Fall Festival and Trunk or Treat Fun at Stepping Stones School

A wide shot of open car trunks for trick or treating, with a teacher wearing a lime green onesie costume holding the hand of a preschooler dressed up as a doctor.

Students at Stepping Stones School celebrated the autumn season with an action-packed Fall Festival and a cheerful Halloween Trunk or Treat event.

The annual Fall Festival, held under beautiful sunny skies on October 13, included a pumpkin patch, a straw-bale obstacle course, outdoor games, bubbles, and lots of smiles. Each class took turns exploring the different activity stations, prepared by Arc therapists and staff, and each student collected a pumpkin to take home.

On October 31, the annual Trunk or Treat tradition featured a dozen creatively decorated car trunks—with innovative themes including Sesame Street, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Harry Potter—each assembled by Stepping Stones leaders, Arc staff, and families. Students, teachers, administrators, and parents wore a variety of fun and spooky costumes, and children selected snacks and treats from the cars before returning to their classroom for a Halloween celebration. The Arc thanks the Roseland Police Department for their help ensuring the parking lot was safe for the children during this special event.

The Arc of Essex County’s Stepping Stones School is a Department of Education approved private school for students with disabilities serving children ages 3-10.  Located in Roseland, NJ, the school is designed to meet the developmental and educational needs of children with cognitive impairments such as Down syndrome and other students with similar educational and developmental needs. For more information, or to request a tour and assistance with an out-of-district placement, contact Robin Moses, Director of Early Childhood and Education at (862) 210-8781 or rmoses@arcessex.org.