This month’s spooky (but not scary!) Halloween happenings for your little ones!
Remember how your babysitter and her friends took you to see Amityville Horror when you were 8 years old and you never got over it? No? Just me?
Halloween is a festively fun time of year for kids of all ages, but sometimes the activities available are just a little too scary, particularly for the younger crowd.
Here’s a list of fun and seasonal activities for kids of all ages that won’t have you co-sleeping for the next month.
Halloween in Nature at Mount Agamenticus
Saturday, October 20; 5:30pm-7:30pm
Ever wonder what those bumps, howls, hoots and screeches in the night really are? Come find out with your friends from the Center for Wildlife! Meet at the Mount Agamenticus Learning Lodge for a program with the ambassadors, then grab your flashlight for a twilight hike. You’ll call for owls and listen for other animals that go bump in the night. Halloween costumes encouraged! Admission: $7 suggested donation. Reservations required. To register, email Katie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ghosts on the Banke Family Halloween at Strawbery Banke
Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27; 5:30pm-8:00pm
Cost: $8 per person (adult or child over 1 year old; children 1 or under, free). Half-price admission for members.
Long-dead sea captains, 17th century shopkeepers and wayward pirates haunt the streets of Portsmouth’s oldest neighborhood as you trick or treat safely from house to historic house. Discover pirate treasure, visit with the wacky witch, look into the future with guidance from the gypsy fortune teller. Catch a Ghostly Tale Community members bring history back to life with spooky plays, skits, and interactive improvisation throughout the evening. Tickets available at the door. $8 per person (adult or child over 1 year old; children 1 or under, free). Half-price admission for members. Visit the website for more info and to purchase tickets.
Kittery Recreation’s Halloween Celebration
Saturday, October 27; 10:00am-1:00pm
Join in the fun at Frisbee Common for pumpkin painting, free pumpkins, hayrides, games, food, bounce houses, community groups, a costume contest and more. Don’t forget to dress up in your spookiest or funniest costumes.
Not-So-Spooky Spectacular at the Children’s Museum of NH
Saturday, October 27; 10:00am – 5:00pm
Cost: Museum Admission
Join us for a Halloween event that focuses on fun – not fright! We’ll be celebrating throughout the day with all kinds of special activities, all free with regular museum admission. Kids and adults are encouraged to come in costume to explore our exhibits like our Cave Explorers Bat Cave, Dino Detective and Green Screen Adventures in Travel. Meet the museum’s very own Wacky Scientist and check out his fantastical experiments, visit our “Bat Cave” to create take-home crafts and pose for pictures with fun props in front of the spooky backdrop, get your face painted in the Muse Studio, and more! Participate in our costume parades, and try out our pumpkin scavenger hunt to receive an extra special prize at the end of your visit! Please note that we do not hand out any candy or food during this event, but we are participating in the downtown Dover trick-or-treating, with non-candy toys available out front of the museum.
Children’s Trick or Treat Night Maze at Coppal House Farm
Saturday, October 27; 4:00pm-5:00pm
Don your Halloween costume and Trick or Treat through the corn maze! The Coppal House Farm in Lee, NH has a 6 ½ acre cornfield professionally designed and cut and made to challenge your navigational abilities. This year’s theme is a Racoon Corn Maze and there will be 3 mazes to explore.
Smolak Farms’ Trick or Treat Hayride Magic Adventure
Saturdays and Sundays through the end of October; 10:00am-3:30pm
Cost: Child $12.00/under two years of age ride free; Adult $6.00
Smolak Farms Trick or Treat Hayride 2018 Magic Adventure! Join a fairy as she completes a quest to earn her full magic powers. Solve riddles with a mermaid, unicorn, dragon and a more on this fun adventure as a hayride brings you through our beautiful orchards. Costumes are encouraged to add to the fun! Children 2 years and over receive candy, sugar pumpkin, donut and the hayride. A portion of ticket sales are provided to the students of Acting Out in Lawrence. Tickets can only be purchased onsite the day of the event (no preorder or scheduled departure times are available). Please note that these hayrides can be canceled in the event of inclement weather.
Charmingfare Farm’s Children’s Trick or Treat
Saturdays and Sundays through the end of October[ 10:00am-4:00pm
Cost: Cost: $22 per person, children 23 months and under free.
This event is merry-not-scary! Featuring 5 special candy stop attractions for Trick or Treating, this event is perfect for little ghouls and boils who don’t wish to be frightened but still want the excitement of wearing their favorite costume and having a fun filled Halloween adventure. Tickets must be purchased in advance online. For more info, call 603-483-5623 or visit the website.
Halloween Storybook Hayrides at Demeritt Hill Farm
October 14, 20 & 21; 11:00am-3:30pm
Cost: Children $14/Adults $5
A specially designed event for younger children featuring all of their favorite storybook characters. Listen to enchanted stories while on a fun hayride through the nature trails and orchard. After the hayride, each child will receive Halloween goodies and a pumpkin followed by a story read by Mother Goose and face painting. The hayride is approximately 30-40 minutes long and reservations are strongly recommended.
On the weekend prior to Halloween, there are also several special Trick-or-Treat events for kids of all ages including Downtown Dover Trick-or-Treat, Newburyport Downtown Trick-or-Treat, Downtown Exeter Trick-or-Treat and more. Please visit our calendar for a full schedule of Halloween events.