Pumpkin carving isn’t the only way kids can get creative on Halloween. Here are seven other arts-and-crafts opportunities for kids this season, from glow-in-the-dark slime workshops to paint-and-sip afternoons featuring milk and cookies instead of wine and cheese.
Michaels Halloween workshops
WHEN | WHERE 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 14, 21 and 28 at all Michaels stores
COST The Oct. 14 and 28 workshops require buying a T-shirt at Michaels, which is selling them for $3.33 each; Oct. 21 is free.
INFO 800-Michaels (800-642-4235); michaels.com/classes
These Saturday workshops don’t require advance registration. On Oct 14, participants will make Halloween-themed T-shirts; on Oct. 21, it’s glow-in-the-dark slime time, and on Oct. 28 kids can create one of five simple last-minute Halloween costumes, using a T-shirt as a base.
South Fork Natural History Museum: Go batty for bats
WHEN | WHERE 10:30 a.m. Oct. 15 at the South Fork Natural History Museum, 377 Bridgehampton/Sag Harbor Tpke., Bridgehampton
COST $5 materials fee plus museum admission of $15 per adult, $10 children 3 to 12, free children 2 and younger; advance registration required
INFO 631-537-9735; sofo.org
Kids learn about bats while creating a bat-habitat diorama to take home. Environmental educator Jan Porinchak will bring in preserved bat skeletons and a taxidermy bat to show the kids. Participants will then paint, cut and model with clay. Recommended for ages 9 and older.
Chocolate Works in Garden City: Sweet and spooky
WHEN | WHERE Drop in weekdays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; call for times on weekends; Chocolate Works, The Gallery at Westbury Plaza, 916 Old Country Rd., Garden City. Check other area Chocolate Works stores in Bellmore, Commack, Manhasset, Rockville Centre and Stony Brook for their store options.
INFO 516-833-9198; chocolateworks.com
Chocolate Works in Garden City offers two workshop choices through the end of October. Kids can make Halloween-themed chocolate-covered Oreos and a candy kebab, or they can make and decorate a gravesite tombstone out of candy bars they dot with Gummi body parts and sugar skulls. All projects are edible, and workshops include kids dipping a marshmallow or pretzel into the store’s four-foot chocolate fountain. Other stores offer other holiday options; Stony Brook, for instance, offers spooky lollipops, chocolate haunted houses, creepy candy kebabs, chocolate jack-o’-lanterns and scary sushi.
Pictured: Abigail Kleinman, 4, of Jericho makes (and eats!) a spooky treat at Chocolate Works in Garden City, Oct. 2, 2017.
Not Just Art in Oyster Bay: Boo-goo and more
WHEN | WHERE 1 to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 17, 20 and 26; 10 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 21; 4 to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 26 and 2 to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 28 at Not Just Art, 183 South St., Oyster Bay
COST $30 per child; $20 for sibling; reservations required
INFO 516-922-8300; notjustart.com
Kids 4 to 8 create boo-goos and slimes, monster mash prints, sneaky peekaboo pictures and corny sculptures.
Abrakadoodle Art Studio in Roslyn: Halloween art class
WHEN | WHERE 4 to 5:30 or 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 27 at Abrakadoodle Art Studio, 55 Lumber Rd., Roslyn
COST $35 or $60 per child; advance registration required
INFO 516-686-6900; abrakadoodle.com/ny04
Each class will focus on pop artist Romero Britto, with participants painting a piece mimicking his style but giving it a Halloween twist, says owner Rosanna Massaro. “All of our lessons, we always try to bring in some art history,” Massaro says. The three-hour class also includes pizza and Halloween festivities as well as the art project.
Long Island Children's Museum: Monster mash puppets
WHEN | WHERE Drop in between 2:30 and 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays at the Long Island Children’s Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City
COST Included with museum admission of $13 per person; $12 per senior 62 and older; younger than 1 free
INFO 516-224-5800; licm.org
Create a monster paper bag puppet with colorful materials. Kids can add hair, googly eyes and more. A museum staff member guides the project and offers sample puppets for inspiration. Recommended for kids 3 and older.
Pictured: Sofie Moore, 2, of Wantagh shows off the paper puppet she made in a Long Island Children’s Museum.
Clay Nation in Glen Cove: Kids n’ Canvas
WHEN | WHERE 4 to 5 p.m. Oct. 12 and 26 at Clay Nation, 38 Forest Ave., Glen Cove
COST $20 plus tax
INFO 516-671-8788; claynationonline.com
This is a drop-off program similar to adults’ paint nights, but with milk and cookies instead of wine and cheese, says Clay Nation owner Julie Papas. It’s open to kids in kindergarten through sixth grade. On Oct. 12, the kids will paint a black cat popping out of a jack-o’-lantern and on Oct. 26 they’ll paint a bat hanging upside-down from a tree branch.
Pictured: Jackson Papas, 8, of Glen Cove demonstrates how to paint a Halloween-themed painting at Clay Nation, Oct. 4, 2017.