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  • child getting vaccine Vaccines for Children: The Importance of Immunization Schedules for Kids

    Marianne LaBarbera, MD Board-certified Family Physician Richmond University Medical Center Many parents are overwhelmed by their kids’ vaccination schedule—especially during this period of pandemic fear. Your kids will receive many shots—for about 14 different illnesses—and now COVID-19 has joined that list. But now as most kids are back in school full-time and in-person, it is more important than ever to be diligent about their immunization schedules so they are as protected as possible. How do vaccines work? A vaccine is a dead or weakened version of the disease that helps build up antibodies to protect us from contracting the disease if exposed. Over the years, vaccines have generated some controversy, but there is no evidence that vaccines cause harm. According to Marianne LaBarbera, MD, a board-certified family physician at Richmond University Medical Center (RUMC) in Staten Island, “The MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine has the most notoriety because of fears of autism. These are proven to be untrue, but these fears still persist.” She adds, “The fears that vaccines will cause the illnesses that they are supposed to protect against is also untrue.” Although children may have a reaction to any vaccine—including soreness, swelling or fever—the benefits far outweigh the possible side effects. What is the best vaccine schedule for children? According to Dr. LaBarbera, who is Chief of Population Health at RUMC, most pediatricians follow the CDC immunization schedule and most kids’ vaccination schedules are completed between birth and 6 years of age. Many vaccines are given more than once, at different ages, and in different combinations. “If a child misses a dose for any reason, they should catch up as soon as possible,” Dr. LaBarbera says. “If they were sick, then as soon as they are well.” The following is the CDC vaccine schedule—and most of these shots are given before the age of two: One vaccination for measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) Four vaccinations for Haemophilus influenza (Hib), a common upper respiratory infection that can also cause meningitis Three to four polio vaccinations (IPV) Four vaccinations for diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (DPT) Three vaccinations for hepatitis B One vaccination for varicella (chickenpox) no earlier than age 12 months and only if your child does not develop chickenpox on his or her own Three vaccinations for rotavirus, a type of infection that causes severe diarrhea Four vaccinations for pneumococcal disease, a common cause of ear infections and pneumonia From age four to six, your child will need booster shots for DPT, IPV, MMR, and chickenpox. Children should also start receiving a yearly flu shot after age six months. A vaccination for hepatitis A is recommended for all children. Keeping Track of Kids’ Vaccine Schedules Although your doctor’s office will keep track of these shots, it is a good idea for parents to maintain records as well. Ask your pediatrician for proof of your child’s immunizations or download a schedule and record form at the CDC website. It’s also a good idea to bring your child’s immunizations record with you to all office visits and make sure the doctor signs and dates every immunization. “Parents should keep track, particularly when they get a vaccine from a provider other than their family doctor or pediatrician,” Dr. LaBarbera says, noting that people change doctors and records can get lost. In fact, studies show that about one-fourth of preschool children are missing at least one routine vaccination. It is important to know if your child has missed an immunization or received a shot that was not recorded. In New York City, all vaccines that are administered are supposed to be reported to the Citywide Immunization Registry, which can be helpful if reports go missing. Also, ask your doctor’s office if they have an immunization schedule reminder or recall system that will remind you when inoculations are due and let you know if one has been missed. Why are vaccines for children so important? “Vaccines are our primary defense against diseases that are a threat to public health,” Dr. LaBarbera says. “These diseases should be prevented because they have no specific treatment, can result in debilitating complications, disability, and can even be life threatening to some.” Vaccinations not only protect your child from deadly diseases—such as polio, tetanus, diphtheria, and now COVID-19—but they also keep other children safe by eliminating or greatly decreasing dangerous diseases that used to spread from child to child. “It is and has always been important for kids to follow the age-appropriate schedule or catch-up on vaccinations that they are missing,” Dr. LaBarbera notes. “Now more than ever, it is important to stay healthy and protect against diseases that still exist that can cause illness, lasting complications and death, as well as be passed on to others who may not be protected.” For more information, visit Richmond Health Network.  Wanna learn about more awesome family activities? 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  • girl with special needs with another girl sitting in grass Read Staten Island Parent’s Special Needs Guide Today!

    Are you raising a child in Staten Island with autism, ADD, ADHD, dyslexia, developmental disabilities, down syndrome or other diagnosis? The Staten Island Parent Special Needs Guide contains information and resources you need. From doctors and therapists to special needs lawyers and special education services, you’ll find the right resources for your child with special needs. Plus, inside you’ll find advice for helping kids with special needs be successful in the classroom, what documentation is needed for kids with special needs in school, and tips from one mom on how she manages IEP meetings. Read the Fall 2021 Special Needs Guide Read the Spring 2021 Special Needs Guide In the Spring 2021 Special Needs Guide, you’ll find a roundup of books starring protagonists with special needs, info about summer camps, online resources to help kids with ADHD, and more. Plus, the same great resources for raising a kid with special needs in Staten Island.

  • kid stuffing his face These Are the Best Kids-Eat-Free Restaurants in Staten Island

    Going out to dinner can get expensive, but luckily there are a few restaurants where kids can eat free in Staten Island. These restaurants are making it a little easier for families to enjoy a night out without breaking the bank. So when you’re not in the mood to cook another dinner or you want a break from meal prep, check out one of these family-friendly Staten Island restaurants. These locations all have Kids Eat Free nights throughout the week. And these restaurants’ kids’ meals all include classics like grilled cheese, chicken fingers, and hamburgers, so even picky eaters are sure to find something they like! Oh, but if you do decide you want to cook at home, check out these easy pasta recipes using ingredients you likely have at home, these meals that take 30 minutes or less to make, or simmer one of these classic soup recipes on the stove until it’s time to eat. Here’s a list of the best restaurants where kids eat free in Staten Island during the week! Note: Restrictions may apply and offers may change. Please contact the restaurant for details on each offer before heading to dinner to avoid disappointment. Where Kids Eat Free on Sunday Moe’s Southwest Grill 2397 Hylan Blvd. 718-979-8226 262 Arden Ave. 347-562-4850 Facebook • Instagram Ages: 12 and younger Time: All day Requirements: One kids’ meal per adult entree There are two locations of this chain restaurant on Staten Island. Menu items include burritos, quesadillas, chips and dips and more.    View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Moe’s Southwest Grill (@moessouthwestgrill) Where Kids Eat Free on Monday Arirang Hibachi Steakhouse 23 Nelson Ave. 718-966-9600 Facebook • Instagram Ages: 10 and younger Time: All day Requirements: One kids’ meal per adult entree  A Japanese steakhouse and sushi bar. Choose from a variety of items including tempura-style apps, hibachi dinners, sushi platters and more.    View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Arirang Hibachi Steakhouse (@ariranghibachi) The Hop Shoppe 372 Van Duzer St. 718-448-3400 Facebook • Instagram Ages: 12 and younger Time: All day Requirements: 1 free kids’ meal and 4 video game tokens per adult entree This local gastropub serves burgers, nachos, hummus platters, salads, tacos and has an extensive beer list.  The Richmond Republic  4459 Amboy Road 718-356-7425 Facebook • Instagram Ages: 12 and younger Time: 4-9:30pm Requirements: with purchase of adult entree Offers fare such as steaks, burgers, seafood and more.  Where Kids Eat Free on Tuesday Arirang Hibachi Steakhouse 23 Nelson Ave. 718-966-9600 Facebook • Instagram Ages: 10 and younger Time: All day Requirements: One kids’ meal per adult entree  A Japanese steakhouse and sushi bar. Choose from a variety of items including tempura-style apps, hibachi dinners, sushi platters and more.  J’s On the Bay  1189 Bay St. 718-720-0922 Facebook • Instagram The kids-eat-free promotion will resume once the Bay Street location reopens; check back for updates A classic gourmet eatery. This North Shore dining spot has a variety of items on its menu, including brick-oven pizza, sandwiches, burgers, and more.  Miller’s Ale House 2883 Richmond Ave. 718-477-0112 Facebook • Instagram Ages: 12 and younger Time: All day Requirements: free kid’s meal with the purchase of a $10 or more meal; limit 2 per table Restaurant and sports bar. Enjoy a variety of dishes including filet mignon, original pasta dishes, boneless chicken zingers, and more.    View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Miller’s Ale House (@millersalehouse) Z Two 2925 Veterans Road West 718-356-6800 Facebook • Instagram Ages: 12 and younger Time: 5-8pm Requirements: 1 per adult entree   Diner. Menu items include seafood, chicken, wraps, paninis and more. Costume characters and balloon animal artists on kids-eat-free nights.  Where Kids Eat Free on Wednesday Big Nose Kate’s 2484 Arthur Kill Road 718-227-2266 Facebook • Instagram Ages: 3-12 Time: 4-9pm Requirements: per adult entree A saloon-style pub and restaurant. The menu features soups, salads, burgers, wraps, side dishes, beverages, cocktails and more.  Joyce’s Tavern 3823 Richmond Ave. 718-948-0220 Facebook • Instagram Ages: 12 and younger Time: 5-8pm Requirement: with purchase of adult entree Irish and American bar and restaurant. Costume characters will be on site during kids-eat-free times!   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Joyces Tavern (@joycestavern) Where Kids Eat Free on Thursday  J’s On the Bay  1189 Bay St. 718-720-0922 Facebook • Instagram The kids-eat-free promotion will resume once the Bay Street location reopens; check back for updates A classic gourmet eatery. This North Shore dining spot has a variety of items on its menu, including brick-oven pizza, sandwiches, burgers and more.    View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Js On The Bay 😋 (@jsonthebaysiny) Wanna get more family activities sent to your inbox? Sign up for our newsletters, which are packed with ideas, events, and information for parents in Staten Island.

  • young girl picking pumpkin The Top 13 Farms to Go Pumpkin Picking in Staten Island & NJ

    If there’s one thing we love about the fall, it’s pumpkin everything—including pumpkin picking in Staten Island and in nearby New Jersey. Your family can spend a day at Decker Farm’s Staten Island Pumpkin Patch—or take a day trip out to Alstede Farms, Happy Day Farm, or Von Thun’s Country Farm Market—to pick the perfect pumpkin and enjoy various fall activities. Plus, Halloween is right around the corner, so you’ll need to pick pumpkins soon to carve jack-o’-lanterns! Here’s a list of our favorite pumpkin patches and farms for pumpkin picking in Staten Island, as well as locations for pumpkin picking in NJ. Just be sure to call or visit the farms’ websites before heading out to confirm pumpkin availability and for info on how they’re keeping guests healthy.  Pumpkin Picking in Staten Island 1. Decker Farm 435 Richmond Hill Road 718-351-1611 Facebook • Instagram Hours: Oct. 2-31, Saturday-Sunday (plus Monday, Oct. 11), 11am-5pm Admission: Admission: Online: $9; $4 children ages 3-12; free for children ages 2 and younger (plus service fee). At door: $11; $4 children ages 3-12; free for children ages 2 and younger. Tickets on sale now. Check the website for details. This pumpkin patch features pumpkins of all shapes and sizes. Complete with photo-ops and fall decorations, you’re sure to experience a picture-perfect moment as you decide which pumpkin to take home. And don’t miss the Pumpkin Chucking, Snack Wagon, Living History Demonstrations, and more! Why we love it: Watch the kids try to solve a maze made completely of hay bales.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Historic Richmond Town (@historicrichmondtown) 2. Greenside Up Garden Center 2777 Arthur Kill Road 718-967-5039 Facebook Hours: Oct. 1-31: Monday-Friday, 12-6pm; Saturday-Sunday, 10am-6pm Admission: Free admission.  In addition to selecting the perfect pumpkin for their jack-o’-lanterns, kids can enjoy inflatables, pumpkin painting, a corn maze, games, and prizes. Plus, there’s a snack shack and you can book Halloween or birthday parties to celebrate the season. Why we love it: As if everything mentioned above isn’t enough there’s a haunted house for adults on weekends, so call your babysitter and enjoy a spooky night out!  3. Green Meadows Farm 3159 Flatbush Ave., Marine Park, Brooklyn 718-470-0278 Facebook • Instagram Hours: Sep. 25-Oct. 31, Saturday-Sunday (plus Monday, Oct. 11), and Wednesdays Oct. 6-Nov. 2, 11am-5pm. Admission: $12 per person age 2 and older. Located in Aviator Sports Center on Floyd Bennett Field, this pumpkin patch offers hayrides, ten different tractors for kids to explore, a farm playground, a milking cow, a bulldozer to operate, a roller slide and more, plus a free pumpkin with admission. Partake in the Halloween Candy Hunt the last two weekends in October, then come back in November for a pumpkin-smashing good time. Why we love it: Midweek hours are available for homeschoolers and little ones, plus there’s a petting zoo so your crew can even feed some friendly farm animals. Pumpkin Picking in NJ 1. Alstede Farms 1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester Township 908-879-7189 Facebook • Instagram Approximate drive from Staten Island: 1 hour Hours: daily, 9am-6pm (last admission to pick-your-own is 5pm). Pumpkins anticipated to be available mid- to late September. Check the website for updates. Admission: Exact prices for pumpkin picking not available yet. Check the website to make reservations in advance online (it’s a little cheaper than purchasing at the door and guarantees your entry)  Alstede Farms offers orange and white pumpkins, munchkins, gourds, and assorted winter squash—all available in u-pick! Pony and tractor-pulled wagon rides are offered daily (for an extra fee). Plus, you can visit with and feed some of the farm’s animals.  Why we love it: Corn, evergreen, and sunflower mazes are on-site and included with pick-your-own admission.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Alstede Farms (@alstedefarms) 2. Battleview Orchards 91 Wemrock Road, Freehold 732-462-0756 Facebook • Instagram Approximate drive from Staten Island: 1 hour Hours: Wednesday-Monday, 9am-4pm. Pumpkins anticipated to be available Sept. 25. Check the website for updates. Admission: No entrance fee. Cash only for purchasing pick-your-own produce. Senior citizens receive a 10-percent discount on Mondays and Thursdays. Battleview Orchards offers a variety of pick-your-own fall favorites, including pumpkins and apples.  Why we love it: Hayrides are available in the fall, weekends only, starting Sept. 25. 3. Cheesequake Farm Market 2095 US Highway 9, Old Bridge 732-721-5728 Facebook • Instagram Approximate drive from Staten Island: 45 minutes Hours: April-Dec. 24, 9am-6pm. November close time: 5pm. Pumpkins anticipated to be available mid- to late September. Check the website for updates. Admission: $10 hayride to enter the pumpkin patch. Pumpkins are $0.69 per pound.  Quality pumpkins of every shape, size, and color are available during pumpkin-picking season in the fields or the farm market. Gourds and fall harvest vegetables are also available. Why we love it: You can wander through a corn maze as part of the hayride price.  4. Giamarese Farm 155 Fresh Ponds Road, East Brunswick 732-821-9494 Facebook Approximate drive from Staten Island: 1 hour Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-6pm. Pumpkins anticipated to be available mid-September. Check the website or call for updates. Admission: A $10 hayride will bring you into the patch, but exact prices for pumpkins are not available yet.  The hayride includes a tour of the corn maze where you’ll see lots of fall decorations including mums, straw bales, and—of course!—pumpkins to pick. Pony rides available for an extra fee on weekends in October. Why we love it: Other crops available through December include mustard and turnip, plus apple picking is available through early October.  5. Happy Day Farm 97 Daum Road, Manalapan 732-977-3607 Facebook • Instagram Approximate drive from Staten Island: 1 hour Hours: Sept. 11-Oct. 31, daily, 10am-5pm. Last entry at 4pm. Admission: No admission fee to pick a pumpkin Monday-Thursday; $20 Friday-Sunday. Tickets must be purchased in advance.  Weekend admission includes a variety of family activities, including an animal feeding zoo, corn maze, tractor rides, and a variety of games.  Why we love it: [more…]

  • child holding box of donations for charity 15 Donation & Volunteer Opportunities In Staten Island for the Holidays

    The holiday season is a wonderful time to show how thankful you are for life’s blessings by giving to those who are less fortunate. There are many ways to give back to the community and plenty of Staten Island volunteer opportunities this year. You can donate to toy and coat drives, be a Santa Claus and visit children in need, collect food for a local food pantry, and so much more. And if you prefer to make a difference by making a monetary donation, there are many important and worthwhile organizations and charities on Staten Island that need financial support to help them continue their programs and services. Browse our guide that lists opportunities for kids, families, and individuals to help fellow Staten Islanders this holiday season. Toy and Coat Drives in Staten Island 1. New York Cares 212-228-5000 Facebook • Instagram For the last 30 years, New York Cares has organized the city’s largest winter coat drive, gathering more than 1.8 million winter coats. Last year the organization collected and distributed 109,000 winter coats to families who would have otherwise faced a long, cold winter without one. For a map of drop-off locations where you can donate a warm coat to someone in need, visit newyorkcares.org. The organization also offers many volunteer opportunities, with more than 1,600 listed on their website per month, including opportunities for teens and kids older than 6.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by New York Cares (@newyorkcares) 2. Richard Gardner Jr. Memorial Fund 718-981-2016 Since 1995, the Richard Gardner Jr. Memorial Fund has held Christmas parties for sick and underprivileged children, donating thousands of toys in memory of a young police officer who was killed. Every year, the organization reaches out to underprivileged families, sick children, underprivileged day care centers, children without families, organizations assisting families of domestic violence, underprivileged churches, and children with sick parents. This year, the fund plans to visit children at Richmond University Medical Center and Staten Island University Hospital on Christmas Eve. The toy drive night will be held at Castleton Corners Pub (1815 Victory Blvd.) on Dec. 4, 6-10pm. Call or email [email protected] for more information. 3. Secret Sandy Claus Project 646-623-7542 Facebook The organization originally began as a way to deliver toys and relief items to thousands of families affected by Hurricane Sandy. It has since helped many more children in need, whether they be children battling cancer, with a disability, experiencing homelessness, in a foster home, or who are economically disadvantaged. Details about where to drop off a toy donation will be announced soon. Call or visit the website for more information. 4. Toys 4 Autism Facebook John Louis Sublett is once again encouraging Staten Islanders to open their hearts for children with special needs. In the past, with the help of his son, John Jr., who has autism, along with the South Shore Rotary Club, he was able to fill 180 gift bags with specialized toys and distribute them to the students of P.S 37, a school for children with developmental delays. John Jr. is a former student at P.S. 37. This year, Sublett aims to fill 400 gift bags for children attending special education schools on Staten Island. You can donate specialized toys to Toys 4 Autism on the organization’s Amazon Wish List or make a monetary donation Go Fund Me. 5. Toys For Tots Facebook • Instagram Run by the U.S. Marine Corps, Toys for Tots collects and distributes toys to children in need during the holidays so they can experience the joys of the season. There are nearly 40,000 Marines, Marine Corps League members, veteran Marines, and volunteers involved in annual campaigns nationwide. They are accepting brand-new, unopened, unwrapped toys or monetary donations for less fortunate children in the community through December (deadlines vary by location). Go to toysfortots.org/donate to find local campaigns or to make a monetary donation. Learn how you can donate a toy virtually at [email protected] 6. Where To Turn’s Holiday Toy Drive Facebook • Instagram The organization works to provide crisis relief services for victims of tragedies by aiding them in obtaining the help they need during the recovery process. Each year, the organization collects and distributes toys through its warehouse at 22 Brienna Court, but this year the store will be virtual. Check the website or email Dennis McKeon at [email protected] for details about drive. How to Donate to a Food Pantry on Staten Island 1. City Harvest 646-412-0600 Facebook • Instagram City Harvest is a food rescue organization that helps to feed more than 1.5 million New Yorkers who are struggling to put meals on their tables. The organization plans to collect 111 million pounds of food this year and deliver it, free of charge, to hundreds of food pantries, soup kitchens, and other community organizations across the five boroughs. Visit the website to learn how you can help.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by City Harvest (@cityharvestnyc) 2. Project Hospitality 718-448-1544 Facebook • Instagram This Staten Island-based organization serves the hungry and homeless, as well as people living with HIV & AIDS, the mentally ill and people battling addiction. You can donate a variety of items to their food pantry, including fresh fruits and vegetables, in addition to non-perishables. Visit the website for a list of most in-demand items. Food donations can be dropped off at the Community Services Center at 514 Bay Street on weekdays from 9am-5pm. You can also donate holiday supplies, including turkeys and food for a holiday feast, holiday gifts and toys, Halloween costumes and Easter baskets and other holiday items. Call for more information. 3. South Shore Community Pantry 347-352-1447 Facebook This South Shore food pantry works to fill the gap of food insecurity in Staten Island. It also hosts a variety of events throughout the year to help benefit the community, including health fairs and holiday events. The organization is always looking for volunteers and donations. For more information, send a message [more…]

  • kids in halloween costumes running in a field 18 Halloween Events in Staten Island the Whole Family Will Love

    Looking for some spooktacular ways to celebrate Halloween in Staten Island? There are plenty of festive and fun events and activities happening in Staten Island this Halloween, from pumpkin picking and corn mazes to fall festivals and so much more! Here’s a list of our top picks for family-friendly Halloween events happening in Staten Island. Be sure to call in advance to make sure activities aren’t canceled due to weather and get the venue’s updated COVID safety requirements. Halloween Events in Staten Island Staten Island Zoo Spooktacular 614 Broadway 718-442-3100 Facebook • Instagram When: Oct. 15-17, Friday-Sunday, 5:30-9pm Go wild for Halloween! Enjoy an outdoor walk-through experience at the Staten Island Zoo featuring family friendly activities such as light shows, live music and more at this spooktacular event. Want to go? Tickets are $25 and must be purchased online in advance. Children 2 and younger are free.  Go Green this Halloween Schmul Park, Pearson Street and Watson Avenue When: Saturday, Oct. 16, 9am-12pm Facebook • Instagram Join the Freshkills Park Alliance and NYC Parks Department for a Sustain-a-ween workshop and volunteer day at Schmul Park. Learn about upcycling and the many animals that get more attention this time of year, like spiders, bats, snakes and others. Want to go? Admission is free. South Beach Library Halloween Crafting South Beach Library, 21-25 Robin Road 718-816-5834 Facebook • Instagram When: Tuesday, Oct. 19, 4-5pm Trick or treat! Come to the library to make a craft honoring the season of spookiness. Ages 4 and up. Want to go? Admission is free.  Great Kills Library’s Afternoon Halloween Craft 56 Giffords Lane 718-984-6670 Facebook • Instagram When: Wednesday, Oct. 20, 4-5pm Join the library for a festive after-school craft to get kids in the Halloween spirit. For ages 5 and up. Space is limited to 10 children and their caregivers. Want to go? Free, but registration is required. Fang-tastic Costume Party at Snug Harbor Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden,• 1000 Richmond Terrace 718-425-3504 Facebook • Instagram When: Friday, Oct. 22, 6-10pm Join Snug Harbor for the Newhouse After Dark Halloween Special, a fang-tastic costume party featuring performances by some of Staten Island’s local musical talents. Want to go? Tickets are $10. Sci-Fi Family Halloween Staten Island Museum, 1000 Richmond Terrace 718-727-1135 Facebook • Instagram When: Saturday, Oct. 23; 2-4pm Travel through space and time with activities and crafts inspired by some of your favorite sci-fi and fantasy books. Want to go? Tickets are $15; $10 for kids. Includes museum admission. Outdoor Halloween Bash and Fall Harvest Holy Trinity – St. Nicholas Church, 1641 Richmond Ave. Facebook When: Saturday, Oct. 23, 12-3pm Enjoy an outdoor Fall Harvest and Halloween Bash with activities including trunk or treating, games, prizes, music, snacks and more. There will be a cash prize for the best adult and kid costume. Want to go? Adults ages 21 and over are free. Pre-sale tickets are $20 or $25 at the door for kids 3 and older.  Kids Halloween Gardening Workshop Staten Island Children’s Museum, 1000 Richmond Terrace 718-273-2060 Facebook • Instagram When: Sunday, Oct. 24, 1-2pm Kids will enjoy eerie Halloween fun at this workshop on poisonous plants and how to avoid them. Participants will make a take-home health-packed elixir based on thousands of years of botanical medicine. Want to go? The event is free.  Not-So-Spooky Halloween Party  Sweets ‘N Such Candy Shop, 71 New Dorp Plaza 718-663-2120 Facebook • Instagram When: Sunday, Oct. 24, 12-4pm Enjoy a sweet afternoon of kid-friendly activities, including arts and crafts, face painting, balloons, snacks, drinks and lots of candy. Costumes are optional. Want to go? Tickets are $10. Staten Island Greenbelt Haunted Trail Greenbelt Nature Center, 501 Brielle Ave. 718-667-3545 Facebook When: Wednesday, Oct. 27, 4:30-7:30pm Take a walk along the Haunted Trail- if you dare! You never know what is lurking in the trees. Do not fear, you can also take a walk through the pumpkin patch or join in on some arts and crafts. Be sure to wear your best costume. Prizes will be given out. Want to go? Admission is free. Movies Under the Stars: Twitches Lyons Pool, 6 Victory Blvd. 718-667-3545 Facebook • Instagram When: Wednesday, Oct. 27, 7-8:30pm Join NYC Parks and the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment for a screening of the movie, “Twitches.” Destiny brings twin witches, separated at birth, back together on their 21st birthday to fight a dark force that is threatening their long-lost birth mother. Want to go? Admission is free. Halloween BINGO for Kids  Dongan Hills Library, 1617 Richmond Road 718-351-1444 Facebook • Instagram When: Friday, Oct. 29, 3:30-4:30pm Kids will enjoy a spooky version of this fun game. They’ll get a free goodie bag, too! Want to go? Admission is free. Wicked Walker: Haunted House and Family Fun Walker Park, Delafield Place, Bard and Davis avenues 718-816-8103 Facebook • Instagram When: Friday, Oct. 29, 3-6:30pm Head to Walker Park for a free, family-fun filled Halloween event. Enjoy a haunted house, arts and crafts, games, activities and more. Make sure to wear your best costume. Prizes will be given out. There will be a screening of “Halloween Town” at dusk. Want to go? Admission is free. Chilling Conference House Trails and Stories The Conference House, 298 Satterlee St. 718-816-8103 Facebook • Instagram When: Saturday, Oct. 30, 3-7pm Listen to ghost stories from the Conference House, enjoy arts and crafts, games, and activities. There will be a showing of the movie Coco after the festivities at 7pm. Want to go? Admission is free. Not-So-Scary Halloween Walk  The GRACE Foundation, 460 Brielle Ave. 718-983-3800 Facebook • Instagram When: Saturday, Oct. 30, 12-3:30pm Get ready for a  Not-So-Scary GRACE-ful Halloween Walk! Activities include a walk/parade, rides, trunk-or-treat, food trucks, vendors and raffles. Costumes are optional. The walk benefits the GRACE Foundation, an organization that supports children, teens and adults living with autism spectrum disorder. Want to go? Admission is free, but here is a ticket fee for rides, food trucks, vendor tables and raffles. Haunting [more…]


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