Things To Do Halloween Weekend with LA Kids: Oct 29 - 30

Our calendar, just like your treat bag, is overflowing this weekend. With tons of carnivals and festivals and parades and celebrations, LA is aquiver with the pumpkin-mania that is Halloween. Find the fun at parks, parks, and parks; at zoos, zoos, and zoos; and at theme parks, theme parks, and theme parks... you get the picture. There's no way we can fit them all here, so this weekend more than ever I encourage you to check out our full listings.

As if our schedule weren't full enough, there's another major holiday nipping at Halloween's heels. Most Día de los Muertos events are this weekend, and there's no better place than LA to rejoice in the memory of our departed loved ones. There are even a few events with no holiday affiliation as such, though it's not hard to see the synergism between Halloween and, say, Stan Lee's Los Angeles Comic Con or the Spider Pavilion.

Whatever your plans, I advise you to conserve your strength: Monday is coming. (There's a silver lining, though: one lucky Momma is going to find a Target Gift Card in her goody bag!)

Keep reading for our trickiest treats for this weekend...

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Trick-or-Treating & Halloween Parties, Oct. 29-31

Halloween weekend is finally here! For all last-minute mamas out there, check out our ideas for quick costume ideas. There are tons of things to do around Houston this weekend, and you still have time to visit an area pumpkin patch, take a hayride, or visit a haunted house. Also, if trick-or-treating isn't your family's thing, check out an area trunk-or-treat, where kids can collect candy in safe and controlled environments. 

Don't forget to check our calendar for daily events, and you can sign up for our FREE weekly newsletters to receive our latest posts, event details, and more. If you sign up right now you get a chance to win a family's membership to the Children's Museum of Houston, which means free admission for a year along with access to members-only events.

Without further ado, here is your Halloween weekend lineup:

Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Halloween Eve, Kid Convention, Pet Parade; October 29-30

It's no secret that we live in one of the best cities in the world to celebrate Halloween. We've got it all, from spooky festivities at the Franklin Park Zoo's Zoo Howl to the North End Halloween Party & Parade and up to Salem, an entire town that celebrates Halloween all month long. Even pets can get in on the Halloween fun with the "Howl-o-ween" Pet Parade.

Had your Halloween fix? There's plenty of other non-scary events happening this weekend including the Kid Convention at the Edward M Kennedy Institute, the Innoskate Public Festival for skateboarding enthusiasts, and [Doll]houses Have Stories at the Concord Museum.

Also on Mommy Poppins this week:

Enter our contest to win a Target gift card, help us pick our Besties for more great prizes, and don't forget to check out the full events calendar for way more Halloween fun!

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Day of the Dead, Zoo Boo, October 29-30

There is no excuse to be bored during this fall weekend. Our events calendar is filled to the brim with family fun to please those who like nature, animals, adventure, and culture.

Take a hayride at Milky Way Farms in Chester Springs, Hagley Museum in Wilmington, or Freddy Hill Farms in Lansdale. Visit the animals at The Elmwood Park Zoo or The Philadelphia Zoo since both feature their Boo at the Zoo events this weekend. Put on your Halloween costume and march in the Halloween Parade Extravaganza at The Ambler Theatre or collect treats at Mayfair Memorial Park's Halloween Birthday Trunk or Treat. Participate in Day of the Dead celebrations at the Mütter Museum or Penn Museum. For more Halloween fun this weekend, check out our guide.

If you haven't yet, enter our giveaway for a chance to win a $100 Target gift card! Stay up-to-date with the latest fun by following us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. Have a spectacular weekend!

Holiday Giving in New Jersey: Volunteering for Families

Looking for new ways to connect as a family this holiday season? Volunteering together can spark the joy of giving in children of all ages. 

Holiday time is full of family traditions like carving turkeys, sharing gifts and ringing in the New Year. It's also a great time to inspire your kids to give back. Create new family traditions this year by contributing to a favorite charity or reaching out to those in need. From the youngest kids coloring holiday greeting cards to teenagers serving Thanksgiving dinners, we've got the run-down on family-friendly holiday volunteering in New Jersey. 

Halloween Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Tricks, Treats, and Trolleys, October 29-31

All of us here at Mommy Poppins CT wish you and your family a very happy and safe Halloween! Since Halloween falls on a Monday this year, which may be particularly challenging for younger kids, there is all kinds of daytime fun over the weekend particularly geared for younger kids, including a Hobgoblin Fair, a Halloween Festival, and a Haunted House (among many others!). For those who may be looking to focus on something besides Halloween, check out the Wild About Animals Festival at the Imagine Nation Museum and Kids Day at the picturesque Audubon facility in Sharon.

If you're beginning to look forward to the holidays that come after Halloween, Mommy Poppins is sponsoring a fantastic giveaway for a $100 Gift Card with Target, who have been expanding their Our Generation line of dolls. For more information and contest rules, click here

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Halloween Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Parades, Festivals and More!

Eek! It’s the final weekend before Halloween! Westchester and the Hudson Valley crank up the fun, and below we’ve highlighted some of our faves.

In addition to all the large-scale events found in our Halloween guide, like Horseman’s Hollow and Jay Ghoul's House of Curiosities, a don’t-miss event is the annual Nyack Halloween Parade, whether you march in it or spectate. This is the second largest in New York State (second only to the Greenwich Village event). Preschoolers will enjoy the abundant offerings at Harvest Moon Festival, and Howlin' Halloween offers evening spookiness in an outdoor nature setting. Also for Halloween, we’ve rounded up fun ragamuffin parades, our favorite programs at Westchester nature centers and freebies at Westchester libraries.

Meanwhile, unrelated to Halloween, Bear Mountain Oktoberfest wraps up this weekend--last call for your fix of bratwurst and apple streudel! Other outing options include Survive, which dares tweens to overcome various challenges in nature—gasp!—without their electronic devices.

We can’t fit all the fun in our top picks, so be sure to visit our Event Calendar for all the Halloween happenings and much more!

Halloween Weekend for NYC Kids: Parades and Trick-or-Treat Fun

Although Halloween officially takes place on Monday, NYC's weekend is loaded with spooktacular fun for the kids. Many of our favorite Halloween celebrations are taking place this weekend, including costume parades, Halloween at the Seaport, a Haunted Halloween Carnival in Park Slope, the return of LC Trick-or-Treat, and more. We also have details on day-of Halloween events, including two Brooklyn favorites: BAM's block party and Halloween 313 in Fort Greene. Don't forget: you can donate all your leftover candy (and whatever you can pry away from your kids) to military members and veterans, needy kids, and more feel-good causes.

Other weekend fun includes two seasonal openings: the Winter Village at Bryant Park and the LeFrak Center's ice skating rinks, plus a three-day celebration honoring Day of the Dead at St. Mark's Church. Looking ahead to that next big holiday? Book your Thanksgiving dinner at these NYC restaurants, or sign up to volunteer as a family with these local charities. Get a jump start on holiday shopping (or just stock up on diapers and paper towels like we do!) by entering our $100 Target gift card giveaway.

Need a break from planning your kid's costume, and well, everything else? Consider these nearby getaways for burned out NYC parents.

We had a tough time narrowing down our top picks for this weekend, so be sure to check out our Event Calendar and Halloween Guide for even more ideas.

Keep an eye out for our November GoList coming soon, too!


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