Take them for some spooky fun and games this Halloween season

My best friend JoAnne and I fashioned ghost costumes out of old white sheets, corralled my little sister Amy to join us and --presto -- we were The Ghost Family. We happily went off trick or treating in our suburban Long Island, N.Y., neighborhood. No parents tagged along, of course, no one had expensive costumes or headed to a theme park fright fest.

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On a fall getaway when they’re too little for school
Our kids in a Wisconsin pumpkin patch in the late 1980s

On a fall getaway when they’re too little for school

Sure you have to drag a diaper bag (not to mention stroller, car seat and a generous supply of Goldfish) everywhere you go, you haven't had a full night's sleep in you can't remember when and the dire economic news makes you wonder how you'll ever pay for preschool, much less college, but then there's the bright side -- travel-wise, anyway. While everyone else is up to their ears in carpools, homework and soccer games, you're free to get out of town.

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A new-style adventure by Disney — with no mouse ears in sight
Jack and Will Andrews do a little souvenir shopping in Durnstein, Austria along the Danube River.

A new-style adventure by Disney — with no mouse ears in sight

We sniff the strong perfume that even kids used, since they bathed so infrequently (servants just once a year) and learn that even though royal children had servants to do everything for them (even brush their teeth), they didn't have a lot of time to play because they were expected at court (sitting quietly for hours). Still, our gang decided they'd rather be royals instead of servants.

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