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

The holiday season is coming and fall is in full swing. Burn off some of that Halloween candy energy with some great activities! November has no shortage of fun adventures for families in and around the Philly area. Whether you're ready to welcome in the holidays, or you want to take in a family-friendly show, this month's GoList is jam packed with events. If you already need a break from Christmas shopping, don't worry, there's plenty to do.

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

Scary Easy Ideas for a Spooktacular Halloween Party

It's never too late to organize a super simple Halloween Party. This year I hosted our fifth annual neighborhood party and tested out some frighteningly easy Halloween snack recipes. They must have been a hit, because my little ghosts and goblins didn’t let out a single boo in protest. Now that I have my fifth party under my (witch's) hat, here are a few tricks for how to host your own Halloween Party.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Day of the Dead, Zoo Boo, October 29-30

There is no excuse to be bored during this fall weekend. Our events calendar is filled to the brim with family fun to please those who like nature, animals, adventure, and culture.

Take a hayride at Milky Way Farms in Chester Springs, Hagley Museum in Wilmington, or Freddy Hill Farms in Lansdale. Visit the animals at The Elmwood Park Zoo or The Philadelphia Zoo since both feature their Boo at the Zoo events this weekend. Put on your Halloween costume and march in the Halloween Parade Extravaganza at The Ambler Theatre or collect treats at Mayfair Memorial Park's Halloween Birthday Trunk or Treat. Participate in Day of the Dead celebrations at the Mütter Museum or Penn Museum. For more Halloween fun this weekend, check out our guide.

If you haven't yet, enter our giveaway for a chance to win a $100 Target gift card! Stay up-to-date with the latest fun by following us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. Have a spectacular weekend!

Art Classes for Philly Kids and Homeschoolers

Art is a wonderful form of self-expression. Art classes are a great way to help kids hone their creativity, to discover new talents, or even just de-stress. There are so many great places in and around Philly for art, and many of them offer classes for young artists. Some even offer homeschool classes for kids who learn at home and are looking to socialize with their peers. We've rounded up some great nearby art classes-- perfect for after school activity or to fulfill homeschool curriculums.

25 Rainy Day Activities for Families in Philadelphia

If rainy days and Mondays bring you down, it's probably because you feel stuck indoors. While a rainy day here and there is a great excuse for cuddling on the couch and watching movies or baking cookies, a few rainy days in a row can be a drag. But don't fret, there are many ways to get out of the house to have an indoor adventure in Philadelphia, from indoor playgrounds to more educational experiences than we can possibly name in one list, it could rain for 40 days and 40 nights and there would still be plenty to explore.

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Trick-or-Treats, Hikes, Hayrides October 24-28

As Halloween approaches, children in Philly and throughout the Delaware Valley want nothing more than to wear their costumes and collect treats. In the week leading up to the big day, there are many opportunities to savor Halloween fun in our Events Calendar.

Put on your costume for trick-or-treating at the Herr's Snack Factory or at Springfield Mall. Make a trick-or-treat bag with Miss Melissa at Bucks County Children's Museum. Participate in a Halloween costume contest, games, and crafts at Halloween NESTival. Those looking for really scary activities can visit Laurel Hill Cemetery for its True Tales of the Tomb event or take a Candlelight Ghost Tour at Fort Mifflin.

Stay current with all of the best activities by following us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. Now, keep reading for more scary and exciting weekday fun, if you dare...

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.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Harry Potter, Goblins, Shell Show October 22-23

With Halloween a little over a week away, Philly families can see that our events calendar is getting spookier and scarier as the days go by. This weekend offers encounters with wizards in Chestnut Hill, goblins at Camden Children's Garden, and ghosts at Evans-Mumbower Mill. Visitors to Ebenzener Maxwell Mansion can even participate in a 'who-done-it' mystery!

But, if your crew seeks not-so-scary fun (instead of the golden snitch), fear not! There is plenty of excitement in store. Sesame Place invites children to Abby's Magical Magician Ball this weekend. The Academy of Music features Cinderella's Children's Ball before the Pennsylvania Ballet takes the stage. And, The Academy of Natural Science hosts its annual Philadelphia Shell Show which displays thousands of unique sea shells.

Browse through our entire calendar and narrow down your options by using our search functions selecting location, ages, and keywords. Keep reading to learn about our top picks for the weekend!

Best Neighborhoods to Trick-or-Treat for Philadelphia Kids

Zillow's annual list of best cities for trick-or-treating is out, and guess what, Philly... We're number 1! If the kids are looking to score a ton of candy 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 trick-or-treating on the 31st isn't quite you're thing, we know some great trick-or-treat alternatives—not to mention a few costume parades for showing off this year's Halloween look.

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