For many parents, Halloween is a cinch compared with Christmas. I'll take the madness of a sugar-induced meltdown of an evening over the potential disappointments of Christmas morning any day.
Mastermind Toys founder Jon Levy says the secret formula to gift-buying is balancing a little from your child's shiny-new-thing list to "show you're listening and you respect their curiosity" with toys and activities you know they love. "They'll thank you by playing with it over and over."
Herewith, the top 10 toys this year that might fit either category.