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Lutheran Children's Hospital hosts festivel alternative to traditional Halloween trick or treating

FORT WAYNE, IND. (Oct. 24, 2007) — A fun, safe evening awaits little ghouls and goblins at the Lutheran Children's Hospital Super Duper Spooktacular Fall Festival. This free event will take place at Lutheran Hospital's northwest parking lot Monday, Oct. 29, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Lutheran Hospital is located at 7950 W. Jefferson Blvd.

Children are encouraged to come dressed in their favorite costumes to participate in a costume contest. First- and second-place prizes will be awarded. Age categories and times for the contest are:

  • Ages 2-3
    Judging begins at 5:45 p.m.
  • Ages 4-5
    Judging begins at 6:15 p.m.
  • Ages 6-7
    Judging begins at 6:45 p.m.
  • Ages 8-10
    Judging begins at 7:15 p.m.

Other activities will include a straw maze, games, crafts, petting zoo, cookie walk, treats, giveaways and booths hosted by Fort Wayne Fire Department, Fort Wayne Police Department, St. Joseph Township Fire Department, Lutheran Hospital's Nursing Leadership Group and Lutheran Children's Hospital. A dietician will share visuals of the sugar and fat content of foods and beverages, and she will have information on healthy snack choices. An injury prevention station will offer helpful information on car-seat safety and other children's safety issues. Children will also have a chance to take a close look inside an ambulance and have photos taken with the Lutheran Air flight crew.

The event is free and open to the public. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Sponsors include Lutheran Children's Hospital, Lutheran Hospital Nursing Leadership Group, the Lutheran Hospital Emergency Department, FFA of Carroll and Heritage high schools, University of Saint Francis Student Nurses Association, the key clubs of Homestead and Bishop Dwenger high schools and K-105 FM. Call 435-7119 for additional information.

Lutheran Children's Hospital opened in 1999, the result of several local pediatricians who envisioned giving families throughout northeastern Indiana access to expert pediatric medical care. Previously, these families were driving several hours one way for that care. Today, Lutheran Children's Hospital teams with more than 75 pediatricians practicing in 27 areas of pediatric specialties in an environment filled with imagination and color. The award-winning design of the tree house elevator, specially decorated rooms, hallways and waiting areas invite children and their families to focus on something other than the often unpleasant purpose of their visit. Lutheran Children's Hospital believes children are special people, not just small adults.


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