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Westchester's Top Halloween Events and Haunted Houses for Kids

Think you can handle the Creepy Morgue at Playland or survive the Haunt at Rocky Ledge? Whether you’re local or a daytripper, Westchester is a hot spot of exciting and fun (and terrifying!) Halloween happenings for children. We've collected some of the best frights, as well as a few ideas better suited for the younger ghouls.  

If you’re looking for even more events ranging on the horror meter, check out the legendary Great Jack O’ Lantern Blaze (it sells out quickly!) or visit some of the other must-see Halloween doings for kids in Westchester and the rest of the Lower Hudson Valley. (Many of those events are better suited for the younger crowd.)

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October GoList: Best Things To Do with LA and OC Kids Halloween Month

Kids cannot live by Halloween alone—or can they? Just in case, we've included a couple of events on our October GoList that actually are not about Halloween. Just a couple. Of course, if Halloween festivals and pumpkin patches are what you're craving, they're with us all month long in abundance. Ghost trains and mega-haunts, too. But with all the activities October has to offer, a little guidance is definitely in order. Read on for our top (baker's) dozen October things to do in LA, Ventura, and OC. We'll keep adding to our calendar daily and sending our weekly newsletters, too; with so much going on, we'll have to!

Oktoberfest for Families: Kinderfest at Old World in Huntington Beach

Oktoberfest conjures up images of raucous crowds in beer halls, but Old World in Huntington Beach turns the fall tradition into a family event on Sunday afternoons with Kinderfest. This is a great thing to know if your personal limit on pumpkins, ghosts, and haunted houses is in danger of being met; adult fun with a childish (and canine!) twist is on offer all month in the OC.

Best Things To Do with NYC Kids: October GoList

Get your calendars ready. Here are the top 14 things to do with kids in New York City this October, five of which are FREE.

Halloween may generate the hoopla, but there are plenty of other must-do activities this month. The fall culture season kicks into high gear with amazing live entertainment, including a page-to-stage adaptation of Mr. Popper's Penguins at the New Victory Theater, a multimedia Gustafer Yellowgold concert, and a kid-friendly tribute to the late, great David Bowie.

Looking for more interactive fun? Have your pets blessed in Morningside Heights, get creative at the New York Hall of Science's Maker Faire New York, and cheer on the competitors in the annual Great North River Tugboat Race & Competition.

October GoList: Best Things To Do With Long Island Kids This Month

Have some old time fun at the Long Island Fair, which is only in town once per year. Keep the fall festivities going with Pumpkinfest in Yaphank and be transported into a fairy tale at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge Enchanted Forest Trail. If that's too frightening, take it down a notch at the Not So Spooky Walk at the Clark Botanical Garden.

Check out the list below and click over to our comprehensive Long Island Events Calendar for inspiration; we have you covered with some of the best events and activities happening throughout the area. 

October Go List: Best Things To Do With CT Kids This Month

October, one of the most beautiful months of the year here in Connecticut. Leaf peeping will hit it's peak mid-month. Pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and apple picking orchards are all in full swing. Our Halloween and Fall Fun Guide and event calendar include even more great events happening this month.  In this round up, we try to include a few of the best in each region. Check out the Faerie Village in Old Lyme, go to a parade, or check out one of the many festivals. Here are 27 of our top Connecticut picks for you and the kids this October.  If you click through to the full listing you can then add them to your google calendar.

Attending the Awe-Inspiring Houston Art Car Parade

When I moved to Houston, I noticed something different about the cars I saw on the road in my neck of the woods. While driving around the Heights I remember seeing one car painted with colorful cat faces and another covered in Day of the Dead figurines. When I finally learned these cars were associated with the Houston Art Car Museum and annual Art Car Parade, I knew I (and my family) needed to see more. We now try to go to the parade every year, and it never disappoints. 

Koreatown with Kids: Best Places to Shop, Eat, and Play

One of the best reasons to endure the cost of living and the crowded streets of New York City is just how easy it is to explore other cultures with your kids. There are vibrant ethnic enclaves around every corner, but few quite as vibrant as Midtown Manhattan's Koreatown.

Developed in the 1980s, this small enclave can be found between West 31st and West 33rd Streets and Fifth Avenue and Broadway. The main drag is Korea Way, aka West 32nd Street between Broadway and Fifth Avenue. Although the district is small, really just two city blocks, it is packed with more than 100 shops and restaurants. If you can't see them, look up. Much like Seoul, the businesses in K-Town are stacked on top of each other to maximize space.  

We've rounded up 13 of the best places to explore in Manhattan's Koreatown as a family, so read on before your next outing. Peruse our Neighborhood Guides for more NYC nabes to explore, including those in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens.

Scariest Haunted Houses and Attractions in Connecticut

Halloween isn't all pumpkins and hayrides. For many, this time of year is more about thrills, chills, horror and fright and less about trick-or-treating (or trunk-or-treating). Good thing Connecticut has some of the scariest haunted houses you'll ever find! These frightful attractions are geared towards older children, teens, and adults and not recommended for very young children. If you're looking for the real deal, check out our post on the Real Haunted Houses of Connecticut. For those who just want to have a spooky-good time, then a haunted house attraction is just the thing. From amusement parks filled with zombies to empty summer camps and abandoned school buildings, there is something to scare the pants off of everyone. We've rounded up the scariest haunted houses across the state, and a couple that are right over the border, for all of your frightful fun this Halloween season. Check it out...if you dare!

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