EPU Children’s Center’s “Octoddlerfest” Provides Safe Halloween Experience to Children with Developmental Delays

For Immediate Release
Media Contact
Alene Istanboulian
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FRESNO, Calif. — October 26, 2016 — The EPU Children’s Center hosts its annual “Octoddlerfest”, providing a safe Halloween experience for children and families facing extraordinary medical and developmental delays.

Octoddlerfest is a family-friendly, safe event for children receiving services at EPU who may not feel comfortable with traditional Halloween activities such as trick-or-treating, or walking from door to door in cool temperatures.

“Halloween can be stressful for medically fragile children and their parents,” said Michelle Haaland, manager of the EPU Children’s Center’s Play and Grow program. “Octoddlerfest is a fun, controlled environment that caters to children and families with a wide variety of needs.” The Play and Grow program serves children aged infant to three years old, and provides therapy for children through play.

Octoddlerfest attendees can dress up in their favorite costumes and participate in fun activities like: visiting EPU’s pumpkin patch and walking through the center to visit themed stations. At each station staff will be dressed as part of their favorite children’s book character. The children will collect goodies such as healthy treats, toothbrush, toothpaste, Play Doh, crayons, stickers, etc.

“Parents can give their child the traditional Halloween experience without taking the child out of their comfort zone,” said Haaland. “We want to provide families with the support they need to enjoy Halloween together.”

Octoddlerfest will be held every morning and every afternoon at the EPU Children’s Center beginning Tuesday, October 25 through Halloween. EPU’s Play and Grow program has hosted Octoddlerfest for the past 40 years, and expect a total of 350 children and families to attend the weeklong event.


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About EPU Children’s Center (Exceptional Parents Unlimited)
For 40 years, the EPU Children’s Center has provided support for children and families facing extraordinary medical, developmental and parenting challenges throughout Fresno County. Today, the EPU Children’s Center serves over 950 children and families each week. The EPU Children’s Center’s staff of more than 100 therapists and early childhood specialists meet the critical needs of children and families through six specialized programs. For more information, visit www.epuchildren.org.