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Spooked by Halloween candy?

Good Sense Eating: This expert weighs in on why it could be healthier to be less dramatic about sweets consumption. Comment

Motivate by example

Here are three behavioral principles to keep in mind the next time you feel frustration with your little one. Comment

Reading rates for children

How to gauge your child’s reading fluency — reading at the correct pace and comprehension level for their grade. Plus advice for handling a bad report card and whether online tutors are worth it. Comment

It’s an Enchanted Halloween

Featured Event: Explore this whimsical world of imagination, listen to stories, and meet real live animals. Comment

Come to the big BAMboo!

Featured Event: Put on your costumes and enjoy the greatest costume party ever at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on Oct. 31. Comment

Five effects of ‘pregnancy brain’

Healthy Living: The science behind why an expectant mother might feel irritable or absent-minded. Comment

A ghostly dance

Featured Event: Celebrate Halloween week with the haunting Japanese dance art butoh in “Butoh Beethoven: Eclipse” Oct. 26-31. Comment

Boo at the Zoo!

Featured Event: Dress up and have a ghoulishly good time at the annual Halloween event in Prospct Patrk Zoo on Oct. 29 and 30. Comment

SpookyLysscious Halloween fun

October brings plenty of events to enjoy with your family — at pumpkin patches, Halloween parties, the theater, and more! Comment

Dia De Los Muertos

Featured Event: Learn about and celebrate this Mexican holiday with costumes, arts, and music on Oct. 22 and 23. Comment

Is there life without electronics?

Families can strike a healthy balance when it comes to spending time in the real world vs. tech world. Comment

Murder most foul at the Mount Vernon Hotel

Featured Event: Have fun following the clues and helping to solve this spooky whodunnit on Oct. 21, 22, and 28. Comment

The Headless Horseman rides into Symphony Space

Featured Event: “The Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow,” a family-friendly comedic version of the classic story, is performed by the Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers on Oct. 22. Comment

New primer on internet safety for parents

The new book “Outsmarting Your Kids Online” by Amber Mac and Michael Bazzell aims to give parents the knowledge and tools they need to protect their families on the internet. Comment

A bopping brunch

Featured Event: Groove along to the sounds of Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra while enjoying a finger-licking meal on Sundays, beginning Oct. 16. Comment

Go Fish!

Featured Event: Learn how to protect our waterways and fishes in this catch-and-release program on Oct. 15. Plus, enjoy a fun concert by children’s musician Suzi Shelton. Comment

The cure for ‘college application blues’

The college application process can be a stressful time for teens and their families. Dr. Yamalis Diaz, clinical associate professor of the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at NYU Langone’s Child Study Center, weighs in with advice to help kids and the parents who love them. Comment

‘Hansel & Gretel’s Halloween Adventure’

Featured Event: The fairytale siblings are at it again Oct. 13–31. Comment

Voices carry

Children are influenced by your voice and those of the people and media that surround them. Are you happy with the messages they are conveying — or are filters needed? Comment

Help find the missing teeth

Featured Event: An interactive scavenger hunt for children in Central Park on Oct. 9 and 23. Comment

A tale of history, adventure, and farting dragons

Featured Event: Meet author Adam Gidwitz as he launches his new book, “The Inquisitor’s Tale,” on Oct. 9. Comment

Painting a brighter future

Several city museums offer programs to help young artists hone their talents and expose them to great works of art. Comment

‘Squirrel Stole My Underpants’

Featured Event: Don’t miss the silly, family-friendly puppet show on Oct. 9. Comment

Come to the harvest!

Featured Event: Don’t miss the rides, activities, and fun at Halloween Harvest at Luna Park, weekends now through Oct. 30. Comment

Separation anxiety

Tips to prepare your children — and yourself — so that when they do leave home, they are capable and feel confident. Comment

‘Hansel and Gretel’ takes the stage

Featured Event: Children enjoy this fun puppet show based on the fairytale “Hansel and Gretel” by the Brothers Grimm. Comment

Fright free

New & Noteworthy: For a Halloween candy without scary ingredients such as artificial dyes and flavors, check out Trader Joe’s individually wrapped, organic lollipops. Comment

What politics can teach our kids

‘Tis the season when there’s virtually no escape from politics. The Democratic process — and political shenanigans — provides plenty of fodder for teaching kids life lessons. Comment

The curvy girl club

Finding words other than “fat” or “thin” to empower girls. Comment

The right amount of screen time

A letter from a reader. Comment

The Amazing Maize Maze is back!

Featured Event: Explore the maze and pick some pumpkins in this perfect family fall event now through Oct. 30. Comment

Spicy disguise

New & Noteworthy: Whether it’s served up as a spicy baby shower gift or worn for Halloween, the Tortilla Baby set makes everyone smile. Comment

Get Kinetic!

Featured Event: A hands-on workshop where kids can construct wacky machines. Comment

Thrills and chilss at Boo at the Bronx Zoo

Featured Event: Boo at the Zoo is back for thrills and chills every weekend in October. Comment

Teens, screens, and prepping for the future

Letter from the Publisher: There’s lots to check out in our annual Teen Issue. Comment