11 Mets-Themed Kid Activities for World Series Week

The New York Mets are headed to the World Series for the first time in 15 years, and much of the city is getting ready to cheer for these often NYC underdogs, sports fan or not. Even if the kids can't stay up for the first pitch (8pm, Tuesday, October 27), there are plenty of ways they can get into baseball spirit and paint the town orange and blue in anticipation of these Queens players bringing back a championship for the first time since 1986.

To mark the occasion, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz will host a pep rally for the public on Monday, October 26—the day before the team squares off with Kansas City in Game 1 of the World Series.

The MTA is pulling out its "Train of Many Colors" to provide special World Series service. Fans (or train buffs!) can catch the train from the Hudson Yards Station at 6:30pm Saturday and Sunday nights. The 11 cars on the train were all built between 1948 and 1964.

Read on for more information on the rally and other fun ways to celebrate the World Series with kids in tow.


5 Great Trick-or-Treating Routes in Westchester and the Lower Hudson Valley

Whether it’s because the homes are too spread out, or they’re lining a busy road or the neighbors are super cranky, some of us just don’t live in neighborhoods that are great for trick-or-treating. There are a few sites out there known for rating the best trick-or-treating in the country, but we’ve done a little of own local research. All kids deserve a safe and candy-filled Halloween, so check out some of these family-friendly areas if you need an alternative.

Know any other routes you want to share? Let us know in the comments below! For more Halloween-related fun, be sure to check out our Event Calendar.   


Weekday Event Picks for NJ Kids: Trunk or Treat, Halloween Hootenanny, October 26-30

It’s the week leading up to Halloween, and we’ve scared up some frighteningly fun Halloween festivities every day this week! Party Halloween-style at Surf Taco’s Parent-Child Costume Party and Garden State Discovery Museum’s Halloween Hootenanny. No need to wait until Saturday to trick-or-treat. Collect early-bird goodies at Westville’s Trunk or Treat and Downtown Millburn’s Trick-or-Treat. Don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar, and for even more family-friendly activitiy guidance, subscribe to our newsletter!


Weekday Picks: Countdown to Halloween and Day of the Dead, October 26-30

This is it folks, just five more business days before All Hallows Eve. Here in Los Angeles, there is absolutely no reason why Halloween should be a one day event revolving around the acquisition and consumption of candy. While I confess my own house is on its second bag of candy corn, we have also managed to squeeze in several thematic excursions: Dark Harbor at the Queen Mary is a must do for older kids who like to be terrified; it starts haunted and gets scarier from there. Spooky, atmospheric, and worth the monumental wait is the Ghost Train in Griffith Park; arrive before dark or just as it's closing to avoid the most epic lines. Rise of the Jack O’ Lanterns is dark enough to be mildly spooky but still appeals to young ones (hold out for discounted tickets on Goldstar or elsewhere). And Bob Baker’s Marionettes always offer an enjoyable way to celebrate the holiday; Mr. Baker is no longer with us, but his Halloween Spooktacular continues.

Free Halloween activities this week include The Hollow Trees at Kids Club on the Green in Glendale, cartoonist Dave Boatman showing Studio City kids some spooky Halloween cartooning, and a Hotel Transylvania family picnic on the Promenade at Santa Monica's Cinema on the Street. Don't forget to pass by Boney Island in Sherman Oaks, too.


Weekday Picks for LI Kids: Pumpkin Carving, Costume Party, Boat Burning, October 26-30

The week leading up to Halloween is packed with plenty of activities centered around the holiday, including pumpkin carving, costume parties and the annual Boat Burning at the Long Island Maritime Museum.

For even more fall fun, check out our Long Island Events Calendar, which is updated daily. And get the best of what's happening for the upcoming holiday with our Halloween Guide. You can also get the best events of the week sent directly to your inbox each week if you sign up for our newsletter.


Weekday Picks for Boston Kids: Spooktacular Celebrations, October 26-30

The countdown to October 31 has begun! Events this week are pretty much all about Halloween. Our top picks for young children include everything from a family-friendly concert (pictured) to decorating a trick-or-treat bag for free.  For older kids looking for spooky fun, there's a play featuring some creepy witches. Even if you're spending all your free time preparing for a Halloween party or making last-minute costumes, here's to a ghostly week!

Be sure to keep your eye on the full Event Calendar for more happenings this week and beyond.


Where to Trick-or-Treat on Halloween with New York City Kids

Which neighborhood is best for Halloween trick-or-treating in NYC? That probably depends on who you ask. New Yorkers love to bicker over the best coffee shops, the best (and worst) train lines, and yes, the best places to take their kids on Halloween—and we also love to find that secret gem.

So we asked our astute readers and collected recommendations from our parent-driven NYC staff over many, many years to bring you a list of our favorite trick-or-treating spots so you'll know where to bring your kid this October 31. 

But remember, it's meant to be fun. One of my favorite childhood memories from growing up in NYC was in Greenwich Village. Back then, the Village Halloween Parade was just a couple hundred artists and freaks who marched through the neighborhood. Afterward, we would trick-or-treat up and down the brownstone blocks. Everyone was really friendly, and we would come home with our shopping bags completely filled. It was magical.


Weekday Picks for Connecticut Kids: Enchanted Castle, Halloween Cupcakes, and Sea Scare, October 26-30

The main event isn't until Saturday, but there's Halloween fun to be had all over Connecticut this week. There are activities for kids of all ages and interests, from storybook characters to cooking to sea creatures. For even more options check out our Halloween and Fall Fun Guide and the jam-packed Event Calendar which is updated every day. Have a spooktacular week!



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