October 2015 Table of Contents By NYMetroParents Table of Contents October 22, 2015 Get Sanity Saving Ideas and Activities Subscribe 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. Get our FREE Fall Activities e-book! FEATURE ARTICLES Best Party Ever PhotoOp NYC Six hacks to make party plannine easier on you Party Ideas from Local Bloggers Five area parents share theme and decoration ideas from their kids' parties Birthday Party Resources Browse our guide to local birthday party stores, resources, and entertainment Your Halloween Problems, Solved! Easy solutions to eight scary Halloween situations Monstrous 'Mallows Three marshmallow recipes for easy-to-make Halloween sweet treats The Joys of the Local Toy Store Why you should shop in the neighborhood mom-and-pop toy shop FUN & ACTIVITIES Media Matters: New on DVD & Streaming Common Sense Media shares its three picks for new-to-DVD movies in October, plus a preview of Pan DIY Corner: Reversible Felt Crown An easy DIY to complete a Halloween costume and for imaginary play Holiday House 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 Local farms that offer pumpkin picking, plus seasonal produce, baked goods, and more! Haunted Houses, Corn Mazes, and Pumpkin Activities Local haunts for all of your spooky and not-so-scary Halloween fun CONNECTIONS Voices: 'Where's Mommy?' A single father on answering his son's tough questions Quotables 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' 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 Get our FREE Fall Activities e-book! Main photo by PhotoOp NYC Want more content like this? Like us on Facebook!