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2009 Halloween Happenings For Little Kids

Audubon Halloween Hike 2009PLEASE NOTE: 2010 GUIDE WILL BE UP SOON!

Here is a list of some local events–not about being scary and only eating candy but are all about the costumes, pumpkins, parades, friends, and fun activities. Please call to confirm all events before heading out since they are subject to change depending on attendence, weather, etc.

For more events (more seem to be added daily!) check the Events Calendar and the Fall Guide. Need a costume? Check the Kidoinfo archives for some DIY ideas:  Costumes, No-Sew Pirate Costume, and More DIY costumes for kids.

Goblins in the Garden, Bristol
October 3, 9am — 4pm
Get revved up for a fun-filled afternoon of Costumes, the Trick-or-Treat Trail, music, wagon rides, and homemade apple pies!
WHERE: Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum, 101 Ferry Rd., Bristol
AGES: All ages
COST: FREE with Admission
PHONE: 253.2707 ext. 16
WHERE: http://www.blithewold.org

Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular
October 8 — November 1 Open nightly from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. (last entry at 10 p.m.)
The now-famous Jack O’ Lantern Spectacular returns to Roger Williams Park Zoo with all the amazing artistry and “gourd-ly” grandeur that visitors have come to expect. See thousands of illuminated pumpkins on display in a woodland setting, hundreds of which are carved with amazing artistry.  Make this a family Halloween hotspot that you won’t want to miss!
WHERE: Roger Williams Park Zoo, 1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence
AGES: All ages
COST: $12 adults, $10 seniors (62+), $9 children (3 — 12); children under 3 are free. RWP Zoo members receive a discount on Monday through Thursday nights, when they show a membership card and another form of ID; no other discounts will apply.
PHONE: 401-785-3510
WEBSITE: http://www.rwpzoo.org/

Pumpkins in the Park
Weekends beginning October 9.
Oct. 9-11, Oct. 15-17, Oct. 23-24 & October 30 from 7pm – 8:45pm
You’ll see about 100 jack-o’-lanterns on display tables. There’s hot chocolate, face painting and a disc jockey encouraging dancing. (Concurrently, there is a “haunted tunnel” at the park, which is inhabited by nefarious and creepy characters.)
WHERE: Daggett Farm at Slater Park, Newport Avenue & Armistice Boulevard, Pawtucket
AGES: Little kids on up! (Haunted Tunnel is not recommended for little kids.)
COST: Admission is $5. Haunted Tunnel requires separate admission.
PHONE: (401) 728-0500, ext. 252.

Pumpkin Harvest Festival & Jack O’Lantern Illumination
Saturday, Sunday, Monday,  October 10 – 12 from 10am — 4pm. Pumpkin Illumination from 6-9pm.
Jack O’Lanterns, live music and more.
WHERE: Phantom Farms, 2920 Diamond Hill Road, Cumberland
AGES: All Ages
COST: Some activities are FREE, others are fundraisers for the Boys & Girls Club.
WEBSITE: http://phantomfarms.com/

Spooky Zoo
Weekends, October 17-18 & 24-25 from 10am – 3pm
Trick or treat stations at the Tropical America Building, costume parade, zoo animals get a pumpkin treat, tasty food for people throughout the zoo—everything from candy apples to hot cider, autumn maze for wandering, kids activity tent with fall theme games, special characters and entertainers each day.
WHERE: Roger Williams Park Zoo, 1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence
AGES: 12 and under.
COST: Free with admission. Half-price admission for kids (12 and under) in costume.
PHONE: 401-785-3510
WEBSITE: http://www.rwpzoo.org/

Spooktacular Pumpkin Party
Weekends, October 17-18 & 24-25 from 11am – 12:30pm
Roger Williams Park Zoo is inviting families to celebrate the most “spooktacular” time of the year with a truly “wild” Halloween party.  The party includes treats and a special Halloween magic show!  Advanced ticket purchase is required; tickets will not be sold on the day of the event.
WHERE: Roger Williams Park Zoo, 1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence
AGES: All ages
COST: $19.95 for adults ($17.95 for RWP Zoo members), $14.95 for children ages 3 — 12 ($13.95 for members) and $4.95 for toddlers (ages 2 and under).  Seating is limited.  Call 401-785-3510 x343 or 401-941-4998 to purchase tickets. Ticket prices include Zoo admission.
PHONE: 401-785-3510
WEBSITE: http://www.rwpzoo.org/

BOO at the Zoo, New Bedford
Weekends, October 16-18, 23-25, & 29-30 from 6pm – 9pm
A slightly spooky family fun during the evening at the zoo. Get in a ghostly mood with a spooky wagon ride, haunted house, hay-bale maze, and much more…if you dare!
WhereButtonwood Zoo, 25 Hawthorn Street, New Bedford, MA, 02740 (map)
AGES: All ages
COST: Zoo members: $5/adult; $3/child Non-members: $10/adult; $8/child
(508) 991-6178
WEBSITE: http://bpzoo.org/

“Boo at the Zoo” Family Overnight
October 24 from 6:30pm — 9am
Head to Roger Williams Park Zoo for a fun-filled overnight guaranteed to give you goose bumps.  From spiders to bats to wolves and more, misunderstood animals have been the stuff of scary movies and books for ages.  Get the skinny from Zoo staff as they bust some myths about these creatures and the very important role they play in the world. A tour through Jack-o-Lantern Spectacular is included!  Pre-registration is required.
WHERE: Roger Williams Park Zoo, 1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence
AGES: 7 – adult
COST: Members: $110 per parent/child pair, $55 per additional participant
Non-members: $120 per parent/child pair, $60 per additional participant.
PHONE: 401-785-3510 x 352

Halloween Happenings in Exeter
Friday, October 30, 6pm — 8pm
WhereFisherville Brook Wildlife Refuge, 99 Pardon Joslin Road, Exeter (map)
Join Audubon for an evening of non-spooky fun! As dusk gives way to darkness, join an Audubon naturalist and investigate the mysterious lives of nocturnal wildlife. Enjoy a variety of activities throughout the hike then return for s’mores by the campfire! Please bring a flashlight.
AGES:  5+
COST: $8/member adult, $4/member child; $10/non-member adult, $5/non-member child. To register call (401) 949-5454 ext. 3041 or email programs@asri.org.

RISD FREE-FOR-ALL: Princesses, Pioneers, and Presidents
Saturday, October 31, 11am — 4pm
No need to sign up in advance, just come! Children are encouraged to come dressed in costume to this day of art making. Discover how costumes reveal everything! Using the clues in paintings, sculptures, and photographs, discover the lives and adventures of the many characters inhabiting the Museum.
WHERE: The RISD Museum of Art – Chace Center Entrance, 20 N. Main Street, Providence, RI
AGES: Young children and the whole family.
COST: FREE. The Museum is free all day from 10am to 5pm.
PHONE: 454-6674
WEBSITE: www.risdmuseum.org

Goblins & Gremlins Halloween Activities and Parade
Saturday, October 31, 1:00-4:00pm
Come out in costume to march in a Halloween parade. Activities will begin at 1:00 p.m. and the parade will start promptly at 3:30 p.m., beginning on Parade Street near the baseball field, and continuing 0.7 miles around the park’s perimeter. Come celebrate this small town feel parade in the city. The neighborhood will light up with pageantry in celebration of creativity, spirit and community with face and pumpkin painting, a dog costume contest, a bake sale, hot dogs, popcorn, apples and hot cider, and the giant trebuchet pumpkin launcher.  Halloween Maps of neighborhood homes handing out candy will also be distributed.
WHERE: Dexter Training Ground. West Side of Providence
AGES: All family members are welcome, including pets
COST: FREE ($5 to enter pet costume contest) ($5 to launch a pumpkin)
Sponsored by WBNA

Halloween Hike – Mother Nature style!
Saturday, October 24, starting at 5:30pm (Groups of 15 go off every 10 minutes)
Bundle up and rustle through the leaves on a guided lantern-lit hike through the cool night forest.  Families encounter costumed woodland creatures that explore the myths, legends, and creatures associated with Halloween.  Fun-filled and spook-free, these walks are a great alternative to the usual haunted happenings. Audubon’s woodland characters are friendly and fun – perfect for young children and the whole family. Refreshments, children’s activities and special treats await your return.
WHERE: Audubon Society of RI at the Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, 301 Brown Avenue, Seekonk, MA
AGES: All ages and the whole family.
COST: $8/member, $10/non-member. Family four-packs are available for $28/member, $36/non-member. Registration is required to reserve a time. Spaces are limited. Sponsored by RI PBS, Whole Foods Market, and Coast 93.3 fm
PHONE: (401) 949-5454 ext. 3041
WEBSITE: http://www.asri.org

A Little Halloween Fun
Thursday, October 29, 4:00pm — 5:00pm
Little Halloween revelers are invited to don their spookiest costumes and join us for an afternoon of fun. This year we will feature a short Halloween play by our own Athenaeum Players. Refreshments will be served.
WHERE: The Athenaeum Library, 251 Benefit Street, Providence
AGES: 3 and up with an adult
COST: $5 fee per child. Limit 40. R.S.V.P. a must! Children who are not signed up in advance may not attend.
PHONE: 421-6970
Website: http://www.providenceathenaeum.org

Boo Bash at Providence Children’s Museum
Saturday, October 31,  1:00 – 4:00 PM
A tiny bit spooky, a whole lot of fun!  Play bewitching games galore, have hands-on fun with imaginative arts and “witch crafts,” explore an eerie environment, mix it up in the mad scientist’s laboratory and much more.  Come in costume and have a blast at the biggest Halloween bash around!  Ages 3 – 11
WHERE: Providence Children’s Museum, 100 South Street, Providence
AGES: 3 — 11
COST: Admission is $7.50 per person (free for babies under the age of 12 months and for members.)
PHONE: 273-5437
WEBSITE: http://www.childrenmuseum.org/

Halloween Costume Weekend & Parade: Davis Farmland
Saturday & Sunday, October 31 & November 1
Wear your Halloween costume! Davis’ Farmland is a seven-generation, working family farm, continuously operating in Sterling since 1846. This is the home to the largest sanctuary of endangered livestock in North America. Since 1996, Davis’ Farmland has entertained families with its Children’s Discovery Farm featuring developmentally appropriate discovery play and learning for children 1-8. So, old friends and new, join us in celebrating our farming heritage. Adults must be accompanied by a child 12 years or younger.
WHERE: Davis Farmland — 145 Redstone Hill Road, Sterling, MA
AGES: Babies-12 years
COST: Adults & Children 2 and over $13.95; seniors $10.95; & Children under 2 FREE
PHONE: 978-422-6666
WEBSITE: http://www.davisfarmland.com/

Halloween at MOD MAMA
Saturday, October 31,  1:00 – 4:00 PM
Halloween Face painting and treats/toy giveaway.
WHERE: Mod Mama, 16 South Angell Street, Providence, 02906
AGES: Any age
PHONE: 800-MOD-8605
WEBSITE: http://www.modmama.com/

Halloween Party in Brown Street Park
Friday, October 31, 4:00pm — 5:30pm. The neighborhood parade for treats starts at 5:00
Come in costume. Fun activities and themed crafts!. Thanks to our friends at CVS for volunteering their time and materials as well as Whole Foods University Heights for some nifty healthy snacks for the party. We are also grateful to our many donors and volunteers.
WHERE: Brown Street Park, corner of Brown & Creighton Streets, Providence AGES: All ages, best for 11 and under, all welcome.
AGES: All welcome at this free and fun event (best for ages 10 and under).
PHONE: 454 8712
WEBSITE: http://www.friendsofbrownstreetpark.org/

Photo Credit & Caption:  Meet characters and creatures that explore the myths and legends of Halloween on the Audubon Society of Rhode Island’s Mother Nature’s Halloween Hike.  October 24, 2009.  Audubon Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, Seekonk, MA.

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  • Has anyone heard anything about Hope Street Trick-or-Treating? It was wonderful last year, held before afternoon naps, perfect for toddlers/preschoolers…

    by Boy Scout Troup 28

    Little kids can eat and play games upstairs if they don’t want to see scary stuff and no ghosts will come up there.
    – Games!
    – Wear a costume!
    – Bring your goblins for supper and tons of family fun!

    Saturday Oct. 24th 5:30-9pm Haunted House starts at 6pm ($5 single ticket, $15 per family)

    Held at Central Congregational Church
    296 Angel St., Providence, RI

  • What a great list! With the information spoon fed to me like this, we might actually go do some stuff instead of idly thinking “we should go do something…”