Free in October: 25 Totally Free Things To Do with Kids in Los Angeles this Month

October sees the arrival of spooky season here in Los Angeles, which means you're already committed to spending on costumes and candy. If you don't have a lot of spare cash to spend beyond the trick-or-teating, no problem; there's still plenty of free fun to be had by the whole family. From Halloween happenings to sweater weather shenanigans, you can hit the town without hitting the bank. Here are just a few of the free events happening this month—look for more free fun on our ultimate Halloween event list.

15 Best Candy Stores for New York City Kids

For many New York City kids, holidays like Halloween (and Valentine's Day, and Easter, and...) mean candy. In New York City, there's no shortage of candy stores, making it a good time (and place) to be a kid with a hankering for the sweet stuff.

Many of these NYC spots are stores without seating or bathrooms; instead they house shelves and aisles overflowing with packages of colorful, cavity-creating treasures. A few offer more modern treats and additions like chocolate-making classes for kids. Read on for our 15 favorite candy shops in all of NYC.

Toys 'R' Us to Open Playroom Pop-up in Chicago and Atlanta

Calling all Toys "R" Us kids in Atlanta and Chicago! The fun folks at Candytopia, who you know from every amazing candy-filled Instagram photo you’ve seen in the last year, are teaming up with Toys "R" Us to create an all-new, totally immersive pop-up just for kids—and just in time for the holidays. The Toys "R" Us Adventure promises to be just as Insta-worthy as it’s Candytopia counterpart. Selfies with Geoffrey!

Things To Do in NJ this Weekend: Fall Festivals, Zombie Walk, Sesame Street Live

While October has only just begun, Halloween fun kicks into high gear this weekend. Get in the Halloween spirit at celebrations like Six Flags Great Adventure Fright Fest, Asbury Park Zombie Walk, and Morris County Park Palooza.

Take your pick of pumpkin events this weekend, including Pumpkin Pawlooza, The Giant Pumpkin Carve & Pumpkin Pageant, and Blackwood Pumpkin Festival. And add a touch of magic to the weekend at Sesame Street Live! Make Your Magic.

Check out our Fall Fun Guide for NJ Kids for more options, including 25+ Free Halloween Events and Parades for NJ Kids. And look to our October GoList and event calendar for a complete listing of happenings this weekend and beyond.

Family-Friendly Beer Gardens and Breweries on Long Island

Sometimes, even the most dedicated parents need a break. Craft beer has become increasingly popular in the past decade, prompting a surge in the opening of local breweries, gastropubs and restaurants. These family-friendly breweries and restaurants are a great compromise. Parents can wind down without having to find a babysitter, and kids can have fun in an exciting, new atmosphere. 

At these charming establishments, parents can enjoy a regular beer offering or a seasonal specialty. If wine is your drink of choice, however, don't miss our guide to kid-friendly wineries on the East End.

NYC Hotels with Views of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Chances are you're not even thinking about Thanksgiving yet. After all, we still have Halloween to get through! But as anyone in the NYC hotel industry will tell you, families looking to book a hotel where they can watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in Midtown Manhattan do so up to a year ahead of time. For a NYC hotel room with a view of Snoopy, Spidey, Hello Kitty, and their other inflatable pals, you've really got to plan in advance.

It's not just NYC tourists who splurge on hotels for the annual Thanksgiving parade, either. Over the past few years, we've had many New Yorkers write in asking which hotels looked out on the Macy's parade route (it sure beats watching from the street). While most of these hotels still have availability at the time of this writing, call right away as everything will likely sell out. If you do get shut out, it's worth checking closer to Thanksgiving since there are sometimes last-minute cancellations.

Halloween in Salem, MA: Spooky, Not-Too-Scary Activities for Kids

If your kids are Halloween-obsessed like mine, you know how lucky you are to live close to what may be the country's Halloween capital: Salem. Despite what you might have heard about "Witch City," it’s not all scary stuff. Many of the events happening in Salem over the next month are tailor-made for families, replacing most of the tricks with treats. There's a Wednesday program just for kids, and some old favorites have slowly become more fun than frightening over the years. If you've never done fall in Salem, it's time!

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