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RSF Education Foundation readies for Halloween parade and carnival

RANCHO SANTA FE — For decades, the Halloween Carnival at R. Roger Rowe School has been a staple and an event many children look forward to. Yet again, the RSF Education Foundation is hosting an incredible event not to be missed.

And it’s a venue where the kids can fashion their costume picks of the year.

The Halloween Parade and Carnival will kick off a little after noontime Oct. 31. First on the fun agenda is a Halloween parade, where everyone can cheer on the kids while they pad through the Village.

Principal Kim Pinkerton with her family at a previous RSF Education Foundation Halloween event. Courtesy photo
Principal Kim Pinkerton with her family at a previous RSF Education Foundation Halloween event. Courtesy photo

Once done, the other slice of fun begins at the Carnival.

Halloween Carnival co-chair, Jennifer Levine, said this Carnival is to support and celebrate the holiday for the children. Other co-chairs include Jan Castonguay and Nina Kottler.

Levine estimates they have approximately 45 volunteers who take part in the event planning, and on the “day of,” many more helping out at the school.

Levine said what makes the day so fun is the children get out of school early and celebrate with their friends.

“And it is the largest party that the Education Foundation does put on, and it’s the largest one for kids and parents alike,” she said. “There are events and food for everyone to enjoy — even for the little ones, like 2-year-olds can come out and enjoy the day.”

The annual popular events taking place on this day consist of the cake decorating contest, pumpkin carving and decorating contest, rock climbing, carnival games, bouncy mazes and slides, caricature artist, balloon twister, DJ and much more.

Levine went on to say that she believes what makes the event so unique is because it’s a community affair. The RSF Fire Department takes part in it by judging the contests.

As everyone works up an appetite, the RSF Education Foundation anticipated those needs with a delectable lineup including crepes from Isabelle Brien’s French Pastry Cafe, Hector’s Fresh Tacos, NY Giant Pizza, San Diego Pretzel Company and more.

And there will be sweets galore.

Last year, the RSF Education Foundation added a raffle booth, which was highly popular. The response triggered an even bigger opportunity drawing for this year.

While there are an array of prizes to choose from, Levine said the special addition this year is a vacation to Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach in Cabo San Lucas. And airfare is included in this package. Levine estimates the retail value of this trip at $5,000.

For more information on the RSF Education Foundation Halloween Parade and Carnival, including volunteering opportunities for this day, please call (858) 756-1141 ext. 208 or visit