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.

25 Things To Do with Toddlers in Fairfield County

When you are looking for something to do with your toddler, there are two priorities: that your child will be allowed to touch things and that you don't have to drive too far to get there.  There is nap time to think about!  Below are twenty-five awesome places to take your little ones before they start Kindergarten.  For further reading, don't forget to check out 120 Things to do with Kids Before They Grow

5 Montessori Preschools in Boston for Little Learners

Deciding where to send your child to preschool isn’t easy, but selecting a specific type of school can really help narrow down your options. We have written about bilingual and language immersion preschools throughout the Boston area, and now we're focusing on Montessori preschools in the city so you can see which one seems like a good fit for your child.

The Montessori method was developed by Dr. Maria Montessori about 100 years ago. Most Montessori schools place children in mixed-age classrooms, allow students to self-direct their activities, allow large blocks of uninterrupted time to work, focus on discovery rather than instruction and use specialized materials. There are five preschools in Boston that use the Montessori philosophy to help children learn and grow:

Best Neighborhoods to Trick-or-Treat for Los Angeles Kids

Trick or treat! Los Angeles moved down to fifth place this year in Zillow's Halloween list of the country's 20 best cities for trick-or-treating—but that's not slowing down anyone around here. The real estate website bases its trick-or-treat ranking on criteria like home value and crime rates. That's good, but what about special effects and Halloween decorations? If one figures in the number of film industry creatives living in a given metropolitan area, LA wins first place by a country mile. Speaking of country miles, if you've walked the distance between houses in the most expensive LA neighborhoods, you know that higher home value does not always translate to better trick-or-treating. What does? Well, keep your Halloween hats on, because we've got a list of some of LA and Orange County's most legendary trick-or-treat neighborhoods. I defy anyone in Philadelphia to beat these!

Best Places for Trick or Treating in Houston

Halloween is only a couple weeks away, which means it's time to start finalizing costumes (just realized you're in a pinch? We've got you covered with easy, last-minute costume ideas!) and determining where you're taking the kiddos trick or treating, especially if you're looking to branch out past your own neighborhood this year. Not sure where to start looking? Check out these Houston neighborhoods and hotspots for fun, safe, and friendly trick or treating this Halloween.

Gertrude Ederle Playground Opens in NYC on Upper West Side

I've paid my dues at New York City's playgrounds after a decade of parenting in this city. My family has visited our share of parks and even ranked our favorites, but we're always looking for our next big adventure. With kids ages 3, 7, and 10, it's no easy task to find a playground where all three are entertained, but our recent visit to the newly opened Gertrude Ederle Playground on West 59th Street was an all-around hit.

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.


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