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Massachusetts 4-H Scares Up a Virtual Halloween Event

Horse Feathers Club won first prize for best spirit with 2 horses, a chicken, 4-H clover and their club name carved into their pumpkin!
October 29, 2020

Creative people continue to find fun ways to celebrate traditional events, even during a pandemic. Mass 4-H has proven once again that staying at home does not have to dampen kids’ spirits. 

Halloween was reformulated this year to encourage 4-Hers to carve pumpkins, dress their animals and/or themselves in a costume, or build a scarecrow.  Some youth learned new skills including carving and sewing then submitted photographs of their creations for a Halloween awards night in late October.  

In all, 29 entries were submitted from 14 clubs across the state. The participants will be emailed fun certificates indicating their award. Carrie Sears, UMass animal science program manager organized this spooktacular event along with judges Tom Waskiewicz, Meg McDermott, Cathy Acampora, Pam LeFave and Lauren Dubois. 
For more online fun and learning, upcoming classes on community crafting and bitmoji classes, career exploration and much more, check out this link.

View the photo gallery below to enjoy some of the winning entries, several were downright, ahem, boo-tiful.

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Brooke Macjewski, Mighty Oaks 4-H, won best ag theme
Katie Kulchuck, Regal Riders, submitted the most creative scarecrow
Caleigh Brown. Thunder Hill Club won most creative animal costume
Phoebe Klein, horse Feathers Club, won the prize for the best use of props with her goat hot dog
Hailey Landingham was the winner with best costume for human dressed as animal
Lizzie Trip won for best partner costumes. She made her horses costume to match her own
Mary-Anne Niall, Homeschool Homesteaders, took the prize for spookiest jack-o-lantern
Ben Wence, Sutton Preservationists, won for the best animal-donkey
Anna Metcalf, Fantastic Beasts Club won the kitty bling award
Hasini Meruva won the best painted pumpkin award
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