Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Carnivals, Explore-a-Thon

If you’re looking to maximize use of those Halloween costumes, rest assured there are plenty of opportunities for Westchester families. Though costumes are optional, plenty of Halloween fun lies ahead.

For starters, there’s the Bronxville Children's Halloween Festival, an annual community event featuring pony rides, carnival rides, live music and more. In a similar vein is the annual Ragamuffin Parade and Carnival, which combines a parade with carnival rides and more. If you’re more into the creepy side of the holiday, pile on the fear factor at Spooky Stories from Six Feet Under, with live storytelling set among the dead.

For a departure from Halloween, enjoy FREE fun for all ages (including both workshops and screenings) at YoFi Fest - The Yonkers Film Festival or the return of Family Fun Day, where circus workshops, crafting and more await the younger set.

But that’s not all! There are even more ragamuffin parades, FREE Halloween programs and other seasonal fun that’s not to be missed. Be sure to consult our Halloween guide for Westchester and the Hudson Valley, and to turn the creepiness up a notch, check out our guide to Cemetery Tours. There are still many more options to choose from on our Event Calendar, so head there after you read on for more! 

Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Lantern Parade and Head of the Charles, October 22-23

I grew up in Boston and it has been so much fun to rediscover as a parent some of the seasonal activities I remember from when I was a kid. Many are not only still around but are bigger and better than ever. Several are happening this weekend, like the Lantern Parade (pictured) with approximately 4,000 people walking around Jamaica Pond at sunset with brightly colored lanterns. King Richard's Faire is now in its 35th year of offering jousting and minstrels every weekend in the fall. Of course, it wouldn't be fall in Cambridge without the Head of the Charles, the world's largest regatta.

Halloween happenings are in full swing with creepy haunted attractions for older kids, not-so-scary activities for the little ones, and plenty of free festivities. October is also a great time to visit Witch City, where the Halloween celebration runs all month long.

Enjoy the weekend of fall fun here in Boston and beyond. Help us pick our Besties and don't forget to check out the full events calendar!

Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Fall Fairs, Nature Hikes, and Spooky Science

It may feel like mid-June out there, but the calendar says it's the height of fall. After all, can you bake a pie with fresh apples or pumpkins you picked yourself in the summer? With Halloween next week, there are plenty of corn mazes and haunted houses all around the state, but don't forget about other family fun, like a renaissance faire or that classic staple of entertainment for all ages, the circus. For even more ideas, check out our Halloween and Fall Fun Guide. Make sure you subscribe to our weekly newsletters and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest so that you won't miss any of the fun! As always, our event calendar is updated with the latest activities. Our top suggestions for fun this weekend are broken out below. Enjoy!

Best Indoor Play Spaces in Essex County for NJ Kids

It might not feel like it now, but winter is on its way – and that means that you and the kids will soon be spending lots of time inside. The good news? You don't necessarily need to stay home. Battle boredom and fight off cabin fever with a visit to one of these 11 indoor hot spots in Essex County. To find even more indoor fun throughout New Jersey, check out our comprehensive guide to indoor playgrounds, kid gyms, sports centers, and fun zones.

Best Neighborhoods to Trick-or-Treat for Philadelphia Kids

Zillow's annual list of best cities for trick-or-treating is out, and guess what, Philly... We're number 1! If the kids are looking to score a ton of candy this year, it looks like they're in luck. Usually the best way to find a great neighborhood for trick-or-treating is to head out and look for lights and decorations, but if you don't have the time (or the energy) to drive around in the dark, we've got you covered. We've talked to local parents and candy-givers alike, and gathered up the best of the best neighborhoods for getting some sweet treats. Read below to see if your neighborhood made the cut.

If trick-or-treating on the 31st isn't quite you're thing, we know some great trick-or-treat alternatives—not to mention a few costume parades for showing off this year's Halloween look.

NYC Car Services with Car Seats for Babies and Kids

Whether you're headed to the pediatrician, the airport, or just visiting New York City, it can be hard to find a taxi or car service that offers car seats. In fact, it's probably one of the most frequent questions that tourists and locals alike email in to ask us about. 

If you have a car seat of your own, taxi drivers are required to let you install it; I've had anxious drivers balk, but I've always made them wait. But maybe you don't feel like lugging your seat to and from JFK or up and down the pediatrician's steps. Solution? Call a car service with car seats!

We've rounded up some of our staff favorites for service in all five boroughs. Just remember to specifically request an infant or a toddler seat.

25 Things to Do, See, and Eat in Chinatown with Kids

At first glance, navigating the street vendors, traffic, and crowds of Canal Street can seem intimidating for families. But with a little planning, Chinatown opens up into a world of wonders. Explore parks, temples, turn-of-the century architecture, festivities, and, of course, amazing food in one of NYC's fastest-growing neighborhoods.

Chinatown is unlike other hot spots in Manhattan. It is a living, breathing neighborhood with a real community and real residents. Although dependent on tourists, Chinatown is unapologetically authentic. Be fearless, kind, and patient. as you step into this city within a city. Growing up in NYC, I've seen Chinatown evolve yet never change, holding steadfast to traditions while still exploring and innovating. As an adult, I plan to make Chinatown a part of my children's lives for years to come.

Get the insider's scoop on more of NYC's popular areas, such as Koreatown, with our Neighborhood Guides.

Alternatives to Traditional Trick-or-Treating for Philly Families

Trick-or-treating is an annual custom that many families enjoy every Halloween. However, not every child or grown-up is all about roaming the streets for the sole purpose of getting candy from their neighbors (or strangers)! When October 31 rolls around, be sure to check out all the great trick-or-treat alternatives in the Philadelphia area—whether they take a hayride, play in a pumpkin patch, or pick up some tasty tidbits from the local mall, little ones will still get to dress up and have fun on Halloween, without the traditional door-to-door candy gathering. Plus, don’t forget to check our Event Calendar regularly—new activities are added daily.

Mommy Poppins Philadelphia would love to see some cute costumes! Follow us on Instagram, post a photo or two, and tag us @MommyPoppinsPHL so we can marvel at the adorable kiddos in and around the area.  


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