what to do with the kids this weekend: Friday, October 26 – Sunday, October 27, 2018

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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 – 9:30 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/


Nessralla Farm’s 11th annual corn maze runs 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. Because of the popularity of this event you must pre order your tickets! https://squareup.com/store/south-shore-cm


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. **Please note due to weather Jack O’Lantern Journey is not open on Sat. Oct. 27. http://www.zoonewengland.org/engage/jack-o-lantern-journey


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/


The Holbrook Patrolmen’s Association Presents Holbrook Haunted House at South School, 719 South Franklin Street. Enter the unknown Friday and Saturday night from 6 – 10:00 p.m. $10 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under – cash online. Details on https://www.Facebook.com/HolbrookHauntedHouse  


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 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.


Friday, October 26:

Bay Farm Montessori Academy is hosting a pumpkin stroll and “haunted house” Friday from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on their campus in Duxbury. The students’ carved pumpkins will be displayed on Bay Farm’s Peace Path and the “super scary” haunted house will be held in their Elementary II building. This is a free event – the more the merrier…or should we say spookier!  https://www.facebook.com/events/320573925373128/


Derby St. celebrates Halloween with their Boos and Brews event from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. today to benefit Hingham Public Schools. A special performance from Mamasteph is on tap for the event, as well as a Halloween costume contest, pumpkin decorating, photobooth, games, face painting, treats  from some of your favorite stores and more. The brews part provided by Burk’s Aleworks of Hanover, and, obv, is for adults only. Check-in in the area between REI and Kohl’s – admission is free! https://www.facebook.com/events/2192439814357279/


Saturday, October 27:

Plymouth Rocks Events welcome one of the most popular bands with kids today to Plymouth today 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


Trick or treat with the villains! It’s a Halloween Party at the Company Theatre in Norwell today from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Gather treats from the Sea Witch, Evil Queen, Queen of Hearts, Hades and some of their evil offspring, but, beware of some tricks along the way. Get wicked with fun activities like “poison” apple bobbing with the Evil Queen, Beignet eating with the Doctor, Captain Hook’s Treasure Hunt and much more! Tickets are $25 per accompanied child 4 and older – adult admission is free. https://www.companytheatre.com/trick-or-treat-with-the-villains/


The 5th annual Middleborough Town Hall ghost tour is today from 7 – 9:45 p.m. This is a family event, non-scary tour of the town hall from the upstairs Ballroom to the jail cells in the basement!! The team will share real life (ghostly) stories of some of the things that have taken place in the town hall. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door. https://www.facebook.com/events/2142334652649216/?active_tab=about



Sunday, October 28:

The Plymouth Center for the Arts, at 11 North Street in Plymouth, is hosting a haunted gingerbread house workshop today and there are two sessions: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. This is a fun event for kids 4 – 12. Cost is $15 per kid and you must register by calling 508.746.7222.


Greater Bridgewater Women of Today are hosting their annual Touch-a-truck at Sullivan Tire in Bridgewater from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Kids can wear their costumes and trick-or-treat at each vehicle as well as face painting, giveaways and games. Big League Brian will be appearing, too! Cost is $5 per person. https://www.facebook.com/events/1962633503800991/


The Old Colony Y in North Easton is hosting their Halloween Spooktacular Party today from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Easton’s “Parade of Horribles” starts at 4:00 p.m. too. There will be a costume contest, spooky gymnastics obstacle course, spooky snacks and more. https://www.facebook.com/events/2245746675703471/


Camp Kiwanee’s Halloween Extravaganza is today from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. There will be a DJ, bouncy house, Halloween activities in the Lodge, a photo booth and food trucks! There will be prizes for the best carved pumpkin – please carve your pumpkin at home! You’ll be able to walk through the spooky South End campground and vote for your favorite decorated cabin. http://officialcampkiwanee.com/camp-kiwanees-halloween-extravaganza/


It’s time to Fall for Scituate in North Scituate Village today! It’s the 7th annual family festival that kicks off at 11:00 a.m. and runs until 4:00 p.m. South Shore Evergreen 4H presents the social event of the season when Isa and Dusk, two Netherland Dwarf Bunnies, are married at 11:45! There will be an ice cream eating contest, tractor hayrides,  a meet and greet photo session with Moana from 12:15 – 1:15, a meet and greet photo session from 2-3 with Spider Man and so much more! Face painting, bouncy houses, petting zoo, spooky crafts, balloon animals and more! https://www.facebook.com/events/938754952974984/


Are there real life monsters? The folks at Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary want you to take a fantastically spooky walk where real life creatures are the feature as you learn how nature is truly stranger than fiction? Vampire fireflies and zombie ants, oh my! Registration is required: 508.927.1200. Cost is $5 for members and $7 for nonmembers. https://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/program-catalog#program:program_code=61977


The 36th annual Hanover Halloween Parade will be hosted at Hanover High School today from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Dress up in your favorite costume and join the HHS band as they March around the school. Then enjoy Mr DJ USA for a dance party, bubbles, sing along and Children’s Games. Goody bags handed out. This year in memory of Officer Michael Chesnea donations will be collected for the Chesnea Family Fund. Each child Please bring a non-perishable food item for the Hanover Food Pantry. Registration $3/child https://www.facebook.com/events/324709978077929/

Saturday, November 3:

What a night for a family owl prowl at the Blue Hills Trailside Museum in Milton from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. This program, great for kids 6-18, explores the world of owls. Discover some of the unique adaptations of owls, practice owl calls and meet some of the museum’s resident owls before going on a night hike to search for owls and other nocturnal life. To preserve the magic of the night, the museum asks that only adults carry flashlights. Please leave toys, clothing, or shoes that flash or make noise at home so we can enjoy the sounds of the animals and the twinkling of the stars. Wear sturdy walking shoes and insect repellent is recommended.  The cost is $8 for members and $10 for nonmembers. Registration is required by calling 617.333.0690 https://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/program-catalog#program:program_code=61483

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.




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