A very long standing tradition, the Shriners Hospitals for Children in Portland has celebrated Halloween every year in high style. Halloween is a fun day for all; staff, volunteers, friends of the hospital and most importantly, the patients. Most departments get together weeks in advance plotting out their theme, collaborating quietly on decorations and costumes. This year, Illustrious Sir Greg Jenkins and Lady Mavis and Noble Gene Stiles and Lady Bunny spent part of the day at the hospital, judging the costume contest and making the rounds to determine which department won the best decoration theme. Research, Rehab Services, Care Coordination and Materials Management all took prizes in the decorating and costume contest. The newest member to the team, Patch ‘aka Snow White’ Patchin took the prize for best individual costume; sporting a yellow chiffon dress and jaunty black wig.
Trick or treaters visited all the participating departments within the 7 floors of the hospital. Patients, their siblings and children of staff members were able to safely trick or treat and show off their costumes. Spiderman, Star Trek troopers, princesses and Snow Whites were in plentiful supply throughout the day, visiting those areas that chose to participate. Yummy treats for the trick or treaters were supplied again this year by our anonymous donor group who so generously brings in several large bins of ‘top shelf’ candy.