spirit-staff-480pxWith less than two weeks till Halloween, the staff from Spirit Halloween made a special stop to The Child Life Zone at Phoenix Children’s Hospital—the heart of the hospital, where they happily decorated for the annual “Spirit of Children Party,” which brings Halloween to PCH patients and families.

Vivian Rabun, District Manager at Spirit Halloween said, “I really enjoy seeing the smiles on the kid’s faces, we all do! I am so glad that Spirit Halloween can bring a little sunshine into their day!”

For nearly a decade, the Spirit Team has supported more than 134 children’s hospitals across the United States and Canada. Donating time, talent and costumes, this isn’t just a time of year that children look forward to — the Spirit staff do too!

PCH: How long has Spirit Halloween been partnering with Children’s Hospitals?
SPIRIT HALLOWEEN: Since the inception of Spirit of Children in 2006 — nine years!

PCH: What is the history?
SPIRIT HALLOWEEN: Spirit of Children started nine years ago with eleven hospitals in our own backyard and the belief that a great holiday should do good… and it worked! Since then, the program has raised more than $22 million in cash & merchandise donations, and we worked with over 130 children’s hospitals across the United States and Canada during the 2014 season.

PCH: What is the most popular costume for boys and girls this year?
SPIRIT HALLOWEEN: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles continues to be a fan favorite on the big and small screen for shoppers of every age, from infants to adults. Descendants — the immensely popular movie — is also popular among young girls and teens. Princesses from the classic Snow White to Cinderella, inspired by the 2015 live-action movie, will continue to be popular with young girls and moms.

PCH: What is the most popular costume for men and women this year?
SPIRIT HALLOWEEN: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is also a favorite for adults. Our selection of TMNT costumes, from infant sizes through adult sizes, provides costumes for the entire family. Pop Culture exclusive costumes at Spirit from some of the biggest shows on TV today, like Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black,” FX’s “American Horror Story,” and AMC’s “The Walking Dead.” Also, super-heroine favorites like Supergirl and Wonder Woman and anti-heroines like Harley Quinn are breaking out this year.

Spirit-banner-640pxPCH: What is the busiest day to buy costumes?
SPIRIT HALLOWEEN: While we are a privately held company and don’t disclose the specific shopping habits of our customers, more than half of nationwide Halloween spending is done in October and about a quarter of all shopping is done within the last two weeks of the month.

PCH: Why partner with Phoenix Children’s Hospital?
SPIRIT HALLOWEEN: We focus on hospitals that focus on kids because they need help to make hospital stays less scary for kids and their families. The Child Life program is a unique and often under-funded department that provides developmental, educational and therapeutic support for children undergoing medical treatment. By supporting the incredible work that Child Life specialists do for their hospitals and patients, we’re helping to ensure that kids and their families are getting access to the resources they need for a better hospital stay.

PCH: How can we help?
SPIRIT HALLOWEEN: Throughout each Halloween season, all of Spirit Halloween’s stores conduct in-store fundraising campaigns, raising $1 at a time to support their local hospitals. What makes our program so unique is that at the end of each season, every dollar collected is given directly to our Child Life departments – that’s 100% of our proceeds!

For more information on Spirit Halloween go to www.spirithalloween.com, and then grab the coupon below for a 10% discount off of your entire purchase at Spirit Halloween.