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Children take a holiday from being sick

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - For any child, a hospital can be a scary place. So why would Rady Children's Hospital make their facility even creepier for their young patients? We went there Tuesday to see if their Halloween party was a trick or treat.

Seven-year-old Yvette Ramos was unconscious a day ago with a 102-degree fever.

"She wasn't eating over 24 hours," a nurse said.

But someone must have cast a spell on her, because she's up and out of bed. Many of the children won't have a chance to celebrate Halloween, so seven-year-old Paul Nanquil, who's been trapped in his hospital room jumped at the chance to become a kid convict on the run.

"He's got Angleman's Syndrome, so being still is not on his radar at all," Paul's mother said.

This is the third year in a row Rady Children's has hosted Halloween. Dozens of costumes were donated by Spirit Halloween, the largest seasonal Halloween retailer in the country.

"It feels like a holiday, special occasion, it feels exciting because you are here and you are spreading some joy," Stan Warehime of Spirit Halloween said.

For parents, these are costumes they won't have to buy or pick out. Five-year-old Juan Manuel turned his asthma attack into a ninja assault, and Emma Sinford will dress up as a devil.

"It's awesome," she said.

Spirit Halloween has raised almost $5 million in the past five years. Along with the pumpkin painting and a professional photo shoot, all of the children at the Halloween party were allowed to keep their costumes.

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