Weekday Picks: ArtNight Pasadena, Great Shake Out, & Pixar Oct. 17-21

Fall festivals and Halloween-related events are in full swing, and yet there are also plenty of other options for families looking to mix in some culture and education this week.

ArtNight Pasadena is a free event that features exhibitions, music and dance performances, and interactive activities at 18 participating cultural institutions. Kids can check out the works of Picasso at the Norton Simon Museum or the effects of light on color, shape, and the world at Kidspace Children's Museum. Also, ArtWORKS Teen Center offers an interactive evening of printmaking and screen-printing as part of the event.

Discovery Cube Los Angeles and Discovery Cube Orange County both take part in Thursday's Great Shake Out, an annual event focusing on earthquake preparedness and the importance of family planning and readiness. This is a great opportunity to talk to kids about what they should do at home or school or in the community if a large quake strikes.

And the Science Center's new Pixar exhibit demonstrates how science and art converge to create great movies.

Free Weekday Picks for Boston Kids: Apples, Pumpkins, IMAX; Oct 17-21

Got apples? Perhaps more than you know what to do with? That's okay, we have some tasty ideas for using all those apples your family gathered when you went apple picking.

Schedules are busy with school and classes these days, but if you can get away for a day or two, we have have recommendations for 15 New England fall trips to enjoy the peak foliage. Our free event picks for this week also make great escapes from the daily grind: hearing Yo-Yo Ma play in a free concert, splashing in a tide pool, going back to Shakespeare's time with puppetry, seeing jack-o-lanterns aglow along a river, and taking a free, one-hour family vacation. Oh, and while we're on the subject of free concerts and family vacations: you can win fabulous prizes from the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Great Wolf Lodge, and Puerto Vallarta just for helping us pick our Besties. How do ya like them apples?

Have a fruitful week, and remember to check out our Event Calendar for other fun things to do with the little ones.

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Ghost Stories, Haunted Huguenot Street

Such a fun week lies ahead, with a mix of both seasonal and anytime activities to delight Westchester families!

As the Halloween countdown continues, the options for mood-setting increase. The return of Haunted Huguenot Street allows visitors to learn of creepy tales in historic houses, while Ghost Stories invites kids to be not the listener but the author. In addition to Halloween, Dia de lost Muertos is being celebrated at the Day of the Dead Workshop

Read on for our top weekday picks and be sure to also check our Event Calendar and our October GoList for more family fun throughout the month! 

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

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

Although the parade and Greenwich Village have changed a lot since then, your kids still can enjoy that kind of thrilling trick-or-treat experience in many New York City neighborhoods. And which neighborhood is now the best one for Halloween trick-or-treating in NYC? That 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. 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 kids this October 31. 

Join one of the local Halloween parades and then go trick-or-treating throughout the community with local families. Or hit one of the neighborhoods or streets listed below: We have a slew of spots to try in all five boroughs. For more seasonal fun, check out our jam-packed Halloween Guide.

Weekday Picks for Connecticut Kids: Faeries, Scarecrows, and Hayrides, October 17-21

This week we've collected some of our favorite activities from across the state, including the annual Graveyard Tours, Hayrides, and visiting a Faerie Village. Apple and pumpkin picking are in full swing right now so check out our Apple & Pumpkin Picking Guide to find a great place near you. For everything and anything Fall and Halloween, you must check out our CT Halloween and Fall Guide. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest to be sure you're up to date on the latest and greatest activities this jam-packed week, and be sure to click over to our frequently updated Event Calendar for even more suggestions.

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.


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