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2014 Halloween Happenings for Little Kids

Here’s our list of local events that are not about being scary and eating candy. Instead, these events are all about costumes, pumpkins, parades, friends, and fun! Please call to confirm all events before heading out since they are subject to change depending on attendance, weather, etc.

pumpkinsFor more events (more seem to be added daily!) check the Events Calendar and the Fall Guide. Need a costume or crafty projects? Check the Kidoinfo Halloween Guide for some DIY ideas.

Pumpkin Palooza
Saturdays and Sundays, September 7 – October 31
Play in the Hay, Magic Pumpkin Coach, Snap the Dragon, Western Town, make your own scarecrow, pumpkin painting, Charlie Brown’s pumpkin patch, ride the witch broom, and more! Click here for more information about Pumpkin Palooza.
WHERE: Frerich’s Farm, 43 Kinnicutt Avenue, Warren
AGES: All ages
COST: Parking is $5. Admission and many activities are FREE, others are $1- $8.
PHONE: 401-245-8245
WEBSITE: http://www.frerichsfarm.com/

BOO at the Zoo
October 10-12, 17-19, 24-26 and October 30 from 6:00-9:00pm
There’s enough thrills and chills for everyone at Boo at the Zoo! Rides are included in the Boo admission. Climb aboard for a spoooooky train ride or take a bewitching carousel ride! It’s slightly scary fun for all ages! Click here for more information about Boo at the Zoo.
WHERE: Buttonwood Zoo, 25 Hawthorn Street, New Bedford, MA, 02740
AGES: All ages
COST: members $9 adult, $6 child. Non-members $14 adult, $11 child
PHONE: (508) 991-6178
WEBSITE: http://bpzoo.org/

Swim with the Pumpkins at the Y
October 13 – 20, dates and times vary by branch.
Go pumpkin picking in the pool at the Y! The YMCA of Greater Providence branches will be hosting a family-friendly event “Swim with the Pumpkins”. This event will be open to the community and is FREE to attend! All children will receive a free inflatable or real pumpkin to take home. Click here for the Swim with the Pumpkins flyer.
WHERE: The event will be hosted by the following Y branches:

  • Bayside/Barrington (401) 245- 2444: Friday, October 18, 6:00 – 7:30pm
  • Cranston, (401) 943-0444: Sunday, October 13, 2:30 – 4:30pm
  • Eastside/Mt Hope, (401) 521-0155: Friday, October 18, 6:30 – 8pm
  • Kent County/Warwick, (401) 828-0130: Friday, October 18, 6:10 -6:50pm/7 – 7:40pm/7:50 – 8:30pm/
  • Newman, (508) 336-7103: Thursday, October 17, 7:00 – 8:30pm
  • South County/Peace Dale, (401) 783-3900: Sunday, October 20, 2:00 – 4:00pm
  • West Bay/North Kingstown (401) 295-6501: Thursday, October 17, 6:15 – 8:00pm

COST: FREE. Registration is required, so please stop by or call your local Y Welcome Center to sign-up!
WEBSITE: http://ymcagreaterprovidence.org/

Jack-o-Lantern Spectacular
October 2 — November 2 from 6:00-11:00pm (last entry at 10:00pm) with extended hours on Saturdays (last entry at 11:00pm on Saturdays only.)
Experience the glow of thousands of pumpkins, set in a magical display of artistry during this night-time Spectacular and feast your eyes on hundreds of artfully carved jack-o-lanterns depicting people, places and scenes from popular culture to old-time favorites and everything in between — all with painstaking detail and amazing intricacy! Don’t miss this unique, family friendly evening event. Click here for more information about the Jack-o-Lantern Spectacular.
WHERE: Roger Williams Park Zoo, 1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence
AGES: All ages
COST: Monday-Thursday nights, $12 adults, $10 seniors (62+), $9 children (3 — 12); children under 3 are free. Friday-Sunday nights, $16 adults, $14 seniors (62+), $13 children ages 3 — 12, toddlers 2 and under are admitted free. RWP Zoo members receive a $2 discount 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/

Kidoinfo Spooky Storytime & Haunted Art in the Park!
Saturday, October 25 from 10:30 am-12:30 pmKidoinfo Spooky Storytime

Join us in Burnside Park for a special fall Kidoinfo Spooky Storytime & Haunted Art in the Park with author/illustrator guest readers Alison Paul, Jen Corace and Anisa Raoof…and Ricky Katowics back at it in Art in the Park – Haunted Edition!

Following Storytime, at Haunted Art in the Park kids can explore Alison Paul’s haunted house in Burnside Park and do Halloween art-making with artist Ricky Katowicz. Also learn about anatomy with our skeleton, Ms. Bones and guess the guts at the touch-and-feel table! Please join us for this THIRD-annual Spooky (but Not So Scary) Kidoinfo Storytime event! Read more about it here.

More fun: Come in costume and get a special treat! Explore our Spooky playground, get FREE Halloween facepainting, climb our haunted haystack, get down to our special Halloweenie sound-track and enjoy delicious fall treats from food trucks!

WHERE: Burnside Park, Downtown Providence
AGES: All ages!

Halloween Hike — Mother Nature style!
Saturday, October 25 from 5:30-9:00pm (Groups depart every 10 minutes)
Bundle up and rustle through the leaves on guided lantern-lit trails through the cool night forest. Families encounter friendly costumed woodland creatures that explore the myths and legends associated with local wildlife and Halloween. Before or after the tour, take part in fun crafts and activities. Registration is required to reserve a time slot. Click here to learn more about Caratunk’s Halloween Hike.
WHERE: Audubon Society of RI at the Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, 301 Brown Avenue, Seekonk, MA
AGES: All ages
COST: $10 per member and $14 per non-member; family 4-pack available for $32 (Members) and $48 (Non-Members)
PHONE: (401) 949-5454 ext. 3041
WEBSITE: http://www.asri.org

9th Annual Halloween Iron Pour: Mad Science!
Saturday, October 25 (Rain date: October 26th.) from 5:00pm – 8:30pm.
Doors open at 5:00pm. Iron Pour Begins, with music provided by The Empty House Cooperative.
Here at the Steel Yard, planning for the 9th Annual Halloween Iron Pour is already underway and we invite you to join us for this unique industrial art performance! This family friendly event exposes viewers to the spectacular process of casting iron in a creative and nontraditional way. Each year the Steel Yard teams up with the Iron Guild, a New England based group of foundry artists, to present the industrial arts in an accessible and fun way. Large format sculptures and kinetic art pieces are cast before the crowds eyes, creating an evening of glowing metal, drama, and music. Click here for more information about this year’s Iron Pour.
WHERE: The Steel Yard, 27 Sims Ave. Providence, RI
AGES: All ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
COST: $10, children under 5 are FREE.
WEBSITE: http://www.thesteelyard.org

Spooky Zoo
October 25 & 26 from 10:00am-3:00pm
Daytime outdoor autumn activities for the whole family: trick-or-treat, enjoy live music and seasonal entertainment including pumpkin carving demonstrations, games, creepy-crawly animal encounters, costumed characters, pumpkin treats for the animals and more! Click here for more information about Spooky Zoo.
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/

Creepy, Crawly Family Fun
October 25 & 26 from 12 :00pm-3:00pm
Spooky fun crafts, Halloween museum quest, museum vault tours (additional admission applies), creature features, and a trick-or-treat bag full of Halloween fun! Visitors receive a complimentary treat bag. Free museum and planetarium admission for costumed visitors. Click here for more information.
WHERE: Museum of Natural History and Planetarium at Roger Williams Park
AGES: 4 years and older
COST: $2 museum and $4 planetarium
PHONE: 401-785 9457
WEBSITE: http://www.providenceri.com

Creepy Critters
Saturday, October 25, Noon – 2:00pm
Lizards and snakes and frogs, oh my!  Kids come in costume and meet some captivating critters – prickly, hairy but not too scary  – with Dave Marchetti of Animal Experiences.
WHERE: Providence Children’s Museum, 100 South Street, Providence
AGES: 3+
COST: Free with admission
WEBSITE: http://www.childrenmuseum.org/


Boo Bash
Sunday, October 26, 11:00am – 2:00pm 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 Providence Children’s Museum’s annual hands-on Halloween bash!
WHERE: Providence Children’s Museum, 100 South Street, Providence
AGES: 3+
COST: Free with admission
WEBSITE: http://www.childrenmuseum.org/

Spooky Studio
Wednesday, October 29 – Friday, October 31 from 10:00am-3:00pm
Experiment with slime, dress up, create spooky creatures and have other frightful fun in Discovery Studio, the Museum’s hands-on art and science exploration space.
WHERE: Providence Children’s Museum, 100 South Street, Providence
AGES: 3+
COST: Free with admission
WEBSITE: http://www.childrenmuseum.org/

Little Pumpkins
Thursday, October 30 from 3.30-4.30pm
Don your Halloween finery, enjoy light refreshments and be entertained by music maker Lindsay Meehan. Younger siblings are welcome! All children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.
WHERE: The Providence Athenaeum, 251 Benefit Street, Providence
AGES: 2 – 6
COST: suggested donation of $5 per child. R.S.V.P. a must! Call Lindsay at 421-6970 or email lshaw@provath.org
WEBSITE: http://www.providenceathenaeum.org

“Fiends” of Brown Street Park Halloween Party and Parade
Friday, October 31 from 4:00—5:30pm
All are welcome at the “Fiends” of Brown Street Park Children’s Halloween Party and Parade. Kids can join in on the ghoulish games, creepy crafts, and demented decorating projects, while filling up on pizza and healthy snacks. At 5:00pm, jump in as one of our favorite marching bands honks, blasts and bangs their way along a neighborhood parade route. Sponsored by “Fiends” of Brown Street Park, Mt. Hope YMCA, Crossfit Providence, and Whole Foods University Heights. Click here for more information about this year’s event.
WHERE: Brown Street Park, corner of Brown & Creighton Streets, Providence
AGES: Best for ages 10 and under
PHONE: 401-454 8712
WEBSITE: http://www.friendsofbrownstreetpark.org/

Toddler Try-It: Spooky Painting
Friday,October 31 10:00am-Noon
Young children,  delve into different hands-on art and science activities each Friday morning. This week, toddlers use Halloween colors to make their own spooky painting.
WHERE: Providence Children’s Museum, 100 South Street, Providence
AGES: 18 months – 3 years
COST: Free with admission
WEBSITE: http://www.childrenmuseum.org/

Tour the Old Jail
Thursdays through December 31 from 11:00am – 4:00pm
Tour period jail cells re-constructed in 1858 to replace the site’s first jail of 1792. Learn about the crimes and punishments of some of the area’s notorious characters! Click here for more information about the Old Jail.
WHERE: Old Washington County Jail, Kingstown
AGES: 8-12 years
COST: $5 adults, $3 children
PHONE: 401- 783 1328
WEBSITE: www.pettaquamscutt.org/


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