Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Charleston Currents October 2014 Feature


Halloween favorites for young children!
BY LEIGH SABINE
Special to Charleston Currents | permalink
OCT. 20, 2014 -- Halloween is a beautiful time for children of all ages in the Lowcountry... and it doesn't have to be scary.
Parents with young children can find plenty of "spooky" yet decidedly tame activities for little ones that inspire the feeling of Halloween without tears and anxiety. Here are a few of our favorite picks for celebrating Halloween:
  • Celebrate: Our favorite spot for celebrating fall and Halloween with young children is at the Boone Hall Pumpkin Patch in Mount Pleasant. Seven days a week from Oct. 1 to Oct. 31, Boone Hall offers fantastic activities for babies, toddlers and children of all ages. Our top picks are the extensive corn maze, the spooky hayride and the giant trampoline. Don't forget to allow time to pick a pumpkin in the huge onsite pumpkin patch! Visit boonehallpumpkinpatch.com for all the details and admission fees.
  • Create: Local area craft studios offer excellent opportunities for children to create Halloween inspired crafts in a space custom made for creativity.
    • Rock Paper Scissors in Mount Pleasant offers Halloween themed classes for young children throughout the month of October.
    • Sew Much Better in Mount Pleasant plans seasonal projects for beginning sewers and non-sewers too including a Fall scarecrow coming soon. Call ahead to schedule a class appropriate for your child's age with studio director "Miss Janet".
    • SpaceCraft Studios in West Ashley conducts craft classes for adults and children. To schedule a class or workshop (small groups of up to 6 children), visit their website to reserve a space in this ultra creative studio. Check these crafty studio websites for the latest classes and fees.
  • Walk: Afraid of the dark? Take an early evening walk before a bedtime story to point out all your neighborhood decorations. Walking in downtown Summerville is also a special treat at Halloween! Park along Main Street and check out the spooky decorations.
  • Read/Watch: You can't beat the old 1966 animated classic "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" for a lighthearted look at Halloween customs. Children of all ages relate to the great music and Snoopy's everlasting charm.Some favorite book titles for young children include Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson, Say Boo by Lynda Graham-Barber, and Ten Timid Ghosts by Jennifer O'Connell to name a few. Did you know you can even take little ones to trick or treat at their favorite branch of the library on Oct. 31? Use this Charleston County Public Library link for details on program times.
  • S.C. Aquarium Halloween: The S.C. Aquarium offers unique twists for kids with underwater pumpkin carving performed by scuba divers in the great ocean tank on Oct. 24 and Oct. 31, and Trick or Treat for members on Oct. 28. Wear your costume and join your fishy friends in a happy versus scary Halloween environment!
                                                         Enjoy the best parts of a traditional Happy Halloween!



This post compiled to "Champagne Halloween" - St. Paul and the Broken Bones

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