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Get into the Spooky Spirit with a Disney Halloween Playlist
by NYMetroParents Staff - October 30, 2013

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
by NYMetroParents Staff - October 30, 2013

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.


Jericho Brain Training Center Offers Discount for Struggling Learners
by NYMetroParents Staff - October 29, 2013

Jericho's LearningRx is offering help for students who are struggling to learn in school. Any struggling student who wants to improve their bad report card will receive a discount on a brain skills assessment if they bring in a copy of their bad report card.


Turn Pictures of Yourself into Vampires and Demons with PicMonkey
by NYMetroParents Staff - October 28, 2013

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?
by NYMetroParents Staff - October 28, 2013

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.


Where to Get Help If You Think Your Teen Is Using Drugs
by NYMetroParents Staff - October 25, 2013

If you suspect your teen is using drugs or drinking alcohol, there are places you can turn to for help. Here is a list of substance abuse resources in the New York metro area, including Rockland, Westchester, Fairfield, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island.


The Best of the Rest of the Web: Twitter Talk, Girl Scouts, and Connecting with Kids on Social Media
by NYMetroParents Staff - October 24, 2013

From the NYMetroParents November issue, a selection of thought-provoking, laugh-inducing, and just plain interesting facts and quotes from the web and the world of parenting.


Ask the Expert: How Can I Help My Child Get the Most Out of Tutoring?
by NYMetroParents Staff - October 24, 2013

We asked the experts at Tutors on Wheels for advice on how to help kids get the most out of their tutoring sessions, including how to motivate your child to do additional work at home.


Grave Mistake: Don't Get Tricked When Buying Halloween Costumes
by NYMetroParents Staff - October 22, 2013

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.


Long Island Modeling Agency Charged with Scamming Families Out of More than $250,000
by NYMetroParents Staff - October 21, 2013

Employees of New Faces Development Center, Inc. and Model Talent Development Corp., based in Hicksville, Long Island, are charged with defrauding dozens of clients out of more than $250,000. An arrest warrant is out for the business's CEO.


Doctors Honor P.S. 244Q in Queens with National Golden Carrot Award
by NYMetroParents Staff - October 21, 2013

The Active Learning Elementary School P.S. 244Q in Queens was named the national grand prize winner in this year's 2013 Golden Carrot Awards for its creative approach to providing healthful vegetarian lunch options to its students.


DIY Halloween Costume: Duct Tape Mask and Cape
by NYMetroParents Staff - October 21, 2013

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.


Enter to Win a $25,000 College Fund from Jif
by NYMetroParents Staff - October 21, 2013

Jif's 12th annual Most Creative Sandwich Contest offers culinary kids a chance to win a $25,000 college fund. Enter your child chef's sandwich recipe featuring Jif Peanut Butter or any other Jif products through Nov. 8.


Halloween Treats: Eyeball Cake Pops, Monster 'Toes,' and 'Rotten' Apple Punch
by NYMetroParents Staff - October 14, 2014

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.


Little Green Monster Cupcakes
by NYMetroParents Staff - October 18, 2013

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
by NYMetroParents Staff - October 18, 2013

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.


The Halloween ComicFest Comes to New York City!
by NYMetroParents Staff - October 17, 2013

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!


WNBA Star Tina Charles Hosts Sports Safety Clinic for Kids in Harlem
by NYMetroParents Staff - October 17, 2013

WNBA star Tina Charles of the Connecticut Sun teamed up with Safe Kids Worldwide to educate kids about sports injury prevention at a Sports Safety Clinic in Harlem's Riverbank State Park on Oct. 12.


DIY Halloween Face Painting: Zombie Kid
by NYMetroParents Staff - October 17, 2013

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.


DIY Halloween Face Painting: Sugar Puppy
by NYMetroParents Staff - October 18, 2013

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.


Murray Hill Early Childhood Center Offers Preschool Practice Class
by NYMetroParents Staff - October 11, 2013

The Wee Ones Club, an early childhood learning center in Murray Hill, now offers an introduction to preschool class for young children in Manhattan.


Big Apple Circus Presents 'Luminocity' at Lincoln Center
by NYMetroParents Staff - October 17, 2013

Head to Lincoln Center for LUMINOCITY, the Big Apple Circus' all-new show starting October 25, 2013. The one-ring performance will showcase acrobats, clowns, and performers from all over the world for an awe-inspiring tribute to New York City.


Bedford Stuyvesant’s McCleary Selected as National Afterschool Ambassador
by NYMetroParents Staff - October 09, 2013

Omari McCleary, program director at Good Shepherd Services in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, has been selected as one of a dozen 2013-2014 Afterschool Ambassadors by the national Afterschool Alliance.


Ask the Expert: How Can I Remove Stuborn Halloween Makeup
by NYMetroParents Staff - October 21, 2013

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.


Ask the Expert: When Isn't Anesthesia Needed During Pediatric Medical Procedures?
by NYMetroParents Staff - October 08, 2013

Kelly Wagner, child life specialist at MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center in Houston, shares when anesthesia isn't necessary and how to prepare children for and keep them calm during medical procedures.



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