Halloween and autumn are a great time of year for kids, particularly for children who like crafts and decorations. There’s so much out there to inspire creativity from scary ghosts and goblins to beautiful colorful foliage. No matter what your children’s interests are, there’s likely a fall-themed or Halloween craft or class out there that will excite and stimulate them. From cooking classes to art projects, Your Local Kids wants you to know what’s out there, so children can explore their interests or just simply enjoy the season.
Build a Halloween House
Halloween and fall is a busy time at Hicks Nurseries in Westbury. There are plenty of events connected to their fall harvest as well as a number of adult programs related to creating autumnal flower displays. On Tuesday, October 11, Wednesday, October 12, and Thursday, October 13, kids can make a Halloween house for the Nursery’s seasonal mascot Otto the ghost. Reservations are required and the $15 per child fee includes candy and icing for the project.
Forget the tricks, Halloween is all about the treats and what could be more fun than making delicious desserts yourself? Celebrations in the Kitchen, located in Hicksville is hosting Halloween themed cooking classes for kids. You can choose between a Halloween cookie baking and decorating class or decorating a chocolate haunted house, with both classes taking place at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, October 25. Then on Saturday, October 29 and Sunday, October 30 at 9 a.m. there will be Halloween cupcake baking classes. Registration is required.
Fall Learn and Play
The early childhood Learn and Play program at Suffolk County Farm will have Fall and Halloween themed classes this October. Among the topics are, “Leaves are Changing,” “Pumpkin Picking Time,” and “Trick or Treat on the Farm.” Monday classes are for 3 year-olds, Tuesdays are for ages 15-23 months, Wednesday is for 2-year-olds and Thursday is for Children 3-5 and younger siblings out of age range over 12 months.
Enchanted Wildlife Trail
The Quogue Wildlife Refuge hosts this educational program for kids 3 to 7 accompanied by an adult, on three consecutive Sundays, October 16, October 23 and October 30. Children will encounter fun and educational characters on the trail at the refuge that’s dedicated to nature and ecological programs. Kids are encouraged to dress up and there will be games and other activities in the parking lot.
Halloween Lanyard Craft
The Lanyard Ladies located in Mineola are offering this special Halloween craft for kids ages 6 to 13 on Monday, October 17 and Monday, October 24 from 3p.m. to 6 p.m. Called the “Spooktacular Lanyard/Craft Project,” the Lanyard Ladies is a party place that specializes in friendship and lanyard bracelets. There is a $15 fee for the class.
Fall Festival and Pumpkin Painting
The Sands Point Preserve holds a Fall Festival on Sunday, October 16 with plenty of fun and crafts. There will be a petting zoo with farm animals, hayrides to view fall foliage and pumpkin painting for kids. A green grocer will be on hand, selling vegetables and cheeses, and refreshments will be served. Admission is $10 per car for members, $20 per car for non members.