Family Fun: Halloween Art by Treehouse

We asked for a super-simple Halloween art activity from the owners of Treehouse, the coolest new store in Honolulu. 

Photos: Bobby Asato

Halloween is upon us, and to get into the spooky spirit, we asked for a super-simple children’s art activity from the owners of Treehouse, the coolest new art store in Honolulu (more on them in a bit).

This couldn’t be easier: all you need is Melissa & Doug Neon Mini Scratch Notes ($1.75 for 8 cards, available at Treehouse). Have your kiddo use the wooden stylus to scratch off the top layer, revealing neon colors underneath. The possibilities are endless, and all that’s needed is a wooden stick and imagination. No scissors, no glue, no glitter, no mess. Now, THIS is my kind of craft!

Here’s Marlie’s clever creation:

But those who are more artistically inclined than me (which is, oh, everyone) will want to visit Treehouse, described as “a creative shop for kids and adults.” I heard about it from this Lei Chic story, and knew instantly my kids would love it.

We stopped in recently and I was pleasantly surprised to be greeted by the owners and their family, parents Melissa and Bobby Asato, and their adorable kids Ocean and Marlie, ages 11 and 7. Bobby, a graphic designer, explained they opened the store in hopes of promoting hands-on creative arts in the community. (They’ve got children’s art workshops in the making, so stay tuned.)

The small store is stocked with arts and crafts galore—far too many to list here—and my kids begged for practically everything. There’s even a table full of toys and drawing supplies that kept them occupied while I browsed. Ocean and Marlie were so sweet and helpful, showing me their favorites and helping me pick the best items. My son got a set of dinosaur stamps, and my daughter came home with a color-by-numbers book, which she adores, and keeps her busy in the car during our long morning commute.

Along with art supplies, Treehouse also carries cool graphic t-shirts for kids and adults, art books, photography items and more. Now I know where I’ll be getting my holiday gifts, with a bonus of the feel-good factor of supporting a small, local business and the fun family behind it.

Treehouse, 250 Ward Ave., Suite 233. For hours, directions and more info call 597-TREE or visit

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