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Kids Culture Halloween Edition

Wed, 10/27/2021 - 16:28
Halloween is two days away.
Carissa Katz

Costumes at L.V.I.S.

The Ladies Village Improvement Society will welcome costumed youngsters for stories and Halloween treats on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. The society's Main Street, East Hampton, headquarters and the large dollhouse inside the entryway will be decorated for the occasion. 

Halloween in the Village

A Halloween Festival will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Herrick Park in East Hampton Village on Sunday, with food and activities offering a bonus to the usual trick-or-treating fun happening in the business district along Main Street and Newtown Lane from 1 to 5 and on the residential streets off Newtown Lane from 5 to 7 p.m. This year, the village will once again close off parts of McGuirk Street, Cooper Lane, Conklin Terrace, and Sherrill Road to traffic so that trick-or-treaters can go door to door more safely.

Pumpkin Trail

While there will be no Ragamuffin Parade in Sag Harbor this weekend, the village's Chamber of Commerce has once again organized a Pumpkin Trail, with trick-or-treaters welcome to stop at businesses and other destinations downtown from 1:30 to 3:30 on Sunday. 

On the Farm

Children have been invited to go in costume to Amber Waves Farm in Amagansett on Saturday to take part in fun morning farm chores outside from 9 to 10 and then paint pumpkins and trick-or-treat in the fields from 10 to noon. Pumpkins and gourds will be available for purchase at the farm market, as will hot apple cider, apple cider doughnuts, and other holiday treats.

A Day at the Circus

Clare Pernice, a children's book author and illustrator, will run three story and craft sessions at Nellie's of Amagansett, an antiques shop, on Saturday and Sunday, each with a Day at the Circus theme inspired by her picture book "Circus Girl."

At sessions on Saturday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and Sunday at 11 a.m., Ms. Pernice will read from her book and then lead children as they make lion or pumpkin puppets. Children may go in costume, and everyone who attends will be entered into a drawing for a gift box that includes a signed book, felted circus ball, postcards, colored pencils, and a certificate for an hourlong Zoom art class with the author and illustrator.

Workshops are intended for children 8 and under. There is no cost to attend, but reservations are encouraged by emailing [email protected] by this afternoon.

SoFo Spider Search

The South Fork Natural History Museum's Young Environmentalists Society for kids 10 to 16 will meet on Saturday at 10 a.m. in Bridgehampton. New participants are always welcome at this free program, and there is bilingual support for those who speak Spanish.

Also on Saturday, at 10:30 a.m., children 8 and older, teens, and adults can join in a "spooky" spider search. Paul King III, a SoFo environmental educator, will talk about some of the South Fork's native spiders, including the black widow, and "investigate some common misconceptions that cause most people to fear them." The cost is $10 for children, $15 for adults. Museum members get in free.

Advance registration is required for all museum events at 631-537-9735 or [email protected].

Costume Parade

Halloween bingo kicks off the weekend for kids 8 to 12 tomorrow at 4 p.m. at the Hampton Library in Bridgehampton. Costumes are encouraged. On Saturday, they're a must for a costume parade setting off from the library at 10 a.m.

On Monday, kids in sixth grade and up can decorate coffee mugs with Sharpies from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Next Thursday at 4 p.m., representatives of the Horticultural Alliance of the Hamptons will work with kids in kindergarten through third grade to plant amaryllis bulbs that should be blooming in time for the winter holidays. Supplies are limited and registration is a must.

In a nod to the Mexican holiday the Day of the Dead, kids 8 to 12 will decorate felt "sugar" skulls on Friday, Nov. 5, at 4 p.m.

Halloween Project Kits

For high school students this week at the East Hampton Library, there's a Halloween take-and-make project kit available for pickup tomorrow between 3 and 5 p.m.

On Tuesday, a fall walk setting out from the library at 4 p.m. will kick off a photo contest for high school students. Participants should take a smartphone or camera to capture images that depict the spirit of the season. Photos can be submitted to [email protected] through Nov. 30 and must contain the photographer's name, grade, school, and phone number. The winner will get a gift card to the Golden Eagle art store.

On Wednesday, high schoolers can sign up for murder mystery subscription boxes. This month's will include a copy of "A Good Girl's Guide to Murder" by Holly Jackson and other surprises. Boxes can be reserved online, in person, or by calling the library's young-adult desk.

For younger children there's a fall leaf garland workshop planned for ages 7 to 10 on Tuesday at 4 p.m. Page Turners, a virtual book group for middle schoolers, will meet next Thursday at 4 p.m. to talk about the first book in Stuart Gibbs's "FunJungle" series, "Belly Up." Google Meet information will be sent to participants after they sign up. Registration ahead of time is required for all library programs.

Fall Celebration

The Amagansett Library will host a fall celebration for families on Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. The outdoor program will include treats and a community art project.

Painting a Haunted House

Weather permitting, a haunted house painting session for teens will take place in the courtyard outside at the John Jermain Memorial Library in Sag Harbor tomorrow at 4:30 p.m. The program will move inside, with masks, in case of rain.

John Jermain is also offering subscription boxes for teen readers, with a different theme each month and boxes with a book and other goodies available while supplies last to those who register in advance. November features "Courage to Soar" by Simone Biles. Supernatural will be the theme in December and the book will be Francesca Zappia's "Now Entering Addamsville."

Horticultural Alliance of the Hamptons folks will be at John Jermain next Thursday, planting amaryllis bulbs with kindergartners through third graders at 4 p.m. Sign-up is a must.

Focus on Fitness

New Project Most series starting next week at the Neighborhood House in East Hampton include toddler tumbling, creative art, games and fitness, and Caretaker and Me fitness for adults and little ones of all ages.

Rachel Haab will teach a four-part tumbling class for 2 and 3-year-olds on Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. for $80 and a three-part class for 4 and 5-year-olds on Thursdays at 9:30 for $60.

A three-part creative art workshop in which kids 4 to 8 will explore various techniques and materials will run on Fridays from Nov. 5 through 19 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. On the same Fridays, there will be youth games and fitness for the same age group at 12:30. Each of the Friday offerings costs $20 per class. Caretaker and Me fitness, also with Ms. Haab, will happen on Thursdays through Nov. 18 at 10:20 a.m. for $60.

On Saturday, 3 and 4-year-olds will explore the senses with sensory bin sorting at 10:30 a.m., and kids 5 to 9 will work with colorful melting ice in a STEM workshop at noon.

Samantha Duane, a former roller derby pro, will teach a beginner skating class for kindergarten through third grade on two Fridays, Nov. 5 and 19, at 3:45. Kids can take their own skates or use ones provided by the roller rink in Greenport. Karyn Mannix will guide kids 6 and up in sunset painting classes next Thursday at 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. The cost for each of the Saturday workshops or the skating and painting is $20 each.

Advance registration is required for all programs at


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