SALISBURY TWP., Pa. - Halloween is just a couple of weeks away, and kids at Lehigh Valley Hospital are getting a head start on the fun.

The kids were treated to a Halloween Party at the hospital Thursday, replacing gargoyles and demons with a happier bunch of characters. 

In the spirit of the holiday, staff at the hospital teamed up with Spirit Halloween in an effort to give child patients, and others, a happy memory. 

Matthew Walter's daughter Abigail has been in and out of the pediatric unit for the past six months. It's an ordeal that's been tough on her and the family.

"It's a blessing that they have this for kids who might have a little issue coming to the hospital," Walter said.

The Walter family is just one of dozens of patients who turned out for the second annual Halloween party at the hospital, featuring free costumes, pumpkin painting and other crafts.

It was all provided by Spirit Halloween's pediatric fund, "The Spirit of Children." Last year, the foundation raised nearly $80,000 for the hospital.

"Through the money from the foundation we're able to buy video game systems, IPads, all our supplies for child life, art supplies," said Devon Gulick, child life specialist.