Media Advisory: Bringing Halloween to Kids at Nationwide Childrens Hospital

October 17, 2016

WHO: Volunteers from local Spirit Halloween stores, patients and families at Nationwide Children’s Hospital 
Spirit of Children Program has raised more than $156,830.00 for Nationwide Children’s Hospital to date
WHAT: Spirit of Children will host a Halloween party for pediatric patients and their families at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, complete with costumes, games and crafts
WHY: The mission of the Spirit of Children Program is to make hospitals less scary for kids and their families by providing fun during Halloween and funding year round to the Child Life programs within children’s hospitals. Members of the Spirit field team bring everything needed to have the best party possible from costumes and decorations to goody bags.
WHERE: Nationwide Children’s Hospital
700 Children's Drive 
Columbus,  OH  43205
WHEN: Nationwide Children’s Hospital – Monday October 17, 2016 at 1:30PM
Please call Nationwide Children’s Hospital media relations specialist Danielle Warner to confirm attendance.
Media representatives are asked to park in the lot on the west side of Parsons Ave., between the Orthopedic Center at 479 Parsons Ave. and Research Building III at 575 Children’s Crossroad (building sits on the corner of Livingston and Parsons). Turn west onto Children’s Crossroad from Parsons Ave. and then turn right into the parking lot. From there, walk across Parsons Ave. to the main entrance of the hospital where escorts will meet you at the Welcome Desk and provide tokens to exit the lot.
About Spirit of Children
At the heart of Spirit Halloween is the Spirit of Children program which focuses on making hospitals less scary for kids and their families. Since its inception in 2006, Spirit of Children has brought smiles, laughter and a much needed escape to thousands of pediatric patients in 139 hospitals across the United States and Canada. One hundred percent of the money collected each year is given directly to the local Child Life Departments at partner hospitals, such as Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Spirit of Children’s goal is to raise $7.8 million this year, bringing its total contribution total to more than $37 million since the program’s inception. Spirit encourages customers to head to their local Spirit Halloween store or visit online to make a difference in a child’s life today.
Spirit of Children Contact
Stephanie Balmer
Spirit of Children
Nationwide Children’s Hospital Contact
Danielle Warner
Nationwide Children’s Hospital

About Nationwide Children's Hospital

Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report’s 2019-20 list of “Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of America’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric health care systems providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children’s has a staff of more than 13,000 providing state-of-the-art pediatric care during more than 1.5 million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded freestanding pediatric research facilities. More information is available at