Bay Area Media Advisory: Halloween Trick-or-‘Tweet’ Trail This Thursday (31) at Packard Children’s

Bay Area Media Advisory: Halloween Trick-or-‘Tweet’ Trail This Thursday (31) at Packard Children’s

Lucile Packard Children’s HospitalWinter Johnson, 650-384-5826

Early word is that patients dressed as Justin Bieber may make an appearance.

10/31/131:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, 725 Welch Rd., Palo Alto, CA

1:30 to 3 p.m. at  and #packardtrickortweettrail

How does a hospital morph itself into a Halloween playground of superheroes and princesses? First, create 50 different trick-or-treat stops complete with hundreds of caregivers out to see who has the best costume. Next, decorate the halls, desks and doors. Then, build a haunted house guaranteed to give thrills and chills. And finally, invite some of the most special kids in the world.

Welcome to the annual Trick-or-Treat Trail this Thursday (31) at . It’s a place where kids can have Halloween fun even while being hospitalized. The decorations, the haunted house, the toys, gooey treats, and outrageous costumes are almost ready, and everyone is counting down for the big day.

Making sure that family and friends can get in on the Trail fun, Packard Children’s staffers will be tweeting and posting photos of the event via the during the festivities. It’s a Trick-or-Treat Trail with tweets (say that three times fast).

Of course, it’s not just kids, siblings and families hitting the Trail. The staff gets into it, big time, with lots of themes. Staffers dressed as characters from ? Dorothy and her pals? A Disney princess or two? You never know.

“We think it’s one very cool way to give kids a little bit of normalcy,” said Colette Case, director of , whose team is masterminding the extravaganza. “It’s a major event for all of us, and we’re proud of the happiness it creates.”

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford is an internationally recognized 311-bed hospital and leading regional medical network providing a full complement of services for the health of children and expectant mothers. Together, our world-class doctors, nurses and staff deliver innovative, nurturing care and extraordinary outcomes in every pediatric and obstetric specialty. Packard Children’s is annually ranked as one of the nation’s finest by  and the only Northern California children’s hospital with specialty programs ranked in the Top 10. Learn more about our full range of preeminent programs at  and the Packard Children’s Health Alliance at . Like us on , watch us on  and follow us on .