Throwback Thursday: Halloween 1969 - Wyoming Medical Center

Throwback Thursday: Halloween 1969

By Kristy Bleizeffer Oct 28, 2020

On Halloween, it's customary for costumed kiddos to come knockin' at your door, looking for tricks but preferably treats. So, what happens when said kiddos are stuck in the hospital?

On Oct. 30, 1969, a group of our candy stripers brought the treats to patients young and not-so-young.

The Casper Star-Tribune reported that Memorial Hospital of Natrona County candy stripers prepared a Halloween party for our pediatric patients while visiting with patients young at heart. Candy stripers included Caren Drinkwater, Marcia Riepe, Freida Perry, Stephanie Zowada, Janice Cooper, Anne Rochelle, Betsy Jones, Anne Bille and Lorinda Redmond.

Candy stripers were young women who served as hospital ambassadors by leading tours, throwing parties and marching in the Natrona County parade. They were named for their red-and-white striped aprons. Today, both young men and women serve Wyoming Medical Center in a variety of ways. Some explore their interests in medical careers, others simply want to give back to their community hospital.

Junior volunteers must be at least 16 years old, advance through the application and interview process and pass a background check. Find and read more about the program on our volunteer page. Contact volunteer coordinator Lisa Johnson at or (307) 577-2794 for more information.

Here's wishing all the kiddos not stuck inside this weekend a safe, happy and candy-rich Halloween!

Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday looks back on Wyoming Medical Center’s long, rich history in Natrona County. Special thanks to the Casper College Western History Center, which archives our vast collection of newspaper articles, photographs and other memorabilia; and to "Wyoming Medical Center: A Centennial History," by Rebecca A. Hunt, Ph.D.