Free Halloween Parades, Crafts, and Parties for Boston Kids

With decor, costumes, and candy on this month's shopping list, we're all in the market for some cheap Halloween fun to keep kids busy until October 31. From Halloween parades to parties to pumpkin festivals, Boston and Massachusetts are home to plenty of free spooky and crafty activities that won't break the bank! 

Our Halloween Fun Guide has more ideas for embracing kids' favorite holiday, while families who are a wee bit Halloween'd-out can find plenty more affordable activities in our roundup of free October activities. Save your pennies for those UNICEF boxes!

Free Halloween Fun for Kids near Philly

Children throughout the Delaware Valley await Halloween with great anticipation. After all, how often do Philly kids get to pretend to be their favorite superhero, princess, or storybook character plus get free candy? Nothing could be better!

Even though Halloween is only one night, there are plenty of ways to start the festivities early. Best of all, Mommy Poppins Philadelphia has rounded up Halloween activities that are FREE. Townships and libraries are venues that offer free excitement for young ones and older kids alike. Many events distribute treats and most encourage kids to wear costumes. It's a great way to get your money's worth out of that Halloween gear. Don't forget to browse through the entire event calendar filtering by location, age, and tags to discover even more options, perfect for your family.

October GoList: Best Things To Do With Long Island Kids

Why is it the final day of the month seems to garner all of the attention paid to October? If you didn't know better, on Long Island you might assume all of the month's activities swirled around Halloween.

To which we say, there's a whole month of family-friendly entertainment just waiting to be had. Think about it: The weather is comfortably cool, ideal for picking pumpkins and hayrides. The changing leaves color the Island in natural splendor and cultural and seasonal festivals dot the landscape from Long Beach to Montauk.

Yes, the main event is Halloween; we just don't want you to overlook all this wonderful month has to offer while you are searching for that perfect costume for your little prince or princess. In the 30 days before your community's grand costume parade, make sure you find time for a fall festival, a Columbus Day celebration, even some children's theater. Kids have some down time from school this month, so why not take advantage before things turn a bit chillier. 

 

Free Things to Do with Houston Kids in October

Houston, fall is technically here. There is a ton happening around the city in October, including many free events for the family. Most fall festivals and pumpkin patches around Houston are free, and don't forget to check out our guide to free Halloween events or see what organization near you is hosting a fun trunk-or-treat (yes, also free). 

This month enjoy free concerts at Market Street, story hour at McGovern Centennial Gardens, and so much more - check our calendar every day for things to do around Houston with your kids. And for more free fun year-round, see our Guide to Free Events & Activities for Houston Families.

50+ Free Things To Do with Kids This October in NYC

Now that we're fully into the back-to-school groove, families might be looking to escape the weekday routine with some festive—and better yet, FREE!—NYC weekend events. This October is brimming over with autumn activities, including lots of Harvest fests and of course, heaps of Halloween fun.

This month also boasts some great fall festivals like the Little Red Lighthouse Festival and the Greenbelt Pumpkin Festival. The FREE family fun doesn't stop there: October brings lots of non-Halloween events like the Blessing of the Animals, Pickle Day, plenty of arts workshops, and Skate Night on the Upper East Side. 

Read on for over 50 FREE things to do this October in New York City, including events in Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx. Find more top events in our October GoList, or our always-packed daily NYC event calendar and don't forget to sign up for our FREE newsletters to get the best local events and reviews delivered right to your inbox.

Día de los Muertos: What Other City Has This Many Day of the Dead Celebrations?

Hauntingly close to Halloween, El Día de los Muertos – the Day of the Dead – is a magical holiday that's also a living history lesson, demonstrating the tendency of conquerors to absorb indigenous customs into their own. Christian Europeans arrived in Mexico already fans of All Hallows Eve (modern-day Halloween), only to stumble upon an ancient tradition celebrated by the Aztecs on November 2, with a spookily similar theme. Day of the Dead is a time when the door between worlds is meant to open so that celebrants can honor departed loved ones and hopefully lure them back for a visit.

Nickelodeon Universe Theme Park and Ice Rink Opening at NJ's American Dream in October

In one month, American Dream in East Rutherford, NJ, just outside of NYC, will officially open its doors—well, two of them, at least. The Nickelodeon Universe Theme Park and the Rink at American Dream will kick off the shopping and entertainment complex's grand opening on Friday, October 25.

Visitors will have to wait a bit longer for the DreamWorks Water Park, which is scheduled to open on Wednesday, November 27, and the Big SNOW indoor snow park, which debuts the following Thursday, December 5.

American Dream's stores, restaurants, and more attractions—including the Sea Life Aquarium, Legoland Discovery Center, KidZania experiential learning center, luxury movie theater, and 300-foot observation wheel—are set to open in March 2020.

Free Things to Do with Philly Kids in October

Autumn is the time of year when Philly families can enjoy the crisp October air, take a hayride, pick apples from the orchard, select pumpkins from the patch, and get ready for one of the most exciting nights of the year, Halloween. While some activities can be expensive, there are so many cost-effective ways to enjoy the change in seasons on a budget.

Mommy Poppins Philadelphia has rounded up plenty of options to keep everyone in the family entertained while saving money. This month features free experiences including a hands-on building project, a photography workshop, and science day festivities.  Outdoor activities include bird watching at Riverbend, boating on the Schuylkill River, playing among the trees at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, and even a haunted hayride at Green Lane Park! Towards the end of October, plenty of free Halloween fun awaits Philly kids so be sure to review our recently updated post to find great ways to get multiple uses out of those adorable and spooky Halloween costumes.

For now, keep reading for free fun for the month ahead.

Candytopia Philly: An Epic Candy Playground Pop-up Opens Downtown

Candytopia, an immersive, candy-themed pop-up experience opened September 20 in downtown Philadelphia. The experiential art exhibit lets visitors explore more than a dozen rooms that are set up with interactive displays, games, and yes, plenty of candy to sample. Candytopia has been touring the country for the last year, stopping in major cities and amassing selfie-snapping fans as it goes—more than 1 million have visited Candytopia. Now it's Philly's turn!

Mommy Poppins editors in NYC, as well as Houston, and Los Angeles have all raved about the experience but have a few tips to offer for those visiting the popular pop-up with kids. Read on for what to expect from Philadelphia Candytopia, which includes new installations unique to the City of Brotherly Love. Bonus: Kids ages 3 and under are FREE.

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