Of all the superheroes in the universe, none ranks higher than Spiderman for 5-year-old Mason Patton.
So, of course, he chose to get his picture taken with the web-weaving wonder at the annual Halloween party at Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.
Solemnly, he held out his hands, curling in the center two fingers just as Spiderman does when he spins a web. He looked up with a smile.
And then he was off, leading his mother in a search of more superheroes.
Princesses, fairies, superheroes and assorted friendly creatures mingled with young patients at the party, which brought holiday fun to the young patients and their families.
Kids created crafts, colored superhero symbols and had their faces painted. They ate pizza supplied by Make-a-Wish Michigan and picked out costumes and toys supplied by Making Smiles for Hope while the Moonrays band provided live music.
“It’s just fun,” said Brianna Bentley, an 18-year-old from Lansing, Michigan. “Really good.”
She wheeled through the party in a Batman costume, with a Batman fleece blanket draped across her lap. When she had her picture taken, she chose to pose with Batgirl.
Diagnosed with Ewing sarcoma, a form of bone tumor, she goes to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital every week for chemotherapy.
The party and other events are a fun distraction for her and the other young patients, said her mother, Patty Bentley.
“They do a good job of making kids not feel trapped in here,” she said.
Isaiah Peoples took advantage of the costume shop at the party and picked out a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle costume. The 4-year-old went to the hospital with his parents, Beth and Tom Peoples, to visit his 6-week-old brother, Micah, in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
Isaiah insisted he remembered the hospital from his own stay in the NICU. Like his brother, he was born at 31 weeks.
His mother said she enjoyed seeing her son enjoy the Halloween festivities with the other kids.
“We come up here every day, and he has a hard time sitting,” she said. “There’s a lot of nice things for them to do.”