Restaurants Open for Thanksgiving Dinner in New Jersey

Not feeling up to hosting Thanksgiving this year? Here's something to be thankful for: There are plenty of restaurants open throughout the state on Thanksgiving Day. Having your holiday out means that you can sit back and enjoy the party – and you won't have to wash a single dish. We've chosen 16 of New Jersey's best spots to enjoy a holiday feast. Use some of your extra time to plan a fun outing with the family, or try out one of these Thanksgiving crafts.

Dia de los Muertos: Free Day of the Dead Events for Westchester Families

Halloween is fast approaching, and while you're counting down to the big day and enjoying all the fun haunted happenings around town, why not consider adding a multicultural flair into the mix? Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is technically not a Halloween event; however, it falls right around the same time of year and shares many similar customs and themes.

This Mexican tradition may sound somber and spooky, but it’s actually a joyous time of year, meant to honor family and friends who have passed on. Revelers prepare special foods, don colorful outfits, and create alters adorned with flowers, smiling skulls (calaveras) and candles to celebrate lost loved ones. Festivities include dancing, joyful skeletons (calacas), masks, plenty of candy, skulls made out of sugar, and marigolds, the traditional flor de los muertos (flower of the dead). Day of the Dead is observed on November 1 and 2, but events are already taking place. Read on for ways to celebrate Dia de los Muertos in Westchester. The best part—all events are FREE.

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Best Halloween Celebrations for NYC Kids on October 31

As you already know from our overflowing Halloween Fun Guide, New York City is filled with kid-friendly celebrations on October 31. There are parades, parties, and trick-or-treating spots to hit in each of the five boroughs.

My trio and I plan to hit the Halloween scavenger hunt at the Museum of the City of New York before trick-or-treating our way through Harlem. We've got the scoop on the best ways to plan an epic Halloween night with your NYC kids, and most of our picks are FREE or inexpensive.

Boston Restaurants for Thanksgiving: Hosting All That Family Without Messing Up Your House

Thanksgiving is all about food and family, two of our favorite things. And while we love cooking a big meal, we also love when someone else does it for us … especially the clean-up! Going out to eat on Thanksgiving isn’t exactly traditional, but with a little help from some of Boston’s best restaurants, you can have a holiday that’s delicious, relaxing, and memorable. We rounded up 10 local spots that are serving a traditional Thanksgiving meal fit for the whole family so you can have a fun and festive holiday without all the mess and stress.

25 Rainy Day Activities for Families in Philadelphia

If rainy days and Mondays bring you down, it's probably because you feel stuck indoors. While a rainy day here and there is a great excuse for cuddling on the couch and watching movies or baking cookies, a few rainy days in a row can be a drag. But don't fret, there are many ways to get out of the house to have an indoor adventure in Philadelphia, from indoor playgrounds to more educational experiences than we can possibly name in one list, it could rain for 40 days and 40 nights and there would still be plenty to explore.

Campgrounds Near Houston to Make Your Family Fall in Love With Nature

My family is a camping family. We also are a family that loves to book our weekends full of things to do, whether that's taking advantage of activities around Houston or traveling elsewhere. Camping started as something fun and cheap (emphasis on the cheap) to do in college with my then-boyfriend and current husband, and it slowly morphed into our preferred way to get out of town and see various parts of the city as the years passed. As our family has grown, we've gone from tent camping to trailer camping and tried out everything else possible in between.

Weekday Picks: Boney Island, Hocus Pocus Under the Gun, Muertos Novenarios, Oct. 24-28

All things Halloween ahead of the holiday, from displays on private lawns to a movie screening on the fantail of the battleship Iowa, are on tap this week. Kids can test how many pumpkins they can carry at the Santa Monica Farmers Market, dress up for a Mini Monster Bash in La Habra and check out the Día de los Muertos procession on Olvera Steet. For more Halloween ideas, check out our roundups of Halloween fun and activitiesHalloween ghost trains and rides, and the best places to trick-or-treat in Orange County or in LA.

The Mommy Poppins Event Calendar includes lots more options for fun and activities, and our picks for the month are detailed in our October GoList. Here are some of our favorite outings this week.

Weekday Picks for Kids: Last-Minute Halloween Crafts and Adventures - October 24-28

It's the week before Halloween, your last chance to paint pumpkins, craft costumes, and take in some scary science.  Before the ghouls and goblins retreat for the year, be sure to get your little gremlins engaged with these awesome weekday events on Long Island. And don't forget -- our Long Island Halloween Guide is here to keep you and the family busy all week (and weekend!) long.

Free Weekday Picks for Boston Kids: Halloween Week Is a Real Thing; Oct 24-28

The kids were bummed about Halloween falling on a Monday until they realized that it means a whole week of Halloween celebrations leading up to the 31st. Halloween Week is here, my friends, and it is filled with trick-or-treating opportunities before the big day, spooky-themed art and science activities (pictured), wicked walks, not-so-scary story times, and even an inaugural pumpkin roll.

Our picks for this week aren't all Halloween-related, though. We're excited about art-making for kids of all ages at the library in South Boston, a JCC preschool open house in Hingham, and picture book mania in Porter Square.

Don't forget, you can win fabulous prizes from the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Great Wolf Lodge, and Puerto Vallarta just for helping us pick our Besties. Have a spooktacular week, and check out our Event Calendar for more family-friendly fun in Boston.


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