Bringing Halloween to Children’s Hospital for 13th Year

Firefighter Ryan Pascuzzi decorating with a child patient
Firefighter Ryan “Peter Pan” Pascuzzi decking the halls with a new friend

VALHALLA, NY, Oct. 29, 2015 ­­ — As costumed New Rochelle Firefighters made their way through the hallways of the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, parents’ tense expressions gave way to smiles, as the young patients forgot their surroundings for a few hours and went “trick or treating” like any other kids. Before long, we had a crew of little helpers in tow, transforming the place into a Halloween celebration.

New Rochelle Firefighters get their costumes ready
Pre-game character briefing

“As a parent, the worst thing in the world is seeing your kid hurt or sick. Being able to bring a smile to the parents, who are smiling because their kid gets a kick out of our costumes ­ man that’s great,” said New Rochelle Fire Captain Andrew Sandor.

For the 13th year, this annual tradition has brought families to their feet ­ laughing, smiling and snapping photos that they can’t wait to share. One grandfather explained:

“I have a granddaughter in there with the biggest smile ­ ear to ear ­ and that means the world to us! So, thank you for all that you’re doing!”

Firefighter Andrew Pelham decorates a hospital window
Firefighter Andrew Pelham expressing his creative side

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