9 Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks to Visit with Kids in NYC

It's time to sharpen those ice skates. Many of New York City's outdoor rinks are open for family fall, er, winter fun.

Whether you prefer to twirl with the tourists at Rockefeller Center and Central Park's Wollman Rink, or go off the beaten path to a Mommy Poppins favorite such as Lasker Rink, the city offers plenty of options for newbies to polished skaters—even a FREE skate spot. If it ever gets too cold to glide outside, you can always hit one of NYC's indoor ice skating rinks.

Sweet Ways to Donate Your Halloween Haul to Those in Need

Dreading the incoming Halloween candy hangover? Parents across the country are wondering how they're going to get rid of all that candy their kids brought home. Some of it will be eaten, sure, but just one look at the amount of calories in an average Halloween haul and you'll want to make sure the bulk of it goes anywhere besides your family's stomachs.

There are a number of creative ways to get rid of Halloween candy, like using it for crafts or science experiments, having the Switch Witch take it in exchange for a small toy or, you know, saving it until Easter and throwing it in the basket. (Hey, it's only six months away—how stale can that candy get?) But perhaps the best thing to do with Halloween candy is donate it. That way your kids can enjoy a truly special treat: the feeling of helping others. Here are seven ideas for donating unopened candy.

10 Best Things to Do on Halloween in Houston

Halloween is almost here! Don't sweat it if you don't have costumes yet - we have you covered. There are tons of trunk-or-treats happening around the city this weekend and on Halloween (along with continued pumpkin patches and haunted houses) where kids can collect candy in a safe and controlled environment, but if you're looking for some wicked fun on actual Halloween day, read on for 10 great options.

Best Halloween Events for Kids on Long Island

Long Island is home to so many great Halloween activities that it can be hard to choose what to do and see with the kids each year. There are FREE parades, great trick-or-treat neighborhoods, and even spooky haunted houses and walks. You can even meet ghosts, attend a boat burning (whaaat??), or don that costume to the aquarium, a museum, or an enchanted forest trail

Read on our for our top Halloween event picks for Long Island children, and don't forget to peruse our Halloween Guide for more seasonal fun. 

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.


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