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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.

Halloween Tricky Bites

Halloween Tricky Bites

These easy Halloween recipes are kid-friendly and festive options. Children can follow the steps to make owl cookies, spider brownies, chocolate and Jell-O hands, and edible witches' hats and brooms.

Get Crafty with Halloween Ghosts

Get Crafty with Halloween Ghosts

These simple Halloween decorations will haunt your holiday table. Kids can help make the classic ghost motif with tissue paper, white chocolate, marshmallows, or eggs.

DIY Halloween Duct Tape Doormat

DIY Halloween Duct Tape Doormat

Stephanie Morgan, founder and managing editor of Modern Parents Messy Kids, created this DIY Halloween doormat. This upcycled Halloween decor was made with duct tape.

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.

Get into the Spooky Spirit with a Disney Halloween Playlist

Get into the Spooky Spirit with a Disney Halloween Playlist

Celebrate Halloween with the sounds of the holiday, brought to you by your favorite Disney characters. Songs from Danny Elfman and the Nightmare Before Christmas, Mickey Mouse, Goofy, and classic Disney villains are sure to get your kids into the spooky spirit.

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.

Ask the Expert: How Can I Handle My Tween's Mysterious Halloween Behavior?

Ask the Expert: How Can I Handle My Tween's Mysterious Halloween Behavior?

We spoke to Nicholas Strouse, LCSW, of Westport Family Counseling to get tips on handling tween's embarrassment of dressing up for Halloween, talking to your tween or teen about their inappropriate costume, and how to handle your teens mischievous Halloween behavior and pulling pranks on others.

The Best Halloween 2015 Activities in the NY Metro Area

The Best Halloween 2015 Activities in the NY Metro Area

We've rounded up the best Halloween 2015 family-friendly activities in the NY metro area, including events in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Westchester, Fairfield, Long Island, and Rockland.

Grave Mistake: Don't Get Tricked When Buying Halloween Costumes

Grave Mistake: Don't Get Tricked When Buying Halloween Costumes

Whether their children wear them one time or all year round, parents are looking to get the best deal out of Halloween costumes. The Better Business Bureau of New York offers tips for those buying or renting their Halloween gear from pop-up and year round costume shops.

DIY Halloween Costume: Duct Tape Mask and Cape

DIY Halloween Costume: Duct Tape Mask and Cape

Looking for a simple last-minute Halloween costume that you can make? We've got step-by-step directions from Scotch Duct Tape for a DIY Duct Tape mask and cape.

Ask the Expert: How Can I Remove Stuborn Halloween Makeup

Ask the Expert: How Can I Remove Stuborn Halloween Makeup

We spoke to NYC dermatologist Ariel Ostad, M.D., to find out what kind of makeup to buy for children for Halloween, the best way to remove makeup, and how to prepare your child's face for makeup.

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.

DIY Halloween Face Painting: Sugar Puppy

DIY Halloween Face Painting: Sugar Puppy

Charlotte Verrecas, author of A Big Book of Face Painting, shares instructions for her adorable Sugar Puppy face painting design for a great girls Halloween costume idea.

The Halloween ComicFest Comes to New York City!

The Halloween ComicFest Comes to New York City!

Kids and parents can dress up in costume and celebrate Halloween CostumeFest at their local participating comic book shop. With games, raffles, free comic books, and community enrichment, there's something for every superhero!

DIY Halloween Face Painting: Zombie Kid

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.

Celebrate Halloween With Spirit of Children

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.

Creative Director Michael Natiello Dishes on the 2013 Great Jack O' Lantern Blaze

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.

Pumpkin Carving 101: Tips from Master Carver Michael Natiello

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.

Top 5 Places to Show Off Your Halloween Costumes in Queens

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.

11 Best Places to Show Off Your Family's Halloween Costumes in Manhattan

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.

5 Best Parties in Brooklyn to Show Off Your Family's Halloween Costume

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.




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