Weekend Fun for LI Kids: Jack o' Lantern Sail, Bats, Barnacles & Broomsticks October 29-30

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.

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 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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Kids and the Election: Teaching Your Children About Voting

With just a few weeks until the election and politics all over the news, voter fatigue may have started to set in. It’s at this point many of us are thinking, “I can’t wait until this election is over.” I’m definitely there. But it’s important to remember what’s at the core of all this political ping pong (or maybe dodge ball): our vote. Whether you look at selecting our country’s leaders as a right, privilege, duty, or obligation, it is an opportunity to have our voices heard. It is also a teachable moment for our kids. For tips and resources for teaching your kids (even the youngest of the crew) about citizenship and the importance of being informed and involved, read on. We have a rundown of ideas, interactive websites, books, and crafts for you to share with toddlers to teens.

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!

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.

Haunted Houses, Home Haunts, and Spooky Tours for Halloween in LA

Our house loves Halloween - no, really loves Halloween. We reconnect with neighbors as we hang ghosts in trees, weave skeletons into the jasmine, drape pumpkin lights along the fence, and smear cobwebs all over the shrubbery. Our normally zen rock garden becomes a graveyard, and last year's Halloween costumes become its inhabitants.

One way we feed our macabre creativity is by avidly checking out other Halloween addicts' handiwork; we love the ghost trains, festivals, and pumpkin patches, but the real beauty of living in the film capital of the world is that private haunted houses frequently rival the spectacle of the big theme park spooks. We've collected the scream of the crop below...

Halloween Rainy Day Ideas

There’s nothing worse than a rainy Halloween. Especially for kids. Who wants soggy candy and running from house-to-house to avoid the raindrops? Plus, princesses and superheroes don’t need raincoats covering up their cute costumes. I know my kids don’t. From safe trick-or-treating to costume parties, Long Island offers a ton of fun activities and alternatives if the weather turns stormy this year. The best part? These events are fun for kids (and adults) even if the weather stays fair.


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