ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Halloween is a time many kids look forward to all year, but some kids don't have the opportunity to enjoy the festivities.
It was a very different environment Wednesday morning at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital.
This was the third year the hospital put together a trick-or-treat event for those children who may not get to go out on Halloween.
Smells of latex and the sounds of monitors were replaced by chocolate and laughing children.
"It was a joy today because it was the first time I've seen him very chipper since he's been here," explained Kiristan Dillard, the mother of Cameron Green.
Green has been in the hospital for several days.
"You kind of feel caged a little, he can't really interact with a lot of the other kids," said Green.
He wasn't able to leave his room until Wednesday, when people at Phoebe Putney Hospital celebrated Halloween a little early.
The patients traveled to several locations within the hospital where they found candy and staff dressed for the occasion.
"It's just a way for the hospital to come together and just have fun and take away the stress from the everyday workplace," explained Phoebe Child Life Specialist Mandy Fagiano.
For Colt Goodwin, this wasn't the first year he participated.
"He can come through and if he can't say trick or treat or happy Halloween, that's okay, if he doesn't know to knock on the door, that's okay. Everyone is here, they have smiling faces, they're just giving candy and they're just happy to see the kids," said Lisa Goodwin, Colt's mother.
As an autistic patient, hospital visits are rather common. Last year, Colt spent several days at Phoebe, including Halloween.
"He's usually hooked up to an IV line and so he got to get unhooked and put on a costume that had been donated and go around and get more candy than he probably had in his entire life," explained Lisa.
This year, Lisa wanted to help out by gathering and donating costumes, then the hospital invited Colt back.
"This is the first trick or tear activity he is able to do, but it means a lot more because he was invited and we were able to help out in such a great way," said Lisa.
All of the candy that was given out was purchased by the staff at Phoebe who were giving it out.
The trick-or-treat event is something the hospital hopes to continue next year.