This month’s spooky (but not scary!) Halloween happenings for the 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.

4th Annual Little Pumpkins Halloween Party at Relief Parenting (Ages 5 and under)
Sunday, October 30; 10:00am-11:30am
Cost: FREE Family Event!
All dressed up and nowhere to go? Bring your little(s) for a fun-filled Halloween party created just for pumpkins ages 5 and under! Our 4th Annual Little Pumpkins Halloween Party provides families with infants and young children a place to showcase their little one(s) Halloween costume, celebrate the fall season, safely socialize with other families, and have some much-needed fun! Additionally, we’ll be holding a fundraiser raffle featuring local business gift certificates and items! Proceeds from the sale of event raffle tickets will help our Center continue to provide affordable opportunities for parents to attend our offerings, expand our community outreach, and connect families with trusted local resources. Tickets can be purchased when you register. Thank you for your support!

Littles Halloween (Ages 5 and under)
Friday, October 28; 9:00am-11:00am
Cost: Free
Join us on 10/28 from 9am-11am at the Ice Arena Parking Lot in Rochester for a fun, free event for children and babies under 5 years old. No need to register for this sweet little event.

Trick or Treat Storytime at Rice Public Library
Tuesday, October 18; 10:30am
Cost: FREE
Wear your costumes to our annual Halloween Story Time! Join us for stories, spooky snacks, and trick-or-treating! Story Time is open to children ages 0-5 and their caregivers. Please register for this event by calling the library at 207-439-1553 x3 or emailing arabella@rice.lib.me.us.

Trick or Treat with the Ambassadors
Friday, October 28; 4:00pm-6:00pm
Center For Wildlife, 385 Mountain Rd, Cape Neddick, ME 03902
Join Center for Wildlife’s ambassador’s, staff, and volunteers for our annual Trick or Treat with the Ambassadors! This fun family event allows everyone to dress up and enjoy cider, doughnuts, and more! We will also have our hands on education table open with an opportunity for folks to dissect owl pellets!

Not-So-Spooky Spectacular at the Children’s Museum of NH
Saturday, October 29; 9:00am-4:00pm
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 and participate in a costume parade at 11am or 2 pm Check out some fantastical science experiments, visit our STEAM Lab to create take-home crafts, pose for pictures with fun props in front of a full moon backdrop 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 for this event. Want to join in the Not-so-spooky fun? Simply reserve spots in the museum’s morning or afternoon play session on Saturday, October 29th – it’s included with museum admission, and as always, free for Members!

Halloween Paw-rade at NHSPCA
Saturday, October 29; 3:30-4:30pm
Cost: $5 registration fee per family entering the parade
Join the NHSPCA for our first ever Halloween costume Paw-rade around our beautifully expanded campus! Whether you are a spectator or a participant…it will be a fa-boooo-lous good time for all (children, pets, and beyond). Bring your dog(s) to show off their best trick in our outdoor dog pens, bring children and/or pets to participate in our costume contest Paw-rade around our ring trail, meet some of our adoptable animals, and much more! Children, dogs, and adults are encouraged to dress up! Treats (for humans and dogs) will be served along the way, and fun prizes will be offered for costume contest winners! If your child will be trick-or-treating, make sure you bring a bag or container to hold the treats in! All proceeds go to the NHSPCA and the animals in our care.

Halloween Storybook Hayrides at Demeritt Hill Farm
Oct 15-16, Oct 22-23, Oct 29-30; 10:30am-3:30pm
Cost: Children $16/Adults $6

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 30-45 minutes long and reservations are strongly recommended.

Sweet Halloween at Cider Hill Farm
October 22 & 23; 10am-3pm
A not-so-spooky, trick-or-treating experience brimming with sweet treats and boo-tiful fall foliage! See here for schedule and ticket information for details.

Smolak Farms’ Trick or Treat Hayrides
Saturdays and Sundays, October Weekends 2022; 10:00am-3:30pm
Cost: Child $15/under two years of age ride free; Adult $7
Trick or Treat Halloween themed hayrides will be offered every half hour from 10am to 3pm. Tickets can be purchased on site that day ($15 – child (includes treats along the way); $7 – adult; children under 2 are free). Cash and credit card are accepted!

Charmingfare Farm’s Children’s Trick or Treat
October 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 & 30; 11:00am-3:00pm
Admission $22 per person

This event 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. This event is merry-not-scary! Admission includes all activities inside the farm. For more info, visit visitthefarm.com.

 

Additional Events!

Check out SKC’s 2022 Guide of Family Halloween Fun!

The next two weekends prior to Halloween, there are also several special Trick-or-Treat events for kids of all ages including Downtown Dover Trick-or-Treat, Downtown Durham Trick or Treat, Newburyport Downtown Trick-or-Treat, Downtown Exeter Trick-or-Treat, many Trunk or Treats and so much more. Please visit our calendar for a full schedule of Halloween events.

 

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