In the various studios, masked Romper Room types lead hyperactive tots in creative seasonal crafts. The most popular room is musical shaker making. Instructor Janis Lane-Ewart demonstrates the multiple uses of paper towel rolls, complimenting youngsters on their work. A blue M&M and a Britney Spears are twisting wire sculptures in the studio next door, while a Tweety Bird refuses to leave her mother's arms to join the scavenger hunt, having spotted two boys identically dressed as the monster from Scream.
We can't leave without taking a peek at the 200-pound pumpkin in the painting studio, where we're invited to paint a pumpkin with artist Karla Lenzin. We decline, but Lenzin is persuasive. "Come on," she insists with genuine Halloween spirit. "You know, you're never too old."