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Monster Mash

image-Monster Mash is Saturday, October 31 – All Day

Saturday, October 31 — All Day Long!

This year our not-so-scary, silly, fun, favorite Halloween event is during the day!

Dress up in your favorite costumes as you enjoy games, face-painting and a treasure hunt. We can even help you prepare for trick-or-treating as you create masks, decorate pumpkins and design your own tote bag for collecting all of your treats!

Monster Mash is Free with museum admission. There is a $3 material fee on select activities.

Storybook Pumpkin Contest
Noon – 1:00 pm

Bring a pumpkin decorated like a storybook character to the museum for a chance to get a gift card!

Don't have a pumpkin?
Participate in our pumpkin decorating activity ($3 material fee required) here at the museum from 10:30 – 11:30 am.

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image-pumpkin painted

Preparing your pumpkin:

  • Pumpkin must represent a children's book or book character
    (Please bring the book or a picture of the cover.)
  • Pumpkin cannot be carved
  • Fake pumpkin or gourd may be used

The contest:

  • Bring your decorated pumpkin to the museum at noon on October 31 (or participate in our Pumpkin Decorating Activity from 10:30 – 11:30 am, for a $3 material fee)
  • Pumpkins will be reviewed in the Multimedia Gallery by a panel of judges
  • Winners will be announced at 1:00 pm on October 31 (one hour later)
  • Five winners will receive a gift card
  • Pumpkins cannot be left at the museum and will need to be taken home at the end of the contest

If you do not have a pumpkin to bring, there will be a pumpkin decorating activity from 10:30 – 11:30 am at the museum for a $3 material fee. Pumpkins provided by our generous supporter, Stew Leonard's.


10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Face Painting in the Multimedia Gallery

Monster Games: Mystery Boxes, Halloween Charades, Pumpkin Roll...

Treasure Hunt: Follow clues throughout the museum

10:30 – 11:30 am

Storybook Pumpkin Workshop: Decorate your pumpkin to enter into the Storybook Pumpkin Contest at noon. $3 material fee

11:00 am – noon and 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Decorate a Bag: Decorate your own Halloween canvas tote bag to use for trick-or-treating. $3 material fee

1:00 – 2:00 pm and 3:00 – 4:00 pm

Decorate a Mask: Create your own Halloween mask. $3 material fee

Special Offer Only at Monster Mash!
image-Free Paperweight

Save $15 off all annual Mem-BOO-ships. Plus, children can pick up a free beetle paperweight at the Age of Reason museum store, while supplies last.


Special Thanks to Our Supporters:

Stew Leonard's

Lyman Orchards

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