Weekend Fun for LI Kids: Jack o' Lantern Sail, Bats, Barnacles & Broomsticks October 29-30

This Halloween weekend spook up some fun for the whole family. Carve a pumpkin and watch it float at the The Great Jack o' Lantern Spectacular Sail at Belmont Lake State Park. Enjoy safe trick or treating in Long Beach, at the Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead, Broadway Mall in Hicksville or. Attend a Pumpkin Parade at one of Gymborees locations in East Northport, Woodbury or Oceanside or the Ghostly Gala at the Long Island Children's Museum.

Also, as the temperature starts to drop, now is the perfect time to peruse our Long Island Classes Guide to find indoor, educational opportunities for children of all ages.

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Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Harry Potter, Goblins, Shell Show October 22-23

With Halloween a little over a week away, Philly families can see that our events calendar is getting spookier and scarier as the days go by. This weekend offers encounters with wizards in Chestnut Hill, goblins at Camden Children's Garden, and ghosts at Evans-Mumbower Mill. Visitors to Ebenzener Maxwell Mansion can even participate in a 'who-done-it' mystery!

But, if your crew seeks not-so-scary fun (instead of the golden snitch), fear not! There is plenty of excitement in store. Sesame Place invites children to Abby's Magical Magician Ball this weekend. The Academy of Music features Cinderella's Children's Ball before the Pennsylvania Ballet takes the stage. And, The Academy of Natural Science hosts its annual Philadelphia Shell Show which displays thousands of unique sea shells.

Browse through our entire calendar and narrow down your options by using our search functions selecting location, ages, and keywords. Keep reading to learn about our top picks for the weekend!

Weekend Fun: Giant Pumpkins, Dance Party, Halloween Fests

Halloween festivities are in full force this October weekend in NYC with a host of events, including Giant Pumpkins at the New York Botanical Garden, a special effects workshop at NYSCI, a LGBT-friendly family Monster Mash, the East Village's Halloween Dog Parade, and the annual Halloween fest at the Bleecker Street Playground.

Don't forget to peruse our Halloween Guide for FREE paradesFREE events, and where to trick or treat in NYC, plus local haunted houses and less-spooky Halloween fun for preschool-age children.

If you're not quite ready for Halloween festivities, enjoy fairy fun at Wave Hill's Enchanted Weekend, learn about the rich history and traditions of Dia de los Muertos—festivities are taking place this weekend in Crown Heights and on Staten Island, or just rock out at a family-friendly dance party hosted by CirKiz.

Or looking ahead to the next holiday? Book your Thanksgiving dinner out at these NYC restaurants in Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn, or grab tickets now to a magical Polar Express or Santa holiday train.

All of our top weekend picks are below, with more options in our Event Calendar and Fall Fun Guide

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.


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