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.
Kittery Recreation’s Halloween Celebration
Saturday, October 21, 10am-1pm
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. Free!
The Center for Wildlife’s Halloween in Nature
Saturday, October 21, 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 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. Meet at the Mount Agamenticus Learning Lodge.
Ghosts on the Banke Family Halloween at Strawbery Banke
Friday, October 27 and Saturday, October 28, 5:30pm-8pm
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.
Not-So-Spooky Spectacular at the Children’s Museum of NH
Saturday, October 28, 10am – 5pm:
Join CMNH for a Halloween event that focuses on fun – not fright. Kids and adults are encouraged to come in costume to explore exhibits like the 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 the Fairy Circle to make fairy doors and friendly spiders, create take-home crafts, get your face painted in the Muse Studio, participate in the costume contest, try out our trick-or-treat scavenger hunt and more. Cost: $10/adult children over the age of 1 and $9 for seniors.
Children’s Trick or Treat Night Maze at Coppal House Farm
Saturday, October 28; 4pm-5pm
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. Cost: $5.
Smolak Farms’ Not-So-Scary Monster Safari Hayride
Saturdays and Sundays through the end of October, 10am-3:30pm
Tricks and treats abound on the farm’s fun-filled, tractor-drawn hayride safari tour where visitors meet and interact with friendly classic monsters. Halloween costumes encouraged! Children receive Halloween candy, cider donut, and sugar pumpkin. Adults also receive a cider donut, which is only fair, in my opinion. Cost: $12 per child, $6 per adult. Reservations are required. Call 978-682-6332 or visit the website for more info.
Charmingfare Farm’s Children’s Trick or Treat
Saturdays and Sundays through the end of October, 10am-4pm
This event is merry-not-scary! Featuring 6 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. Cost: $19 per person, children 23 months and under free. Tickets must be purchased in advance online. For more info, call 603-483-5623 or visit the website.
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, Durham Trunk-or-Treat and more. Please visit our calendar for a full schedule of Halloween events.