Haunted Halloween Houses and Not-too-Spooky Walks for NYC Kids

Looking for a not-too-scary Halloween fright for the kids? A tricked-out haunted house or slightly spooky Halloween trail just might be the right kind of boo for you.

Haunted houses long have been a popular suburban Halloween stapleLong Island, Westchester, Connecticut, and New Jersey are rife with them. And while NYC has gained several spooky haunted houses of its own, including Blood Manor, those are for grown-ups only. However, there are a handful of haunted houses in New York City that offer gentler Halloween chills for families.

You're sure to find spooky family-friendly attractions at pretty much every Halloween festival and fall fair. But we're skipping those to tell you about the best of the city's more elaborate and kid-friendly haunted houses and other spooky attractions for kids this year. Read on for the scoop—and heed the age warnings. While grade-school kids can attend most of these, not all are suitable for preschoolers.

13 Hay Rides Near Boston for Fall and Halloween Family Fun

We love everything farms have to offer families in the fall. From apple and pumpkin picking to corn mazes, there’s something for every age group. This includes one of our fall favorites: hayrides! It’s truly an activity for everyone, even the littlest family members, so we’re bringing you a list of 13 local farms that offer hay rides throughout the season to make your fall even more special.

11 Awesome Fall Events for Preschoolers in Westchester and the Hudson Valley

There aren’t enough days in a season to do all of the autumn activities available for families in Westchester and the Hudson Valley. To help you stay focused, we’ve collected 11 of our favorite fall events for preschoolers—many of which are FREE!

So read on and add these events to your to-do list. Looking for more seasonal activities? Check out our Fall Fun Guide and follow us on Facebook!

Guide to Día de los Muertos or Day of the Dead for NYC Kids

Halloween isn't the only spooky holiday to celebrate in October. Day of the Dead—or Día de los Muertos as it's known in Spanish—is observed by many Latino cultures and is especially popular in Mexico.

Day of the Dead officially takes place on November 1 and 2 to coincide with the Catholic holidays of All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day. However, NYC events are spread throughout October and early November and most of them are FREE. While it's not a Halloween event, it occurs around the same time and features many of the same trappings like skulls and parades. Revelers honor friends and family members who have died by building altars and adorning them with colorful paper flowers, grinning skeletons and candles. It's a joyful way to remember the deceased without freaking kids out. We've rounded up half a dozen Day of the Dead events where NYC kids and families can celebrate the holiday.

You can find more fall activities in our Fall Fun Guide and check out the Halloween Guide for all the best happenings in NYC this month.

Hayrides Around Houston

Your family's list of must-do activities for fall wouldn't be complete without an old-fashioned hayride. Check out these area farms and ranches for hayrides around the property, which often include pumpkin patches and fun activities for the whole family.

Let's Play Playhouse Reopens in Astoria After Full Makeover

One of Astoria’s favorite kids' drop-in play spots just got a serious makeover—and we're smitten. Once known as Kids Playhouse, the new romping spot is now Let's Play Playhouse. While you'll still find that iconic double slide and two-story jungle gym, there are several welcome changes, including the addition of classes for babies and toddlers, new flooring, and rotating educational themes that hew to the motto: Learning through play.

After several visits, my 4-year-old and I quickly declared it our new rainy day hangout

Queens has always boasted a number of great indoor play spaces for kids, but it seems it's trying to give Brooklyn kiddie gyms some competition lately as there's been a flurry of new openings, including Good Day Play Cafe in Bayside, Sunnyside Plays, Shastye Art and Play Space in Astoria, and a new sensory gym for children with disabilities. Read on for our review of Let's Play.


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