Halloween Parties, Pumpkin Events and More!

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Halloween parties, parades, haunted houses and much more kick off next weekend, allowing you and your kids to enjoy the spooky Halloween spirit for weeks before the big day arrives. There are great family events in Baristaville and beyond and we’ve searched high and low for as many as we can find.

Take your pick from this HUGE list of fun Halloween events:


Scary Stories for Kids
Kids ages 5 – 12.
What: Get into the Halloween spirit with some scary stories!
Bloomfield Public Library, Children’s Department, 90 Broad Street, Bloomfield, NJ.
When: Tuesday, October 25 at 7 pm.
Cost: Free. Call 973.566.6200 ext.502 or email for more information.

Scream on The Green
All ages.
What: Light refreshments, trick or treating, bean bag toss, guess the weight of the pumpkin, costume contest, pumpkin patch and pumpkin painting, followed by a MAGIC SHOW!
Where: Town Green, Bloomfield, NJ (In the event of rain, the party will be held at Bloomfield High School.
When: Saturday, October 22 at 2 pm
Cost: Free.

Glen Ridge

Halloween Magic Show
Ages 5 and up.
What: Have a hauntingly good time at a special Halloween Magic Show!
Where: Glen Ridge Public Library, 240 Ridgewood Avenue, Glen Ridge, NJ.
When: Wednesday, October 19 from  6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Cost: Free. Call 978.748-5482 for information.

The Pumpkin Hunt
Kids in pre-K –  3rd grade.
What: A giant pumpkin hunt, with 500 mini pumpkins hidden throughout the park. In the spirit of sharing it is recommended that no bags, boxes, or containers be used to gather pumpkins.
Where: Carteret Park, Glen Ridge, NJ.
When: Saturday, October 29 at 9 am sharp.
Cost: Free for Glen Ridge residents.


Halloween Party
Ages 3 (with caregiver) and 4 -8 (drop-off or stay)
What: Fun Halloween party! Wear your costume or dress up there, make a treat bags with It’s Sew Crafty, create Spider Cupcakes and drink spooky Punch and much more!
Where: Parteaz, 1860 Springfield Avenue, Maplewood, NJ
When: Friday, October 28 from 4 pm – 5:30 pm
Cost: $20 if you sign up by October 24, $25 after 10/24. Call 973.447.0616

Pumpkin Painting Party
Kids ages 6  – 11.
What: Hear a pumpkin story, paint your own pumpkin and enjoy a snack.
Where: Maplewood Memorial Library, Hilton Branch, 1688 Springfield Avenue, Maplewood, NJ
When: Wednesday, October 26 at 3:15 pm.
Cost: Free. Registration and valid Maplewood Library card required. Please register in person.

Pumpkin Painting
All ages.
What: Children of all ages are welcome to paint pumpkins, participate in face painting and enjoy treats. Pumpkins and treats provided while supplies last.
Where: Express Yourself Studios, 1912 Springfield Avenue, Maplewood, NJ.
When: Saturday, October 29 from 11 am – 3 pm.
Cost: $10.

Halloween Parade and Costume Contest
All ages.
What: This annual event is sponsored by the Maplewood Village Alliance and Maplewood Chamber of Commerce. The festivities include trick or treating, music and dancing and prizes for best costumes.
Where: Maplewood Village between Baker Street and Durand Road, Maplewood, NJ.
When: Monday, October 31 from 3 pm – 5 pm.
Cost: Free.


Freaky Friday Pumpkin-Palooza
Ages 5 – 8.
What: A fun-filled Halloween themed time full of activities including art, dance, cooking, gym and more!
Where: Geyer Family YMCA, 159 Glenridge Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07042.
When: Friday, October 14 from 4 pm – 6:30 pm.
Cost: $25 child members / $35 child non-members

Halloween Cupcake Creations
Ages 7 – 12.
What: Create amazing cupcakes for Halloween!
Where: Geyer Family YMCA, 159 Glenridge Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07042.
When: Friday, October 14 from 4:15 pm – 5:15 pm.
Cost: $15 child members / $20 child non-members

Spooky Science Workshop
Ages 5 – 9 — Child Only Event
What: Have fun doing spooky science!
Where: Geyer Family YMCA, 159 Glenridge Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07042.
When: Thursday, October 20 5:30 pm-6:30 pm
Cost: $15 for members /$20 for non members

Halloween Jewelry and Treat Bag Workshop
Ages 7 and up — Child Only Event
What: Make Halloween jewelry and a cool treat bag for trick or treating.
Where: Geyer Family YMCA, 159 Glenridge Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07042.
When: Saturday October 15 10 am – 11 am
Cost: $15 for members /$20 for non members

Scaredy-Cat, Splat! – Storytelling by Author Rob Scotton
Kids ages 4 – 6
What: A visit with Rob Scotton, who will be coming from England to share his funny and charming children’s books featuring Splat the Cat.  Whether he is worrying about the first day of school, or how to be scary on Halloween, Scotton delights with humor.
Where: Watchung Booksellers, 54 Fairfield Street, Montclair, NJ, 07042
When: Tuesday, October 18 at 3 pm
Cost: Free

Third Annual Moonlight Blaze at Van Dyk Manor
All ages.
What: Tour the trail of over 800 hand-carved jack o’lanterns at the “Moonlight Blaze” at Van Dyk Manor. Complementary cider and donuts will be served and there will be face painting for the children.
Where: Van Dyk Manor, 42 North Mountain Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07042.
When: Saturday, October 22 from 7 pm – 9:30 pm (Rain date Sunday, October 23).
Cost: Free. For more information, please call 973.783.9400.

Halloween Treat Bags
All ages–parent & child activity.
What: Make a cool treat bag for trick or treating.
Where: Geyer Family YMCA, 159 Glenridge Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07042.
When: Tuesday October 25 from 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Cost: $5 child members / $7 child non-members.

Halloween Cookie Decorating Workshop
Ages 4-12.
What: Children will make royal icing, ice and decorate their own Spooktacular Halloween sugar cookie to bring home. Snacks will be provided.
Where: Le Baker’s Dozen, 206 Bellevue Avenue, Upper Montclair, NJ.
When: Sunday, October 23. Ages 4 – 8 from 10 am – 11 am / Ages 8 – 12 from 12 pm – 1 pm
Cost: $30. Space is limited. Call 973.746.BAKE to sign up.

Frightmares: Scary Stories for Brave Souls
Kids ages 6 – 12.
What: Are you so scared of frightening tales that you actually look forward to the next one? Come by and enjoy Eric Rucker’s old-fashioned bogey-man stories for the
slightly scared, wildly whacky and the totally brave just in time for Halloween!
Montclair Public Library, 50 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair, NJ.
When: Thursday, October 27 at 6:30 pm.

Pumpkin Carving at Montclair Art Museum
What: Join us for a festive evening of hair-raising fun as MAM hosts a pumpkin carving and decorating night. Get ready for trick-or-treating by coming in costume and unleash your monstrous creativity! Adults are welcome too. Parent or guardian must accompany children. Seasonal refreshments will be available. Pumpkins, art supplies, and tools provided.
Where: Montclair Art Museum, 3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair, NJ.
When: Friday, October 28 from 6 pm – 8 pm.
Cost: $20 for member families, $25 for non-member families. Advance ticket sales available in The Store at MAM or by calling 973-259-5137.

Gardens Aglow
All ages.
What: Bring your already carved pumpkin to the gardens and we will light all at sunset in one large brilliant display.  Live music, children’s activities, refreshments provided.
Where: Presby Memorial Iris Gardens, 474 Upper Montclair, Avenue, Upper Montclair, NJ.
When: Friday, October 28 at 6 pm – 9 pm.
Cost: Free. Call 973.783.5974 for more information.

Montclair Community Pre-K Harvest Festival and Alumni Reunion
All current students, their families and alumni and the entire Montclair community!
What: The festival will celebrate fall by hosting pumpkin painting, mini hayrides and back by popular demand-scarecrow making (bring a set of children’s clothes.) Award-winning songwriter Danna Banana will provide a fun musical performance. There will also be a flu shot/flu mist clinic taking place during the festival. The Harvest Festival is sponsored by the MCPK Parent Association, Richfield Farms Garden Center, Take Back the Kitchen, Tegu and Watchung Booksellers.
Where: Montclair Community Pre-K, 49 Orange Road, Montclair, NJ, 07042.
When: Saturday, October 29 from 10 am – 12:30 pm. (rain date will be October 30)
Cost: Free to attend! All members of the family can receive this important vaccine on–site at the MPCK from the ESI Medical clinic for a fee of $25 for a shot and $30 for the mist.

Halloween Edible Art Workshop
Ages 7-12 years Child Only
What: Create a Spooky Cemetery!
Where: Geyer Family YMCA, 159 Glenridge Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07042.
When: Saturday October 29 1:30 pm – 2:15 pm
Cost: $15 child members / $20 child non-members

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair Youth Halloween Party
Kids ages 4 – 14.
What: Activities will include apple bobbing, mask making, a costume contest and more.
Where: The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair, Fletcher Hall, 67 Church Street, Montclair, NJ, 07042
When: Saturday, October 29 from 1 pm – 3 pm.
Cost: Suggested donation of $5 per child/$7 per adult or $20 for an entire family.

2nd Annual Craft Spooktacular!
All ages.
What: Join Rock Paper Scissors once again for a crafty, spooky, Rock Paper Scissors Halloween fest! Enjoy refreshments, costumes, and crafty fun. The workshop will be open for some fun kid crafting. And, if the kids come in costume, they will be entered to win a crafty raffle basket full of fun goodies from the store! The staff will once again be outfitted in fabulous costumes – this time with the Wizard of Oz as our theme!  Lions and tigers and bears, OH MY!  So, come to see the Wizard behind the curtain!
Where: Rock Paper Scissors, 15 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07042
When: Saturday, October 29 from 10 am – 4 pm
Cost: Free!

Halloween Parade
 Kids 6 and under.
What: Fun Halloween parade and costume contest with prizes. Local shops will be giving out treats and Lili, Meili and Beau will be giving out balloon creations by The Ballooniac!
Where: Watchung Plaza on the Green, Montclair, NJ, 07042.
When: Saturday, October 29 at 10 am.
Cost: Free.

Halloween Magic Party with Mark Wurst
All ages.
What: Kids’ magician Mark Wurst returns to Montclair Public Library on the eve of Halloween with hair-raising tricks for a spooktacular display of the impossible! Wurst’s feats of wonder will enthrall your little ghouls at this fun family event. He will also amaze everyone small and tall with mind-bending balloon animals that must be seen to be believed! After the performance make a tasty Edible Art tombstone cookie with Marianne Ciffer! Costumes encouraged!
Montclair Public Library, 50 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair, NJ.
When: Sunday, October 30 at 2 pm.
Cost: Free. Registration required by calling (973)744 -0500 ext. 2236

Halloween Music and Treats
Kids of all ages with their parents.
What: a fun musical Halloween event for kids of all ages.  Dubbed “Music in a Minor Mode,” it will feature a fun-spooky time of discovering the pipe organ and its music, led by Central’s organist, Jonathan Hall. Costumes are encouraged! Following the brief and fun musical time, there will be trick-or-treats in the Church House.
Where: Central Presbyterian Church, corner Claremont and Park in Montclair, NJ, 07042.
When: Sunday, October 30, 3 pm.
Cost: Free.

Halloween Portrait and Fundraiser
Costumed kids 13 and under.
What: Bring your little ghost or goblin to PHIL CANTOR PHOTOGRAPHY for a kid-friendly 5 minute Portrait Session. ALL proceeds benefit PARTNERS FOR HEALTH, a community foundation serving Montclair with programs advancing good health and disease prevention.  The session includes a gift portrait and each of the scary little creatures’ photographs will be viewable online so that relatives can share in the oohing and aahing.  Everyone gets a healthy snack, too!!!
Where: Phil Cantor Photography, 26 Lackawanna Plaza, Montclair, NJ, between Bloomfield Avenue and Glenridge Avenue
When: Monday, October 31. RESERVATION ONLY. Appointments are LIMITED. Sign up: 973-783-1065
$39. ALL of the proceeds will go to the Partners for Health. Contributions are tax deductible.

Spooky Stories at the Mansion
Brave little kids and older
What: Tour the remarkable Charles Shultz House, which was built in 1896. It’s like stepping into a time capsule. There will be ghosts stories to hear. Prepare to be cared!
Where: The Charles Shultz House “Evergreens”, Montclair Historical Society,  30 North Mountain Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07042
When: Sunday, October 30. Tours at 1, 2 and 3 pm
Cost: $8 adults and $5 children

Old Man Whipple’s Haunted Walk
Brave trick or treaters of all ages.
What: Visit a super spooky Montclair Halloween house and make a donation to help local teen, Dimitri Vallejo who was recently diagnosed with Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia.
Where: 182 Alexander Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07043
When: Monday, October 31 beginning at 4:30 pm.
Cost: Free, but donations are greatly appreciated and will help the Vallejo family.

Halloween Portraits
Costumed kids of all ages.
What: Get a portrait taken by Best Friend Photography on Halloween! Photos will be displayed on their Facebook page. Costumed kids will get goodie bags too!
Where: Best Friend Photography, Church Street, Montclair, NJ, 07042.
When: Monday, October 31 from 2 pm – 7 pm.
Cost: Free.

Happy Fair Trade Halloween!
Trick or treaters of all ages.
What: Free Organic Lollipop to anyone who goes to Terra dressed up for Halloween! Enter a raffle to win a “Fair Trade Chocolaholic” Gift Basket.
Where: Terra at the Rose, 50 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07042
When: Monday, October 31 from 10 am – 5 pm
Cost: Free

South Orange

Pizza and Magic with Amazing Dave
All ages.
What: An evening filled with fun, food and magic by magician Amazing Dave. Dress up, be amazed and meet new friends!
Where: TSTI Iris Family Center,  432 Scotland Road, South Orange, NJ.
When: Sunday, October 23 at 5 pm.
Cost: $5/person at the door. RSVP by Wed., Oct. 19 to Rachel Fishkin.

Pumpkin Carving Workshop
Kids in grades 4th – 6th
What: Transform a plain pumpkin into a work of art! Scary or silly, inventive or traditional, it is sure to be SPOOK-tacular!
Where: The Messy Artist, 60 Valley Street (rear entrance), South Orange, NJ.
When: Friday, October 28 from 5:30 pm – 8 pm
Cost: $35, including pizza dinner and pumpkin

Halloween Party
Children 18 mos. and up and their caregivers
What: Join The Messy Artist’s Halloween celebration. Children willl make their own Trick-or-Treat bags, and explore other age-appropriate halloween art and creative play.
Other options include face painting and edible art.
Where: The Messy Artist, 60 Valley Street (rear entrance), South Orange, NJ.
When: Sunday, October 30 from 10 am – 12 pm.
Cost: $20 per child for celebration / $10 for a full face painting/ $5 for food art project; $30 for all three

West Orange

Pumpkin Patch
All ages.
What: Celebrate the fall harvest Turtle Back Zoo style. Kids get a free pumpkin (while supplies last).
Where: Turtle Back Zoo, 560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange, New Jersey, 07052.
When: Sunday, October 16 from 11 am – 5 pm.
Cost: Adults $10 / Children $7 / Seniors $7 / Under 2 Free

KIDZ Club: Get Your Ghoul On with Halloween Cupcake Decorating
Kids ages 4 and up.
What: Pastry Chef Janet will teach your little chefs to create ghoulishly fabulous designs using a variety of icings and decorations.
Where: Whole Food Market, 235 Prospect Ave, West Orange, NJ.
When: Wednesday, October 26 at 4 pm.
Cost: $5. Register online here, call 973.669.3196 or visit Customer Service.

Halloween Pumpkin Painting at the West Orange Farmers Market
All ages.
What: Parents can shop while their kids decorate a free pumpkin with squeeze paints, markers and stickers. The Halloween Good Witch will entertain the kids.
Where: West Orange Farmer’s Market, lot behind Town Hall, 66 Main Street, West Orange, NJ.
When: Friday, October 28 from 3 pm – 5 pm.
Cost: Free.

Fear Factor Store Wide Tasting
All ages.
What: In the spirit of Halloween, we invite you to try some of the weirdest foods in the store. Are you brave enough to try everything?  Kids of all ages – even you, Grandma – are invited to join the fun. Kids in costume and receive treats throughout the store!
Where: Whole Food Market, 235 Prospect Ave, West Orange, NJ.
When: Saturday, October 29 from 1 pm –  3 pm.
Cost: Free

CANCELLED: Howl-o-ween
All ages.
What: Dress up and come out for a fun night at the zoo! Fill your treat bags with candy, be awed by master magician Joe Fisher, and weather permitting hitch a ride on the “spooky train.” Plus, hear some of the interesting nighttime sounds of the zoo! (But don’t expect to hear the wolves howling. Since costumes give them a fright, our wolves are being given the night off.)
Turtle Back Zoo, 560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange, NJ.
When: Monday, October 31 from 4 pm – 9 pm.  Rescheduled: THURSDAY, 11/3 FROM 3PM-8PM.
Cost: $5 non-members / $3 members / kids under 2 free. Turtle Back Zoo expects 4,000+ visitors at this popular event – so save time and avoid lines by reserving your Howl-o-ween tickets here.


Preschool Trick or Treat
Little trick or treaters.
What: Go trick or treating in Downtown Millburn! Look for the pumpkin in the window of the participating businesses. Have a complimentary photo taken by Millburn Camera in the Courtyard which is seasonally decorated by Millburn Florist photos will be emailed to each participant December 2011
Where: Downtown Millburn, along Millburn, Essex and Main Streets, Millburn, NJ.
When: Saturday, October 31 from 12 pm – 2 pm.
Cost: Free.

Scary Halloween Food
Mini-chefs ages 7-9 with a grown-up.
What:The menu includes:

  • Munchy Crunchy Handy Treats
  • Long Worms & Eyeballs (Spaghetti & Meatballs)
  • Wormy Cupcakes
  • Frothy Orange Ooze

Where: King’s Cooking Studio, 778 Morris Turnpike, Short Hills, NJ.
When: Saturday, October 15 from 10 am – 12 pm.
Cost: $45 per pair. Register here.

Halloween at Splurge Bakery
Kids ages 11 and up.
What: Learn how to make Halloween cupcakes and treats for your party.
Where: Splurge Bakery, 105 Main Street, Millburn, NJ.
When: Saturday, October 15 from 3 pm – 4:30 pm.
Cost: $40.


Essex County Fright Night Movie Night: Monster House
What: Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. invites the public to “Fright Night Movie Night” at Essex County Kip’s Castle Park. “Monster House” is rated PG and will be shown outdoors on a large screen on the castle lawn. In the movie, three teens discover that their neighbor’s house is really a living, breathing, scary monster but no adults will believe them. When they disturb the house, creepy events start to take place and they must save the neighborhood in this animated adventure.  Don’t forget a blanket!
Kip’s Castle, 22 Crestmont Road, Verona, NJ.
Rescheduled due to rain: Friday, October 14 October 21 at 7 pm.
Free. For information, call 973-239-2485.

Halloween Family Fun Day
All ages.
What: Thanks to The Junior Women’s Club of Verona, families can enjoy a variety of carnival games, crafts, entertainment, decorate  pumpkins, listen to a Halloween story time and much more! In addition to Halloween games, there will be a number of “tricky tray” baskets for raffle. The prizes include: Two tickets to Radio City Music Hall’s Christmas Spectacular Show; a free manicure/pedicure from Bella Salon; discounts and prizes from Monster Mini Golf; a free Photography session from a local photographer; and a free brunch for four at the Chart House!
Where: Verona High School Gymnasium and Cafeteria, Verona, NJ
When: Saturday, October 22 from 9:30 am – 12 pm
Cost: Free

October Tails: 4th annual Halloween-themed dog walk fundraiser
Dogs and their families.
What: A Halloween dog walk fundraiser, costume parade contest, children’s activities, music, food and more to benefit St Barnabas Hospice and Palliative Care Center.
Where: Verona Park, Bloomfield and Lakeside Avenues, Verona, NJ.
When: Sunday, October 23 from 12:30 pm pm – 4:30 pm. (rain date – October 30)
Cost: Admission to October Tails is $20 per family, but is free to all fundraising participants who raise a minimum of $25. Ask your friends, family and co-workers to sponsor you and your dog(s) with a minimum donation of $10. Prizes will be awarded to fundraisers in the categories of $25- 99, then $100 and up. The top fundraiser will be awarded a $250 amazon.com gift card. Visit www.octobertails.com to set up your own sponsorship page.

Beyond Baristaville

Liberty Science Center’s Halloween Spooktacular
All ages.
What: Join Liberty Science Center  for a safe and fun Halloween Spooktacular event. Dare to enter the Haunted High School, and thrill yourselves with eye-popping activities for all ages! Older children, teens, and adults will thrill to hair raising Live Science shows, electrifying entertainers and creepy costumed cretins. Younger children (ages 2 and up) will enjoy a fun filled evening in I-Explore (an exhibition gallery designed just for kids ages 2-6), trick or treating, special crafts, Halloween film comedies, dancing at the Bug Ball and costume contests.
Where: Liberty Science Center, 222 Jersey City Boulevard, Jersey City, NJ.
When: Friday, October 28 and Saturday, 29, 2011 from 6 pm – 10 pm.
Cost: $13 for children ages 2-12 / $15 for adults / free for children 2 and under. Tickets can be purchased the day of or call the Box Office in advance to reserve tickets at 201.200.1000

Stadium of Screams
Tweens and older.
What: The Newark Bears Stadium will be a stadium of screams this Halloween season with a haunted house, festive activities, hayrides, concerts, contests and more.
Where: Newark Bears Stadium, 450 Broad St, Newark, NJ .
When: Friday, October 30 at 7pm.
Cost: Admission to stadium is free, but haunted house is $15-$20 and hayrides are $5.

State Scare Factory Haunted Attraction
Brave kids and their parents.
What: Really scary haunted house show.
Where: Located adjacent to the State Fair Halloween Superstore, 229 Main Street, Belleville, NJ. (Right off od Rt. 21)
When: September 30 – October 31 from 7 pm – midnight. Not-so-Scary Kids’ Sunday Matinees from 2 pm-6 pm ($8 a person and adults must be accompanied by a child age 12 and under.)
Cost: $30 For Rapid Processing Ticket (VIP), $18 for Adults, $15 for Children 12 and under.

Pumpkin Patch Day
All ages.
What: Pumpkin picking, hayrides and crafts-including carving or painting- are some of the many activities that have made this day a fall tradition for so many families. If you are lucky you might get a glimpse of the New Jersey Devil himself.
Where: Liberty Hall Museum, 1003 Morris Avenue, Union, NJ.
When: Saturday, October 22 from 10 am – 5 pm.
Cost: Adults: $10, Seniors, College Students, Children: $6, Under Three: Free.
Additional charges for pumpkins, food and beverages apply. Reservations required by calling 908.527.0400.

Jessie and The Case of the Missing Candy
Kids ages 4 – 10.
What: Jessie and the Case of the Missing Candy, written by Laura Kosin Shortt, directed by Rachel Sullivan and will star Liz Parker (Oct 23) and Kristen Benjamin (Oct 30). Jessie’s Halloween is almost ruined when she comes down with a cold and cannot trick or treat in her detective costume. However, Jessie soon learns that everyone might be in danger of missing Halloween because all of the candy has suddenly disappeared.  With the help of the good witch Gladys, Jessie and her cat Clever, travel to the Land of Halloween to solve the case of the missing candy.  Along the way she meets a scarecrow who is a scared of everything, a vampire kid who thinks he is a superhero, a mummy who hates to hear people cry, and a goblin who loves candy.  With the help of these characters, Jessie is able to use her cunning detective skills to find the candy and rescue Halloween.  This is a one person show that utilizes puppets, song, dance, and audience participation to share Jessie’s story.
Where: Urban Stages Theatre,  259 W. 30th Street (between 7th and 8th Aves.), NYC
When: Sunday, October 23 and Sunday, October 30 at 2:30 pm
Cost: Free, but donations accepted and appreciated.

The Haunted Pumpkin Garden
All ages.
What: Pumpkin sculptures of spooky scarecrows, frightening spiders, sneaky snakes, and more designed by artist Michael Natiello await discovery at every turn in the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden.
Where: The New York Botanical Garden, Bronx River Parkway at Fordham Road Bronx, NY.
When: Daily from October 1 – 30. Check times here.
Cost: Adults: $20 / Seniors: $18 / Children (2-12 years): $8 / Children under 2: Free

Halloween Family Festival
All ages.
What: Come in costume and stop by many trick-or-treat stations to gather goodies and prizes. Bring your own carved pumpkin from home to be entered in a pumpkin contest. Delight in making masks, candy ghosts, and spooky lanterns. Enjoy face-painting, spooky storytelling, and more.
Where: Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ
When: Saturday, October 29 from 11am – 4 pm.
Cost: Free for members. Non-members: $7/child, $10/adult. Please email here or call 973.971.3718 for more information.

The Great Pumpkin Train
All ages.
What: Ride a steam train through the beautiful fall landscape of Western New Jersey. Take the train to the pumpkin patch located in a little glade in front of the historic Carpentersville Lime Kilns dating from the 1700′s. Once you arrive at the Pumpkin Patch  everyone is welcome to get  off the train and every child can pick his/her own pumpkin for FREE.
Where: The Delaware River Railroad Excursions, 99 Elizabeth Street, Philipsburg, NJ
When: Weekends in October. Check here for dates and times.
Cost: Adults $15 / Children $8

Happily Haunted House: Livingston Mall
Children 12 and under accompanied by adults. Although the lights are on it could still be a little scary for little ones.
What: Less scary version of a haunted house with lights on.
Where: Livingston Mall Parking Lot, 112 Eisenhower Parkway, Livingston, NJ
When: Monday, October 17 from 6 pm – 7 pm.
Cost: $3 per person. $2 of each General Admission Ticket will be given to Make a Wish Foundation of New Jersey in honor of Ryan West Memorial.

Bane Haunted House: Livingston Mall
Older teens. This is very scary!
What: Experience a real scare with live action gore and guts.
Where: Livingston Mall Parking Lot, 112 Eisenhower Parkway, Livingston, NJ
When: Monday, October 17 at 7 pm.
Cost: $15 per person. Order advance tickets here.

Boo At The Zoo
All ages.
What: Every weekend in October, head to the Bronx Zoo for Boo at the Zoo which includes magic shows, scary stories, costume parades, a hay maze, pumpkin painting, and more. See website for a full list of events and fees. Kids in costume get in FREE!
Where: Bronx Zoo, 2300 Southern Blvd., Bronx, NY
When: Saturday, October 29 from 10 am – 5:30 pm
Cost: Purchase tickets here and get a discounted price of–adults $26.95 / Kids (3 – 12) $17.95

Celebrate Halloween with Musica Morristown
All ages.
What: Savor the silver screen’s final silent masterpiece – swashbuckling musketeers and more – as New Philharmonic of NJ and Westfield Symphony Orchestra collaborate to bring to life, in glorious symphonic technicolor, the original 1929 movie The Iron Mask starring Douglas Fairbanks. With split-second timing and precision, more than 50 fully professional musicians, under the direction of Maestro David Wroe,  will perform LIVE a magnificent soundtrack by renowned composer Carl Davis as the original classic movie – a stirring story of, swordsmanship, deception, romance, drama, violence, humor, and grandiose glory that more than stands the test of time – is projected above the orchestra and in full view of the audience. Musical giants, goblins and flying warrior women will round off the family-friendly Halloween festivities as the orchestra presents Monsters from ”The Ring” a selection of orchestral excerpts from Wagner’s Ring Cycle.
Where: The College of St Elizabeth in Morristown, Dolan Hall, 2 Convent Road, Morristown, NJ
When: Sunday, October 30 at 5 pm.
Cost: For tickets ($25-$50, students K-12 $12) and information call 973 408 3978 or go to.

Friends of West Essex Halloween Party
All ages.
What: Annual fun-filled Halloween Party!!! You and your child(ren) will enjoy live entertainment by Polka Dot, dancing, games, children’s crafts, food, music and very cute kids in costumes!
Where: Roseland Presbyterian Church, 40 Freeman Street, Roseland, NJ
When: Saturday, October 22 from 1 pm -3 pm.
Cost: $15 per family, which is payable at the door. RSVP: Schelli Wilson.

Halloween Kids Fest
Who: Kids ages 2 – 12.
What: Come in costume with their parents and enjoy free family-friendly activities including make & take crafts, face painting, prizes and more! Then be part of the celebration with trick-or-treating from 5pm-7pm in the mall for all to enjoy!
Where: Willowbrook Mall, Bloomingdale’s Exhibit Court, Wayne, NJ
When: Monday, October 31 beginning at 3 pm, with trick or treating from 5 pm – 7 pm.
Cost: Free

And don’t forget to book a babysitter for the Booo-ristanet Halloween Ball on Saturday, October 29!


  1. POSTED BY montclairjane  |  October 10, 2011 @ 7:47 pm

    Great post!!! Thanks for all the info!

  2. POSTED BY CMEinmontclair  |  October 21, 2011 @ 2:24 pm

    Does anyone know what happened to the Montclair event from two years ago at Edgemont Park? They had a great haunted house, a hayride around the park, it was so much fun and great for little kids. We miss that! Who put it on and will they do it again (I hope!!)

  3. POSTED BY Georgette Gilmore  |  October 21, 2011 @ 2:38 pm


    Just gave a call into Rec. Department, who was responsible for those Edgemont Halloween celebrations. They said they planned to do it but aren’t this year because of, “Too few people involved and too little money.”

    They did say they hoped to bring it back next year.

  4. POSTED BY porchistas  |  October 27, 2011 @ 5:52 pm

    Also in Montclair, Saturday night, The Porchistas are throwing a live music bash at The DLV Lounge at 300 Bloomfield Avenue – four excellent, local Independent bands – theporchistas.com for more info. So much going on in Montclair this weekend, very exciting!

  5. POSTED BY Georgette Gilmore  |  October 27, 2011 @ 6:01 pm


    I gave you a shout out on Baristanet’s weekend roundup: https://www.baristanet.com/2011/10/the-weekend-halloween/

  6. POSTED BY wcs2  |  October 31, 2011 @ 1:07 pm

    Raymond’s says theyre having an all day Halloween party and a special menu today. Anyone know what exactly they’re doing?

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