Children create Halloween crafts

By Lisa Stone - ReminderNews
Suffield - posted Mon., Oct. 28, 2013
Instructor Donna Carney-Bastrzycki, Delia and Violet Fuller, Adrianna Gomes, Emily Griggs, Lauren Knowles, Ella Grac and Leila Mae Kollmorgen come together to display their works of art. Photos by Lisa Stone.
Instructor Donna Carney-Bastrzycki, Delia and Violet Fuller, Adrianna Gomes, Emily Griggs, Lauren Knowles, Ella Grac and Leila Mae Kollmorgen come together to display their works of art. Photos by Lisa Stone.

Suffield Parks and Rec. held its Fabulous Fall and Haunted Halloween children’s craft event Oct. 10 at the McAlister School cafeteria. Children in grades one through five were invited to create several works of art.

Donna Carney-Bastrzycki, special programs coordinator for the rec department, said she was enjoying the program as much as the children were. “The children have made several projects so far, and we still have time for more,” she said.  “This is the perfect time of year for a program like this.”

Children were able to paint a wooden “haunted house” plaque with their choice of color for lettering. “It was their choice and that is what made it uniquely theirs,” said Carney-Bastryzcki. The group also decorated cookies with fall-themed motifs and made fall decorations for Thanksgiving, using colored or painted pictures from a coloring book cut out and pasted to a cardboard background.

Children also had the opportunity to paint tiny pumpkins into jack-’o-lanterns, which were then given a coat of sealant for longevity. “I am going to give my pumpkin to Mommy,” said Lauren Knowles. “I think she will like it and think it’s pretty.”

Rec. Department staff also offered the opportunity for kids to decoarate black trick or treat bags with scary symbols. Adrianna Gomes said she was pleased with her finished product. “I am going to use my bag when I go trick or treating,” she said “I can put a lot of candy in it. I can’t wait to use it.”

The Parks and Rec. Department is offering a pre-school pumpkin painters class on Oct. 29 at the Kent Memorial Library for children between 3 and 5 years old. The cost of the class is $10 for residents and $15 for non-residents, and pre-registration is required. It is strongly recommended that the child wear an old T-shirt or old clothes to participate in the program. To register, call 860-668-3862.


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