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Premature babies take part in spook-tacular Halloween costume contest

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The babies in the neonatal ICUs at Advocate Children’s Hospitals in Oak Lawn and Park Ridge, Illinois, are their parents’ biggest treat this Halloween.

To celebrate the spooky holiday, the hospital's tiniest patients took part in an epic costume contest to commemorate their very first Halloween.

“We have a lot of little preemies at Advocate Children’s Hospital that have been fighting for one, two, even three months, and this brings a little bit of normalcy into their parent’s life,” Deb Skopec, one of the hospital’s neonatal nurses who organized the event, told ABC News in a statement. “They get to have a little fun, which they don’t always have on a daily basis here.”

Skopec said having the annual costume contest “has been such a phenomenal thing” because “it allows parents to dress their babies, to plan a costume and to really bring out their baby’s personalities.”

The families' costumes did not disappoint this year. Nearly 40 babies were decked out from head to toe in precious costumes ranging from pirates to peacocks, mermaids, pumpkins and Harry Potter.

Shelley and Rob Paz of Orland Park, Illinois, dressed their 1-week-old daughter Adaline, who arrived 7 weeks early, as Wonder Woman.

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