Halloween just got a little bit more exciting for local children with challenges

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- Batman was ready to save the city of Gotham and Exceptional Parents Unlimited. Wednesday, two-year-old Uzziah was full of energy with his Halloween outfit, even his teachers saw a change.

"He's fulfilling his batman costume and it's really really cute. He's really happy and he's one of the few kids that actually keeps the mask on," said Anabel Morente, EPU teacher.

EPU serves kids up to five with developmental and medical delays. This week they are bringing the Halloween fun in a controlled environment to their little sweethearts and superheroes.

"It's really lovely to provide them with a safe alternative to trick or treating out on the streets of Fresno. The kids are little, they are toddlers. Some of them are learning to walk and some of them are in walkers, so this provides them a really safe and healthy and happy environment," said Kathleen Price, EPU Chief Development Director.

Staff members set up stations like the Duck Room and gave out healthy treats like toothbrushes and toothpaste at the Row Row Row Your Boat Stand.

Organizers said it's important for these little ones to enjoy the holidays like others in the community.

"I think it really builds their self-esteem. I think the recognition they receive, the act of getting dressed up, having people compliment them, and notice them and share what each of their friends are wearing is a great equalizer for the kids that come here," said Price.

Each student got to take home a donated pumpkin to celebrate the festive time of year.

This fall tradition has gone on for 40 years at EPU.
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