Halloween is here: will you be trick-or-treating?

Trick or treating

Talk: When it comes to trick-or-treating, are you an enthusiast or a refusenik? Do you don a white sheet and escort your children round the neighbourhood, or turn off the lights, hide behind the sofa and - when you finally do answer the door - dole out toothpaste instead of chocolate?

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.

'How is social media affecting our sense of self?'

Guest post: We've always compared ourselves with others, writes Dr. Linda Papadopoulos, but now, social media means that the lives against which we're measuring our own don't necessarily reflect reality - and this is potentially damaging.


Robbie Williams live tweets his wife's labour

Robbie birth

Congratulations: Robbie Williams and Ayda Field have a brand new baby boy! Robbie's decision to live tweet the birth raised a few eyebrows, though - see what Mumsnetters have to say.

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The Children's Commission on Poverty estimate that families need to find roughly £800 per child to pay for things like school uniforms, lunches, and extra-curricular trips and activities. What's your experience?



Celebrate Bonfire Night

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Have a blast this Guy Fawkes with family-friendly fireworks events in your local area. Or, if you're planning your own pyrotechnics party, check our top tips for a safe and smashing night.

Genius career hacks

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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.


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!

Chat to David Nicholls about Us

David Nicholls

Book of the month: Bestselling author David Nicholls joins us for a webchat, Thurs 6 Nov, 9-10pm, to discuss his Booker Prize long-listed new novel, Us, as well as his previous books and writing life.


Time to 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.

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.


Book giveaway: A Death in the Family

A Death in the Family

We've got 50 copies of A Death in the Family to give away. When devout Muslim Mohammed Ahmad Ally dies, his family gather for the burial. But where colleagues remember a kind and generous man, his children recall someone completely different.

Mumsnet Reviews: stairgates

Baby behind stairgate

Baby on the move? Find out which stairgates have been awarded Mumsnet Best - and share your own recommendations by adding a review.



Career change?

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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.

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.


Pregnancy symptoms

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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?

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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.