Free Halloween Trick-or-Treat Events and Costume Parades in the Philly Area

Perhaps you spent days creating a Pinterest-worthy homemade Lego robot Halloween costume out of recycled materials. Perhaps you spent a fortune on an exact replica Disney princess dress and wig. Or, maybe you just raided the dress-up bin in the closet and found last year’s pirate ensemble. To the kids though, it doesn’t matter whether it was a D-I-Y or a b-u-y disguise, they all love to show off their costumes.

If your children just can’t wait until October 31 to strut their stuff and collect some treats, we have a great roundup of free events for you. Township Halloween parades often invite families to march along or to just enjoy the entertainment and community spirit as a spectator. Many malls and shopping districts hold trick-or-treating events for kids as well. Malls are a safer option for many families than going door-to-door and have the added benefit of being rain or shine events. With all of these free activities, costumes are encouraged and goodies are usually distributed, making for some very happy little ghosts and goblins.

The Science of Pixar: Big Kid STEM Inspiration at the Science Center

If your kids are fans of Pixar movies (and who isn't?), if they are into any element of STEAM (as in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math), then there's a treat waiting for them at the California Science Center. The Science Behind Pixar takes a never-before-seen look at the artists, engineers, and computer scientists at Pixar, and how they use STEM concepts in the creation of Pixar films. Videos, interactive computer activities, and hands-on physical activities use characters, scenes, and elements from Pixar movies to explain concepts and challenges and explore solutions created by Pixar staff. Lighting Nemo under water, getting Merida's hair to bounce as she runs, putting the gleam on Lightning McQueen—it's all in the hands of our kids.

Best Places to Trick or Treat This Halloween in Connecticut

Which neighborhood is best for Halloween trick-or-treating in Connecticut? That's a tricky one! But we can certainly point you in some fun directions full of treats! Here's a list of our favorite trick-or-treating spots and weekend events so you'll know where to bring your kids this Halloween. Whether you are looking for a quaint Norman Rockwell experience or a ghoulish night, we have some options for you. If your area is not conducive to trick or treating, your kids still can enjoy a fun trick-or-treat experience at some of these trunk or treating events that begin the week prior to Halloween. Please feel free to add your favorite spots in the comments section below. For more seasonal fun, check out our jam-packed Halloween Guide. Many stores in local towns and villages will likely will be handing out candy in the afternoon on October 31, but as a general rule trick-or-treating starts at dusk.

The Sky's the Limit at These Houston Trampoline Parks

Trampoline parks give parents the chance to release their inner child as the kids burn off some serious energy. It's also the safest way to practice front back flips and bouncing friends into the air without serious physical trauma. We all knew that one kid growing up who flew off the backyard trampoline and broke a bone or two. Houston has several trampoline parks to choose from that offer unique activities, weekly specials, and party packages.

In general, the facilities do not allow guests to wear denim, and most require grip socks that can be purchased upon admission (maybe they will let you by with those fashionable hospital socks you probably still have stashed away somewhere along with an unfinished baby book). 

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: LEGO KidsFest, ArBOOretum, Tomball Bluegrass Festival, Oct. 22-23

Houston's faux fall is in full swing, but the good news is a cool front is allegedly on its way to town just in time for the weekend. You and the family can visit pumpkin patches and take pictures wearing cute fall clothes instead of tank tops, check out area festivals, or test your wits at a haunted house. Hayrides are another good option, and many are hosted at area farms which provide a full day of family fun.

Here's a list of the biggest events happening in October, and don't forget to check our calendar for weekday and weekend activities. 

Weekend Fun for LI Kids: Rock Hall Country Fair, Halloween Family Fun Fest October 22-23

A week before Halloween and the festivities are just getting started. Enjoy the Halloween Spooktacular at Sweetbriar Nature Center or traipse in costume down the village of Bellmore for the Halloween Parade. Run amuck on Molloy College's campus during the Halloween Family Fun Fest in Rockville Centre or at the Rock Hall Country Fair in Lawrence. Feeling fit? Take on the Tiny Titan Obstacle Run as a family.

Also, as the temperature starts to drop, now is the perfect time to peruse our Long Island Classes Guide to find indoor, educational opportunities for children of all ages.

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Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Fall Fairs, Nature Hikes, and Spooky Science

It may feel like mid-June out there, but the calendar says it's the height of fall. After all, can you bake a pie with fresh apples or pumpkins you picked yourself in the summer? With Halloween next week, there are plenty of corn mazes and haunted houses all around the state, but don't forget about other family fun, like a renaissance faire or that classic staple of entertainment for all ages, the circus. For even more ideas, check out our Halloween and Fall Fun Guide. Make sure you subscribe to our weekly newsletters and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest so that you won't miss any of the fun! As always, our event calendar is updated with the latest activities. Our top suggestions for fun this weekend are broken out below. Enjoy!

NYC Car Services with Car Seats for Babies and Kids

Whether you're headed to the pediatrician, the airport, or just visiting New York City, it can be hard to find a taxi or car service that offers car seats. In fact, it's probably one of the most frequent questions that tourists and locals alike email in to ask us about. 

If you have a car seat of your own, taxi drivers are required to let you install it; I've had anxious drivers balk, but I've always made them wait. But maybe you don't feel like lugging your seat to and from JFK or up and down the pediatrician's steps. Solution? Call a car service with car seats!

We've rounded up some of our staff favorites for service in all five boroughs. Just remember to specifically request an infant or a toddler seat.

Alternatives to Traditional Trick-or-Treating for Philly Families

Trick-or-treating is an annual custom that many families enjoy every Halloween. However, not every child or grown-up is all about roaming the streets for the sole purpose of getting candy from their neighbors (or strangers)! When October 31 rolls around, be sure to check out all the great trick-or-treat alternatives in the Philadelphia area—whether they take a hayride, play in a pumpkin patch, or pick up some tasty tidbits from the local mall, little ones will still get to dress up and have fun on Halloween, without the traditional door-to-door candy gathering. Plus, don’t forget to check our Event Calendar regularly—new activities are added daily.

Mommy Poppins Philadelphia would love to see some cute costumes! Follow us on Instagram, post a photo or two, and tag us @MommyPoppinsPHL so we can marvel at the adorable kiddos in and around the area.  

Where to Host an Indoor Birthday Party in Houston

Planning an outdoor birthday party in Houston can be quite risky due to the weather, from scorching heat to pouring rain to even the occasional chilly winter day, it’s often hard to know what to expect. For parents who prefer to take the safer, climate-controlled, route, Houston offers many indoor venues that are great for throwing a unique party. The Downtown Aquarium and Children's Museum of Houston are always great options for parties, but we’ve rounded up some other lesser-known and exciting options in a range of prices for celebrating kids of all ages! Whether your birthday child is athletic, artistic, a chocoholic, or all of the above, you’re sure to find the perfect spot for throwing a memorable birthday bash on this list. An additional bonus is that many of these locations offer all-inclusive packages that make hosting a birthday party stress-free for parents.


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