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DIY Halloween Face Painting: Zombie Kid
Charlotte Verrecas, author of A Big Book of Face Painting, shares instructions for her Zombie Kid face paint design, which makes a great boys Halloween costume idea. (read the story...)

Celebrate Halloween With Spirit of Children
Give more than just Halloween candy this holiday season by giving back to the community and volunteering at Spirit Halloween's Spirit of Children parties at hospitals in and around the New York City area. (read the story...)

Creative Director Michael Natiello Dishes on the 2013 Great Jack O' Lantern Blaze
Michael Natiello of Garrison has served as the creative director of Westchester's famous Great Jack O' Lantern Blaze for the past nine years. Here, he tells us what we can expect at the 2013 Blaze, which will feature more than 5,000 jack-o'-lanterns. (read the story...)

Pumpkin Carving 101: Tips from Master Carver Michael Natiello
Planning to carve a jack-o'-lantern for Halloween but not sure where to start? Follow these easy pumpkin-carving tips from Michael Natiello, master carver and creative director of The Great Jack O' Lantern Blaze in Westchester. (read the story...)

Top 5 Places to Show Off Your Halloween Costumes in Queens
Your child has finally settled on what she wants to be for Halloween this year. Take her to show off her Halloween costume at these kid-friendly Halloween parties in Queens, and she could take home a prize for the most creative costume. (read the story...)

11 Best Places to Show Off Your Family's Halloween Costumes in Manhattan
Your kid has thought about what he wants to be for Halloween since last year--and he's changed his mind a handful of times. This year, take your child to show off her best Halloween costume at Manhattan's most fun Halloween parties for kids that will also award prizes to the most creative of costumes. (read the story...)

5 Best Parties in Brooklyn to Show Off Your Family's Halloween Costume
Your child has finally settled on what she wants to be for Halloween this year. Take her to show off her Halloween costume at these kid-friendly Halloween parties in Brooklyn and she could take home a prize for the most creative costume. (read the story...)

Top 14 Places to Show Off Your Halloween Costume on Long Island
Head to one of Long Island's best Halloween parties to show off you and your family's creative costumes. Many of the parties will host a costume party so your child can enter for his chance to win a grand prize. (read the story...)

Superhero Halloween Costumes Inspired by Blockbuster Films
As comic book heroes continue to take pop culture by storm, superhero-themed Halloween costumes are expected to be a favorite among young trick-or-treaters. (read the story...)

Top 14 Places to Show Off Your Halloween Costume in Westchester
What are your kids going to be this Halloween? Whether they decide they want to be a witch, ghost, goblin, or a superhero, they'll fit right in with all the kids in costume at some of the best kid-friendly Halloween parties in Westchester. (read the story...)

Top 7 Places in Fairfield to Show Off Your Halloween Costume
Choosing a Halloween costume is a monumental decision for kids, one that they have been thinking about probably since last Halloween. Help them be proud of their Halloween costume and take them to show off at some of the best kid-friendly Halloween parties in Fairfield. (read the story...)

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8 Places to Show Off Your Halloween Costumes In or Near Rockland
Picking the "right" Halloween costume is a big deal for kids, who have probably been thinking about what they want to be for Halloween last year. Now that they've decided, take them to show off their costume at some of the most fun, kid-friendly Halloween events in and around Rockland County. (read the story...)

Defrightful Decorating Ideas for Halloween
Holiday decorations aren't just for looks alone. These Halloween decoration ideas and how-tos from Party City use paper lanterns and rat cutouts to mark certain areas of your house as off-limits so you can maintain your family's privacy while your guests enjoy your party. (read the story...)

Maybe Just a Treat
Halloween tricks can be fun for adults, but unless parents teach appreciation and empathy, their kids might not understand the spirit of the season’s trickery. Dr. Susan Bartell provides tips to remind children how to be gracious and focus on the holiday's treats. (read the story...)

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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...)

Make Your Own Yummy Mummy Finger Franks
The Halloween Creativity book from Barren's Educational Series is full of fun Halloween activities including games, crafts, and creepy party snacks. (read the story...)

13 Perfect Pumpkin Recipes for Fall
Have some pumpkin left over after carving your jack-o-lanterns, or just itching to make a pumpkin-flavored treat to celebrate fall? Try one of these 13 delicious recipes, including sweet breakfast ideas, savory dinners, and of course, some decadent pumpkin desserts. (read the story...)

Clever DIY Halloween Costume Ideas from Crafty Pants
Author Shannon Whitt of Crafty Pants: Clever Costumes offers a step-by-step guide an oversized hooded sweatshirt to create easy, froggy and doggy Halloween costumes for kids and parents alike. (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...)

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...)


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