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10 themed Halloween ideas for the whole nursing unit

Halloween is a fun time of year filled with tricks, treats and, of course, dressing up.

Patients who are stuck in the hospital or an acute care office will love seeing nurses in costume. Your Halloween ideas will brighten their day and remind them to smile.

Stumped for what to wear this Halloween? We’ve got you covered.

Here are 10 fun Halloween ideas that your whole unit can participate in.

1. Classic Halloween

Think witches, ghosts, goblins and mummies, along with black cats, vampires, scarecrows and pumpkins. Classic Halloween never goes out of style and offers a wide variety of fun choices.

2. Peter Pan

Tinker Bell, Peter Pan, Captain Hook, and Smee all have great appeal. Add in a bunch of Lost Boys and Tick Tock Croc, and you’ve got yourselves a winning theme.

3. Favorite Sports Team

It’s easy to get caught up in the spirit of a favorite sports team. Shirts and jerseys aren’t hard to come by. Add in a big styrofoam No. 1 hand for fun. And don’t forget — someone should dress up as the referee.

4. Pirate ship

Ahoy, matey. If you have a crafty bunch, set the stage with a big cardboard pirate ship for wall decor. Simple striped shirts and bandanas, a beard and an eye patch will complete the look.

5. Superheroes

Being a superhero for Halloween isn’t much of a stretch for nurses — we’re already superheroes! From Wolverine and Iron Man to the classics, such as Superman, Batman and Captain America, there is a long list to choose from. Make sure to represent those invaluable sidekicks, too!

6. 101 Dalmations

White scrubs, black spots, a black nose and puppy ears. The unit will look like a kennel with so many dalmation nurses running around. If you have a nurse manager who enjoys a good laugh, have him or her dress as Cruella DeVille.

7. Minions

Minions are all the rage. Grab some minion party decorations to spruce up the unit. A yellow long-sleeve shirt, blue scrub pants and big round costume glasses will be enough to suggest a unit full of minions.

8. Wizard of Oz

Dorothy, Toto, Glinda the Good Witch and more. There are lots of great characters and costumes to choose from when it comes to this well-known story.

9. The tropics

A necklace of flowers and a grass skirt over your scrubs is a simple, inexpensive costume that can easily come on and off as needed. Buy floral necklaces in bulk and hand out to patients and families.

10. Where’s Waldo?

A red and white striped shirt, matching pompom hat and dark-rimmed glasses will have all of your patients wondering, “Where is the real Waldo?”

Your turn

Does your unit do themed Halloween costumes? Tell us what you’ll be dressing up as this year or share your favorite Halloween ideas!

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About the Author:

Meaghan O'Keeffe, BSN, RN
Meaghan O'Keeffe, BSN, RN, has worked in pediatric critical care and pre-operative care and enjoys working with individuals with special needs. She is passionate about writing and thrilled to write for Scrubbed In, where she gets to pay tribute to the nursing profession and help uplift those who practice every day. She has two children in preschool who refuse to stop growing and a supportive husband who works in the coffee industry and provides her with a steady stream of caffeine. She likes to laugh, and LOVES to sleep — something nurses and parents never get enough of! And like you, she's a master of multi-tasking, a sucker for suctioning and a translator of medical jargon.

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    Helen Meza December 8, 2016 at 6:56 am - Reply

    We tried minions theme last year and we are planning for Charlie and the angels theme this year. Can’t wait more for Halloween, Christmas and new year.

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