My family and I went apple picking a couple of weeks ago, and we're still enjoying our homemade applesauce, pies, and cakes—yum! But now, I'm thinking this might be the perfect weekend to hit one of the local pumpkin patches to get in the spirit of Halloween. With most local kids off from school on Monday, there's no excuse not to get out there and enjoy the fall weather, whether on a farm or closer to town, where plenty of great events are filling up the calendar, too. From a horn-filled parade to a family game to a celebration of the arts (pictured), our picks offer all the makings of a fun-filled long weekend.
Also on Mommy Poppins Boston this week:
Be sure to check out our parent review of He Named Me Malala before heading out to the movies.
This craft is sponsored by Henry Holt, an imprint of Macmillan Children's Publishing Group.
Families come in all shapes and sizes. A new picture book, Little Elliot, Big Family, tells the story of a small elephant who finds a family of his own in the big city. We travel with Little Elliot and his friend Mouse through 1940s NYC, visiting favorite landmarks.
This charming tale inspired us to celebrate our own family with a special picture frame craft. This easy project is a picture perfect way to save cherished family memories.
For little kids, Halloween is usually more about the treats than the tricks. The excitement is in getting dressed up, making decorations and enjoying sweet treats from neighbors—not gore, creepy stuff, or being scared silly.
For fun, not-so-scary (but maybe slightly spooky) Halloween happenings in and around Boston this month, read on. These activities are for kids and families who just want the Halloween festivities to be sweet.
You probably already know that my family and I are huge fans of the Harvard Museums. If you've never checked out the Harvard Art Museums, this week's free day is the perfect excuse to pay a visit. This is also a great week to plan out family activities for the month of October,which offers some of the best events of the season. With choice fall and Halloween events running all month long, you can beat the rush by hitting activities like the Octoberfest Kids' Trail (pictured) early on. Keep an eye on ourfull events calendar for more spooky happenings all month!
The days finally have a real fall crispness to them, the leaves are turning,and front steps are flickering with the glow of carved pumpkins at night. There’s lots of spooky fun and not-so-spooky fun to be had, from costume parades to pumpkin festivals, and there's plenty to do for free. Take the kids to a few of these free Halloween activities for families—and save your money for goodies to give to trick-or-treaters.
He Named Me Malala opens this week, and some of our older kids are going to want to see it. Malala Yousafzai is kind of like this generation’s Anne Frank: an articulate, wise-beyond-her-years teenage girl who remains optimistic about our world’s prospects for peace despite her own encounter with unspeakable evil. Malala is a child, but her story is not necessarily for children. I wanted to check it out before taking my own kids.
If you're the type to swoon over sweaters, pumpkin spice lattes, and crisp fall air, you're going to love what we have on the docket this weekend. Since it's not too early for pumpkins, it's not too early to start preparing for Halloween, either. One of the coolest ways to get in the spirit is the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular (pictured), opening this weekend. Some fairs and festivals around town celebrate apples and fall, and others throw a little archaeology and engineering in the mix. With so many fantastic choices, you'll surely have a great time— whatever you choose to do this weekend!
Also on Mommy Poppins Boston this week: Be sure to check out the October Go List for the best picks of this spooky month.
Enjoy your weekend, and don't forget to check out the full Event Calendar!
October may be our favorite month in Boston. Besides fall fun like pumpkin picking and the excitement of Halloween, there are plenty of fairs, festivals, special events and performances to fill our weekends. Every year we count the days until Opening Our Doors and the Boston Book Festival, plus new events we can't wait to experience. All throughout the month there are opportunities for families to get outdoors, enjoy the autumn weather, and experience the best of Boston (often for free). Here are our top 10 picks for this October.
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