The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) can be a scary place for families, but not on this Halloween!
The tiny little babies at University of Tennessee Medical Center were cuter than ever in their crocheted costumes from 818 Ministries, a charity that provides handmade hats and handwritten letters of encouragement to people facing serious illness.
Rebecca Dotson founded the group during her mother's battle with breast cancer. Her friend, Amanda, is a NICU nurse and asked the ministry to help dress the babies up for Halloween.
Dotson said they were excited to get involved.
"To actually see the families get so excited and encouraged," she said. "And to actually see them on the babies was amazing."
Each little costume--- from the scarecrow to Disney princesses like Elsa and the Little Mermaid, was made by hand.
Babies dressed for Halloween in UT's NICU
It was an extra special day for one mom. Her triplets were born two weeks ago, and are growing stronger every day. Halloween actually marked the first day that she was able to hold all three of her babies at one time.
"It's emotional," Megan Cutshaw said."All the love and scaredness.. a lot of everything."
She smiled through her tears as she held her sweet little girls dressed as strawberries and their bumble bee brother.
The triplets have a 2-year-old big sister at home who is very anxious to meet them, but they are struggling to find a way to transport their entire family safely.
"We're really struggling with a vehicle," she said. The family has a large SUV, but it needs repairs before they can safely drive it with the kids. They've started a GoFundMe account to raise money for those repairs.