Vidant children's hospital offers trick-or-treating to pediatric patients

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - Children in neighborhoods across the east have finished going door to door collecting candy this Halloween.

For the tiny patients at the James and Connie Maynard Children's Hospital in Greenville, they might not have been able to parade up and down the streets in their costumes this year, but hospital staff made sure the kids didn't miss out on any of the trick-or-treating fun.

Black cats, Ninja Turtles and soldiers walked up and down the halls to participate in the fun.

The hospital staff dressed up and decorated booths for their patients. Children were able to walk away with a haunted toy or a goody-bag from each of the booths and parents, like Demetrus Barrett, say the best treat they can get is to see their child happy.

"We weren't sure what his Halloween was going to be like, whether he would be able to go out and still have fun, so it made us feel real good that something like this was being done," Barrett says.

Patients could visit more than 30 booths at Monday's event and meet all different kinds of characters.

Vidant says they have been hosting this trick-or-treating event for nearly 30 years and the hospital staff says they are always excited to participate.

The hospital also says 25 patients and their families participated in this pediatric event.