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Halloween is on our mind here at NYMetroParents! We're offering our readers one huge month of amazing Halloween treats and giveaways, beginning with our very first spooktacular giveaway to Sesame Place. Check nymetroparents.com/halloween daily for updates.
Want to get spooked? Head to Dinosaurs After Dark at Field Station, launching this weekend, and explore the darkened park with a flashlight and a rope to guide you, or choose among five haunted venues at a scream park in Long Island. Get into the fall spirit by making cider or going on a pumpkin scavenger hunt at the Harvest Celebration in Fairfield. Also head to Brooklyn to celebrate the area's farming history with apple-cider pressing, music, and kid-friendly workshops.
More Fall Fests: Jump on inflatables, ride ponies, and decorate pumpkins at the free Fieldhome's 8th Annual Fall Fest in Westchester; and see racing pigs and enjoy the petting zoo at the 26th Annual Bellmore Family Fest in Long Island. The Queens County Farm also hosts a traditional county fair with a corn maze, pie-eating contests, and pig-racing. Head to the Renaissance Faire's last weekend for quirky shows, unique crafts, fun rides, and classic jousting matches. Then catch the annual hawk migration at Audubon Greenwich, or stop by Adopt-a-Dog, an annual adoption festival.
NYC Firefighters, Aliens, & Basketball Stars: Since the 1840s NYC's firefighters have put their lives on the line to help others. Discover the legendary tale of Mose Humphreys, "New York's Bravest," during story hour at the DiMenna Children's Museum. For more story time, put on your PJs for a party with Stellaluna, a young fruit bat who is knocked by predators from her mother. Then, discover alien creatures and memory-erasing neuralyzers of the popular film "Men in Black."
Put on your basketball shoes for a free family event with former Knick Allan Houston, and learn all about healthy eating with former NBA star Shaquille O'Neal. Elsewhere, a free Health and Wellness and Sports Expo brings dance demos, celebrity athletes, and community medical professionals to answer your questions.
Around the Globe: Make colorful paper lanterns to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival; learn about Native Americans at the Pow Wow; watch Irish step-dancers at the Hudson Valley Irish Festival; and catch the Brooklyn Children's Museum's latest exhibit of Global Shoes, a collection of various shoes from around the world.
Make Music, Watch Shows: 92YTribeca hosts musical guest Lunch Money for its "BYOK: Bring Your Own Kid" series; Elmo comes to town (win tickets!); and Mo Willems' Knuffle Bunny takes the stage. Plus catch a sensory-friendly screening of Disney's "Finding Nemo."
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Associate Editor, NYMetroParents
Announcing our month of amazing Halloween giveaways and treats:
- Win tickets to Sesame Place, plus a 1-night hotel stay!
- Score a Halloween-themed entertainment bundle of The Power Rangers, SpongeBob, and Kidz Bop!
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Bar/Bat Mitzvah Showcase - Lucky Strike Lanes, Times Square, NY
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As I thought about Halloweens with my children, I realized that with three kids–the oldest having just turned 5–the years have melted together. Like that weird taffy in our trick-or-treat bags.
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