Scary Halloween Haunts for LA Teens, Tweens, and Adults

There is nothing like the wholesome thrill of introducing a Tigger-clad child to the joys of a night spent ringing neighbors' doorbells in return for candy. And what goes on at most of LA's theme parks in October is, indeed, nothing like that wholesome thrill. It may seem like Los Angeles celebrates a night that's all about children with an awful lot of entertainment that is clearly not for children, but these frightful haunts keep the Halloween fun going for older kids, for teens, and even for adults who indulge in guilty gruesome pleasures. But how to know which haunts are best for which ages? We've braved a few of them to share our reviews of just how scary is scary.

Sugar Hill Children's Museum Opens in Harlem

New York City just gained a brand-new children's museum. Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art & Storytelling opens to the public on Saturday, October 3 with a FREE kickoff party that includes music, face painting and of course stories and art-making. The museum aims to serve the youngest New Yorkers with a target audience of 3 to 8 years old.

As a Harlem resident, I was especially excited about this new space and, after getting a sneak peek, I'm delighted to welcome it to the nabe.

He Named Me Malala, Parent Movie Review: Is It OK for Kids?

He Named Me Malala opens this week, and some of our older kids are going to want to see it. Malala Yousafzai is kind of like this generation’s Anne Frank: an articulate, wise-beyond-her-years teenage girl who remains optimistic about our world’s prospects for peace despite her own encounter with unspeakable evil. Malala is a child, but her story is not necessarily for children. I wanted to check it out before taking my own kids.

Halloween Events for Kids at Westchester Nature Centers: Pumpkins, Parades & Spooky Fun

Halloween may technically be one fleeting day at the end of October, but its such a fun time of year, many of us celebrate all month long. And let's face it, we spend so much time and money putting together the perfect costume, stockpiling candy and other treats for neighborhood kids and possibly doing fun crafts with our little ones, Halloween really does take more than just a day to celebrate.

We've already mentioned the fun ragamuffin parades coming up as well as Halloween themed events in Historic Hudson Valley and throughout Westchester. Now, we're turning our attention to the county's nature centers. Set against beautiful backdrops and tying in nature and our environment, these events provide a perfect run-up to the Big Night. Read on for more details about these events including both daytime and evening options and ranging from sweet to (not too) spooky.

Haunted Houses in New Jersey, Harmless to Horror-Filled

For those who like a good fright, check out some of NJ's best haunted establishments. There are plenty of night-time haunts to please the older kids, some creepy walking tours to see a (possibly) haunted town, a scaredy-cat amusement park and even a few scare-free zones where kids can just trick or treat.  For more creepy/fun choices, check out our NJ Halloween Guide. and sign up for our emails to get more Halloween and family activity ideas each week!

Weekend Fun for LA Kids: Getty Animalia, OC Childrens' Book Fest & Halloween, October 3 - 4

Hey, remember when we were kids, and Halloween was only one night? Yeah. Good times. Of course, we also rode in cars without seat belts and ran with fire, so maybe everything wasn't better back then. Either way, the genie is out of the bottle, and Halloween is well underway in Southern California.

Starting now, you can celebrate Halloween at the zoo, at Legoland, at Underwood Farms, at Knott's Berry Farm, at Descanso Gardens, at Fillmore and Western Railway, and at Disneyland. There are mazes and haunts and rides and pumpkin patches. Spirited costume shops are popping up all over town, and Trader Joe's is selling a pumpkin version of every product.

True, you can kid yourself that October is about other things besides Halloween, like maybe books or angels or horses or stars or pie.  You might even convince yourself for a little while. But soon enough you're going to notice that everything gives you an idea for a costume, and then you realize that any adventure that ends with a full bag of candy can't be all bad.

Keep reading for our spookiest picks for this weekend....

Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Jack-o-Lanterns, Apples & Amazing Archaeology, October 3-4

If you're the type to swoon over sweaters, pumpkin spice lattes, and crisp fall air, you're going to love what we have on the docket this weekend. Since it's not too early for pumpkins, it's not too early to start preparing for Halloween, either. One of the coolest ways to get in the spirit is the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular (pictured), opening this weekend. Some fairs and festivals around town celebrate apples and fall, and others throw a little archaeology and engineering in the mix. With so many fantastic choices, you'll surely have a great time— whatever you choose to do this weekend!

Also on Mommy Poppins Boston this week: Be sure to check out the October Go List for the best picks of this spooky month.

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

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Festivals, Monster Trucks, Performances October 3-4

Due to the predicted rain, please check with venues directly for updated schedules for weekend events.

As the first weekend of October arrives, Philly families look forward to celebrating the season of autumn with apple picking, corn mazes and pumpkin decorating. This weekend certainly doesn't disappoint as our Events Calendar is filled with festivals, festivals and more festivals where families can find these fall activities.

In addition to traditional fall fun, embrace the outdoors by watching the birds at Tyler Arboretum or building a fairy home at Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve. Or, get an up close view of trucks at Wells Fargo Center's Monster Jam or Winterthur's Truck and Tractor Day. Those looking for indoor activities can consider attending a children's theater production such as Hedgerow Theatre School's The Little Mermaid Jr. or Walnut Street Theatre's Shrek the Musical Jr.

Continue reading for the top picks for the weekend. Be sure to sign up to have our weekly newsletter sent directly to your inbox every Thursday morning. And, don't forget to check out our Halloween Activities Guide to plan out lots of seasonal fun.

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