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This Weekend's Fun for LA Kids: Mountain Lion, Enchanted Crawly, and Getty Fest

This pre-Halloween weekend is wild. It’s wild with things creepy, crawly, 8-legged, and possibly in need of extermination.

It’s wild with creatures swooping and roaming and feasting on pumpkins.

This weekend rages with monsters (silent and 3-dimensional) and with monster squads. It’s a full on Nightmare.

And don't forget the pumpkins. The pumpkins, the pumpkins, the pumpkins. There are so many pumpkins, it's wild.

Keep reading for our wildest picks for the weekend.

Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Head of the Charles, Bats, and a Lantern Parade, Oct 21-22

Ready, set, row! This weekend is the Head of the Charles—read our complete guide to watching as a family—as well as an extra special boat's birthday (and both events are free!). It's your last chance to visit King Richard's Faire this season. In the Halloween spirit? Build a house for this Halloween-y creaturemeet some creepy crawlies, walk amongst a forest of jack o' lanterns, and then join in a monster mash-up.

A few more fun activities include a Haitian dance workshop, a special storytime about the immigration experience, a mobile science lab, and even a chance to light up the night at a lantern parade.

Also on Mommy Poppins this week:

Need more family fun ideas? Check out our full events calendar.

Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Scarecrows, Pumpkin Patches, and a Red Hot Chili Festival, October 21 & 22

We are into late October, and across Connecticut the leaves are falling, and so are the temperatures. Need a little heat to chase away the chills? Check out the annual Red Hot Chili Festival this weekend. Or, for a real-life scare, take an otherworldly tour of the Harriett Beecher Stowe House and learn about the famous author's lifelong interest in the spirit world.

Weekend Fun: Giant Pumpkins, Fairies, Park Art, Icky Fest

As the month races toward Halloween in New York City, kids native to the Big Apple may need to take a deep breath. Two ideas: rest awhile in a comfy seat at the National Dance Institute's performance at Symphony Space on Saturday, or enjoy being part of the audience when Lisa Loeb plays at the Jewish Museum on Sunday.

Then again, kids may want to jump right into the weekend with the Icky Fest at the Brooklyn Children's Museum, or the "Fwite" Fest at 826NYC in Park Slope. There are giant pumpkins in the Bronx and photo-ops at Pumpkin Point on Governors Island to get into the fall spirit, or you can visit with the wee fairy folk during Enchanted Weekend at Wave Hill.

Head to Central Park for a FREE family festival celebrating 50 years of public art in our parks. They can also stuff themselves silly this weekend, from the 8th Annual Taste of the Seaport to the One More Bite Festival in Gowanus. Still hungry? Going to Queens? See our brand new guide to eats from around the world—in Astoria.

As always, our October GoList features the month's best picks, and our Fall Fun Guide provides a lowdown on seasonal to-dos. If you want to start planning, maybe for some Thanksgiving or even December holiday events, dig into our Event Calendar.

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Explore-a-thon, Festivals, Halloween

Halloween fun is on the rise this weekend with the addition of the new Jay Ghoul's House of Curiosities, plus the continuation of all the other big Halloween events recurring throughout the month. There’s also the tamer Ragamuffin Parade and Carnival for the younger set.

Among the numerous fall festivals taking place this weekend, the granddaddy of all is the two-day NY Sheep and Wool Festival, which features exciting workshops and live entertainment specifically for kids, as well as such eccentricities as llama acts.

Not all the fun this weekend is autumnal, though.  A stage production of Alice in Wonderland is set in the 21st century, and Explore-a-Thon offers multiple activity stations for hands-on discovery.

Read on for our top weekend picks, visit our Event Calendar, and check out our October GoList for our top choices for the rest of the month!

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Wings Over Houston Airshow, ArBOOretum

This weekend is jam-packed with activities as we begin to really gear up for fall. Pumpkin patches are out in full force, fall festivals are peaking, and trunk-or-treat events are popping up around the city, offering a safe alternative to neighborhood trick-or-treating.

The cooler weather also makes this weekend a great time to visit the Texas Renaissance Festival and check out their kid-friendly shows and acts or check out nearby Seabrook with the help of our insider's guide to the city.

And since it's always a good idea to have some indoor options up your sleeve, you definitely want to take note of the Ninja Warrior obstacle courses located around the city. 

Don't forget to peruse our fall bucket list and our October GoList for even more family events and activities, and check out our event calendar, which is always stocked with ideas for every day of the week. 

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Now, let's get on to this weekend's events!

Weekend Fun: Country Fair, Pumpkin Carving, Science Day

Sagamore Hill is ready to deliver information, education and demonstrations free to the public. at its very first Science Day.

And while the autumn weather is still gourd-ous outside, keep exploring and enjoying the great outdoors at the Family Fall & Halloween Festival in Massapequa or the Rock Hall Country Fair in Lawrence. Get crafty at Jones Beach, make a harvest wreath, or create a boo-tiful mini garden at Atlantic Nursery. Get dolled up for the Princess Masquerade Ball at Tots-on-Track or enjoy a leisurely family stroll through the village of Huntington during the Heckscher Art Museum's Art Walk.

Did someone says freebie? We've rounded up some free events for the family this month. It's not too early to make a plan for Halloween. Check out our list of Best Neighborhoods to Trick-or-Treat with Long Island Kids

Our Event Calendar is loaded with fun, daily happenings for Long Island kids. And our October GoList offers other fun, family events for the final weeks of the month.

Don't forget to check out our local DEALS page, where you can score discounts on camps, classes, birthday party packages, and more for LI kids. Check back often as we're regularly adding more.

Also, it's time for our annual Besties balloting, and we want to hear from you. Weigh in on the best of Long Island at our voting page here. Your vote makes you eligible to win one of a number of prizes. See the prizes available here, and vote before it's too late.

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