Our young-at-heart staff embraces this holiday, raising the costume bar higher and higher each year. Many of our departments chose a theme months ago, crafting the perfect costumes to make even our youngest patients smile.

The hematology-oncology unit had a best-dressed reputation to protect and did not disappoint this year with a game theme. King Candy’s homemade royal robes were a particular standout, and who could resist Dr. Donna Patton’s Barrel of Monkey costume?

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Our NeuroDevelopmental Science Center also made a terrific showing, with at least 40 staffers donning costumes with a Peter Pan theme. Dr. Lisa Stanford made an especially menacing crocodile and Dr. Patrick Brown, wearing green tights in the lead role, reminded the staff to “never get old.” And of course, pediatric neurologist Dr. Thomas Enlow had Captain Hook down to a science.Peter Pan theme

Our Rehabilitation department got crafty with the movie “Despicable Me,” with at least 20 occupational and physical therapists, audiologists, speech therapists and administrators wearing the trademark yellow shirts, goggles and bald heads. Our day rehabilitation patients also wore costumes and went trick-or-treating around the unit.

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There’s no place like home, at least for four staff groups who chose to bring the “Wizard of Oz” movie to life for our patients. There were several tin mans, scarecrows, Dorothys and good and bad witches roaming the halls of the hospital today, thanks to the efforts of our plastic surgery and respiratory departments as well as nursing administration and the medical librarians.

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Snow White and her 21 Dwarfs in the post-anesthesia care unit were whistling while they worked with our surgery patients. Their clever costumes included painted breads and custom made T-shirts complete with the familiar Dwarfs, and there were even some new Dwarf names added to the mix.

Employees on the Beeghly campus got into the Halloween spirit and celebrated the holiday by dressing in costume. A variety of “characters” appeared throughout the campus, including the cast from the Wizard of Oz, played by staff in Administration.

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There were lots of Halloween tricks up our sleeves today, resulting in a visual treat for our patients. Which costumes and themes did you enjoy the most?