Half-term and Halloween: things to do

Halloween London Eye

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 creative with a range of simply spooky crafts or take the family for a fun-filled day out that won't break the bank.

Genius career hacks

winning

Workplace: Looking for a pay rise, promotion or a new job? Improve your workplace standing with Mumsnet's career hacks - things you need to start doing at work today.

Revenge porn: 'I felt completely helpless'

This week, the House of Lords agreed to make revenge porn a crime. Hannah Thompson, whose ex-partner posted sexual images of her online without her consent, argues that the amendment alone is not enough.


Blogfest tickets: 25% off!

Speakers

Nick Hornby, Rebecca Front, Francesca Martinez plus a host of others join us for our annual celebration of great writing and big ideas on November 8. Book two or more tickets now using the code BloggerFriends to get 25% off the price.

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!



Get crafty

From basic skills to get started to step-by-step tutorials, we've teamed up with Hobbycraft to bring you crochet, knitting, cross stitch and card-making projects - plus, crafts perfect for making with kids this Halloween.

Halloween: get in the mood

Spider Lollies

All Hallows' Eve is nearly upon us. Prepare your party decorations and treats in advance with our simple how-to-make videos, or get in the mood with a spooky family film.


Book giveaway: The Mumsnet Book of Bedtime Stories

The Mumsnet Book of Bedtime Stories

We've got 25 copies of The Mumsnet Book of Bedtime Stories to give away, featuring 10 beautifully illustrated stories written by Mumsnetters. Our latest book, The Mumsnet Book of Animal Stories, is also available now!

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. 


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.

The Soldiers' Charity Big Curry

Mutton curry

This October, The Soldiers' Charity is hosting The Big Curry to celebrate our soldiers while raising vital funds. Get involved by trying out their recipe for Khasi Tarkari (mutton curry) and find out more about fundraising.


Book giveaway: A Most Desirable Marriage

A Most Desirable Marriage

50 copies of A Most Desirable Marriage up for grabs this week. Lawrence and Jo have enjoyed a strong marriage, the envy of their friends. But something's wrong. Just how wrong, Jo is about to discover...

Guest Campaign: Bake it better

GOSH

Great Ormond 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: slow cookers

Slow cooker with stew in

Temperatures may be dropping, but Mumsnetters' love affair with slow cookers is showing no signs of cooling off. Find out which appliances rank highly, and share your own recommendations by writing 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.