Don’t dogs look adorable in Halloween costumes? Art of Elysium, a nonprofit organization that facilitates creative arts activities with pediatric patients and their families, knows of its value. Yesterday, pediatric patients at Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA Halloween also dressed up in costumes, enjoyed face-painting, made crafts, and watched a magic show. Five canine teams from UCLA’s People-Animal Connection (PAC), an animal-assisted therapy program, donned costumes and accompanied the kids while they trick-or-treat through the hospital hallways.
The annual Halloween party is hosted by the hospital’s Child Life/Child Development department in an effort to make sure the young patients experience a memorable celebration. For the third year, Spirit Halloween, the country’s largest seasonal Halloween retailer, has generously donated all costumes and accessories for pediatric families at UCLA’s Westwood and Santa Monica hospitals.