Reminding kids that medical visits don’t have to be scary is one of the aims behind the 2nd annual Healthy Halloween Spooktacular Oct. 26 at The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio Health Pavilion-Stone Oak.
The free community event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., 1434 E. Sonterra Blvd., will once again look to encourage community involvement, continue to introduce the new facility, and hopefully break down fears and stigmas some young children have regarding medical treatment, sponsors said.
“The event will be held at the Health Pavilion of the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio, which houses our freestanding emergency room, our pediatricians and our specialty clinics,” said Jenny Reeves, director of marketing and communication. “For this event, we basically take over half of the parking lot and turn it into a really fun event for kids and families.”
Visitors will find plenty to do, planners said
There will be a teddy bear clinic, a pumpkin patch, a costume contest with categories for babies, youths up to age 17 and dogs, Halloween story time and plenty of games and prizes.
Staffers will be on hand to answer questions, give demonstrations and help make kids more comfortable when it comes to dealing with health issues.
“Lots of our clinic staff will be on-site to teach kids about what they do in the heart clinic and the (gastrointestinal) clinic or what it looks like when you break a bone,” Reeves said.
“We like to use this event as one more way of (kids) getting the chance to get to know the people who might be treating them.”
Last year’s event drew close to nearly 300, and this year the crowd could be even bigger with the added draw of free flu shots while supplies last.