Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Muscoot Pumpkins, Fall Fest, Ghost Stories

We’re heading into an abbreviated school week, with Monday being Columbus Day, which for many Westchester families means extra opportunity for free time!

While it’s a tough call to choose one top pick for Monday (in fact, we compiled a list dedicated to what to do on Columbus Day), we're liking the sound of Pumpkin Picking Weekend, with pumpkin-carving demos, animal encounters and other festive fall fun. We know it’s a school night, but here’s a rare opportunity to see the The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze before Halloween. Looking for high-end entertainment? Introduce your kids to  jazz music as the Brandford Marsalis Quartet comes to Westchester.

Read on for our top weekday picks, and be sure to also check our Event Calendar and our October GoList for more family fun throughout the month! If you haven't already, sign up for our newsletters to stay in the know!

Foliage on Foot: 10 Great Fall Hikes for Westchester Kids

Despite this somewhat-wonky weather, it is officially fall and the leaves have begun to change. While fall foliage drives can be fun, bringing the kids on an outdoor hike has the added bonus of letting them burn off some energy.

We polled our writers and readers and have gathered up a list of some of our favorite places in Westchester and the Lower Hudson Valley to bring kids to hike for beautiful autumn views. (Does the word “hike” make you instinctually grimace? No worries—we’ve included some easy options for those who are used to seeing the leaves from behind a windshield.)

Be sure to consult our Fall Fun Guide for more seasonal activities, and follow us on Facebook

Columbus Day Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Carnivals, Comic Con, Arts Fest

Thank goodness Columbus Day weekend is three days—you’ll need every minute to soak up the tons of fun we’ve identified for Westchester and Hudson Valley families! (We even have a list of fun activities just for Monday alone.)

For starters, the headliner of the holiday weekend is the Eastchester Columbus Day Carnival and Parade, featuring a big carnival, a parade, a meatball contest, fireworks and more. 

There are all the big Halloween events recurring each weekend throughout October. And there’s more! Horseman's Hollow, for one, kicks off this weekend. Other seasonal fun can be had at the new Pumpkin Picking Autumn Celebration.  

Climb aboard the “Cultural Trolley” to visit the numerous venues opening their doors for arts immersion at the free New Rochelle Arts Fest, or rock out when Tim Kubart and the Space Cadets take the stage.

Read on for all our top weekend picks—but don’t stop there! We’ve got fun happening all month long, so visit our Event Calendar, consult our guide for scenic autumn drives and check out our October GoList for our top picks!

17 Fun Things to Do with Westchester Kids on Columbus Day

Didn’t school just start?

While it’s not a holiday that’s recognized nationwide, many schools in Westchester and the Lower Hudson Valley will indeed be closed for Columbus Day on Monday, October 9, 2017. Lucky for you, we’ve gathered up some of the best things to do in our area on that day, including some of our favorite fall activities. Many of the farms that are traditionally open only on weekends are up and running on Columbus Day. 

Use our list to help you plan a fun family day, and be sure to sign up for our newsletters to have these ideas delivered straight to your inbox. Looking for ideas for the entire-three day weekend? We've got you covered there too

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Lake Isle Carnival, STEM, Yoga

October is here, and so is our October GoList, which showcases our top picks for the month—and this one is always a doozy! Events for Westchester families are noticeably shifting from summer to fall, so get ready for cozy, holiday-themed and seasonal activities.

Along these lines, the Eastchester Columbus Day Carnival and Parade is essentially the last large-scale carnival of the season and destination-worthy. While October 31 may seem like a long way’s off, Halloween Mystery Boxes is one of the first programs of the season to start setting the mood. And kids can get in the kitchen to learn Pretzel Making (then eat their creations).

Read on for more of our top picks, and check out our Event Calendar for many more options. Be sure to sign up for our FREE weekly newsletters to stay in the know!

October GoList: The Best Things to Do with Westchester Kids

October is loaded with Halloween and fall fun, and there's no shortage of either in Westchester and the Hudson Valley! We've mentioned the best places to go apple and pumpkin picking, and we've rounded up fantastic fall festivals to check out, but there's even more fun to be had. Historic Hudson Valley shines this month with family-friendly Halloween events including the Great Jack O'Latern Blaze and other seasonal events happening all month long.

Not all the fun centers around seasonal events, however. There’s also the wildly popular Eastchester Columbus Day Carnival and Parade, family performances like the perennial favorite  like The Magic Garden and the return of the Chappaqua Children's Book Festival, a bibliophile’s paradise.

With so many tremendous events this time of year, we barely scratch the surface here, so be sure to check our Event Calendar for many more options. Now grab your calendar and read on for the best events happening this month in Westchester and the Hudson Valley!

Dinos, Alice & Fairies: Spooky Fun at Lasdon Park’s Halloween Train Show

With so many Halloween happenings in Westchester and the Hudson Valley, it can be hard to narrow down the choices. While many events are clearly geared toward older kids, the Halloween Train Show at Lasdon Park in Katonah is perfect for preschoolers, younger elementary kids or anyone who falls on the lower end of the scare-o-meter. 

The show is open on Saturdays and Sunday until October 29, 2017, and we have the scoop on what you need to know—including when kids can come fore free! Looking for more spooktacular things to do? Consult our Halloween Guide and sign up for our newsletters.

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Halloween Fun, Renaissance Faire's Last Call

With October comes the start of the Halloween season and the many associated festivals, spectacles, parades and haunted houses throughout Westchester and the Hudson Valley.

The Rivertowns, strongly associated with Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” go all out for Halloween, with month-long events that start this weekend like The Great Jack O Lantern Blaze (which is already sold out for this weekend) and The Legend Behind the 'Legend', as well as haunted happenings for older kids like Scared by the Sound.

For some non-Halloween happenings, fall festivals continue with the return of Warwick Applefest and the more pungent Hudson Valley Garlic Festival. Also consult our guide for the best places to go apple picking.

Read on for our top weekend picks, but be sure to also check our Event Calendar to view our top picks for the month. Also sign up for our FREE weekly newsletters for more family fun this weekend and beyond. Stay tuned, because much more is coming!

Top 10 Free Things to Do this Week with Westchester Kids

It’s a banner week for Westchester kids; with so many great programs to choose from, we’re expanding our list of top picks—all of which are free!

From free movies to cosmic journeys to seasonal fall fun like making apple crisp, there’s something for every taste and age ahead from Monday through Friday.

Interested in yet more kid activities? Consult our Event Calendar and sign up for our newsletters to get early notification about all the amazing fall programs coming to our county!

Westchester's Top Haunted Houses and Halloween Events for Kids

Think you can handle the Creepy Morgue at Playland or survive the Haunt at Rocky Ledge? Whether you’re local or a daytripper, Westchester is a hot spot of exciting and fun (and terrifying!) Halloween happenings for children. We've collected some of the best frights, a couple ideas better suited for the younger ghouls, and a few fun parades in the Lower Hudson Valley.  

Keep in mind that the listed age minimums are suggested by the event producers. You know your kid best—what’s no big deal to one grade-schooler could cause nightmares for weeks to another.

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