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DIY: Hot Glue Magic Wand

DIY: Hot Glue Magic Wand

How to make a magic wand out of hot glue and paper—perfect for the finishing touch to a Halloween costume, or for imaginary play.

Happauge Haunted House offers Family Fun Days for ‘Not So Scary’ Experience

Happauge Haunted House offers Family Fun Days for ‘Not So Scary’ Experience

Chamber of Horrors Haunted House in Happauge is offering Family Fun Days for a 'not so scary' experience for kids.

DIY: No Carve Pumpkin Animals

DIY: No Carve Pumpkin Animals

If you don't want to carve pumpkins this year, try making these pumpkin animals. Bonus: You can still cook the squash when you're done decorating with them.

A Haunted History of the Jack-O’-Lantern

A Haunted History of the Jack-O’-Lantern

Why do we carve scary faces into pumpkins on Halloween anyway?

How to Carve a Pumpkin

How to Carve a Pumpkin

Expert tips on how to get your pumpkin to put its best face forward

Best and Worst Candies for Your Teeth

Best and Worst Candies for Your Teeth

Timothy Chase, D.M.D., shares the best and worst Halloween candy for your children to eat to maintain good oral health at Halloween.

Celebrate Day of the Dead!

Celebrate Day of the Dead!

This traditional Mexican celebration, also known as Dia De Los Muertos, is happening in family-friendly ways all over town.

My Husband is a Ghostbuster

My Husband is a Ghostbuster

The Rev. Victor Fuhrman is a real-life ghostbuster, meaning he investigates the paranormal and communicates with ghosts.

No-Carve Pumpkin Ideas

No-Carve Pumpkin Ideas

Let's face it, Halloween just isn't Halloween without jack-o'-lanterns. But with little kids in the house, carving pumpkins might be on your "to avoid" list. We've gathered our favorite no-carve pumpkin ideas that kids can do or help with to make your own Halloween decorations.

7 Tips for Trick-or-Treating with Your Toddler

7 Tips for Trick-or-Treating with Your Toddler

Happy Halloween! For younger kids and babies, trick-or-treating is a new experience and it can be a little frightening or overwhelming if they aren’t prepared for what’s to come. Make sure baby stays warm and comfy for a smooth experience with these seven tips and tricks for your Halloween night out.

Master Carver Thomas Olton on Carving Pumpkins with Kids

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.

Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF

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.

Literary Costumes Your Bookworms Will Love

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.

How to Make Your Own Face Paint

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!

DIY: Tiger Mask and Owl Mask from 'Petit Collage'

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.

The Great Jack O' Lantern Blaze on the Hudson

The Great Jack O' Lantern Blaze on the Hudson

The Great Jack O' Lantern Blaze in Croton-on-Hudson has everything from standard Jack-o'-lanterns to extremely elaborate and abstract designs, and all are lit up throughout the landscape of Van Cortlandt Manor in various arrangements.

How To Make Your Own Slime

How To Make Your Own Slime

This Halloween hit the kitchen and make a recipe for fun when you learn how to make your own slime. This homemade slime recipe is designed for kids to get their hands dirty, plus it's offers sensory stimulation for sight and touch. Prepare to get messy and have a lot of fun with homemade slime.

Win 4 Tickets to Strasburg Rail Road and Hotel Stay

Win 4 Tickets to Strasburg Rail Road and Hotel Stay

As, part of our Halloween giveaways, you can enter to win a family 4-pack of tickets to Strasburg Rail Road's Murder Mystery Dinner Train on Oct. 25, plus an overnight stay at Clarion Inn at Historic Strasburg. This is a family-friendly Halloween event.

Win 4 Tickets to Sesame Place Spooktacular and Hotel Stay

Win 4 Tickets to Sesame Place Spooktacular and Hotel Stay

Dress the kids in their scariest costumes and head over to The Count's Halloween Spooktacular at Sesame Place to trick or treat with Big Bird and the rest of the Sesame Street gang. NYMetroParents is giving away four tickets to Sesame Place and a one-night stay at the newly renovated Courtyard by Marriott Langhorne.

Ghost Tours, UFO Sites, and Haunted Places in the Hudson Valley

Ghost Tours, UFO Sites, and Haunted Places in the Hudson Valley

These hair-raising places will spook your socks off this Halloween season. Find ghost tours and haunted sites in Columbia County, Dutchess County, Orange County, and Ulster County that are part of the Haunted History Trail of New York State.

Pick Your Own Pumpkin Farms in NY, NJ, and CT

Pick Your Own Pumpkin Farms in NY, NJ, and CT

UPDATED FALL 2015: With Halloween on the horizon, October is the perfect month to take an adventure to the farms and fields for a little pick-your-own family fun. Spend a day in the pumpkin patch and bring home gourds small and large for painting, carving, and cooking. Many of the locations listed here also offer corn mazes, hayrides, and tons of other fall activities. Please note: Dates and availability are subject to change due to weather and demand. We recommend calling ahead before visiting these farms.

7 Creative Pumpkin Recipes from a Celebrity Caterer

7 Creative Pumpkin Recipes from a Celebrity Caterer

Celebrity caterer Andrea Correale presents recipes for 7 creative pumpkin dishes, including dinner recipes for pumpkin lasagna, pumpkin seafood chowder, and pumpkin ravioli, and dessert recipes for pumpkin pie trifle and pumpkin ice cream sandwiches.

Turn Pictures of Yourself into Vampires and Demons with PicMonkey

Turn Pictures of Yourself into Vampires and Demons with PicMonkey

PicMonkey, a free online photo editor, shares step-by-step directions for adding demon eyes to your photo to make yourself into a vampire or demon for a spooky Halloween profile picture.

Little Green Monster Cupcakes

Little Green Monster Cupcakes

Make your favorite cupcakes and decorate them with smiling green monsters for a not-so-spooky but oh-so-festive Halloween treat. The little monsters are mostly marshmallow, but a few simple tricks turn them into mini Frankensteins!

Chomping Vampire Cookies and Vampire Cupcakes

Chomping Vampire Cookies and Vampire Cupcakes

Try these ghoulishly easy Halloween recipes for chomping vampire cookies and vampire cupcakes. If you're short on time, use ready-to-bake cookie dough and pre-made cupcakes, then decorate away to turn them into festive Halloween desserts.




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