Weekday Fun in NJ: Jack -O-Lanterns, Pumpkin Festival, Harvest Hayride

Just one week left until Halloween! Take a break from shelling out money on candy and costumes, and enjoy some Halloween festivities that won’t cost a penny. Libraries are hosting fun freebies such as Hazlet’s Happy Halloween Spooktacular and Jersey City’s Halloween Crafts. Try out a free dance class in costume at Peak-A-Boo Friend Week or catch a free hayride at the Mount Holly Pumpkin Festival. Check out more free Halloween fun here.

Also this week, there’s no shortage of amazing jack-o-lanterns at Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns and The Glow: A Jack O’Lantern Experience. Read on for our best children's events the week of Oct 24–28, and don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar, October GoList, and Halloween Events Guide for even more Halloween happenings.

Quick No-Fly Getaways for Burned Out Parents in the NYC Area

There comes a time in every parent’s life...where you’re afraid you’re going to lose your damn mind if you don’t get a break.

At first the idea of leaving your newborn baby might seem impossibly out of the question. But as parenthood rolls on, year after year, getting away becomes essential. A lengthy overseas vacation of your pre-kids years might still be out of reach, but a quick overnight? Yesssss!

So when your mini me is driving you up the wall, you feel the need for quiet to collect a thought or two, or you just want to reconnect with your partner, check out these seven destinations for those in the greater New York City metro area. No need to hop on a plane either. These trips are all within a two and half hour drive of Midtown Manhattan, and several are even reachable by public transportation. Many offer R&R perks like in-house spas.

Find more weekend getaways, including those of the family variety, in our travel section, including Hudson Valley resorts for families.

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Trick-or-Treats, Hikes, Hayrides October 24-28

As Halloween approaches, children in Philly and throughout the Delaware Valley want nothing more than to wear their costumes and collect treats. In the week leading up to the big day, there are many opportunities to savor Halloween fun in our Events Calendar.

Put on your costume for trick-or-treating at the Herr's Snack Factory or at Springfield Mall. Make a trick-or-treat bag with Miss Melissa at Bucks County Children's Museum. Participate in a Halloween costume contest, games, and crafts at Halloween NESTival. Those looking for really scary activities can visit Laurel Hill Cemetery for its True Tales of the Tomb event or take a Candlelight Ghost Tour at Fort Mifflin.

Stay current with all of the best activities by following us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. Now, keep reading for more scary and exciting weekday fun, if you dare...

Weekday Fun: Frankenstein Kids, Teens at the Met, Free Sports

This week is full of plenty of spooky events for all ages, from a Frankenstein-themed play date for toddlers at the New-York Historical Society, to a live reading (with orchestral music) of vintage horror stories for older kids, to nature-themed animatronic scarecrows at the New York Botanical Garden, which are certain to charm the whole family.

Need even more ways to get in the spirit of All Hallows' Eve? Be sure to peruse our guide to Halloween Events & Activities, including parades and the best NYC neighborhoods for urban trick-or-treating. And the fun doesn't stop once the candy bowl is empty. Visit our Event Calendar and Fall Fun Guide, which are chockablock with autumnal ideas, both around the city (kid-friendly theater and art) and beyond (apple picking and day hikes).

Haunted Houses, Home Haunts, and Spooky Tours for Halloween in LA

Our house loves Halloween - no, really loves Halloween. We reconnect with neighbors as we hang ghosts in trees, weave skeletons into the jasmine, drape pumpkin lights along the fence, and smear cobwebs all over the shrubbery. Our normally zen rock garden becomes a graveyard, and last year's Halloween costumes become its inhabitants.

One way we feed our macabre creativity is by avidly checking out other Halloween addicts' handiwork; we love the ghost trains, festivals, and pumpkin patches, but the real beauty of living in the film capital of the world is that private haunted houses frequently rival the spectacle of the big theme park spooks. We've collected the scream of the crop below...

Halloween Rainy Day Ideas

There’s nothing worse than a rainy Halloween. Especially for kids. Who wants soggy candy and running from house-to-house to avoid the raindrops? Plus, princesses and superheroes don’t need raincoats covering up their cute costumes. I know my kids don’t. From safe trick-or-treating to costume parties, Long Island offers a ton of fun activities and alternatives if the weather turns stormy this year. The best part? These events are fun for kids (and adults) even if the weather stays fair.

25 Things To Do with Toddlers in Fairfield County

When you are looking for something to do with your toddler, there are two priorities: that your child will be allowed to touch things and that you don't have to drive too far to get there.  There is nap time to think about!  Below are twenty-five awesome places to take your little ones before they start Kindergarten.  For further reading, don't forget to check out 120 Things to do with Kids Before They Grow

5 Montessori Preschools in Boston for Little Learners

Deciding where to send your child to preschool isn’t easy, but selecting a specific type of school can really help narrow down your options. We have written about bilingual and language immersion preschools throughout the Boston area, and now we're focusing on Montessori preschools in the city so you can see which one seems like a good fit for your child.

The Montessori method was developed by Dr. Maria Montessori about 100 years ago. Most Montessori schools place children in mixed-age classrooms, allow students to self-direct their activities, allow large blocks of uninterrupted time to work, focus on discovery rather than instruction and use specialized materials. There are five preschools in Boston that use the Montessori philosophy to help children learn and grow:

Best Neighborhoods to Trick-or-Treat for Los Angeles Kids

Trick or treat! Los Angeles moved down to fifth place this year in Zillow's Halloween list of the country's 20 best cities for trick-or-treating—but that's not slowing down anyone around here. The real estate website bases its trick-or-treat ranking on criteria like home value and crime rates. That's good, but what about special effects and Halloween decorations? If one figures in the number of film industry creatives living in a given metropolitan area, LA wins first place by a country mile. Speaking of country miles, if you've walked the distance between houses in the most expensive LA neighborhoods, you know that higher home value does not always translate to better trick-or-treating. What does? Well, keep your Halloween hats on, because we've got a list of some of LA and Orange County's most legendary trick-or-treat neighborhoods. I defy anyone in Philadelphia to beat these!


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