what to do with the kids: Friday, October 19 – Sunday, October 21, 2018

not so spooky haunted house
Nessralla Farm’s 11th annual corn maze is open weekends through October 28th in Halifax from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Admission includes entry to the farm, maze, hayrides, bouncy house, tunnel toddler maze, kiddie train, hay bale pyramid, ring toss, bowling, corn hole along with additional offerings including a zip line, pick your own pumpkins, food tent, and more. Admission is $12 per person, $10 for Veterans, kids 3 and under and 80 and older enter for free. http://www.nessrallafarm.com/wordpress/corn-maze/ 

Every Friday and Saturday in October from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., head to the Hanover Mall to visit Dracula and his friends as he celebrates his 100th birthday, and walk through his not so scary haunted Transylvania Castle. Walk through the haunted grave yard and spooky forest to his castle and join lots of ghoulish friends. Dress in costume and be prepared to have fun! You can decorate cookies, eat gummy works and play fun games. This is a fundraising event for the South Shore Children’s Museum and is not included in membership or admission. The suggested ages are 3 – 10 years old and the cost is $5 per person.


Visit Winslow Farm Animal Sanctuary in Norton this month for their October Festival – a hauntingly good time! There will be pumpkin painting and other activities, storytelling in the evening, and a tour of the friendly decorated trails with spooktacular lights. Saturday and Sunday daytime events run from noon until 3:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturday nights the events run from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for kids 2 – 11 (cash or check only). The evening events are still kid-friendly and you can enjoy the roaring campfire and the haunted trail. Don’t forget your flashlight at night!  http://www.winslowfarm.com/


The Jack O’ Lantern Journey runs through November 4th at the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston. Celebrate the season amongst thousands of hand-carved Jack O’ Lanterns creatively displayed in themed scenes. With glowing dinosaurs, a fanciful princess castle, and amazing animal scenes these are pumpkins the whole family will enjoy. You can watch a live pumpkin carving demo, enjoy seasonal food, beverages and more interactive experiences. 


The 5th annual scarecrow festival runs through November 1 on Main Street in Wareham and Onset Ave in Onset. Create your own scarecrow and be a part of the fall festivities! You can “register” your scarecrow in one of the following categories: business, club/organization (including classrooms and school groups) and families/individuals. Judging will be conducted by members of the business community on October 29th.


Roger Williams Park Zoo is celebrating 30 years of Halloween magic through November 4th with their annual Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular! This year’s show includes more than 5,000 intricately carved pumpkins featuring scenes of wizards, fairytales and the luminaries of great myths and legends, alongside superheroes and historical figures who changed our world. New this year, special event themed nights – October 24 and 25 are Superhero nights! http://www.rwpzoo.org/jols/


St. John’s (Not-So-Spooky) Haunted House is a prefect outing for preschool and elementary age kids and includes refreshments and activities in the lower church hall. The 3rd annual haunted house is open over two weekends: 10/19 & 10/20 as well as 10/26 & 10/27 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. The Episcopal Parish of St. John the Evangelist is located at 172 Main Street in Hingham! Click HERE for details.


Saturday, October 20:The 38th annual Farm Day at Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary in Marshfield is today from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and there is lots to do on Farm Day! You can hop on a tractor-drawn hayride through beautiful grassland, check out the cute farm animals, hide out in a hay maze, see live owls up close with the Eyes on Owls program, have fun playing games, creating crafts and getting your face painted! There will be music and food, an artisan demonstration and sales and so much more. Cost is $5 for members, $8 for non-members and kids ages 2 and under are admitted for free. All Farm Day proceeds help Mass Audubon South Shore Sanctuaries continue to protect and steward over 2,000 acres of land on the South Shore and provide quality educational programming in local schools, at summer camp, and through year-round activities for adults, children and families. This event celebrates Mass Audubon’s 1984 acquisition of this property, saving it from development and protecting over 500 acres of important habitat. https://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/wildlife-sanctuaries/daniel-webster/news-events/farm-day


Ride your broomsticks over to the Alden House in Duxbury for a spooktacular night of family fun at the 16th annual haunted house from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.! The experience includes (mildly) frightfully haunted tours of the historic Alden House, monster mash disco, face painting, kids’ games and activities including a maze and haunted trail walk. Cost is $6 per person. Refreshments will be for sale. This is suitable for all ages and costumes are encouraged! http://www.alden.org/


The Grand Army Hall Special Events team invites you to The Haunting Tower Tour, a family-friendly event at Lawson Tour in Scituate from 6 – 8:00 p.m. today. Take a not-so-scary trip up to the top of Lawson Tower with family and friends. You’ll meet a few characters along the way and get a surprise at the top! The cost is $5 per person with a family max of $20. This is a family-friendly event for kids of all ages. Please wear sneakers or the like – no flip flops! Email garhallevents@gmail.com or call 617.750.8987 for details or to purchase your tickets in advance.


Nature is in its glory in New England in October, and what a perfect time for a fall foliage walk up Great Blue Hill! Join naturalist Kathleen Regan on a hiike to the summit of Great Blue Hill to appreciate the fall foliage and scenic view. Learn about the history of the Blue Hills, how to identify the different trees growing on the reservation, and observe how wildlife is preparing for winter. This is a moderately strenuous hike uphill, comparable to climbing 2 or 3 flights of stairs. Wear sturdy footwear (hiking boots preferred, sneakers acceptable) and dress appropriately for the weather. This is suitable for kids ages 6 and up – bring water and a healthy snack too. Cost is $8 for members, $10 for nonmembers. Register by calling 617.333.0690 or online HERE.


Sunday, October 21:

It’s the final breakfast fly-in at Cranland Airport for the year! You get to see cool aircraft fly in and out and enjoy a great breakfast for only $6 for adults and $3 for kids: scrambled eggs, pancakes, sausage, coffee and orange juice. The fun kicks off around 8:00 a.m. and goes until about 11, they usually stop serving by 10:30 or when the food runs out! Visit online for more details HERE.


Upcoming Ideas

National Fire Safety Month Fire Department Open House in

Plympton: Saturday, October 27 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.


Plymouth Rocks Events welcome one of the most popular bands with kids today to Plymouth on Saturday, October 27 from 1 – 3:00 p.m. at Memorial Hall in Plymouth! Emmy award-winning Imagination Movers will bring their fun, infectious, live performance to Memorial Hall for the first time. Great for kids from 4 to 14, they are a blast for kids of all ages and a hit with parents, too! Tickets range from $25 – $55 and can be purchase online: https://www.plymouthrocksevents.org/new-events/2018/10/27/imagination-movers


Head to Easton on Saturday, October 27th for the Sheep Pasture Spooktacular at the Natural Resources Trust from 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.! This is a great family-friendly event with special fall activities for visitors of all ages. There will be family hayrides, nature hikes at the sheep pasture, face painting, a skull station where you can explore the NRT’s collection of animal skulls, arts and crafts and a fire pit station, too! There will be food and pumpkins for sale and the cost is $20 per family, up to five people, $5 per person additional.  Bring a flashlight for the evening activities! https://www.nrtofeaston.org/sheep-pasture-spooktacular.html


New England Wildlife Center in Weymouth is hosting their annual Night of a Thousand Faces October 26 & 27. Hundreds of Jack-O-Lanterns will once again light the way along the Andrea McKenna Harris Nature Trail during NEWC’s 16th annual fundraiser. From 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. all are invited to come and enjoy this pre-Halloween South Shore tradition where you can take a night walk along the decorated train, and then head inside the center to enjoy music, entertainment and more. Admission is $8 per person for adults and kids and proceeds support wildlife care and school education programs from Boston to Cape Cod. You can head to the front of the line with a Fast Pass – log onto their site to learn more:  https://www.newildlife.org/night-of-a-thousand-faces/



Ongoing Ideas

Been to the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton? Children under 12 are admitted for free and everyone is admitted for free Thursdays from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. Admission is free for Brockton residents! www.fullercraft.org 


The Children’s Museum in Boston costs $1 to enter Fridays from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.! Current exhibits include Explore-a-Saurus where you can assume the role of scientist and explore the evidence, the science and the features that make dinosaurs so compelling. You can touch and measure a fossil footprint and learn what clues it gives about a dinosaur’s size. You can manipulate a full-size model and learn how they moved and rearrange bone puzzles to learn about dinosaur anatomy.


Check out the fun events & activities at the Boston Museum of Science: www.mos.org.


Visit the New England Aquarium: www.neaq.org.




About Lisa Azizian

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