Preschoolers

Halloween Weekend for LI Kids: Parades, Parties, Pumpkins

This Halloween weekend spook up some fun for the whole family. Carve a pumpkin and watch it float at the The Great Jack o' Lantern Spectacular Sail at Belmont Lake State Park. Enjoy safe trick or treating in Long Beach, at the Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead, the South Fork Natural History Museum in Bridgehampton or Broadway Mall in Hicksville. Attend a Pumpkin Parade at one of Gymboree's locations in East NorthportWoodbury or Oceanside.

Do the monster mash and party like a ghoul at the Ghostly Gala at the Long Island Children's Museum, the Fall Festival at Queens County Farm, the Haunted Whaling Boo-seum at the Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum or  Family Fun Day at the Long Island Museum in Stony Brook.

Check out our Halloween Guide for more local October 31 fun.

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Dia de los Muertos - Day of the Dead Celebrations around Los Angeles

Hauntingly close to Halloween, El Día de los Muertos – the Day of the Dead – is a magical holiday that's also a living history lesson, demonstrating the tendency of conquerors to absorb indigenous customs into their own. Christian Europeans arrived in Mexico already fans of All Hallows Eve (modern day Halloween), only to stumble upon an ancient tradition celebrated by the Aztecs on November 2, with a spookily similar theme. Day of the Dead is a time when the door between worlds is meant to open, so that celebrants can honor departed loved ones and hopefully lure them back for a visit.

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Trick-or-Treating & Halloween Parties, Oct. 29-31

Halloween weekend is finally here! For all last-minute mamas out there, check out our ideas for quick costume ideas. There are tons of things to do around Houston this weekend, and you still have time to visit an area pumpkin patch, take a hayride, or visit a haunted house. Also, if trick-or-treating isn't your family's thing, check out an area trunk-or-treat, where kids can collect candy in safe and controlled environments. 

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Without further ado, here is your Halloween weekend lineup:

Halloween Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Tricks, Treats, and Trolleys, October 29-31

All of us here at Mommy Poppins CT wish you and your family a very happy and safe Halloween! Since Halloween falls on a Monday this year, which may be particularly challenging for younger kids, there is all kinds of daytime fun over the weekend particularly geared for younger kids, including a Hobgoblin Fair, a Halloween Festival, and a Haunted House (among many others!). For those who may be looking to focus on something besides Halloween, check out the Wild About Animals Festival at the Imagine Nation Museum and Kids Day at the picturesque Audubon facility in Sharon.

If you're beginning to look forward to the holidays that come after Halloween, Mommy Poppins is sponsoring a fantastic giveaway for a $100 Gift Card with Target, who have been expanding their Our Generation line of dolls. For more information and contest rules, click here

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10 Free and Festive Halloween Celebrations for LA Kids

If you've already spent on the Halloween costume (and perhaps a second one if you bought too early), and the pumpkin (and perhaps a second one if you bought too early), and the Halloween candy (and perhaps an extra aerobics class, if you bought too early), then you might have reached your limit with spending money on this mother-of-all kids' holidays. That's when it's time to start sniffing out all of the great free Halloween activities that keep the mood going at this haunting time of year. Never fear - there's a frightful number of free events for your little goblins. Here are 10 of our favorites - the scream of the crop!

Thanksgiving Dinner Out, Fairfield County Restaurants

If you find yourself sans extended family this Thanksgiving in Fairfield County, maybe you're miserable, maybe you're counting your blessings.  Either way, you've no doubt realized that cooking a feast for a family of four seems somewhat ludicrous.  Perhaps going to a restaurant seems even more ludicrous, but hear us out...  Some of the best chefs in the state are keeping their doors open, and are probably already prepping for the pumpkin soup, butternut squash ravioli, pecan nut tarts, and egg nog creme brulees they have planned -- not to mention a perfect slice of turkey and NO MESS to clean up. We've also listed restaurants open on Thanksgiving in Hartford County  and Litchfield County.

10 Best Things to Do on Halloween in Houston

Halloween is almost here! Don't sweat it if you don't have costumes yet - we have you covered. There are tons of trunk-or-treats happening around the city this weekend and on Halloween (along with continued pumpkin patches and haunted houses) where kids can collect candy in a safe and controlled environment, but if you're looking for some wicked fun on actual Halloween day, read on for 10 great options.

Weekday Picks for Kids: Last-Minute Halloween Crafts and Adventures - October 24-28

It's the week before Halloween, your last chance to paint pumpkins, craft costumes, and take in some scary science.  Before the ghouls and goblins retreat for the year, be sure to get your little gremlins engaged with these awesome weekday events on Long Island. And don't forget -- our Long Island Halloween Guide is here to keep you and the family busy all week (and weekend!) long.

Weekday Picks for Connecticut Kids: Halloween Parades, Parties, and Magic Shows, October 24-28

Halloween may still be a week away, but spooky celebrations have already kicked into high gear all around Connecticut. You can get a head start on trick or treating in Canton, Westport, and Darien this week or take a break from the candy-crazed madness for the Trees Through the Seasons workshop at EverWonder Museum. For even more Halloween ideas (or some non-spooky alternatives), the CT Halloween and Fall Guide includes all of our favorite fall family activities, and if you haven't had a chance to pick out your perfect pumpkin yet, check out our Apple & Pumpkin Picking Guide for some suggestions. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest to be sure you're up to date on the latest and greatest activities for this busy time of year, and be sure to click over to our frequently updated Event Calendar for even more fun.

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