SAN ANTONIO -

Being in the hospital on Halloween didn't mean young patients missed out on trick or treating. 

The medical staff at the Methodist Children's Hospital made sure nurses and physicians dressed up, so they could put smiles on the kids’ faces.

Jennifer Hipsley, from Methodist Hospital, said, "They take care of these kids day-in and day-out and then they get to have fun with them, so it's really a fun thing for the patients, families and the staff."

Methodist wasn't the only hospital throwing Halloween festivities for patients but also University and the Children's Hospital of San Antonio.

From superheroes to witches, pediatric patients dressed in costumes and collected candy. 

Some required wheelchairs, but some managed to walk.  

One parent said it's a fun time for all these kids because for many, their lives have been turned upside down by a serious illness or injury.

"It lightens the load -- if anything -- because you see the kids happy," said parent Anita Rojas.

And when the kids are happy and their minds are off of their illness or injury, recovery may come faster.

Vickie Squires, from Children's Hospital San Antonio, said, "It brings normal life to the children's hospital every Halloween. This is our 25th anniversary and we are partying!"

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