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What to do this weekend

Haunted Halloween Carnival
The nonprofit Puppetry Arts Theater sponsors this day of fun. Built from scratch for the occasion, a haunted house—with colorful puppets and dazzling lights—is inviting rather than fear-provoking. Kids can vie for top honors in a costume contest or help out with a communal art project. Puppet-making, cookie-decorating and ring toss booths are also on the bill. The first 200 tots to arrive receive a gift bag filled with loot (in case they can’t wait for all the goodies they’ll be collecting four days from now). All ages.
Sat 27 1–6pm. M.S. 51 gymnasium, 350 Fifth Ave at 4th St, Park Slope, Brooklyn (718-578-8471, puppetryarts.org). Subway: F, R to Fourth Ave-–9th St. Free admission; activities $1-$2.

Bash the Trash ‘n’ Strings!
John Bertles and his troupe offer an entertaining lesson in “waste not, want not.” Brothers Eric and Colin Jacobson demonstrate how to play the cello and the violin, respectively, and then guide the audience in building their own string instruments from recycled materials. Ages 3 to 6.
Sun 28 at 3, 5pm. 92nd St Y, 1395 Lexington Ave at 92nd St (212-415-5500, 92y.org). Subway: 6 to 96th St. $10.

FREE Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture Without Borders
’Tis the season for spook. In case Halloween preparations haven’t quite satisfied your kids’ affinity for ghouls and spirits, the Mexican Day of the Dead offers a different celebration of the afterlife. Skulls replace jack-o’-lanterns as the central accessory, and the emphasis is placed on joyfully commemorating those who have passed away (according to tradition, death is believed to be a new stage of life). A selection of workshops at this celebration familiarizes visitors with details of the holiday. Kids can participate in building altars and check out the procession of Mexican dancers from Union Square to St. Mark’s. Return to the church between Monday and Wednesday so they can try out paper crafts, learn about the tradition of yummy sugar skulls, make bread and write poetry. Ages 4 and up.
Sun 28 2-5pm, 6-7pm. St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery, 131 E 10th St at Second Ave (212-587-3070, manoamano.us). Subway: 6 to Astor Pl.


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