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.

Harry Potter: A History of Magic Opens at New-York Historical Society

Harry Potter fans, grab your brooms: The long-awaited Harry Potter: A History of Magic exhibition is now open at the New-York Historical Society, with plenty of magical lore, historical artifacts, original manuscripts and drawings, and family-friendly programming to rekindle your love affair with the blockbuster books in whole new way.

On view now, the exhibition runs through Sunday, January 27, 2019, and timed admission tickets are selling out faster than a Fizzing Whizbee. Read on for a peek inside the much-anticipated exhibit.

Houston Area Trunk-or-Treats for Halloween

Trick-or-treating is great and all, but if this year is as hot as previous Halloweens, walking around in thick felt costumes may not exactly get your little ones excited. Trunk-or-Treat events are great alternatives (or opportunities to collect more chocolate for mom) because they offer a safe environment where your kids can still get their candy fix without having to lap the neighborhood.

For those who are scratching their heads at the word "trunk," these events usually feature area organizations and groups that decorate the trunk of a car (typically in elaborate and fun displays) and fill it with candy. Read on to find a trunk-or-treat event that's on or near Halloween close to you.

Weekend Fun: Fall Fest, Rainbow Fish, South Jersey Pumpkin Show

All aboard trains, planes, and automobiles on this super-busy mid-October weekend! Hop on a Pumpkin Train in Flemington, or take a nighttime Haunted Express through Allaire State Park if you're up for something a little spookier. Little ones will love riding through Storybook Land on a fright-free Happy Hayride. Opportunities for all kinds of vehicle exploration this weekend include fire trucks, planes, and police cars.

Crisp fall weather is on its way (we hear), so advantage of the cooler temps at outdoor celebrations, including Ringwood's Harvest Fest, South Jersey Pumpkin Show Festival, Sussex County Harvest, Honey and Garlic Festival, and Thompson Park Day. Hang out at theme parks in all their fall glory at events like Diggerland's Diggerfest and Six Flags Great Adventure's Fright Fest

Check out our Fall Fun Guide for NJ Kids for more options for family fun, including 60+ Free Things to Do in New Jersey in October, and find all kinds of seasonal events, from parades to pumpkin displays, in our Halloween Guide.

Look to our event calendar for a complete listing of happenings this weekend and beyond, and sign up for our FREE newsletters to stay in the know!

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