The NICU can be a difficult, scary place. So, to make Halloween a special time for parents of NICU patients, many hospitals across the country have dressed their babies in tiny Halloween costumes.
NICUs dress up for Halloween
At Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare, babies were dressed up as French fries, a character from the film The Incredibles, and PacMan.
You won’t boo-lieve how cute our NICU babies are this Halloween! 👻 Visit our Facebook to see the whole album. 🎃 pic.twitter.com/eIlUmxJ85Y— Tallahassee Memorial (@TMHFORLIFE) October 25, 2021
The hospital credited its NICU staff for going "above and beyond to make holidays special for our NICU families."
"Our crafty night team made these clever costumes and our day team brought their visions to life!" the hospital announced.
Meanwhile, babies at Advocate Aurora Health were dressed up by their parents as part of a social media contest. The babies were dressed as superheroes, milk and cookies, and more.
Henry Ford Health System also continued its annual tradition of dressing up NICU babies.
"Every Halloween our Neonatal ICU team at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit dresses up our tiniest patients for their first Halloween," the health system said. "The costumes—which were custom-made for each little munchkin—were disinfected using our Xenex UV Robot. We love helping these babies and their parents celebrate their first Halloween!"
Peek-a-BOO! These little ones are ready for their first Halloween. 🎃 Our Henry Ford Hospital NICU team annually dresses up our tiniest patients in handmade costumes. It brings a bright light for the families and staff. Which costume is your favorite!? 🧡🖤 pic.twitter.com/6DTtuGAk9c— Henry Ford Health System (@HenryFordNews) October 27, 2021
At the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), NICU nurses made more than 70 costumes for their patients.
NICU nurses at the MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital have made more than 70 Halloween costumes by hand, one for every baby in the unit. 😍https://t.co/L3uXilpyIX #changingwhatspossible #NICU #halloween2021 pic.twitter.com/4qXRD57Ux7— MUSC Foundation (@MUSCFoundation) October 21, 2021
One of the nurses at MUSC's NICU, Mara Lloyd, came up with the idea for the project and said its goal is to help parents.
"Maybe normalize the holiday a little bit more. If it's a premature baby, they were probably still planning to be pregnant on Halloween and do something with their family," Lloyd said. "Now they can't. But they can see them dressed up." (Goldstein, People, 10/26; CBS 58, 10/25; ABCNews4, 10/20; Haddad, ClickOnDetroit, 10/28)