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Halloween Spooktacular

On October 31st, 2015 the Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve hosted its annual “Halloween Spooktacular”. In addition to the Rotaract Club of Eleuthera, who partners with The Preserve each year on this event, a host of volunteers helped to create a festive and frightful evening for trick or treaters of all ages. Local artist, Monique Carroll provided face painting for the littlest of the guests, while students from Preston Albury High School’s drama club and Island School staff brought the haunted trail to life, spooking any who dared to venture into the, “Forest of Fright”.  The Island School also provided an educational booth teaching guests about the truly terrifying invasive species of Lionfish and giving guests an opportunity to sample the tasty fish prepared in a fritter. Visiting scientist, Joe Wasilewski, spent time showing off a few of The Preserve’s resident snakes, who, while a bit scary to some are absolutely harmless and incredibly important to the forest.

Costumes were everywhere and Preserve staff presented a coordinated look with each staff member rockin’ Star Trek themed attire. Prizes were awarded for the best kids and adult costumes. The kids winner shined in a Baymax character costume and the best adult costume dazzled in a conservation themed beach plastic design. The contest winners were both awarded Levy Preserve gift bundles. All in all, this annual event was indeed spooktacular, eerily educational and filled with lots of fun, food, drinks and sweet treats for all. 

Best kids costumer winner with Falon Cartwright (Preserve Manager) and Kenwood Cartwright (Rotaract Club of Eleuthera President)
Guests on the haunted trail 

Snake Exhibit with scientist, Joe Wasilewski

Preserve staff in star trek costumes