Best Halloween Events and Activities for Connecticut Kids

It's come to my attention that Connecticut sort of owns Halloween. Kids and families are never far from a spooky house or hayride, a costume parade, a pumpkin carving event, or a Halloween party. No need to wait all October for one night of pillowcase trick or treating and glow sticks! Read on for your ultimate guide to the good, the even better, and the totally terrifying across the entire state this Halloween season. Check back with Mommy Poppins in early October for more posts about local trunk or treat parties, parades, and more.

Best Halloween Events and Activities in Boston for Kids and Families

Halloween is fast approaching, and what better place to celebrate the spooky season than our very own historic (and probably haunted!) Boston area? From costume parades to pumpkin carving contests to haunted castles, there is something for all ages this October, and many events are free. Here are our picks for Halloween fun in the city and surrounding towns in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

The Proud Bird's Aviation Park: a New Airplane Playground by LAX

When you have a kid like mine (obsessed with airplanes, grilled cheese, and curvy slides at playgrounds) then a well-timed trip to the new Aviation Park at The Proud Bird is an afternoon dream come true. We were excited to attend the new playground's recent opening day festivities, featuring models of life-size fighter planes, a view of the jets landing at nearby LAX, face painting, snow cones, and lots of playtime. Whether you're already heading to LAX to pick up the in-laws, flying off for vacay, or desperate for a new park to break up the after-nap routine, The Proud Bird is definitely worth a visit.

Ultimate Halloween Guide for NYC Kids: Parades, Costumes, Parties

For New York City kids, Halloween is much more than just trick-or-treating on October 31. The entire month is filled with a positively spooky number of costume parades, pumpkin festivals, and plenty of FREE Halloween happenings leading up to the big night of trick-or-treating. You think getting your kid to choose a costume is hard? Trying to figure out which NYC Halloween celebrations to hit is enough to make you run screaming into the night...Which is why we've rounded up the absolute best ways to get into the spirit of the season.

You'll find top picks for Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Queens, and several fun family day trips to the nearby Hudson Valley and New Jersey. As always, we included only our favorite events, and many are FREE or inexpensive. To make sure your family is truly prepared, we've also included info on where to get children's costumes and professional makeup done in NYC. Boo-yah!

Ultimate Halloween Guide for Westchester Kids

The number of Halloween activities in our area can be downright scary! Have no fear, for we are here to give you the nitty-gritty on two dozen of our favorite Halloween events for kids in Westchester and the Hudson Valley—including parades, parties, haunted houses, and jack-o'-lantern displays—and many of them are FREE!

Looking for more family fun, with or without a costume? Check out our Event Calendar and sign up for our newsletters.

10 Best Pumpkin Patches for Kids near Washington, DC

Nothing says autumn like a trip to the pumpkin patch, and for families living the urban life around DC, getting out on a beautiful fall day to pick a pumpkin, enjoy some apple cider, and have fun on a hay ride is the perfect way to celebrate the season. So we've put together our top ten favorite pumpkin patches for DC families in both Maryland and Northern Virginia. Read on for our picks for fall fun. Bonus: Most of these pumpkin patches offer extra family fun, from firing off pumpkin cannons and apple slingshots to face painting. 

Ultimate Guide to Halloween Events for Philly Kids

When it comes to Halloween, every kid knows it is all about the treats! As this spooky holiday settles into the Delaware Valley, Philly families must capitalize on every opportunities for sweet, scary, and downright terrifying fun that can be found in our event calendar. So, put on your Halloween costume, grab a plastic pumpkin bucket, and check out the ultimate Halloween activities for the witches, ghosts, and ghouls in your haunted house.

Don't forget to plan out the rest of your fall family fun by viewing our Fall Activity Guide including the best fall events for preschoolers and perfect fall family weekend getaways. For now, get spooked with our ultimate list below.

25+ Free Halloween Events and Parades for NJ Kids

No tricks here—just a list of more than 25 FREE Halloween events happening all around New Jersey. The weeks leading up to your kids' favorite holiday are full of festivals, parades, and plenty of opportunities for them to dress up and score some scary-good treats.

Read on for our top picks, and be sure to check out our Fall Fun Guide for even more seasonal fun. From pumpkin picking and corn mazes to harvest festivals and Halloween train rides, we've got you covered.

Happy Halloween, New Jersey!

Free Halloween Parades and Events for Kids on Long Island

Halloween may be the final day of October, but fun and free Halloween events are happening on Long Island all month long.  Go ahead and dress the kids up, these events are a great way to get some mileage out of that spectacularly spooky or glittery glam costume by attending oodles of these free family-friendly outings!

Don't forget to check your local library for the FREE Halloween events it might be hosting. And for more seasonal fun, check out our Long Island Halloween Guide, our October GoList, and our compilation of the best fall fairs and festivals on Long Island. 

Richmond, VA with Kids: 50 Fun Things to Do in Richmond

Richmond’s place in U.S. history is distinct, and many of the best things to do in Richmond, VA, include a stroll past monuments or an icon central to America's origins. One of the oldest cities in the nation, Richmond was the capital city of the Colony of Virginia. It was the site of Patrick Henry’s “Give me liberty, or give me death” speech in 1775, and during the American Civil War, Richmond was the capital of the Confederacy.

Today, Richmond is known as the River City, and more colloquially as RVA, and there are plenty of modern attractions and things to do for kids and families. While the deep history is evident in monuments, battlefield sites, and the architecture, Richmond is also home to an expansive parks system, 550 aces of river shoreline, and a growing small business economy, including delicious Richmond restaurants,  breweries, fun festivals, children's museums and science centers, as well as a nearby theme park, Kings Dominion. 

To help you navigate this incredible Southern city, we’ve put together a list of the 50 best things to do in Richmond with kids, as well as a guide to the area.

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