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Raising a family in New York has its own set of advantages and trials, and our Family & Parenting section can help to provide you with tips and tricks from other local Long Island parents. From keeping the kids quiet on long car rides, to the best recreation spots, we've got you covered with insights on the topics that matter most to parents.

Tips For Keeping Halloween Safe and Fun

With Halloween right around the corner, use these tips to make sure that everybody has a safe and fun holiday!

All About Pumpkin Carving for Fall 2014

Get a history lesson on the origins of Jack O' Lanterns and some tips on how to make your own!

Carve and Decorate Gorgeous Gourds at these Pumpkin Workshops

Take your pumpkin carving or decorating to the next level at one of these great workshops!

Fun Ideas for Your Kid-Friendly Halloween Party

Put on your costume and get ready for an overload of fun and fond memories at your kid-friendly Halloween party!

Darkside Haunted House: Escaping the Harrowing Haunted Hallways of this Horrifying House

Thrill seekers and horrors fans won't want to miss out on Darkside, the horrifying haunted house of Eastern Long Island in Wading River.

The Haunted Mansion of Melville: Take a Peek Inside the Horrifying Haunted Attractions of F&W Schmitt’s Farm

Are you brave enough to face all three horrifying haunted attractions at F&W Schmitt’s Farm this Halloween season?

Long Island Fall Festival: Thousands Enjoy a Fun Weekend in Huntington!

Locals and visitors came out in droves to take part in the annual Fall Festival at Hecksher Park.

Sesame Workshop and PSEG Help Families on Long Island Get Ready for Emergencies

New Sesame Street resources seek to help families develop an emergency plan together.

Hay! Hay You! 2014 Guide to Long Island Hayrides

Check out a local destination for a classic or haunted hayride!

Local Steals & Deals on Sweet Treats Leading Up to Halloween

Several restaurant chains are offering sweet promotions and coupon offers leading up to Halloween that include tasty treats like pumpkin ice cream, frosty treats and scary face pancakes.

ZombieWorld: Surviving the Psychotic Practice of Maniac Monsters

You are the maniac doctor's newest lab rat...will you escape to tell the tale or end up like all those who came before you? Test your luck this Halloween season at ZombieWorld!

Thrifty Eating: LI Restaurants Where Kids Eat Free

If you are looking to save on a family dinner with the young ones, plan your nights out carefully and visit these family-friendly, money-saving eateries!

Kid-Friendly Halloween Events Happening Across LI this October!

There are plenty of Halloween-themed events for young children on Long Island!

Chillingly Cheerful 2014 Halloween Costume Contests & Parades

Check out these cool costume contests and parades going on across Long Island this Halloween season.

Top 2014 Halloween Costumes for Adults, Children and Pets, According to NRF

Still deciding on a costume for this Halloween? The National Retail Federation has released survey results showing what's popular this year for adults, children and pets!

Columbus Day Weekend Events and Activities

Columbus Day weekend is almost here! Plan your weekend around some of the great events Long Island has to offer!

Take a Break and Dine Out with the Kids with These Steals & Deals

Take a break! Dine out with the kids and save while your at it. Find coupon offers and promotions to places like The Melting Pot, Olive Garden and Chuck E. Cheese's.

No Carve Necessary Pumpkin Decorating for Fall

Forget the mess and opt for a safer, easier way to decorate pumpkins this Fall.

Scaring is Caring: Charitable Haunts Happening This Halloween Season

This Halloween season help out a good cause AND get a good scare!

Make this Halloween Healthier with Alternative Treats & Participate in Halloween Candy Buyback

Help make this Halloween healthier! Consider alternative treats to candy and look into participating in a local Halloween Candy Buyback location.
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