Spirit Halloween is dedicated to spreading the spirit of Halloween to everyone, especially those who need a smile now more than ever. Since its inception in 2006, Spirit of Children has been making hospitals less scary for children and their families by providing fun and funding to Child Life Departments within children’s hospitals. It started with Halloween parties at 11 hospitals in 2006 and has grown to 137 partner hospitals across the United States and Canada in 2017.

What We’ve Accomplished So Far

Throughout the Halloween season, all Spirit Halloween stores conduct in-store fundraising. Since 2007, we’ve successfully collected over $45 million in cash and merchandise to support the efforts of Child Life Specialists who affect therapeutic and emotional healing while doctors and nurses focus on medical treatment.

How Donations Are Used

100% of your donation goes to your local partner hospital to support the Child Life Department. Funding to hospitals provides salaries for Child Life Specialists and Fellows, a full-time Child Life presence in Emergency Department, creation of dedicated playrooms, teen lounges and family space, and the ability for our hospitals to purchase educational equipment, computers, iPads and distraction toys for use during procedures as well as toys created specifically for physical and developmental limitations.

If you’re interested in donating to Spirit of Children, you can donate now by visiting our online donation page here.

Want to learn more about this movement and why it’s at the forefront of what we do each and every day? Be sure to watch our heartfelt testimonial from the children and families themselves.

After all, kids just want to be kids.