First Safe Halloween Draws Large Crowd

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More than 100 families spent Halloween trick-or-treating at Locust Valley High School as part of the district’s first Safe Halloween. Elementary school students were invited to attend the event, where they were able to visit 20 classrooms for a variety of activities and, of course, some candy.

Face painting, crafts, coloring, story telling and more were part of the day, which provided a safe place for children to trick-or-treat for two hours. Witches, princesses, superheroes and creepy creatures walked from room to room, greeted by high school students and parent and teacher volunteers.

The event was organized by members of the high school student government, with 15 additional high school clubs sponsoring activities in various classrooms. Senior Jessica Cameron, juniors Melissa Cooney and Billy Finke, and sophomores Rebecca Finke and Bridget Bianco visited the elementary schools in costume on Oct. 29 to spread the word and encourage children to attend the Saturday event.

Student government advisor Joseph Enea said the event was meant to provide a safe environment for families to enjoy Halloween. “This was an opportunity for the community to come together,” he said. “It brought kids of all ages out for one cause and allowed families to spend time together.”

The cost to enter was $5 per family. The proceeds will be used to give back to the community with the creation of Thanksgiving baskets, which will be donated to the Grenville Baker Boys and Girls Club.

Special thanks go to Martin Viette for donating 60 pumpkins for the attendees to decorate.