Although you may have decided to give out non-edible treats this Halloween, chances are, your neighbors are still handing out the sweet stuff. When your kids come home from trick-or-treating with all that loot and start sorting through it, the sheer volume may make you freak out (even more than the pint-sized grim reaper at your door did).
What are you going to do with all that candy? You could let the kids eat most of it in one sitting (and get sick), or you might be tempted to dump it in the trash. There's no need to take drastic measures! I recommend giving your kids the opportunity to pick out a few of their favorite pieces and then make the rest disappear like magic. Read on for a few neat tricks.
Sure, a haunted house is spooky fun and a haunted castle is even better. However, if your kids have been there and done that, they might be looking for a more extreme adventure this Halloween. New England’s theme parks go all out for the most frightful holiday, mixing the thrills of the rides with chilling theatrics and special effects. Even if your kids aren't into the scary stuff, there is plenty of Halloween-themed fun to be had.
Forget the traditional haunted houses of your youth—these haunted Halloween attractions take you through a castle, the forest, a 3-D world in a time machine, and a "submarine" from which you must escape. They range from not-very-scary to total gore fests, so there's something for everyone, no matter how high (or low) you want to reach on the scare-o-meter. Happy house haunting!
There are many reasons not to take your kids out for traditional, around the neighborhood, nighttime trick-or-treating: Your little one is too young, you have a sensory-sensitive child who is not amused by cackling animatronic witches, you’re trying to move toward a more earth-friendly or less sugary Halloween, or you just want your kids to think more about giving than getting.
Whatever the reason, there’s no need to feel left out on Halloween. There are plenty of alternatives to traditional trick-or-treating for Boston area families, and they may be even better than the real thing!
Our Boston event calendar is filled with plenty of nearby things to do for Halloween, including a couple of really cool, free pumpkin festivals right here in the city. Sometimes, though, we like to go further afield for spectacular jack-o-lantern displays and fall foliage. Whether you decide to stay close to home or make a fall family day trip, going to a pumpkin festival is a fun, family-friendly way to celebrate the season.
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.
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.
For those who like a good fright, check out some of NJ's best haunted establishments. There are plenty of night-time haunts to please the older kids, some creepy walking tours to see a (possibly) haunted town, a scaredy-cat amusement park and even a few scare-free zones where kids can just trick or treat. For more creepy/fun choices, check out our NJ Halloween Guide. and sign up for our emails to get more Halloween and family activity ideas each week!
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