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Spirit Halloween Brings Spirit of Children Program to Patients at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

WHAT: Spirit Halloween is bringing the fun and excitement of the holiday to patients and families at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC through its Spirit of Children program and its fourth annual Halloween party. 

Patients will have the opportunity to choose from a wide selection of Halloween costumes and accessories that have been donated by local stores and will wear their costumes at the event.

Other activities will include face painting, pumpkin painting and Halloween bingo.

WHY: In 2006, Spirit Halloween launched the Spirit of Children program to benefit child life departments within children's hospitals and rehabilitation centers across the United States. The goal of this program is to bring the outside world in so that pediatric patients can experience the fun and fantasy of Halloween.

Every Spirit Halloween store throughout the United States and Canada raises money for its closest hospital. There is no overhead and 100 percent of all funds raised go directly to the hospital, keeping the impact within the community. Spirit of Children has funded a variety of resources including autism programs, full-time salaries, additional staff, televisions, DVDs, books, computers, toys and games.

WHO: Spirit Halloween store employees and Children’s Hospital patients and families

WHEN: 2 to 4 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011

WHERE: Eat’n Park Atrium, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, One Children’s Hospital Dr., 4401 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15224

Note to Media: Media should park in the hospital’s main driveway and meet Andrea Kunicky in the lobby to be escorted to the event.

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