November GoList: The Best Things to Do with Kids in Westchester

November is a month of transition, as Halloween, Thanksgiving and the December holidays merge, and Westchester and the Hudson Valley are rich with related family activities. If you haven't made it to some local Halloween haunts, there's still time; then, before you can say gobble-gobble, it’s time for  the Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Annual Tree Lighting Celebration and Frosty Day.

In between, there are some exciting family performances and other activities this month that provide a respite from the holiday hoopla. Clearpool Father-Son Weekend offers 27 hours of male bonding on a (comfortable) wilderness adventure; STEAM Fest features FREE hands-on stations in various sciences; and a restored version of Fantasia is shown on the big screen to commemorate its platinum anniversary.

Below are our top picks for November, but remember that our Event Calendar has many more fun and enriching activities. Savor the season and enjoy it all! 


Things To Do Halloween Weekend with LA Kids: Oct 31 - Nov 1

You know and I know, this weekend is about one thing: treats, treats, and more treats. Halloween is the only thing on your Minions' minds, and luckily there are about a thousand billion places to trick-or-treat. (There are also quite a few Halloween festivities that adult Minions can enjoy.) 

But the celebrations don't end Saturday night. 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.

Sunday brings an additional spiritual and highly anticipated occasion: Daylight Savings Time ends on Sunday, granting parents that elusive and most sought after gift of another hour of sleep. And after all the festivities of this weekend, you're gonna need it.

Keep reading for some of our most treat-tastic picks for this weekend...

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Halloween, Day of the Dead, Treats, No Tricks, October 31-November 1

Throughout Philadelphia, you can feel the excitement. At long last, Halloween weekend is here! Kids anxiously await their door-to-door journey to gather treats, while parents secretly hope the children return with their favorite candy. But, the best news of all is the extra hour we get from Daylight Savings Time. Make the most of that extra 60 minutes with fun found on our Events Calendar.

Explore Mütter Museum, Penn Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art and Lancaster Museum of Art as they each celebrate Dia De Los Muertos, the Day of the Dead. Watch a show such as The Media Theater's A Tale of Beauty and The Beast or Hedgerow Theatre's Storytime! King Arthur. Or, take the family to see Adventure Aquarium's Weeki Wachee Mermaids do their underwater acrobatics.

Be sure to sign up for our weekly newsletter which is delivered straight to your inbox every Thursday morning. And, don't forget to turn back your clocks. I'll be enjoy my extra hour raiding my kids' candy stash.


Halloween Weekend Fun for LI Kids: Pumpkins, Parties, Live Shows, October 31-November 1

Get silly and spooky this Halloween weekend with parades, pumpkins and trick or treating with the entire family.

Be sure to peruse our complete roundup of Fall Fairs and Festivals. And with Halloween this weekend, you'll also want to check out our Halloween Guide for plenty of fun with the kids.

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Halloween Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Tricks, Treats, Parades, and Theater, October 31-November 1

All of us here at Mommy Poppins CT wish you and your family a very happy and safe Halloween! Since Halloween falls on a weekend, there is all kinds of daytime fun on Saturday particularly for younger kids, including storytimes and activities at Blackstone, New Canaan, and New Haven libraries (to name but a few).

There are free town-wide parades and parties in Bethel, Danbury, and Windsor and a parade for pets (and people!) in Southport that ends with games and activities on the Pequot Library lawn.

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

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Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Halloween and Day of the Dead, October 31-November 1

Happy Halloween! Before my kids hit the neighborhood Saturday night to fill their bags with treats, I'm thinking about distracting them with one of the other Halloween activities around town. Burning off some energy at the zoo or relaxing in a theater for a monstrous puppet show are two of the fun options on the calendar. If you're a planner like I am, once we slide into November on Sunday, you'll want to start mapping out your month. First up: Celebrate the Day of the Dead in style with a local party or museum visit (pictured).

Also on Mommy Poppins Boston this week:

  • Not sure what to do with all that Halloween candy? We have a few tricks for making it disappear. 
  • Our November GoList can help you plan the month ahead month now.

Enjoy your weekend and don't forget to check out the full Event Calendar!


Halloween Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Halloween, Day of the Dead, Diwali, Oct. 31-Nov. 1

It isn’t often that Halloween falls on a weekend, which means lots of spook-tastic holiday activities to choose from all day (and weekend) long! Older kids can get their scare on at Jay Ghoul's House of Curiosities and Horseman’s Hollow, while younger ones can frolic along the "I Spy" Halloween Nature Trail, marvel at the Halloween Train Show or saunter along one of the fun ragamuffin parades, to name just a few. Even your pooch can march in the Halloween Pet Parade!

The holiday festivities are not just about Halloween: Day of the Dead is also celebrated, as is Diwali, the Hindu holiday celebrating light over darkness.

Below are more of our top picks for Halloween weekend. Before you fly off on your broomstick, also check out our Event Calendar, where many more activities for ghosts, goblins and regular people await!


What to Do with All That Halloween Candy: Tricks for Making it Disappear

Although you may have decided to give out non-edible treats this Halloween, chances are, your neighbors are still handing out the sweet stuff. When your kids come home from trick-or-treating with all that loot and start sorting through it, the sheer volume may make you freak out (even more than the pint-sized grim reaper at your door did).

What are you going to do with all that candy? You could let the kids eat most of it in one sitting (and get sick), or you might be tempted to dump it in the trash. There's no need to take drastic measures! I recommend giving your kids the opportunity to pick out a few of their favorite pieces and then make the rest disappear like magic. Read on for a few neat tricks. 



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