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EPIC and YMCA host Second Annual Halloween Safe Trick or Treat

students and families had a "spooktacular" time!

November 4, 2014

Cooke hosts safe Halloween trick or treat eventMore than 600 princesses, pirates, ghouls, knights, minions, soldiers, headless horsemen and their parents rocked the George L. Cooke Elementary School as they enjoyed a Safe Halloween Trick or Treat event on October 27.

From aliens to zombies, kids roamed through the Trunk or Treat and the Haunted Forest outside. Inside, they tried their luck at 15 ghoulish games, including Bone Tossing and Shoot the Zombie. The face painting and necklace-making stations saw plenty of action, with kids lined up six-deep for their turn. Parades and contests, where everyone was a winner, rounded out the evening.

The Cooke parking lot was full of many treats!Spearheaded by EPIC (Every Person Influences Children) Coordinator Jane Sorensen, the event was co-hosted and supported by the Sullivan County Youth Bureau and YMCA. As children tossed pumpkins, ‘fished’ for bottles and enjoyed hot-buttered popped corn provided by the Boys and Girls Club, their parents had a chance to learn more about the services these organizations could offer their families. Representatives from Catskill Regional Medical Center, Cancer Screening Agency, PRASAD Children’s Dental Health Program, Hudson Health and other non-profits were also available. Many of Cooke teachers volunteered to offer treats at the trunk or treat station in the parking lot.

Although the Safe Halloween event is only in its second year, it is already at the top of folks’ can’t-miss list. Valarina and Chris Brown and their two children are among those who would agree. “It really is awesome,” said Valarina as she looked around the packed gym. “It’s something positive and good for our kids.”

Families enjoy trunk or treat at Cooke.

Photo 1 (top left): Kids lined up in droves to enjoy Trunk and Treat at the George L. Cooke Elementary School, as part of the district’s Second Annual Safe Halloween event on Oct. 27.
Families enjoy Cooke's trick or treat event.

Photo 2 (top right): Retired teacher Judy Pugh, kindergarten teacher Christine Earley and teacher's aide Jackie Hoffman were among the many staff who participated the school district’s Second Annual Safe Halloween event on Oct. 27. While dozens of new arrivals toured the ‘Trunk and Treat’ and Haunted Forest, hundreds more were already in the school, enjoying games, face painting, jewelry making, cider, doughnuts and much more.

Photo 3 (left): Beth Crawley, was among the many parents who saw the Safe Halloween Event as a chance to have a family night out with her children, Omar, Juilionna, Cody, Duston and Andrew, and collect some useful information at the same time. At far right is an Assistant Principal Roe Romano in wolf’s clothing.

Photo 4 (bottom): Vampire and physical education teacher Gina Frey enjoys a visit with a minion and Thomas the Tank Engine during a recent Safe Halloween Event at the George L. Cooke Elementary School.