The fall Halloween season offers so much opportunity for creativity — make your ghosts scary, or friendly like Casper. Make your house crooked or spooky or haunted. Give your witch a wart or striped stockings or a big pointy black hat. Make your jack-o-lantern screaming or smiling.
Here is a roundup of some fall themed art classes that let kids sculpt from clay, paint with acrylics or build houses from paper towel rolls and cardboard. Many are Halloween themed, others are not:
At Mini Monet in Sayville, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 15, it’s a family paint night for ages 8 and older. Participants will each paint a cat on a pumpkin using glow-in-the-dark paint. Cost is $30 per person. From noon to 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 23, children in second grade or older can create a spooky haunted house from cardboard and decorate it with Halloween items. Cost is $35 per child. Advance registration is required for both and space is limited due to COVID, says owner Pam Brewer. Mini Monet also offers drop-in open studio for ceramics and wood cutouts from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., on Fridays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Sundays. 122 and 128 Main St., 631-218-9797, minimonetsayville.com.
Decorate a Planter or Pet Bowl
A family-friendly workshop at the Westbury Arts Center offers the chance to paint a planter pot for a home or garden from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 16. Participants will learn painting techniques and work with rhinestones. The class includes information about what flowers to place in the planter to attract butterflies and birds. Open to all ages and skill levels, but children younger than 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Cost is $35 per person, all materials provided. From 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 13, another event offers the chance to paint a food or water bowl for Fido or Fluffy using dishwashing safe paint, also for $35 per person. Take the pet bowl home or donate it to an animal shelter. Register for either event at eventbrite.com. 255 Schenck Ave., 516-400-2787, westburyarts.org.
Paint in the Park
Kids gather in Veterans Park in Rocky Point for these outdoor paint sessions affiliated with Studio E Art. From 5 to 6 p.m. on Oct. 20, children will paint a cat perched on a pumpkin, and from 5 to 6 p.m. on Oct. 27, they will paint a witch’s legs in striped stockings sticking up out of a caldron. Parents provide blanket or towel as kids sit on the grass, and they hang back while their children create an 11 x 17 painting using acrylic paint. For ages 5 to 12; cost is $25 per child with supplies included. To register, email instructor Jessica Avidor at firstname.lastname@example.org. The park is behind Tilda’s Bake Shop at 640 NY-25A; the studio is at 77 Broadway. 631-744-4001, studioeartclass.com.
Make a clay sculpture
At The Village Artist in Huntington from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 16, participants paint a nighttime Halloween scene. From 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 23, instructors lead participants step-by-step through sculpting spooky ghosts, haunted houses or scary witches from clay. Workshops are for ages 6 through teens; $45 per person. 630 New York Ave., 631-271-0715, thevillageartist.com.
Dabble in Dracula
At The Tiny Artist in Massapequa, from 1 to 3 p.m. on Oct. 16, kids create a haunted house using paper towel and toilet paper rolls and fairy lights to light up the interior. Cost is $30 per child. From 1 to 3 p.m. on Oct. 23, kids will paint Dracula, and from 1 to 3 p.m. on Oct. 30, they’ll paint a haunted house. Cost for painting sessions is $25 per person; for a parent/child experience the cost is $40 and each person paints his or her own painting. Masks required. 129 New York Ave., 516-799-6930, thetinyartist.com.