Tuesday, August 14, 2018
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No tricks, just treats for kids at All Children's Hospital

MONICA HERNDON | Times

Triplets Diana, Elizabeth and Amanda Orama, 11, of Sarasota wait in costume in the hallway of All Children's Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine in St. Petersburg on Friday during trick or treating. "Pretend today is Halloween, just for me," Diana said to her sister Amanda. Costumed hospital staff and volunteers visited patients to distribute goodies. To see more Halloween-related photos, including trick-or-treaters in Tokyo, check out tampabay.com/blogs/alleyes.

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