Westchester takes Halloween seriously. Just look at the gigantic blow-up spiders and ghosts glowing on lawns this month. But many area Halloween events can be too scary for young children.
The Greenburgh Nature Center and the Weinberg Nature Center are offering the perfect antidote: Both Scarsdale nature centers are throwing a family friendly Halloween party with activities geared toward kids ages 8 and under. At these events, Halloween isn’t fright night. It’s about dressing up, playing games and going for a walk in the woods.
Greenburgh Nature Center’s Scarecrows and Pumpkins Parade
Come in costume and follow a trail decorated with pumpkins and scarecrows. Staff will be dressed up and performing fun skits along the trail. With animals, games, face painting, tattoos, snacks and cider, you can stay a few hours or the entire time soaking up the fall foliage and letting your kids run around in the fresh air.
When: October 28, 11am – 3:30pm
Where: 99 Dromore Road, Scarsdale; 914-723-3470
Cost: Fee if pre-registered by Oct 27: Members $4, Non-members $7. Fee day of event: Members $6, Non-members $9. Register here.
Weinberg Nature Center’s Halloween Bat & Owl Prowl
Come in your costume for a glow in the dark scavenger hunt to find glow in the dark plastic creepy crawlies! Bring your own flashlight for a night hike with a naturalist or walk the trail on your own. Meet some “creatures of the night” in a presentation of owls, tarantulas, bugs, sugar glider (like a squirrel), hedge hog and frog. There will also be a costume contest (everyone gets a prize), face painting and treats.
When: October 26, 6 – 9pm
Where: 455 Mamaroneck Road, Scarsdale; 914-722-1289
Cost: $5 per person, kids under 2 are free