Hospitalized babies dress up for early Halloween celebration

Hospitalized babies dress up for early Halloween celebration

Advocate Children’s Hospital’s tiniest patients took part in an early Halloween celebration as part of the annual Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Costume Contest. Parents of the pint-sized patients dressed the infants in costumes that included superheroes, pumpkins and even a Harry Potter.

The NICU is where the smallest and most fragile babies are cared for after birth. The hospital holds this annual costume event as a way for parents to enjoy the holiday even though their little ones aren’t quite ready to trick-or-treat.

Deb Skopec, a neonatal nurse at Advocate Children’s Hospital, says the Halloween celebration brings joy and a sense of normalcy to the parents during an otherwise stressful time.

See the full album of adorable babies and vote for your favorite through Oct. 31 here.

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Julie Nakis
Julie Nakis

Julie Nakis, health enews contributor, is manager of public affairs and marketing at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. She earned her BA in communications from the University of Iowa – Go Hawkeyes! In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, exploring the city and cheering on the Chicago Cubs and Blackhawks.

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