Halloween is one of the most anticipated days of the year for kids, who just can’t wait to go around town getting free candy.
Last year, one little girl named Molly was very excited for the big day. At three years old, it was one of her first Halloweens, and she was all ready to go in her donut costume.
But unfortunately, Molly found out that on Halloween she would be traveling with her father from Boston to San Francisco—a flight that would take up most of the holiday.
She was disappointed that she’d miss out on the trick-or-treating fun. However, she still dressed up in her costume on the flight, and the other passengers took notice and felt bad for the girl.
“I heard her mention she was so excited to trick-or-treat,” passenger Stephanie Kahan recalled to Inside Edition. “I felt bad for her because when we land, it’s going to be so late.”
Little did they realize—dad had a plan.
Molly’s father was determined to let her trick-or-treat somehow. And while it would be too late to go door-to-door, maybe she could still go seat-to-seat … right there on the plane.
Of course, probably few of the passengers were carrying candy with them, so dad passed out candy—along with a note, telling them to go along with the plan when the “donut” came down the aisle.
“Molly was bummed that she wouldn’t be able to go trick-or-treating this year due to this flight… so I decided to bring trick-or-treating to her,” he wrote to the passengers. “You’ll be making her Halloween!”
Of course, everyone was willing to participate and create an unforgettable Halloween moment—they all knew how much the holiday meant to children.
“It was so innocent, and so cute,” Kahan told Inside Edition. “I have a 6-month-old daughter at home, so it pulled at the heart strings extra hard.”
Molly, in her costume, went down the aisle of the plane, collecting candy just like she would have at home.
“Everyone seemed to be really touched and excited to participate,” Kahan told the Boston Globe.
“It was a real heartwarming moment.”
Kahan couldn’t help but share the precious moment on Twitter—and jokingly nominated the creative father for “Dad of the year.”
The heartwarming story has since gone viral, shared over 150,000 times.
OMG, my heart is exploding right now. Dad of the year just passed out candy to everyone on the flight so his 3 year old could trick or treat pic.twitter.com/vfsAcYNrhr
— Stephanie Kahan (@stephaniekahan) November 1, 2016
The dad has opted to remain anonymous—but Kahan says she was able to get in touch with him, and he’s happy that the gesture has struck a chord with people.
“He was shocked at how much attention my post had received,” Kahan told the Boston Globe.
“He said it was great to see that it made so many people happy, and funny that his daughter was blissfully unaware.”
Likewise, the airline, Virgin America, was thrilled that Molly made the flight an unforgettable trip for everyone.
“I added to her collection and also gave her a special pin with a set of wings, as a token for making our flight extra fun,” the flight’s first officer Joseph Jaya said in a statement, according to the Boston Globe.
Hopefully Molly gets to stay on the ground this Halloween and get the classic trick-or-treating experience—but last year will always be a great memory, thanks to her thoughtful dad and some kind strangers.