Connecticut

Thanksgiving Dinner Out, Fairfield County Restaurants

If you find yourself sans extended family this Thanksgiving in Fairfield County, maybe you're miserable, maybe you're counting your blessings. Either way, you've no doubt realized that cooking a feast for a family of four seems somewhat ludicrous. Perhaps going to a restaurant seems even more ludicrous, but hear us out... Some of the best chefs in the state are keeping their doors open, and are probably already prepping for the pumpkin soup, butternut squash ravioli, pecan nut tarts, and eggnog creme brulees they have planned -- not to mention a perfect slice of turkey and NO MESS to clean up. We've also listed restaurants open on Thanksgiving in Hartford County  and Litchfield County.

10 Halloween and Autumn Events This Week, October 30-November 3

There's nowhere to run, nowhere to hide: it's Halloween week! We've rounded up some of our favorite events to help you carry this spooky season across the finish line, from scary stories to trunk or treats to Halloween parades. And if you're ready to focus on life after the candy apocalypse, we're highlighting all kinds of autumnal fun from fort building to farm time to corn mazes.

November GoList: The Best Things To Do With CT Kids This Month

November is the start of the real holiday season and we've rounded up 25 great events for you to enjoy this month. The Stamford Downtown Parade Spectacular is CT's version of the Macy's Day Parade. With over 100,000 in attendance each year, it's a special event that kicks off the holiday season each November. There's great family theater, historical Thanksgiving family events, holiday open houses, and road races to work off all those mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter, where you'll find a list of each week's highlighted events as well as information for great giveaways. Happy Thanksgiving!

Sweet Ways to Donate Your Halloween Haul to Those in Need

Got a Halloween candy hangover? Come November 1, parents across the country are wondering how they're going to get rid of all the 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 eight charitable organizations who accept donations of unopened candy.

Halloween Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Tricks, Treats, and Terrific Fun, October 28-29

All of us here at Mommy Poppins CT wish you and your family a very happy and safe Halloween! Since this kid-centric holiday falls on a Tuesday this year, which may be particularly challenging for the younger kids in your life, there is all kinds of daytime fun to be had over the weekend, including a Hobgoblin Fair, a Halloween Festival, a Haunted House (among many others!). If you're still looking to squeeze in a visit to a haunted house or a pumpkin patch or a corn maze (spooky or non-spooky), we've got you covered. 

Be sure to check our event calendar for late breaking Halloween news and subscribe to our weekly newsletters. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest so that you won't miss out on any fun. Have a spooktacular weekend!

Restaurants Serving Thanksgiving Dinner around Hartford, CT

The thought of having to prepare a huge Thanksgiving meal for my family gives me nightmares worse than forgetting to turn in my senior thesis. I prefer to leave it to the professionals and enjoy family, friends, and football rather than shopping, cooking, and cleaning up. For a traditional feast with all the trimmings minus the stress, check out our list of restaurants open on Thanksgiving in the Hartford area. Reservations are strongly recommended for all of the restaurants. Check out our posts about Thanksgiving Dinner Out in Fairfield County and Restaurants open on Thanksgiving Day in Litchfield County too. 

Bucket List of Free Places to Play in CT

Play is synonymous with childhood; it develops physical strength, social skills, imagination, and it’s a whole lot of fun. Just watch children buzzing by on a playground or in a park, giggling in a sandbox, or raising their arms in delight as they zoom down a slide. Throw in a free opportunity for play, and most parents will be as giddy as their kids. So here are some suggestions where to burn off energy, but not cash.

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.

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