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FAQ: 2014 NYMetroParents Halloween Photo Contest Frequently Asked Questions
We've answered your frequently asked questions about the 2014 NYMetroParents Halloween Photo Contest. Find out how to enter your child, information on how the winners are chosen, voting policies, and cover contest prizes from UrbanSitter and KidzBop! (read the story...)

Master Carver Thomas Olton on Carving Pumpkins with Kids
Master pumpkin carver Thomas Olton, creative director of the annual Rise of the Jack O' Lanterns at Old Westbury Gardens on Long Island, gives tips on how to carve pumpkins with your kids in a fun, safe, and easy way. (read the story...)

31 Cool and Creepy Halloween Crafts for Kids
Get into the Halloween spirit with these fun Halloween crafts for kids, many of which can be created from materials you have laying around the house. These cool and creepy DIY projects also make great Halloween decorations for your home. (read the story...)

How to Make Halloween a Healthier Holiday in Your Family
Fall means cooler weather, pumpkins a-plenty, ghosts and goblins, and of course, Halloween! Kids may automatically associate Halloween with candy, but there are other, more healthy ways to celebrate the holiday. Here, family food expert Laura Fuentes shares tips and tricks for a fun, healthy, and active Halloween season with your family. (read the story...)

Food, Activity, and Decor Ideas for Your Halloween Party
Jennifer Chung, founder of Kinsights, shares her ideas for hosting a Halloween party, including Halloween decorations, Halloween-themed food, and Halloween activities. (read the story...)

Shopping Tips to Save Money This Halloween
In preparation for the “spooktacular” holiday of Halloween, Better Business Bureau Serving Metropolitan New York urges consumers to exercise caution when shopping for holiday deals. Follow these tips to avoid costly shopping mistakes. (read the story...)

Join the Halloween Candy Buy Back Program to Fight Cavities and Support a Good Cause
The annual Halloween Candy Buy Back program is back to shine for another year. The program will partner with dentist offices nationwide to collect children’s Halloween candy to send to the troops overseas along with toothbrushes and necessary oral care items. (read the story...)

Trick-or-Treat Etiquette for Parents on Halloween
When accompanying your child to trick-or-treat on Halloween, there are some etiquette guidelines to keep in mind, including using good manners and not taking too much candy. Modern manners and etiquette expert Diane Gottsman shares her trick-or-treat rules for parents. (read the story...)

Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF
There are ways to make your child's trick-or-treating experience more meaningful than just collecting bags of candy. By participating in the 60-year-old Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF program, not only will your kids learn the importance of fundraising and having a global impact, but they will gain an invaluable sense of self-worth through helping other children across the world. (read the story...)

Witches Brew Recipe for Halloween by MOMables
Laura Fuentes of MOMables created this fun witches brew recipe for her child's lunchbox. It's a fun and healthy Halloween drink for kids that doesn't use soda or powdered drink mixes. (read the story...)

Halloween Treats: Eyeball Cake Pops, Monster 'Toes,' and 'Rotten' Apple Punch
Get step-by-step directions on how to make three cool treats for Halloween, including creepy cake pops that look like eyeballs, pigs in a blanket that look like monster toes, and "rotten" apple cider punch. (read the story...)

Top 10 Audiobooks for Halloween Season
Audiobooks.com presents its top five spooky titles for children and five thrillers for adults that are sure to get you into the Halloween spirit! (read the story...)

Literary Costumes Your Bookworms Will Love
Children can dress as their favorite storybook character with these literary costumes. Whether they dress as Horton; the Who he heard; or mischief-making Max, king of all Wild Things, they're sure to be a best-seller this Halloween. (read the story...)

Easy DIY Halloween Costumes from Local Moms
Using common children's clothing and a few household items, you and your children can make easy Charlie Brown, school bus, Where's Waldo, and grape costumes for Halloween and dress up sessions. (read the story...)

Winners of Our Halloween Giveaways
We're celebrating Halloween season in a big way, with tons of spooktacular giveaways throughout the month of October. You have plenty of opportunities to win big from now through Oct. 31. Check this page for announcements of the winners of each of our Halloween prizes. (read the story...)

6 DIY Halloween Costumes on a Budget
A consignment expert shares six Halloween costume ideas and how to make your kid's Halloween costume on a budget. (read the story...)

How to Make Your Own Face Paint
Use common household items to make your own face paint this Halloween. Let creativity soar when you create a ton of face paint colors and let your kids take hold of the brush. Who knows? It might just inspire a Halloween costume! (read the story...)

DIY: Tiger Mask and Owl Mask from 'Petit Collage'
Lorena Siminovich, author of 'Petit Collage', shares step-by-step instructions to make a tiger mask and an owl mask out of paper. Make these with your kids for a DIY mask for their Halloween costume. (read the story...)

9 Things to Do to Make Your Luna Park Halloween Outing the Best
Are you going to Halloween Harvest at Luna Park in Coney Island? Heed these nine tips from a mom who's been, with 5-year-old in tow, to make your visit with kids go as smoothly as possible (which means more fun for everyone!). (read the story...)

Win 4 Tickets to The Scholastic Store's Annual Halloween Party!
Enter to win a family 4-pack of tickets to the Annual Halloween Party at The Scholastic Store in NYC on Oct. 26. The party includes food, games, crafts, and costumed characters for kids ages 3 and older and their parents. (read the story...)

All Aboard for a DIY Train Halloween Costume
Why buy a kid's Thomas the Tank Engine costume this Halloween when you can build one? Using cardboard boxes and crafts supplies, follow this step-by-step guide to DIY a train costume for your child. (read the story...)

Win Tickets to Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises' Halloween Kids Cruise
Looking for a Halloween event in NYC for your children to show off their Halloween costumes? The Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises' Kids Halloween Sightseeing and Costume Cruise is a great opportunity! The Halloween cruise features musical guests Baze and His Silly Friends, which will provide toe-tapping entertainment for little ghosts and ghouls. (read the story...)

Spirit Halloween Announces New Costumes, 2014 Trends
Spirit Halloween, the largest seasonal Halloween retailer in North America, recently announced its new Halloween costumes and Halloween decor, as well as the projected most popular 2014 Halloween costume ideas. (read the story...)

Carve A Watermelon For Halloween This Year
This Halloween, why not put a fun twist on pumpkin carving by making some Jack O’Melons? Watermelons carve up boo-tifully, and you can eat the fruit right away, making it easy to scare up some delicious Halloween fun. (read the story...)

How to Celebrate Halloween with a Child with Special Needs
Despite the BOO!-filled nature of Halloween, your child with an anxiety disorder, sensory issues, or other special needs can find a way to partake in the holiday. Preparation is key; read tips from the experts on how to have an enjoyable Halloween. (read the story...)


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