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13 Nighttime Thrills
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How scared are you willing to get? From zombie walks to creepy haunted houses, we have you covered on the best local Halloween events all over the DMV.

One of our favorite fall activities is going apple picking and we're so lucky to live in an area full of local, beautiful farms! Check out this list of apple orchards in Maryland and Virginia! Click here for the list! 
Fall Festivals

Festivals, Oktoberfests, Hayrides, Pumpkin Patches... We've got you covered for all the fall family fun activities in and around D.C. this month! Click here for the list! 
Click here for more Halloween costumes, decorations, crafts, party games and more!  
Every mom, whether you stay at home with the kids, work full time or any combination of the two, has the right to look great. One sure way to do that is by rocking a few of the latest trends while still making them your own. I'm thrilled to share some of my favorite fall fashion trends and finds. Hopefully they will either inspire your current wardrobe or be the catalyst for your next shopping splurge!   
Something that instantly comes to mind when people speak of Halloween is pumpkins. Now that this holiday is fast approaching, it's always a great idea to decorate some eerily etched pumpkins outside your house. But before throwing away the meat just yet, why not cook your own delicious pumpkin soup for a truly spooky holiday? 
MCM Kids Run

Sign up the kids for the super fun running extravaganza held the day prior to the Marine Corps Marathon on Saturday, Oct.  24 in the Pentagon North parking lot.  The MCM Kids Run presented by Virginia529 hosts young runners ages 5-12 for a one-mile all-out effort that features mascots, Marines and a family festival with healthy snacks, fitness challenges, educational exhibits and exciting activities.  Registration is still open and includes a participant  T-shirt, awesome medal, snacks at the finish provided by Sodexo and more. 


Oct. 22
Chantilly High School
4201 Stringfellow Rd.
Chantilly, VA 

 Oct. 24
Where: Cathedral Commons
3401 Idaho Ave. NW
Washington, D.C.

When: Oct. 24
Where: Gangplank Marina
600 Water St., SW
Washington, D.C.

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Mom Review: Who Needs a Reef?   
Mom Reviewer: Kate Schwarz 
Karen Patkau's Who Needs a Reef? is part of a six-book series on ecosystems. The series, in its entirety, cover an impressive variety of habitats. As I write this, it's another cold, snowy winter day. Therefore, I'm most curious about Who Needs an Iceburg? because I'm pretty sure Fairfax County is about to turn into one. (Perhaps she has some good advice to dole out to us frozen Virginians!) In this book, Patkau's stated goal is to... to read the rest, click here!  
We have been running the Best for FAMILIES survey in our magazine for more than 20 years! This year, we surveyed thousands of DMV moms and dads in over 200 categories and rounded up tens of thousands of votes. Take a "scroll" down this list for access to the D.C. area's Best for FAMILIES restaurants, retail, activities, trips and more!

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