Weekday Fun in NJ: Scarecrow Stroll, Zoo Playtime, Gardens Aglow

Halloween is quickly approaching! Get in the holiday spirit this week by mingling with scary scarecrows at Cranford’s 9th Annual Scarecrow Stroll or exploring impressive Jack-O-Lanterns at Montclair’s Gardens Aglow. Both events are free.

Little ones can bond with animals this week at Bergen County Zoo’s Playtime at the Zoo and Hazlet Library’s Tail Waggin’ Tutors. Or learn about prehistoric creatures at Sprout and Seedling’s dinosaur-themed workshop.

Read on for our best children's events the week of Oct 17-21, and don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar, October GoList, and Halloween Events Guide for even more almost-Halloween fun.

Weekday Fun: Kid Film Fest, Moscow Ballet, Haunted Fun in NYC

Families will find FREE kids' music, crafts, and movies on tap for this school-holiday-free (phew) October week in New York City.

Read on for our top weekday picks and be sure to peruse our Event Calendar for even more options. Head over to the Halloween Guide to make your October 31 plans in New York City, and the Fall Fun Guide for festivals, day trips, events just right for preschool-age kids, and more seasonal art and theater.

As the weather turns cooler, don't forget to check out our Family Fun Guide filled with drop-in play spaces, including several that just opened: SciTech KidsGood Day Play CafeLet's Play PlayhouseThe Coop, and the Brooklyn Children's Museum's downtown annex, Spark.

Halloween Trunk-or-Treat locations in Fairfield County

Do you live in a part of Fairfield County where the roads are windy and you don't have any sidewalks or streetlights? Then you know you need to venture out and find a safe place to trick or treat. Or maybe you just don't love the idea of having your kids do the whole door-to-door asking for candy thing in the dark. Whatever the reason, there is a simpler and safer alternative called Trunk-or-Treat. Haven't heard of it? It's like a Halloween tailgate, where families gather in a church or community parking lot and children trick or treat from car to decorated car. These popular events confine the confections to a safe, central spot and many of them aim to keep the mayhem to a minimum. Trunk or treats tend to start early, so you don't have to deal with any spooky meltdowns in the dark. Better yet, these events usually add more fun to the mix with food, activities, games and even campfires. In our round up, we've included Trunk-or-Treat events as well as similarly structured events that provide a centralized trick or treating expereince.

7 Houston Area Ice Rinks for Family Fun

With Houston's mild winters, one might forget it's actually winter. There are plenty of options in and around the city to practice your ice skating since frozen ponds are in short supply. No matter if you stay in the city or stretch out to the suburbs, there are plenty of opportunities to expose your kiddos to ice skating and harness their inner-Nancy Kerrigan or Wayne Gretzky.

Best Places to Trick-or-Treat in Orange County

Orange County is home to plenty of family-friendly attractions (including the country's biggest theme park haunt) so it should come as no surprise that California's third biggest county is also one of the hottest spots for trick-or-treating on Halloween night. Tons of planned communities with homes a short stroll from one other give kids ample opportunity to satisfy a sweet tooth, in a climate that doesn't require covering up cool costumes with coats. The OC is also one of the wealthiest counties in the country, which translates into bigger candy bars, more elaborate decorations, and no-holds-barred block parties.

We scoured the county to come up with a list of the top OC spots to take your ghouls and goblins trick-or-treating this Halloween. If you're visiting one of these generous neighborhoods, please show your appreciation by being extra considerate about candy wrappers and other litter on the ground. And wherever you head on Halloween night, carry lights and watch out for traffic.

Best Neighborhoods to Trick-or-Treat for Long Island Kids

There's nothing like trick-or-treating in your own neighborhood right here on Long Island, or heading to your favorite downtown to fill up on treats from local businesses. You know how to traverse every nook and cranny. Plus, you probably have a good idea which houses to avoid and which to knock on twice for those sweet rewards. The camaraderie among neighbors can fill residents with pride.

But sometimes change is good.

So which Long Island neighborhoods are best for trick-or-treating? We prefer ones that have houses close together, banks of merchants who participate, are well lit and have minimal traffic running through them. Read on for a list of our favorites.

Check out our Halloween Guide for more Long Island trick-or-treating fun, including these top events for kids and not-too-scary haunted houses and walks.

Haunted Houses and Spooky Attractions for NJ Families

Whether you enjoy a good fright or you prefer your Halloween haunt-free, we've got you covered. There are plenty of night-time haunts to please the older kids, some creepy walking tours of (possibly) haunted towns, a scaredy-cat amusement park, and even a few scare-free zones where younger kids can just trick-or-treat. Several places have options for both older and younger kids. For even more choices, check out our NJ Halloween Guide. And you'll find plenty for the little ones in the Best Halloween Events for NJ Preschoolers.

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