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Kids scare up fun at Museum Halloween party

Reminder photo courtesy of Mary Ellen Robinson
By Debbie Gardner

PRIME Editor

WILBRAHAM It was all treats and no tricks on Oct. 30 as members of the Wilbraham Children's Museum spent a beautiful afternoon enjoying a Halloween party and parade.

"We didn't charge admission, so I don't know the exact number [of attendees]," Museum Vice President Christa Robinson told Reminder Publications. "It was anywhere between 75 and 100 people."

Robinson said this free event, designed to connect old members with families who recently joined the Museum, replaced the Museum's traditional fall fund-rasier.

"The spring fund-raiser gave us close to $4,000," Robinson said, referring to the Museum's popular frozen gourmet cookie dough sale. "Coming into the fall, [we decided], the focus would be on the kids, and bringing the kids together."

Robinson said the children enjoyed time on the newly-renovated playground, and made their own trick-or-treat bags.

At 3:45 p.m., everyone lined up to take part in the Halloween parade down Main Street to Rice's Fruit Farm.

Robinson said Wilbraham Police Officer Shawn Baldwin donated his time to ensure the little ghosts and gobblins had a safe trip to Rice's and back.

"He crossed us across Main Street and Tinkham Road," Robinson said. "Everyone [who drove by] was honking and waving."

Once at Rice's, two Museum volunteers passed out goodies in a mock "trick or treat" before the children paraded back to the playground.

And though there was no charge to attend the party, Robinson said the Museum collected donations for the Rays of Hope Breast Cancer Walk, which was conducted the same day.

She reported that early last week, the Museum donated $100 to Rays of Hope.

Membership in the Wilbraham Children's Museum is $25/family for Wilbraham residents; $30/family for non-residents. Weekly playgroups, offering an hour of unstructured play time for children up to age 5, are an additional $25 for each 10-week session. For more information call the Museum at 596-2472.