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Halloween Strolls and Trick-or-Treating Events in Hartford County

Halloween is approaching fast: while you put the finishing touches on your children’s costumes, we’ve assembled a list of fantastic trick-or-treating events in the Hartford area. Whatever your reason, for those of you looking for a safe alternative to traditional trick-or-treating (or for those of you who simply can’t get enough Halloween fun), here are some day and nighttime trick-or-treat options both on Halloween and in the days leading up to it. Check out the options below as well as our Halloween and Fall Fun Guide for more great ideas.

Not-So-Scary Halloween Activities for Boston Kids

For little kids, Halloween is usually more about the treats than the tricks. The excitement is in getting dressed up, making decorations and enjoying sweet treats from neighbors—not gore, creepy stuff, or being scared silly.

For fun, not-so-scary (but maybe slightly spooky) Halloween happenings in and around Boston this month, read on. These activities are for kids and families who just want the Halloween festivities to be sweet.

Boo at the Zoo & Halloween Fun at Westchester & Hudson Valley Nature Centers

Halloween may technically be one fleeting day at the end of October, but its such a fun time of year, many of us celebrate all month long. And let's face it, we spend so much time and money putting together the perfect costume, stockpiling candy and other treats, and often doing fun crafts, that Halloween really does take more than just a day to celebrate.

We've already mentioned the fun ragamuffin parades coming up as well as Halloween-themed events in Historic Hudson Valley and throughout Westchester. Now we're turning our attention to the many nature centers in Westchester and the rest of the Hudson Valley. Set against beautiful backdrops, these events provide a perfect run-up to the Big Night. Read on for more details about these events, which include both daytime and evening options and range from sweet to (not too) spooky.

Looking for even more Halloween activities? Check out our Halloween Fun Guide and follow us on Facebook

Polar Express and Santa Trains Near NYC This Holiday Season

The magic of Chris Van Allsburg’s popular Christmas picture book, The Polar Express, comes to life again this winter with festive holiday trains within a whistle's blow of New York City. A huge hit with kids and parents alike, these trains spark the imagination and holiday spirit with seasonal snacks, stories, even token gifts—not to mention a visit from Santa himself.

These old-school cabooses (some harking back to the 1920s) offer a classic holiday ambience. Best of all, families can combine the annual Santa Claus photo op with a sweet adventure that is sure to create lasting memories. Remember: these train rides sell out quickly, often months in advance, so book now if you want to go (a popular train in New Jersey had already sold out by early October).

For more seasonal fun close to NYC, check out our Fall Fun Guide and 30 Fall Day Trip Ideas.

9 Indoor Places Near Philly for Fall and Winter Birthday Parties

Fall and winter birthdays mean celebrating the milestone indoors. The city has a plethora of options for those who want to celebrate outdoors, but it can be tricky to find fun places to celebrate in colder months. Many of the museums in Philly offer birthday packages, but museums aren't for everyone. Read on for some more unique options for celebrating a kid's birthday party indoors.

Giveaway: Our Generation Dolls Opens World of Imagination

Confession: I might be a bit of a Target addict. I've spent my fair share of rainy days wandering the aisles looking for nothing in particular and the Our Generation Dolls section has caught my eye on more than one occasion. All those pink and orange boxes, displaying a tempting array of dolls and tons of accessories to make a child’s imagination go wild, have had me itching for when my kid would be old enough dive into this world.

So I was intrigued to partner with Our Generation Dolls at the recent in-store event at Target in Mt Laurel, NJ. It was a great opportunity to spend some time in that oh-so-tempting doll area and explore the universe of OG Dolls a little more closely. Plus, Mommy Poppins gave away a $100 Target gift certificate. If you missed the event, don’t worry, because I have lots to report back and we’re giving away another $100 Target gift card here!

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.

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.

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