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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...)

Amazing Animal Costumes for Halloween Fun
Halloween just got a whole lot wilder with these critter costumes for kids and babies. Furry get-ups will keep your little ones warm whether they dress as a baby bat or a terrifying T-Rex. (read the story...)

All in the Family: Great Group Halloween Costume Ideas
October 31st isn't just for kids; parents can get into the Halloween spirit with these fun group costume ideas. Coordinate with your children's costumes to turn trick-or-treating into a memorable activity for the whole family. (read the story...)

Oh Baby! Halloween Costumes for Little Ones
Babies and toddlers are always cute, but why not amp up the adorable factor with these precious Halloween costumes? They're perfect for baby's first Halloween, toddler trick-or-treating, or dress-up during play time. (read the story...)

Duck Brand's Stick or Treat Jack-O-Lantern Contest Offers Cash Prize
Duck Tape® brand duct tape shares some ideas for decorating for Halloween with duct tape, including adding flair to costumes and home décor. Duck Tape® is also hosting a Stick or Treat® Jack-O-Lantern contest, so start decorating pumpkins with duct tape and enter for a chance to win the cash prize! (read the story...)

Win 4 Tickets to Monster Mash at Stepping Stones
Enter to win a family pack of tickets to the 2013 Monster Mash Halloween party at Stepping Stones Museum in Norwalk, CT, on Oct. 26. This popular event sells out quickly, but we're giving away 4 tickets to one lucky family who enters by Oct. 15! (read the story...)

Tips to Handle Mysterious Tween Behavior During Halloween
As children become tweens, they may begin to resist Halloween and trick-or-treating with younger siblings. Middle-schoolers' heightened self-consciousness may cause them to worry about how people perceive them, especially if they are dressed up. A psychology professor shares tips on how parents can handle these behaviors, as well as their tween's fight for independence. (read the story...)

Win: 6 Fun Halloween Chapter Books for Young Readers
Young readers can meet new and old characters like The Little Leftover Witch and also discover My Weird School Special this Halloween with new chapter book reads and activity books for the season. (read the story...)

WIN: 4 Tix to Sesame Place Spooktacular plus 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. (read the story...)

Pumpkin Chocolate Chunk Pound Cake
This festive fall-inspired cake pairs fresh pumpkin with decadent chocolate. Add a simple cinnamon-infused glaze over top and you have a perfect dessert for your next holiday get-together. (read the story...)

Mini Pumpkin Pie Spice Donuts with Maple Glaze
Add a pinch of pumpkin pie spice to this basic donut recipe to make a fall-flavored treat. For some extra sweetness, top the mini donuts with maple, vanilla, or mocha glaze. (read the story...)

Win an Annual Family Pass to LEGOLAND in Westchester
Enter to win an annual family pass (a $230 value!) to LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Westchester, the indoor amusement park in Yonkers, NY, featuring more than 3 million Lego bricks as well as Lego-themed rides, games, and more. (read the story...)

Hub Network is Looking for the Best Halloween Costume from Each State
Kenan Thompson will host the "Hub Network's First Annual Halloween Bash," a two-hour Halloween TV special that features a Halloween costume contest, which is judged by a celebrity panel led by Martha Stewart. The nationwide costume contest winner will receive $25,000. (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...)

Spooktastic Sibling Halloween Costume Ideas
Brothers and sisters can keep the Halloween festivities all in the family with these coordinating costume ideas from local moms and retailers. Siblings can team up as crime fighters or step up to the plate as baseball players in costumes that aren't limited to one gender. (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...)

Chillingly Creative Drinks for Halloween
If you're planning a monster bash this Halloween, brew up some Spooky Smoothies and Monster Mash Mudslides. These non-alcoholic drinks are so delicious, they'll spook the taste buds of every little ghost, witch, and goblin at your party. (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...)

Make a Boo-tiful DIY Ghost Costume and No-Sew Tutu
Follow this easy step-by-step guide for a DIY toddler Halloween costume. A no-sew tulle tutu and a sweatshirt with iron-on appliqués will ensure your child is both festive and warm in her ghost outfit. (read the story...)

Tower of Horror Treats for Halloween
This "tower of horror" is full of treats and makes for a perfectly spooky (and delicious) dessert table at your Halloween party. Get the recipes for skull and crossbones cakes, jolly jack-o-lantern cookies, and spirited pumpkin cake pops. (read the story...)

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. (read the story...)

Baked Apples with Pumpkin Seeds
This recipe for baked apples features crunchy pumpkin seeds and warm notes of honey, cinnamon, and orange zest. Add some dried cranberries, and you have the perfect dessert for fall. It's also an easy dessert for a crowd, as it can be served warm or cold. (read the story...)

Pumpkin Seed and Panko-Crusted Chicken
This easy recipe for chicken breasts crusted in panko and whole pumpkin seeds makes a great family dinner in the fall. You can also try this recipe with your favorite fish filet in place of the chicken. (read the story...)

Make Your Own Halloween Monsters Out of Clay
Modeling Clay: Spooky Characters provides step-by-step instructions for the perfect do-it-yourself Halloween Decorations. Whether you're looking for a Halloween party game or an arts and crafts activity, this book has you covered. (read the story...)

Win: 5 Halloween Books for Middle Schoolers
From mystery creatures and clowns to monsters, these adventure books for middle-school readers will add a little spookiness to your kid's fall reading list this Halloween. Win a set of books for your home library by entering below. (read the story...)


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