Half-term: things to do

Half-term: If you're searching for fun things to do this October holiday, look no further. Find local events in the run-up to Halloween, get crafty with a range of indoor activities or take the family for a fun-filled day out that won't break the bank.

Could you write a novel?

Think you've got a novel in you, but despair of ever being published? The winner of our fantastic competition will be represented by renowned literary agency Janklow and Nesbit - so don't put it off, get writing now!

Ebola: dispatches from the front line

Guest post: As the Ebola crisis deepens, Rocco Falconer - who's working in an area of Sierra Leone where the disease is spreading fast - describes what it's like on the ground.


Halloween: get making

Halloween crafts

Watch our how-to videos for simple Halloween crafts and party treats - including spooky spider lollies, trolls' teeth and ghostly decorations.

Nadia Sawalha's comforting korma meatballs

Video: Nadia Sawalha's ultimate comfort food - delicious Korma Meatballs. Quick, mild enough to tempt the little ones, and so good you'll all want seconds - and possibly thirds.



Chronic illness: 'you know your body best'

Guest post: 40% of the us have been diagnosed with a chronic condition by the age of 15. If you're one of them, Blogfest speaker Carrie Grant says you can regain control of your health.

10 unexpectedly tasty things to do with tinned potatoes

tinned potatoes

Family budget: Tinned potatoes? Set your prejudices aside - Mumsnetters have some remarkably tasty ways with tinned tatties. 


Secret Santa - how it works

Secret Santa

Find out more about how to nominate a fellow Mumsnetter who could use a little extra Christmas cheer this year - and how to donate too. 

24 hours in Essex

Essex beach huts

Local: Spend a day in the county that's home to the world's longest pleasure pier. Make some furry friends at Colchester Zoo, indulge in a spot of retail therapy or enjoy the great outdoors - Local Editor Amanda explains all. 


Free Books!

A Most Desirable Marriage

We've got 25 copies of our very own Mumsnet Book of Bedtime Stories to giveaway this week, featuring 10 beautifully illustrated stories written by Mumsnetters and Gransnetters. We're also giving away 50 copies of the emotional new novel by Hilary Boyd A Most Desirable Marriage

 

Career change?

woman working at home

Sign up for the latest Mumsnet Academy course and learn how to boost your earning potential. ACCA’s Foundations in Accountancy qualification is a good way to give your career a real boost.


Potty training

Toddler on potty

Everything you need to know: Tips on how to tell when your toddler's ready for potty-training, and how to go about the whole messy business - plus, getting your child to stay dry through the night.

Guest Campaign: Bake it better

GOSH

Great Ormand Street Hospital invites you to Bake it better – you could help them reach their £125,000 fundraising target by getting creative in the kitchen and hosting your own bake sale.



Mumsnet Reviews: ovens, cookers and hobs

Oven

Whether you're an Aga devotee or in the market for something more slimline, find out which ovens, cookers and hobs rank highest with Mumsnetters - and share your own recommendations by adding a review.

Pregnancy symptoms

morning sickness

Wondering whether to test? Take a look at the most common signs and symptoms of pregnancy - from sore breasts to weeping over TV adverts - and if you're still not sure, mull it over on our Pregnancy Talk board.


Trying to conceive?

Ovulation

Thinking about having children? Chart your fertile dates with our ovulation calendar, try the tips on our advice pages, and talk to others in the same boat on our conception boards.

Family competitions: enter now

October's prizes include cinema tickets for the family, a year's supply of innocent kids smoothies, a year's gym membership and loads more.