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SLIDESHOW: NICU babies celebrate Halloween too!

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- They're the tiniest trick-or-treaters around -- but they won't be knocking on doors this Halloween. 

Get ready for a big dose of cuteness! The infants in the slideshow above are in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Norton Women and Kosair Children's Hospital.

Volunteers with the March of Dimes helped dress up the tiny infants for Halloween.  From Superman to a fisherman, it gives the babies' families a chance to enjoy the holiday while in the hospital. "They're facing struggles everyday, some of them are worried if their baby is going to survive the night," said Leslie Bailey, Executive Director of The March of Dimes. "This party is there to give them hope in a time that can be really challenging."

The organization is making sure families at Norton Women's and Kosair Children's Hospital get to celebrate the holiday. 

"He's gettin' to get dressed up just like any other baby on their first Halloween," said Allyson Biery, whose son Milo was dressed as Superman. "He's super baby to me. He's lovin' it I think. He's feeling the costume. Got a couple smiles goin'," Biery said.

One tiny tiger had his own mini trick-or-treat bag and M & M's. His wiggly little toes were covered by his pants which were too big. "Some of these babies are really tiny so the costumes have to be made. Some of the staff here at Norton Women's and Kosair Children's Hospital help make those, some of them are in Build a Bear costumes they're so tiny," Bailey explained.

One little boy, Ricky Gonsalves, was dressed like a fisherman like his angler dad. "I don't think he knows what to do. He was sleeping so I don't think he was happy when we woke him up to get dressed!" Tasonja Gonsalves, his mom, laughed.

Gonsalves came 11 weeks early on September 16th. "He was born 3 pounds 7 ounces, so it was completely different holding him when he was first born," said Gonsalves. She says seeing him in the full fisherman costume is amazing. Even more exciting is that Ricky will be going home soon. "Hopefully today. Hopefully we'll be heading out," said Gonsalves.

Many were born prematurely or with medical issues.

The March of Dimes NICU family support program is in 120 hospitals across the country.

They organization is hosting a Halloween party at the hospital with a costume contest, food and entertainment.

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