Kids in Halloween costumes can get free admission to The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk on the final two weekends in October when the popular family attraction transforms into the Aqua-Scarium.
Children age 3 to 12 who come to the Aqua-Scarium in costume on Oct. 22, 23, 29 or 30 get free admission (a $15.95 value) with each paying adult. Adult admission is $22.95. (The offer requires one paying adult for each free costumed child.) Plus, each of the four weekend days, kids can collect candy and prizes in safe trick-or-treating (while supplies last), and everyone can take part in family-fun (non-scary) activities and encounters.
At the Aqua-Scarium activity station, youngsters can decorate a free trick-or-treat bag to use to collect candy and prizes at special stops throughout the animal galleries. Follow a special map to locate the cauldrons of collectibles. Also each day of Aqua-Scarium:
• Face-painters will enhance Halloween alter egos, turning guests into wild creatures, superheroes, princesses and more. Face-painting times are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Supplying the artistry will be Wells Noonan of Face-Painting by Wells (Oct. 22, 29 & 30) and Picasso Parties (Oct. 23).
• A dragon will be loose ... but not too loose ... at a "Meet the Dragon" station. Aquarium educators will invite guests to touch or hold a live bearded dragon, one of the nine species of dragons displayed in the "Dragons: Real or Myth" exhibit. "Meet the Dragon" times are 11 a.m.-noon and 1 to 2 p.m.
The Aqua-Scarium itself will be ghoulishly decorated for Halloween, with jack-o'-lanterns, seasonal accessories and staff dressed in costume.
For more details, go to
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