CHESTERTON | A lady bug, an angel, a vampire and a werewolf were among the guests at Tricks and Treats at the Museum, a children’s Halloween party at the Westchester Township History Museum on Saturday afternoon.
The Halloween costume party was a first for the museum, which hosts seasonal parties for kids and adults throughout the year.
“We wanted to have another holiday program to get the kids into the museum and have an old-fashioned Halloween party,” said Susan Swarner, museum educator.
After kids learned about the history of Halloween, they hunted for mini pumpkins on the museum’s lawn, then stormed inside to dab purple, green, blue and yellow glitter paints on the orange gourds.
Swarner, dressed as Ms. Frizzell, of "The Magic School Bus" children’s book and animated television series, helped kids guess each others’ characters.
Other partygoers included a cheeseburger, an angel, Cleopatra, a witch and “wicked” Little Miss Muffett.
“Wicked is the big word in the first grade,” said Jennifer Smock, whose daughter Erika, 7, was the lady bug. “That’s the word this year.”
Smock fashioned Erika’s costume by gluing black fuzzy dots to a red tutu and top. Erika completed the outfit with red sparkly shoes and a headband with black fuzzy “feelers.”
Jennifer Smock said the costume fit her daughter's personality well.
“She’s Miss Girly Girl,” Smock said. “She always wears dresses and skirts to school.”
Instead of bobbing for apples, kids competed to eat a doughnut on a string without using their hands, and played Pin the Hat on the Witch's Cat, the Halloween version of Pin the Tail on the Donkey.
“Mittens,” a witch’s black cat, was portrayed by Erika’s friend, Aubrey Ciupak, 6, who wore a black sparkly skirt, a black top, and a headband with sequined cat ears.
“I had a blue shirt on, and I didn’t like it, so I changed it to black and then my mom thought of this costume,” said Aubrey, who called the party “awesome.”