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Sweet Ways to Donate Your Halloween Haul to Those in Need

Got a Halloween candy hangover? Come November 1, parents across the country are wondering how they're going to get rid of all the candy their kids brought home. Some of it will be eaten, sure, but just one look at the amount of calories in an average Halloween haul and you'll want to make sure the bulk of it goes anywhere besides your family's stomachs.

There are a number of creative ways to get rid of Halloween candy, like using it for crafts or science experiments, having the Switch Witch take it in exchange for a small toy, or, you know, saving it until Easter and throwing it in the basket. (Hey, it's only six months away—how stale can that candy get?) But perhaps the best thing to do with Halloween candy is donate it. That way your kids can enjoy a truly special treat: The feeling of helping others. Here are eight charitable organizations who accept donations of unopened candy.

November GoList: The Best Things To Do with Philly Kids this Month

It's hard to believe the holidays are already right around the corner, but here we are! This month brings Thanksgiving and next up it's Christmas and Hanukkah. If you've already burned through all the fall fun the Delaware Valley has to offer, we've got plenty more to do this month. Don't forget to check out a fall foliage train ride before Santa comes to town!

For more holiday fun, check out our holiday guide. To see everything happening in November, visit our events calendar.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Halloween Treats, Outdoor Fun, Performances, October 28-29

Are you ready for a weekend packed with lots of candy? Philly kids are sure to find plenty of friendly witches and ghosts with goodies happily handing out yummy sweets in some of the most unusual places during this October weekend. Little monsters, superheroes, and goblins can find treats on a train, at the market, in the mall, at the zoo, and even in a cemetery!

Once your Halloween bag is loaded up, consider some outdoor fun. Wake up early to search for feathered friends, learn about the habits of remarkable aquatic mammals, or stay up late to view the nighttime sky. Afterwards, head indoors to watch live performances such as Upper Darby Performing Arts Center's Peter and the Starcatcher, Media Theatre's Snow White, or Roxy Ballet's Dracula.

Keep reading to discover other spooky and exciting ways to spend the weekend with your family.

Free And Cheap After-School Classes for Philadelphia Kids

School doesn't have to end when the bell rings; there are plenty of free and inexpensive options for enrichment in Philadelphia's after-school programs. If you’re looking for a fun and educational way for your kids to spend their late afternoons and early evenings, you’ll be happy to hear that after-school programs don’t have to break the bank. The programs are a great way to help kids stay ahead of their schoolwork, and also hone in on their specific interests.

16 Philly Area Memberships Worth the Money

From museums to amusement parks, playspaces and more, memberships to Philadelphia-area attractions are practically a dime a dozen. As a parent it is sometimes difficult to navigate the many options available. Is a membership worth the cost? Will you really visit more than once? To try to take some of the math out of this equation, we put together a list of our 16 favorite spots that offer memberships that are truly worth the money.

Ultimate Guide to Halloween Events for Philly Kids

When it comes to Halloween, every kid knows it is all about the treats! As this spooky holiday settles into the Delaware Valley, Philly families must capitalize on every opportunities for sweet, scary, and downright terrifying fun that can be found in our event calendar. So, put on your Halloween costume, grab a plastic pumpkin bucket, and check out the ultimate Halloween activities for the little monsterswizards, witches, ghosts, goblins, and ghouls in your haunted house.

Don't forget to plan out the rest of your fall family fun by viewing our Fall Activity Guide including the best fall events for preschoolers, kid-friendly fall hikes, and perfect fall family weekend getaways. For now, get spooked with our ultimate list below.

Best Neighborhoods to Trick-or-Treat for Philadelphia Kids

This year Zillow's annual list of best cities for trick-or-treating named Philly number 3. If the kids are looking to score a ton of candy for Halloween this year, it looks like they're in luck. Usually the best way to find a great neighborhood for trick-or-treating is to head out and look for lights and decorations, but if you don't have the time (or the energy) to drive around in the dark, we've got you covered. We've talked to local parents and candy-givers alike, and gathered up the best of the best neighborhoods for getting some sweet treats. Read below to see if your neighborhood made the cut.

If you're looking for other ways to show off those costumes, we've found plenty of free Halloween events—not to mention a few amusement park haunts.

The Ultimate Guide to Philly Area Tot Lots

Everyone knows that going to a playground with a toddler can be treacherous. Everything is a little too big and you find yourself helicoptering your kids' every move. That's why tot lots are perfect for the smallest kiddos. With fun interactive areas, smaller steps and slides, and baby swings, kids can have a little more independence (and so can you). If you’re looking for fun, safe playgrounds ideal for younger kids, we've got a list of some great tot lots in the Philadelphia area. 

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