Safe, Organized, and Indoor Trick-or-Treat Options for LA Kids on Halloween Night

We may have grown up cruising the streets unchaperoned eating loosely wrapped candy on Halloween night, but we’d no sooner let our own children do that than bounce around the back of a station wagon without a car seat. And while some of us are fortunate enough to have friendly, festive neighborhoods to walk our Elsas through, many parents prefer the safety and self-contained nature of a mall, museum, or other organized trick-or-treat event.

Keep an eye on our events calendar and Halloween Fun Guide for complete listings; some venues hold their Halloween celebrations before Saturday, to maximize the weekend. October 31, of course, is the night for ringing doorbells, but for those who prefer to collect candy in a confined space, we have oodles of options below.

November GoList: The Best Things to Do with Long Island Kids This Month

The holiday season has begun--and there's no shortage of family-friendly and fun activities to do with the kids this month. We've compiled a list of some of the best of what's happening in November in Long Island. From smashing your Halloween pumpkin and admiring a festival of trees to welcoming Santa's arrival and enjoying an array of chocolate goodies, you're sure to find something the entire family will enjoy.

Of course, you should still check our Long Island Events Calendar regularly, since it is constantly being updated. And to get this info sent directly to your inbox twice a week, be sure to sign up for our newsletter.

Halloween Weekend for NYC Kids: Parades, Trick-or-Treat, Oct. 31-Nov. 1

It's heeeere! Saturday is Halloween and the day is packed with FREE parades, parties and candy-filled trick-or-treating routes. Many of our favorite annual Halloween celebrations take place on October 31, including BAM's festive block party, the American Museum of Natural History's fete, the one-night-only show at Fort Greene's Halloween 313 house and the lively costume-filled processions in Park Slope and Jackson Heights.

Assuming you find the energy to even get out of bed on Sunday (hey, at least you get an extra hour of sleep thanks to the end of Daylight Saving Time), you can recycle your jack-o'-lantern at the Inwood Pumpkin Pageant, celebrate Day of the Dead in the East Village or work off all those sweets ice-skating. Many rinks open for the season this weekend including Bryant Park, Lasker in Central Park and Prospect Park's Lakeside.

Read on for all of our best bets and find even more options in our Event Calendar and Halloween Guide.

Haunted Houses in Hartford County , CT

Halloween is fast approaching and what other way to celebrate the holiday than by visiting a spooky Haunted House? Did you know that Connecticut is said to be one of the states with the most paranormal activity in the country! Enjoy a frightful experience at one of these scary sites in Hartford County with the entire family. Watch as your child gets pleasure from the heart racing thrills while clutching closely to your side! For more Halloween Fun check out our Halloween and Fall Fun Guide!

Great Playgrounds in Stamford

Stamford is a big place with lots to see and even more to do. With over 125,000 residents, this Fairfield County city is the third largest in Connecticut and the seventh largest in New England. From the woods and rolling hills of North Stamford to the beaches and marinas in the South End, Stamford is urban, suburban and even a little rural depending on where you go. In a city of this size, you can bet that it's full of kids.

My kids love to get out there and play. They always like to check out different parks to see if they can find an old friend or make a bunch of new ones. This is a list of our favorite playgrounds in the city, but by no means a list of every single playground. For instance, Stamford's elementary school playgrounds are open to the public after school and on weekends, which make for a convenient, neighborhood option. When you're ready to look for things to do beyond the playground, check out 40 Things to Do in Stamford With or Without Kids. If you have a skater in the family check out these Skateparks in Fairfield County. No matter what, I hope you'll get out there and explore some of these places.

Good thing there are so many great parks and playgrounds for all these kids to choose from. I've rounded up some of the best playgrounds in Stamford, with descriptions of what you'll find when you get there. Check it out!

13 Free Día de los Muertos Celebrations around Los Angeles

Here in Los Angeles, the skeletons of Halloween dance straight into the calacas of Day of the Dead / Día de los Muertos. Traditional events featuring music, dancing, and ceremonial altars honoring loved ones spring up all over town. Whether the holiday is a familiar part of your culture or something you'd like to experience for the first time, free events welcome visitors of all ages with beautiful artwork and haunting imagery. Check out one of these dozen free events in LA and Orange County (including the haunting novenarios downtown).

Halloween Weekend Fun for NJ Kids: Halloween Spooktacular, Great Pumpkin Sail, Oct 31-Nov 1

Halloween is finally here! Costumes? Check! (since August in my house). Trick-or-treat candy? Check! Halloween plans? There are so many to choose from. Head to the 4th Annual Halloween Spooktacular at the NJ State Museum, learn about Historic Halloween Happenings at Fosterfields Farm or conduct some creepy chemistry during the Ghoul School event at Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Reserve. You can also close out October with a bang and watch your jack-o-lantern float away during the Great Pumpkin Sail at Echo Lake Park. And for a little break from the Halloween hoopla, check out the Weeki Wachee Mermaids at Adventure Aquarium or take in a performance of Curious George at the Mayo Performing Arts Center. Whatever you decide to do this Halloween weekend, we hope you enjoy it with family and friends. Be sure to check out the full list of Halloween and weekend activities in our Event Calendar.

November GoList: Best Things to Do with Kids in Boston

November is a great month in Boston for kid-friendly films and live performances. It's also the start of holiday season excitement. As we update our Winter Fun Guide and Holiday Fun Guide throughout the month with the scoop on tree lightings, Santa sightings, winter skiing, outdoor ice skating rinks and other seasonal fun, there are plenty of great events to add to your calendar right now.

Our top picks for November include family-friendly activities we look forward to every year, plus a few we're excited to experience for the first time. Many require advance registration or tickets, so go ahead and claim your seats!

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