21 Halloween Movies with Kid-Friendly Thrills and Chills

Are the kids excited for Halloween? Build on their anticipation with a family Halloween movie night that brings all those witches, ghosts, and goblins to life!

Pop some popcorn or whip up an on-season batch of scarecrow snack mix and candy corn punch while you settle in for a cozy night on the couch with one of these top Halloween movies. It's the perfect family-friendly nightcap to fall days spent apple and pumpkin picking or puzzling your way out of a corn maze.

With so many spooky films available to rent or stream, it can be hard to choose the right one for your family. From preschool to preteen, our list of the best Halloween movies for kids has something to put everyone in the Halloween spirit.

Weekend Fun for LA Kids: Farmers Market Fall Fest, Depot Day, and Lots of Halloween Scares

The weekends around here have been Halloweeny for a while now, but they're starting to get a little...scary. And I don't just mean because you realized that your kid's desired costume is on backorder til Christmas so you may have to make one yourself. I mean honest to goodness, Momma's too old for this, scare the bejeebus out of you, old school nightmare-inducing terror.

Thank heavens for the light side. The pumpkin paths with a little extra, the fall festival in the middle of our big city, the old fashioned mechanisms and the newfangled futurism and the prehistoric history. Nothing beats the look of joy on an elephant's face as he chows down on a whole pumpkin. (At least I think that's joy?) Nothing beats the look of joy on your kids' faces when they chow down on fluffy puffy marshmallows. (Now I know that's joy!)

This weekend you can go to your happy place, whether it's a train depot, a Japanese gardenSalem, Massachusetts, or outer space. Tons of fun, and none of it scary. Except for that thing about the costume. Anyone know a good seamstress?

Keep reading for our favorite picks for the weekend, which totally aren't scary...

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Bayou City Art Festival, Family Day at the Ocean Star, Oct.13-14

Did you hear the news? The annual Gerber Baby Photo Contest is officially rolling! If you haven't submitted your photo yet, you still have until Oct. 20 to get your kid's cutest photo in the running. Just post to Instagram with the hashtag #GerberPhotoSearch2018. 

In case you've been living under a rock (pun intended), we've found the coolest new outdoor activity to add to your list of things to try: painted rocks. The premise is simple; you paint a rock with your kiddo, usually with a kind message, and then you "hide" it around town for others to find. Check out all the details of this crazy cool new trend!

Whenever you're in need of some more activity inspiration, we'd love for you to check out our event calendar, which is full of events happening all over the Houston. You can also use our October GoList to find the top events happening around town throughout the month. Have an awesome event you want to share? Submit your event to our calendar so we can check it out and get it published. And last but not least, you can also make staying up to speed with everything happening on our little corner of the web a breeze by signing up for our weekly newsletter.

Now let's see what's on tap for the weekend!

Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Pumpkins, Book Fest, and a Build Zone, Oct 13-14

Pumpkin season is in full swing, and this weekend we've got pumpkin everything: pumpkin nights, pumpkin painting, and even pumpkin people. For more Halloween fun, brave this historic (and haunted!) castle and grab a costume for this monster fest. There's also a festival perfect for book lovers, a chance to exercise engineering skills (for free), and a way for teens to get some community service hours (followed by a harvest treat!). 

Weekend Fun: Jack O'Lantern Blaze, Warwick Applefest, Touch-a-Truck

Fall fun continues this weekend with apple picking, pumpkin picking, fall festivals, and the like, and now Halloween is really in view. In addition to all the big Halloween events recurring throughout the month (add Scared By the Sound to that list, which starts this weekend), there are also numerous ways to celebrate autumn and other fun events for Westchester and Hudson Valley families. 

Returning this year are the apple-licious Warwick Applefest, featuring assorted attractions and delicacies, and the Junior League of Bronxville's Touch-A-Truck Event, offering big-vehicle fun and the chance to support local charities. New this year is Apple Cidering, which demonstrates the process and allows samples of the sweet stuff. And for the utmost in sweetness, bring your fluffy friend to the Teddy Bear Clinic and Health Fair.

This is just the beginning! Read on for our top weekend picks, visit our Event Calendar for more, and refer to our October Go List for our top choices for the rest of the month!

Weekend Fun: Oyster Festival, Children's Theater, PumpkinFest

Check the scare at the door at these not-so-spooky Halloween walks and events. Parade around the City by the Sea this weekend at Long Beach's Halloween parade and fall festival. View LEGO sculptures on display and then create your own at the Ward Melville Heritage Organization Educational & Cultural Center. Catch Pinkalicious on the stage in Patchogue or A Kooky Spooky Halloween in Port Jefferson. 

Attention leaf peepers: Be sure to check out our nature walk guide for the best spot to spot the changing colors. 

See our Fall Family Fun Guide for the best in seasonal entertainment, including day trip ideas, fall festivals, corn mazes and plenty of FREE events and activities. As always, our Event Calendar and October GoList are loaded with fun, daily happenings for Long Island kids.

Find Outdoor Family Fun Year-Round at Lewis Morris County Park

I begin my review of Lewis Morris County Park with a word of caution: the park does not have a playground, much to the disappointment of my 5-year-old daughter. While plans are in the works for a new play space (the previous one was removed several years ago), you won’t find any brightly-colored jungle gyms, slides, swings, or climbing walls here. 

That said, Morris County’s second-largest park still offers plenty of opportunities for outdoor fun. You can swim, hike, bike, and even ski during a day trip to this four-season park. So with all that Lewis Morris has to offer, chances are your kids won't even miss the slides and swings.

Read on for more about this historic park. Find even more great day trips in our NJ Day Trip Guide, or check out our Parks & Playgrounds Guide to discover a new-to-you playground.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Minefaire, Boo at the Zoo, Bookfest October 13-14

Fall weekends can become monotonous if you let them. Settling in from the activity of the summer, moms and dads may be more tempted to check things off their to-do list, like cleaning, food shopping, and home projects, rather than focus on family time. But it's vital for Philly families to make time for fun. Thankfully, Mommy Poppins Philadelphia can help. Our event calendar provides plenty of ideas for family fun. Whether you can spend an entire day, or just carve out a bit of time, Philly kids appreciate the moments together.

Do your kids love Minecraft? All weekend long, gamers can immerse themselves into the world of building blocks at the Greater Oaks Expo Center. Animal lovers can visit the lions, giraffes, and monkeys at The Philadelphia Zoo or Elmwood Park Zoo during their Boo at the Zoo events. Those who want to get outdoors can play on the playground during David Pincus Extra Fun Day at Smith, see the birds overhead at Riverbend, or take a hayride in Center City at Reading Terminal Market's Harvest Festival. Museum goers can participate in scavenger hunts at Penn Museum, learn about colorful chromatography at Hagley Museum, or celebrate the uniqueness of families at Please Touch Museum's Outfest.

Do the bathrooms need to get cleaned? Does the laundry need to be washed? Yes! But make time for what is most important... spending time with a kid you love.

Handcrafted Marshmallows? This Burbank Sweet Shop Serves Ultimate Indulgence

Long before becoming Mommy and Daddy, my wife and I were determined to have a favorite indulgence we loved even more than cake at our wedding reception: s’mores. So when Plush Puffs Handcrafted Marshmallows opened in Burbank this fall, I jumped to take my daughter to enjoy one of my favorite, decadent treats. But take note: these are far from the average bag of mallows that are probably aging in the back of your cupboard.

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