4:00 – 6:00 PM, Saturday October 31
Halloween is happening for young ghosts, superheroes, creatures, and more! The Fairbanks Museum is hosting a pass-through Halloween trail for kids to age 6 and their families starting in the new Delia Griffin Playground. This event will be touch-free and outdoors. Protective face covering is required for everyone over the age of 2, and maintaining at least 6-feet distance from people who are not in your immediate circle is mandatory for the safety of all.
“Come wearing your best spooky or silly costume to catch treats and try some tricks,” says Allison Gulka-Millard, director of programs at the Museum. Activities including a pumpkin hunt, colorful bubbles, and mad science demonstrations. This spooky trail is focused on younger children and will allow kids to have some fun while staying safe. Treats will be delivered via touch-free chutes directly into your bag or basket! The CDC has some tips about making Halloween fun this year at cdc.gov. Make your cloth mask part of your costume (a plastic mask is not a substitute).
Tricks & Treats at the Museum begins at 4:00 PM in the Delia Griffin Playground, which was installed in September as a tribute to one of the most influential directors of the Fairbanks Museum. “This playground introduces a new space for St. Johnsbury’s youngest explorers to experiment with gravity, light, balance, and shape,” comments Adam Kane, executive director. “The playground is a result of tremendous community investment – it came about because people care about the health and well-being of our kids. It’s entirely supported through donations from our friends and neighbors.”
Delia Griffin was the director of the Fairbanks Museum from 1903 to 1913, then became the founding director of the Boston Children’s Museum. She revolutionized museum education for children, as she developed live exhibits with hundreds of specimens, installed new displays, and hosted lectures. Her approach to learning encouraged students to be fully engaged, guiding each student to discovery. She was a champion of self-directed learning centered on children, creating space for students to take charge of their own intellectual adventures.
Recognizing her lasting impact on the Fairbanks Museum, the Delia Griffin Playground honors the importance of play in learning about the world around us.
Halloween Tricks & Treats at the Fairbanks Museum is free and open to everyone, thanks to donations from The White Market in St. Johnsbury and local donors.