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October 2015 Table of Contents

October 2015 Table of Contents

Check out our October 2015 issue, which includes birthday party hacks, solutions to your biggest Halloween problems, and the joys of the local toy store. Plus, monster marshmallow treat recipes, a crown DIY, what's new on DVD in October, and our guides to pumpkin picking and Halloween activities.

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Best Party Ever

boy with balloons
PhotoOp NYC

Six hacks to make party plannine easier on you


Party Ideas from Local Bloggers

mermaid and shark party

Five area parents share theme and decoration ideas from their kids' parties


Birthday Party Resources

kids' party planner

Browse our guide to local birthday party stores, resources, and entertainment

Your Halloween Problems, Solved!

halloween girl

Easy solutions to eight scary Halloween situations

Monstrous 'Mallows

monster marshmallows

Three marshmallow recipes for easy-to-make Halloween sweet treats

The Joys of the Local Toy Store

the toy box

Why you should shop in the neighborhood mom-and-pop toy shop



Media Matters: New on DVD & Streaming

jurassic world

Common Sense Media shares its three picks for new-to-DVD movies in October, plus a preview of Pan


DIY Corner: Reversible Felt Crown

reversible felt crown 

An easy DIY to complete a Halloween costume and for imaginary play

Holiday House

burr homestead

The historic Burr Homestead in downtown Fairfield, CT, is home to beloved Halloween and Christmas event, as well as a 'secret' backyard


Family Activities Calendar


Find tons of fun things to do in your area in October by searching our comprehensive calendar of kid and family events.


Where to Pick Pumpkins

girl picking pumpkin

Local farms that offer pumpkin picking, plus seasonal produce, baked goods, and more!


Haunted Houses, Corn Mazes, and Pumpkin Activities

rise of the jack o lanterns

Local haunts for all of your spooky and not-so-scary Halloween fun



Voices: 'Where's Mommy?'

boy holding hand

A single father on answering his son's tough questions



one world observatory

The best of the web this month, including inspiring, thoughtful, and funny Instagrams, tweets, and other posts from area parents.

NYMP Q&A: The Substitute 'Edu-tainer'

elizabeth rose

A former arts teacher and current substitute teacher shares her experiences and what it's like to be a sub teaching in New York City public schools

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