Kids Culture 10.25.18

The cast of the Stages children’s theater production of “Frankenstein Follies” at Bay Street Theater this weekend includes Robert Kohnken as Frankie, Ava Bianchi as the devil, Eileen Shortall as Frankenstein’s bride, Silas Jones as the Wolfman, and Denis Hartnett as Dracula. Stages, a Children’s Theatre Workshop

“Follies” at Bay Street

Stages, a Children’s Theatre Workshop, will present “Frankenstein Follies,” a Halloween-theme musical revue tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday at the Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor.

Featuring young performers, the production is directed and choreographed by Helene Leonard and has been presented each Halloween season for 24 years. 

Show times are tomorrow at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15. 


Monster Mash

Camp SoulGrow will host a Halloween Monster Mash for kids 7 and older at its downtown Montauk studio on Saturday. Children have been invited to attend in costume, of course, and there will be games, music, food, and candy. The party runs from 6 to 8 p.m. and is free. 


Family Fun Day

Costumes are also encouraged at the East Hampton Kiwanis Club’s annual Family Fun Day on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the American Legion Hall in Amagansett. There will be costume prizes for those dubbed best dressed.

The day includes pony rides, pumpkin and face painting, bounce houses, drip painting with the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center, train rides, food, magic, and live music. Tulip the Clown will do balloon crafts and the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons will be on hand with its mobile adoption unit. Tickets are $5 per person. 


Ragamuffin Romp

Ambitious families might also be able to join in the Sag Harbor Chamber of Commerce’s annual Ragamuffin Parade on Sunday at 1 p.m. The parade of costumed revelers begins at the corner of Main and Nassau Streets by the Sag Harbor Laundromat and cuts a colorful swath down Main Street to the Customs House, where the party continues on the lawn.  

On Wednesday, business district stores participating in Pumpkin Trail trick-or-treating from 3 to 5 p.m. can be identified by pumpkin faces in their windows. 


Halloween and Then Some

Halloween fun is also on the agendas at the John Jermain Memorial Library in Sag Harbor and Hampton Library in Bridgehampton. 

John Jermain will host a Halloween Fair on Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. Games, crafts, and treats are promised, but those with food allergies should check with the library first to learn if the program is suitable for them. The library has asked that costumes not include weapons. 

Looking past the holiday, a chess club for kindergarten through sixth grade will start next Thursday from 4 to 5 p.m. It will meet weekly through Dec. 20. Players at all levels will be welcomed, and those who have their own chessboards and timers have been asked to bring them along.

At the Hampton Library, kids 4 and older can make monster masks tomorrow at 4. A Halloween story time and parade through the Bridgehampton business district happens on Saturday at 10 a.m., and on Monday from 3:30 to 5 p.m. there’s Halloween karaoke for grades six and up. Tuesday brings a Halloween edition of the Escape Room challenge at 3:30 p.m., also for grades six and up. On Friday, Nov. 2, kids 4 and older can do scarecrow craft at 4 p.m.


L.V.I.S. Open House

The East Hampton Ladies Village Improvement Society will host a Halloween open house on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. for younger children. There will be storytelling, treats, and a chance to check out the society’s antique dollhouse specially decorated for the occasion. 


Not Just for Kids

At the East Hampton Library, Monday will bring a Halloween-theme 3-D printing session for high school students from 3 to 5 p.m., and on Tuesday from 5 to 7, it’s Scary Movie Night, also for high schoolers. Popcorn and other refreshments will be provided and those who attend may take their own food, too. 

A family screening of the Disney classic “The Fox and the Hound” will take place next Thursday at 4 p.m. That night at 6, high school students are invited to face off against the youth library in a Kahoot pop culture trivia challenge at 6 p.m.

While it’s not only for kids, the Haunted Library event, happening on Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m., bears a brief mention here (find more on the East Hampton page). Children younger than 10 will not be admitted, but middle and high school students will. 


Chopped: Spooky Edition

Kids in third grade and above who like to get creative in the kitchen may enjoy the Montauk Library’s Chopped: Spooky Edition, a Halloween-theme take on the popular “Chopped” TV show, on Saturday from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Participants will make an appetizer and a dessert using mystery ingredients. Space is limited.

A new chess club for students in kindergarten through 12th grade will start up at the library on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Paul Dooher will work with players at all levels to improve their games. 


Creepy Crawly Cool

Spiders are the stuff of spooky decorations and creepy crawly nightmares, and there may be good reason for that. According to the South Fork Natural History Museum, “spiders are one of the top predators for their size and are often capable of taking down prey much larger than themselves.”

The museum’s Miles Todaro will delve into that and much more during a program on spiders and how they catch their prey on Sunday at 2 p.m. A spider-theme craft will follow. There is a $3 materials fee and advance registration is requested. 


Portfolio Review

Michael Combs, an artist and professor at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, will lead a free portfolio review workshop for 10th through 12th graders on Saturday at Guild Hall. 

Mr. Combs will offer students interested in pursuing art at the college level some guidance and tips on presenting and curating their work for the art school admission process. The workshop runs from noon to 1:30 p.m. and is free, but advance registration is required.  


Auditioning and Résumés

Young thespians mark your calendars: NexGen Youth Theatre, run by Bethany Dellapolla and Magnus Tonning Riise, is offering two classes at the Bay Street Theater for ages 10 to adulthood on Nov. 5. 

Audition technique will be the focus of a workshop from 4 to 7 p.m., while a 7 to 8 p.m. session will deal with making a résumé. In the first, singers will be asked to perform two short, contrasting musical theater songs and actors two short, contrasting monologues. They will be coached on their selections and offered tips on how to choose and prepare them. The cost is $100. In the later session, which costs $40, actors will get tips on how to write and format an acting résumé for an audition. Participants are asked to take a laptop and to have their credits handy. 

Ms. Dellapolla, who directs musicals at Pierson Middle and High School, is an actress, teacher, director, and choreographer who splits her time between here and New York City. She has performed on stage, screen, and radio. Mr. Riise, an arts teacher, had his first professional theater job at the age of 8 in Norway. He has performed on stage and screen ever since. 

Registration is at 


In Love With Shakespeare

And speaking of theater, or should we say theatre, Kate Mueth and Susan Stout of the Neo-Political Cowgirls will lead a Young Cowgirls Speak the Bard workshop on Tuesdays starting Nov. 6 at Guild Hall. The workshop will explore the language of Shakespeare through journaling, theater games, movement, and performance. 

It will meet every Tuesday through Dec. 18, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., with an additional session on Dec. 17. It is open to girls and female-identifying children 8 to 12. The cost is $300, $290 for museum members. Registration is at