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Safe and Spooky Halloween Contest

More than 400 PreK-12 students across 180 of Rhode Island’s public and private schools shared how they will be celebrating Halloween this year following Rhode Island’s Halloween guidelines in RIDE’s Safe and Spooky Halloween Contest. Our students showed the creativity and positivity that should inspire all Rhode Islanders.

Education Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green is pleased to announce the winners of the Safe and Spooky Halloween contest:

Early Learning Center

  • Azahri Sweeney-Ashby, Smith Hill Early Childhood Learning Center, Providence
    • Halloween treasure hunt in her backyard with spooky clues and spooky treats and scary movies in the evening
  • Lily Recber, Warwick Early Learning Center 
    • Trick or treating in her backyard by setting up toys and playsets on tables, including Barbie at her dreamhouse, Mickey Mouse at his clubhouse, and Peppa Pig at her house
  • Michael Ribeiro Jr., Captain Hunt Early Learning Center, Central Falls
    • Halloween egg hunt and maze with witches, ghosts, goblins and cornstalks in his backyard 

Elementary School 

  • Ofelia Cantoral, Steere Farm Elementary School, Burrillville
    • A fun, new tradition of watching a Halloween movie in her backyard with her friends who can wear their costumes and be six feet apart
  • Jack Hingorany, Weston Hingorany, and Finley Sheehan-Stewart, Nahant School, Barrington
    • Built a #CandyCatapult to launch candy from his front yard to the street, which was also featured in the Providence Journal
  • Alexander Komocar, Oak Lawn Elementary School, Cranston
    • A full day of Halloween activities that include trick or treating, pumpkin carving, building a spooky fort and projecting Halloween movies in his backyard

Middle School 

  • Arrianna Baez-Kingston, Villanova Middle School, Woonsocket
    • Keeping family members safe by trick or treating in the house with each door decorated with a different theme and having Halloween-themed activities and dinner, including a mummy meatloaf
  • Fabiola Beene, Scituate Middle School
    • Created a 20 question Halloween Zoom trivia party with everyone in costumes and will mail a prize to the trivia winner and costume contest winner
  • Rowan Manchester, Wilbur McMahon School, Little Compton
    • Trick or treating with safety measures in mind, and Halloween activities that include driving by decorated houses, and a Halloween House party with family that includes playing music, watching Halloween movies, and dressing up pets

High School

  • Zoe Georgio, Johnston Senior High School
    • Dropping off bags of goodies for friends and neighbors with a note to pass it on, a Zoom call with friends and family dressed up, and a Halloween bakeoff
  • Kiara Tassone, Charles Shea Senior High School, Pawtucket
    • Online activities with friends, including opposite hand face painting, Halloween origami, a digital scavenger hunt, and Halloween bingo
  • Christiana Zaccaria, East Providence High School
    • Having a Halloween party with her family in her house, that includes making a blanket fort, watching Halloween movies in animal onesies, and having Halloween themed food, including purple pancakes and spider pizza

Thanks to the generosity of the Rhode Island Foundation, each of the winners will receive a prize of $50. Congratulations to these students, as well to all the students who have safe and spooky plans for Halloween, including: 

  • Trick-or-treating with their stable pods, or “Quaran-Team” 
  • Halloween-themed scavenger hunts with Alien or glow in the dark eggs, using glow sticks
  • Creating ways for trick-or-treaters to safely get candy by spacing out bags of candy on the front porch, putting treats on a clothesline, or having a scarecrow hold the candy bowl
  • Having a Halloween-themed piñata