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Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU celebrates Halloween weeks early

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RICHMOND, Va. -- It's only mid-October, but some local children got the chance to celebrate Halloween a little early this year.

Pediatric patients and families at the Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU were treated to a special Halloween party.

It was all thanks to "Spirit of Children," a program that focuses on making hospitals less scary for kids and their families.

Ray Smith with Spirit of Children said they have a month long party every year for children at the hospital. “We want to do whatever we can to make it easier for them,” said Smith.

A couple dozen kids got to make masks, decorate pumpkins, play reporter for the day, and hang out with their families and friends.

For patient, Christian, crafts weren't his favorite part of the holiday.

“I like Halloween you get lots of candy and you can eat as much as you want if you ask your parents,” said Christian.

Spirit of Children said they’ve been able to donated $225,000 over the last nine years, to the Child Life Department at VCU.