October ~ the Faraway Family Fall
“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”
~L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables~
No month screams fall on Nantucket more than October. Children have settled back into their school routines and time allows parents to enjoy the island before it buttons down for the long winter ahead. While weekends become more leisurely, there is plenty to do in our efforts to spend quality time with our wee ones. The week ahead is full of fun events for all ages to gather and celebrate in the anticipation of a spooktacular Halloween holiday.
This afternoon the Linda Loring Nature Foundation will host the first Annual Trails and Treats from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m., at the Foundation off Eel Point road. The event is open to all ages, but targets children in grades pre-K through 5th grade. Attendees can earn treats for participating in nature trivia or listen to a Halloween-themed story, all while searching the fall themed trails. Costumes are welcome, but not required and the event is free of charge.
If you’re looking to get your spook on midweek, the Nantucket Historical Association and the Theatre Workshop of Nantucket are hosting a night of chilling tales at the recently-restored Old Gaol. The event is open to families with children of all ages, beginning at 6:00 p.m. Admission is $5.00 per person and tickets are sold at the door. Snuggle up with your wee one, surrounded by an autumn atmosphere, while listening to old stories of fun and fright.
On Saturday, October 29th there are petrifying parties abound, starting with the Teeny Tiny Halloween party at the Center Street Community School campus, hosted by the Early Childhood team. Children age birth to 5 years are welcome between 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. to participate in games, activities, and fun. Costumes are welcome and parental supervision is required.
Bartlett’s Farm has advertised a fantastic crop this season with a “larger than average harvest” of pumpkins and gourds galore. Following suite, the garden center greenhouse has been transformed into a ghastly display of ghouls and ghosts, appropriately rounded out with a Sponge Bob scarecrow for the teeny toddlers and little ones. On Saturday visit the scarecrow display between 2:00-4:00 p.m. to search the shadows for employees handing out treat and sweets.
Looking for something to burn your little one’s candle of energy? The Sally Lamb Roberts Gym Dedication and Halloween Costume Dance is also on Saturday, between 3:00-5:00 p.m. Hosted by the Nantucket Elementary school, children aged birth through 5th grade are invited to boogie on down with your magic wand, broomstick, or superhero cape.
If none of the listed events above fit into your schedule and you’re just looking to get in the mood, head over to Book Works to surround yourself in the spooky spirit of the holiday. You’ll find yourself engulfed by all the accessories of the season, including candy, hats, trinkets, witch tights, masks, and more. It’s also a great opportunity to pick up a Boo book or two, to lull overtired trick or treaters to bed, post party on Halloween night.
As autumn leaves and cooler nights shroud the island, the last bit of the season’s light gives faraway families an opportunity to enjoy Nantucket's charm. Take advantage of all the haunts and happenings; after all, it won’t be long until the clock turns back and the search for creating our own indoor hocus pocus begins.
Christy Bassett Baker grew up on island surrounded by a large family of generations of Nantucket natives. After attending Connecticut College, travelling extensively, and teaching English in Spain for two winters, Christy returned to Nantucket, where she met and married her husband. Together they live permanently on island with their young daughter and her three, four-legged adopted siblings. Christy is the Communications Manager at the Nantucket Boat Basin. On her days off she and her daughter spend long salty summer days at the beach with her entire family.