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Westfield's Franklin Elementary PTO Holds 15th Annual Pumpkin Fair

Asher and Jaden Carpien won two goldfish at the Goldfish Game Credits: Sara Carpien
Josephine Stack, Suzy Schultz, and Mary Sica - Pumpkin Fair Volunteers Credits: Sara Carpien
Dana Kaplan-Richter and Janine Mesbah Credits: Sara Carpien
Diana Vozza and Bernadette Murphy - Pumpkin Fair Volunteers Credits: Sara Carpien
Cookie Walk Game Credits: Sara Carpien
Cookie Walk - 12 Inch Cookie Prizes Credits: Sara Carpien
Jack and Grace Carroll at the pumpkin painting station Credits: Sara Carpien
Handcrafted lolipops and necklaces by the Rock Family Credits: Sara Carpien
Bake Sale table Credits: Sara Carpien
Cookie Walk Game Credits: Sara Carpien
Homemade bake sale goodies from volunteers Credits: Sara Carpien
Homemade bake sale goodies from volunteers Credits: Sara Carpien
Homemade bake sale goodies from volunteers Credits: Sara Carpien
12 inch cookies made by volunteers Credits: Sara Carpien
Raffle Prizes Credits: Sara Carpien
Mummy Toss Credits: Sara Carpien
Graveyard Golf Credits: Sara Carpien
Alley Cat Lanes Credits: Sara Carpien
Tic-Tac-Tarantula Credits: Sara Carpien
Goldfish Toss Credits: Sara Carpien
Credits: Sara Carpien
The Prize-Is-Right Credits: Sara Carpien
Credits: Sara Carpien
Pumpkin Toss Credits: Sara Carpien
Skull-N-Toss Credits: Sara Carpien
Skull-N-Toss Credits: Sara Carpien
Ticket Booth Credits: Sara Carpien

WESTFIELD, NJ--Fall was in the air as the Franklin Elementary Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) held its 15th annual Pumpkin Fair on October 13.

“We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day,”said Dana Kaplan-Richter, Franklin PTO co-president.

Complete with carnival games, face-painting, glitter tattoos, crafts, baked goods, raffles and prizes, this festival had it all. With over 20 Halloween-themed crafts and games for the kids, there was no shortage of entertainment. Games included Skull-N-Toss, Prize is Right, Goldfish Game, Tic-Tac-Tarantula and Alley Cat Lanes. Winners of games were given tickets that could be exchanged for prizes.

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“One of the most favorite events is the cookie walk, which is a musical chairs-type game where there is always a winner of a large 12-inch cookie baked with love by so many different volunteers,” explained Kaplan-Richter.

The baked goods table deserved a prize of its own with its collection of creatively designed and wrapped goodies  tempting enough for even the most purist of foodies.

The festival was bustling with people throughout the day and volunteers took shifts to cover the five hours during which the event took place.

“The event itself takes well over one hundred volunteers, who work so hard for months leading up to the event,” said Kaplan-Richter.

“This is an annual community event that brings everyone together for a fun day and a great cause,” said Janine Mesbah, festival volunteer and former Franklin PTO corresponding secretary. “All proceeds fund educational programs for the students of Franklin Elementary throughout the year."

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