Halloween Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Parades, Festivals and More!

Eek! It’s the final weekend before Halloween! Westchester and the Hudson Valley crank up the fun, and below we’ve highlighted some of our faves.

In addition to all the large-scale events found in our Halloween guide, like Horseman’s Hollow and Jay Ghoul's House of Curiosities, a don’t-miss event is the annual Nyack Halloween Parade, whether you march in it or spectate. This is the second largest in New York State (second only to the Greenwich Village event). Preschoolers will enjoy the abundant offerings at Harvest Moon Festival, and Howlin' Halloween offers evening spookiness in an outdoor nature setting. Also for Halloween, we’ve rounded up fun ragamuffin parades, our favorite programs at Westchester nature centers and freebies at Westchester libraries.

Meanwhile, unrelated to Halloween, Bear Mountain Oktoberfest wraps up this weekend--last call for your fix of bratwurst and apple streudel! Other outing options include Survive, which dares tweens to overcome various challenges in nature—gasp!—without their electronic devices.

We can’t fit all the fun in our top picks, so be sure to visit our Event Calendar for all the Halloween happenings and much more!

Halloween Weekend for NYC Kids: Parades and Trick-or-Treat Fun

Although Halloween officially takes place on Monday, NYC's weekend is loaded with spooktacular fun for the kids. Many of our favorite Halloween celebrations are taking place this weekend, including costume parades, Halloween at the Seaport, a Haunted Halloween Carnival in Park Slope, the return of LC Trick-or-Treat, and more. We also have details on day-of Halloween events, including two Brooklyn favorites: BAM's block party and Halloween 313 in Fort Greene. Don't forget: you can donate all your leftover candy (and whatever you can pry away from your kids) to military members and veterans, needy kids, and more feel-good causes.

Other weekend fun includes two seasonal openings: the Winter Village at Bryant Park and the LeFrak Center's ice skating rinks, plus a three-day celebration honoring Day of the Dead at St. Mark's Church. Looking ahead to that next big holiday? Book your Thanksgiving dinner at these NYC restaurants, or sign up to volunteer as a family with these local charities. Get a jump start on holiday shopping (or just stock up on diapers and paper towels like we do!) by entering our $100 Target gift card giveaway.

Need a break from planning your kid's costume, and well, everything else? Consider these nearby getaways for burned out NYC parents.

We had a tough time narrowing down our top picks for this weekend, so be sure to check out our Event Calendar and Halloween Guide for even more ideas.

Keep an eye out for our November GoList coming soon, too!

Leftover Halloween Candy? Ways To Use It (Or Lose It) in New Jersey

Twix, Milky Ways, Sour Patch Kids, Skittles! It seems like kids collect enough Halloween candy to last a lifetime. Instead of saving your surplus supply of Kit Kats or having your children consume it all in one night (or worse, you consume it all in one night), take a look at our alternate ideas for using up your little ones' leftover candy haul – whether you donate it, bake with it, make money from it (!), or make others smile with it. Hope you have a great Halloween, New Jersey!

Kids and the Election: Teaching Your Children About Voting

With just a few weeks until the election and politics all over the news, voter fatigue may have started to set in. It’s at this point many of us are thinking, “I can’t wait until this election is over.” I’m definitely there. But it’s important to remember what’s at the core of all this political ping pong (or maybe dodge ball): our vote. Whether you look at selecting our country’s leaders as a right, privilege, duty, or obligation, it is an opportunity to have our voices heard. It is also a teachable moment for our kids. For tips and resources for teaching your kids (even the youngest of the crew) about citizenship and the importance of being informed and involved, read on. We have a rundown of ideas, interactive websites, books, and crafts for you to share with toddlers to teens.

10 Free and Festive Halloween Celebrations for LA Kids

If you've already spent on the Halloween costume (and perhaps a second one if you bought too early), and the pumpkin (and perhaps a second one if you bought too early), and the Halloween candy (and perhaps an extra aerobics class, if you bought too early), then you might have reached your limit with spending money on this mother-of-all kids' holidays. That's when it's time to start sniffing out all of the great free Halloween activities that keep the mood going at this haunting time of year. Never fear - there's a frightful number of free events for your little goblins. Here are 10 of our favorites - the scream of the crop!

Art Classes for Philly Kids and Homeschoolers

Art is a wonderful form of self-expression. Art classes are a great way to help kids hone their creativity, to discover new talents, or even just de-stress. There are so many great places in and around Philly for art, and many of them offer classes for young artists. Some even offer homeschool classes for kids who learn at home and are looking to socialize with their peers. We've rounded up some great nearby art classes-- perfect for after school activity or to fulfill homeschool curriculums.

Halloween Weekend Fun for NJ Kids: Trick-or-Treating, Parades, Pumpkins

Halloween weekend is here! The holiday is on Monday, so that means three days of spooky fall fun, and plenty of ways to celebrate: You can see stunning jack-o-lantern displays at Rise of the Jack O'Lanterns and The Glow: A Jack O'Lantern Experience, take a Scarecrow Stroll through Cranford, and go to Ghoul School. To find even more Halloween happenings, check out our list of FREE Halloween events and parades, the best trick-or-treating neighborhoods, and the best Halloween events for preschoolers. Don't forget to head to a NJ farm to pick a pumpkin before they're gone.

Of course it's not only about Halloween this weekend... non-holiday events include BrickFair, the annual LEGO lovers expo; a kids' musical at Paper Mill Playhouse; and a Harry Potter–themed planetarium show at Raritan Valley Community College. You can find all of these and more in our Events Calendar and October GoList

9 Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks to Visit with Kids in NYC

It's time to sharpen those ice skates. Many of New York City's outdoor rinks are open for family fall, er, winter fun.

Whether you prefer to twirl with the tourists at Rockefeller Center and Central Park's Wollman Rink, or go off the beaten path to a Mommy Poppins favorite such as Lasker Rink, the city offers plenty of options for newbies to polished skaters—even a FREE skate spot. If it ever gets too cold to glide outside, you can always hit one of NYC's indoor ice skating rinks.


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