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TOMORROW MIGHT BE HALLOWEEN, but other frightful fun can delight kids during this time of year. Use these facts, photos, and activities to introduce them to things like Day of the Dead, the 100th anniversary of the discovery of King Tut's tomb, and more. —Rachel Buchholz
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Ghostly apparitions might soon be appearing at your doorstep, but the natural world has its own version. Show kids this photo gallery of white animals to get them in the, um, spirit. Most have a condition that makes them rare among their species, but a population of white eastern gray squirrels (above) has been living in Olney, Illinois, for years.
Thiskid-friendly article will introduce children to Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), celebrated mostly in Mexico November 1 and 2. In this lively holiday, the fake skeletons (above) and candy skulls aren't scary, but a way for people to honor their ancestors.
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Friday marks the 100th anniversary of the discovery of King Tutankhamun's tomb. Show kids how it happened through these historical photos that showed the world the tomb's treasures for the very first time. (Above, a later photo shows Tut in his burial chamber.)
Children likely know that ancient Egyptians mummified their pharaohs. But the fact that they also mummified their pets (like the cat above) might surprise them. In celebration of the Tut anniversary, here are nine other mummy facts that will probably blow kids' minds. (For more mind-blowing facts, check out the Nat Geo Kids book 1,000 Facts About Ancient Egypt.)
Halloween is filled with frights that not all kids will be down with. But research shows that some spooky-but-safe situations can actually help build children's confidence and self-esteem. Here are tips from the experts on raising a brave child using a little fun fear.