High School Students Paint Downtown Freehold Spooky

First place winning design “Pin the Ear on Van Gogh, painted by Emily Almeida and Sarah Fakult. (Photo courtesy FRHSD)

FREEHOLD – Have you been shopping or dining around downtown Freehold over the past few days? Then you may have seen some Halloween-themed window designs.

Students from all six high schools in the Freehold Regional High School District put their paintbrushes to window glass on Wednesday, October 18 as part of the annual Halloween Spooktacular Window Painting Contest.

Second place winning design by Kim Joan, a haunted depiction of Snow White. (Photo courtesy FRHSD)

Nearly 50 local businesses had their storefront windows decorated based on paper designs the students created, as part of the well-loved tradition in Downtown Freehold.

Students took a lunch break and ate pizza donated by Federici’s Family Italian Restaurant, and when they were finished with their designs, a volunteer Spooktacular committee judged the spooky windows and determined winners for first, second, third place and honorable mention. Awards will be given out at the November 20 Board of Education meeting.

First place went to Freehold Township High School students Emily Almeida and Sarah Fakult for their piece titled “Pin the Ear on Van Gogh,” painted on Sophisticut, Throckmorton Street.
Second place went to Manalapan High School student Kim Joan for her illustration of Snow White with an apple, painted on CVS, West Main Street.

Third place winning design of a skeleton face with flowing blue and white hair, painted by Alex Cavanaugh, Lauren Ettore and Julianna Hannah. (Photo courtesy FRHSD)

Third place went to Colts Neck High School students Alex Cavanaugh, Lauren Ettore, and Julianna Hannah for their interpretation of a skeleton face with flowing blue and white hair, painted on Two Rivers Bank, East Main Street.

Honorable mention went to Freehold High School student Flores Bolanos for her portrayal of a masked ballerina, painted on Town Center Dental, South Street.


Honorable Mention went to Flores Bolanos for her painting of a masked ballerina. (Photo courtesy FRHSD)


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Sara Grillo served as the Assistant News Editor/Writer at Micromedia Publications in 2017. She has lived in numerous areas within Monmouth and Ocean Counties for the past 9 years. Grillo studied Journalism and Communication Arts at Ramapo College and has held positions in Marketing, Public Relations and Sales prior to writing for Micromedia. She left in October of 2017 to pursue creative writing.