Halloween Events: Parties, Parades, Haunted Houses and More!

BY  |  Friday, Oct 05, 2012 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (5)

Halloween parties, parades, haunted houses and much more kick off this 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. Make sure to check back often though, as we”ll continue to update with even more Halloween happenings!

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

Historic House Tours with Special Spine Tinglers at the Shultz House
Who: Tweens and older.
What:  Both houses will be open for public tours. At the Crane house, we’ll have a hearth cooking demonstration and tours of the new farm. At the Charles Shultz House they’ll host special ghost tours, complete with real-life ghost stories from the Shultz House.
Where: Montclair Historical Society Charles Shultz House, 30 North Mountain Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07042
When: Sunday, October 7 from 1 pm – 4 pm
Cost: $8 per adult; $5 per child for both properties, same day admission.  Family rate (1 or 2 adults and up to 3 children): $25.

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, puppet shows, scary stories, costume parades, a hay maze, pumpkin painting, and more. See website for a full list of events and fees.
Where: Bronx Zoo, 2300 Southern Blvd., Bronx, NY
When: Weekends beginning on Saturday, September 29 through end of October from 10 am – 5:30 pm
Cost: Purchase tickets here and get a discounted price of–adults $29.95 / Kids (3 – 12) $19.95

The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze
Who: All ages.
What: Master pumpkin carvers spend hours building large sculptures out of individual jack o’lanterns. As you walk through, you’ll see dinosaurs, a giant spider web crawling with spiders, a beehive buzzing with bumble bees, and a pirate ship complete with a crew of scalawags all come to life.
Where: Sleepy Hollow, NY
When: Fridays-Sundays, October 6-November 11
Cost: Adults $16-$20, Children 3+ $12-$16

Creature Double Feature: Dracula and Frankenstein
Tweens and older. Some scenes may be too intense for children under age 10
What: Hedgehog and Feather Theatre Co. presents a double feature: a live stage performance of both Frankenstein and Dracula, back-to-back, with intermission. Strobe lighting, loud sounds, and smoke effects will be used in this show.
Where: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 414 East Broad Street, Westfield, NJ
When: Fridays, October 19 and 26 AND Saturdays, October 20 and 27. Doors Open at 7 pm for some pre-show spooky fun! Show begins at 7:30.
Cost: General seating, $15. Purchase tickets online here.

The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular
Who: Little Kids
What: Visit Sesame Place during its month long celebration of Halloween—The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular. Sesame Place will be transformed into a not-too-spooky Halloween haven featuring two themed mazes, a character hayride, three Halloween shows and everyone’s favorite Sesame Street friends dressed in their Halloween attire.
Where: Sesame Place,  100 Sesame Road, Langhorne, PA
When: Now through October 28th
Cost: Weekend Single Day Admission discount: Ages 2 and up $39. Purchase online here.

Creatures of the Night for Teens: Vampires
 Grades 6 & up
What: A series of multi-media workshops to learn about Vampires, Zombies and other paranormal life forms with library page, college student and horror fan Steffi. Come to one or come to all! Register at the Hilton Branch.
Where: Maplewood Library at the Hilton Branch, 1688 Springfield Avenue, Maplewood, NJ.
When: Tuesday, October 19 at 4 pm
Cost: Free.

Good Cooks: Spooky Treats to Eat – Kings Cooking Studio
Who: Children 3 to 5 years-old accompanied by caregivers.
What: The menu includes:Cheese fingers, Night of the Living Bread, Goblin Feet,Banana Ghosts, Rotten Apple Punch
When: Saturday, October 20 1-2:30 PM
Where: Kings Cooking Studio, 778 Morris Turnpike, Short Hills.
Cost: $45 per pair.Pre-registration is required, click here to register online or call 973-463-6500.

Halloween Mystery Monster Movie
 Kids old enough to watch a Rated PG.
What:  Montclair Recreation and Applegate Farm present a Halloween mystery monster movie! The outdoor movie  is a family-friendly animated film rated PG. Bring a blanket and lawn chair and the enjoy the free Halloween movie under the stars. Apple cider, doughnuts, popcorn and other goodies will be available for purchase.
Where:  Edgemont Park, Valley Road, Montclair, NJ, 07042
When:  Friday, October 19 Saturday, October 20 at 6:30 pm
Cost: Free. For further information, please call the Montclair Recreation office at 973-509-4915.

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 20 from 7 pm – 9:30 pm (Rain date Sunday, October 23).
Cost: Free. For more information, please call 973.783.9400.

Little Scoops Halloween Scoop-tacular
 All ages.
What: Enjoy Face Painting, Crafts, Games, Dancing, Pizza, Drinks, and Spooky Create Your Own Sundaes! Don’t forget your costume!
Where: Little Scoops, 9 North Union Avenue, Cranford, NJ.
When: Thursday, October 25 at 5 pm
Cost: $20 per child. Pre-registration and advance payment required. Call 908.497.7090 or click here for information.

Pumpkin carving at MAM 2011

Pumpkin Carving and Decorating at MAM
 All ages! (Parent or guardian must accompany children).
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 or come as you are and unleash your creativity! Seasonal refreshments will be available. Pumpkins, art supplies, and tools provided.
When: Friday, October 26 from 6 – 8 pm
Where: Montclair Art Museum, 3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair, NJ
Cost: $20 Member Family, $25 Nonmember Family. Advance ticket sales available in The Store at MAM or by calling 973-259-5137 or online.

State Scare: Maim Street 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 29 – November 3 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: $35 For Rapid Processing Ticket (VIP), $20 for general admission. Not So Scary Matinee $ per child under 12.

Giant Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch at The Intrepid
Who: Toddlers and little kids.
What: A giant corn maze and pumpkin patch will take over Pier 86 at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space MuseumKids can paint their own pumpkins too!
Where:  Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum,Pier 86, 46th Street and 12th Avenue, NYC
When:  Thursday, October 25 – Sunday, October 28 from 10 am – 5 pm daily.
Cost: Free

Wee Scary Storytime
 Kids ages 3 and up
What: Come dressed in your pajamas or your Halloween costume, bring your coziest stuffed animal buddy and enjoy an entertaining evening of not-too-scary tales at the Montclair Public Library’s Wee Scary Story Time.
When: Thursday, October 25 at 6:30 pm
Where: The Montclair Public Library,50 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair
Cost: Free. Call 973-744-0500 ext. 2236 to register.

Too Cute to Spook
Who: All ages.
What: Enjoy Trick or Treating, Hand & Facepainting, Pumpkin Decorating, Pizza Dinner Sessions: 5:30, 6:00, 6:30 & 7:00, DJ Entertainment by Polka Dot, Costume Contest and Unlimited Playtime in Museum!
Where: New Jersey Children’s Museum, 599 Valley Health Plaza, Paramus, NJ
When: Friday, October 26 from 5:30 pm – 9 pm
Cost: $17.99 per person. Purchase tickets online here.

Halloween Pipe Organ Spooktacular!
 Tweens an older.
What: Thomas Mustachio will improvise an atmospheric sound track on the sanctuary’s mighty pipe organ for this groundbreaking 1920 silent film, on of the earliest, most influential and artistically acclaimed in the German Expressionist genre! The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari silent movie with live pipe organ accompaniment! Fresh popcorn will be available too.
Where: Glen Ridge Congregational Church, 195 Ridgewood Avenue, Glen Ridge, NJ.
When: Friday, October 26 at 8 pm.
Cost: $20 adults / $15 seniors / $10 students. Children 12 and under free (Must be accompanied by an adult).

Pumpkin Carving and Costume Parade at Field Station: Diosaurs
 All ages
What: Field Station: Dinosaurs is offering pumpkin carving lessons and the final result might even scare your average Jack-o-lantern! Robert Carr, artist, actor and pumpkin carving expert, whose carving work has been displayed at 12 Miles West Theatre Company and Two River Theater Company will show visitors how to carve their favorite dinosaur in pumpkins. Visitors can BYO pumpkins or purchase one at the park for $5. Wear your costumes!
Where: Field Station: Dinosaurs, One Dinosaur Way in Secaucus, NJ. (Take Exit 15X off Turnpike and then make a left onto New County Road)
When: Saturday, October 27 and Sunday, October 28. 11 am – 4:30 pm for pumpkin carving. 12 pm for costume parade.
Cost:  All children who go in costume get $2 off their admission price at the box office. Children (ages 3-12)$17.50, Adults                        $20.

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 26 at 6 pm – 9 pm.
Cost: Free. Call 973.783.5974 for more information.

Circle Line Kids Cruise with Halloween Theme
 All ages.
What: This summer families can enjoy a 75 minute cruise to Statue of Liberty with a kid friendly interactive LIVE tour guide.
Where: Pier 83, West side on 42nd Street and 12th Avenue, NYC
When: Sailing Saturday, October 27 with a Halloween theme. Boarding: 9:30 am and sailing: 10 am -11:15 am
Cost: Adults $28 / Children (ages 3 -12 ) $20 / under 2 Free

Halloween Parade at Watchung Plaza
Kids 6 and under
 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 27 at 11 am.
Cost: Free.

No Tricks Just Treats Kids Day
 all ages
What: Morris Museum Family Festival: No Tricks Just Treats Kids Day. Come in costume for a day of Halloween fun and crafts. Trick or treat throughout the galleries, paint a pumpkin, design clothespin bats, create spider candy holders
When: Saturday, October 27, 10am to 2pm
Where: Morris Museum, Morristown, New Jersey
Cost: Free, Non Members: $7/child, $10/adult

Pumpkin Painting
 All ages.
What: Paint pumpkins, participate in face painting and enjoy treats.
Where: Express Yourself Studios, 1877 Springfield Avenue, Maplewood, NJ.
When: Saturday, October 27  from 11 am – 3 pm
Cost: $10 per child. For additional information or to RSVP for any event please register 1-2 days prior, contact Express Yourself Studios  973-763-5256.

Strawberry Traffic Jam Halloween Concert
 All ages
What: Fun Halloween music concert by Strawberry Traffic Jam.
Where: The Art Garage, 211 Glenridge Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07042
When: Saturday, October 27 from 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm / doors open at 3.
Cost:  $5 per person, kids under 1 free

Thrilloween: Party for Goblins and Ghouls
 All ages
What: Go dressed in costume and enjoy a Halloween party! Art & crafts, edible tombstone snacks, a Thriller dance party and mroe!
When: Saturday, October 27 from 2 pm – 4 pm.
Where: The Montclair Public Library,50 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair
Cost: Free. Call 973-744-0500 ext. 2236 to register.

Day of the Dead Masks and Celebration
 Ages 5+
What: Create a one-of-a-kind Mexican Folk Art mask to celebrate the Day of the Dead!
After designing their mask, students will draw, paint, collage and decorate their skull masks to honor the dead. Students will learn about the Day of the Dead tradition in Mexico and use their imaginations to create their mask while also creating a fun and lasting memory.
When: Saturday, October 27, from 2 – 3:30 pm
Where: Montclair Art Museum, 3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair, NJ
Cost: $30 Members, $50 Nonmembers. Register online.

Zach Meets The Zombie Halloween Costume Party
Who: Tweens and up
What: A cool costume party an book signing for Rick Celano’s latest book Zach Meets the Zombie
Where: The Art Garage, 211 Glenidge Avenue, Montlcair, NJ 07042
When: Saturday, October 27 from 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Cost: Free. Books will be available for purchase at the party.

Spooky Zoo
 All ages.
What: Celebrate this ghoulish time of year by visiting the Turtle Back Zoo at night! Animal presentations that challenge your senses, bone yard games, and fun photo opportunities are waiting for you. Grab a free pumpkin and get creative at our pupkin’ decoratin’ station. Make sure to visit our popular attractions like the carousel and train ride for an experience you’ll never forget! Don’t miss master magician Joe Fisher as he conjures up ghosts and goblins. This may be scary, but not too scary.
Where: Turtle Back Zoo, 560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange, NJ.
When: Saturday, October 27 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
Cost: $5 for general public, $3 for members. Click here to register today.

Halloween Music For Kids
 Kids of all ages with their parents.
What: Come in costume! Hear and watch our organist, Jonathan Hall, play fun and spooky organ music! Then join us in the Church House for games and trick-or-treats! Jonathan really puts the “Hall” in “Halloween!”
When: Sunday, October 28  from 3-4:30
Where: Central Presbyterian Church, 46 Park Street, Montclair
Cost: Free

 Kids ages 8 – 12 and their families.
What: Gear up for Halloween as the young goblins and ghouls of the InterSchool Orchestras of New York’s Carnegie Hill Orchestra (ages 8 to 12) and ISO Symphony (ages 12 to 19) perform spooky orchestral classics for the whole family. Selections include The Sorcerer’s ApprenticeNight on Bald Mountain, and spooky movie music fromPirates of the Caribbean and Harry Potter. Costumed players and a special Ghost Conductor add to the fun! Kids and parents are encouraged to dress up in their Halloween costumes!
Where: Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street, NYC
When: Sunday, October 28 at 4 pm
Cost: $15 per person. Purchase online here.


Alastair Moock’s Slightly Scary Spectacular
 All ages.
What: Boston roots musician and family entertainer Alastair Moock will play a special Halloween show for kids and families as part of the club’s Bring Your Own Kid series. Alastair will be accompanied by his band and will be performing a number of “slightly scary” tunes as well as favorites from his own repertoire.
Where: 92Y, 200 Hudson Street, Tribeca, NY.
When: Sunday, October 28 at 11 am
Cost: Tickets are $15 and free for kids under 2. For more information and reservations, contact the club at  212-601-1000 or online.

Night at The Haunted Library
All ages. Children 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
What happens when the Glen Ridge Library is taken over by brain eating zombies, mad librarians, ghastly ghouls and more?  Come to the Haunted Library to find out…if you dare! Sounds too scary?  Not to worry, there will be pumpkin decorating, face painting, and refreshments (cider and cinnamon donuts) too!
Where: Glen Ridge Public Library, 240 Ridgewood Avenue, Glen Ridge, NJ.
When: Sunday, October 28  from 4 pm – 7 pm.
Cost: Free.

Historic Halloween Happenings
 All ages
What: Play Halloween games, sing songs, go on a scavenger hunt, decorate cookies, and try on costumes of the past.
When: October 28, from 1-3:30 pm
Where: Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, 73 Kahdena Road Morris Township, NJ
Cost: Free

Pumpkin Illumination
 All ages. (12 & up for MPAC Performance.)
What: Bring your carved pumpkin to the Vail Mansion reflecting pool (110 South St., Morristown) and join the excitement on Sunday October 28th at the 3rd annual PUMPKIN ILLUMINATION! This year’s event promises even more excitement with NBC/TV’s own meteorologist, Janice Huff, emceeing the event.
Where: The  Vail Mansion Reflecting Pool, 110 South Street, Morristown, NJ.
When: Sunday, October 28, beginning at 5:00 pm.
Cost: Free. (Tickets for the performance are $12-$20.) For more information on the event, click here.

Spooky Storytime
 All ages.
What: Hear spooky stories at the library!
 Bloomfield Public Library, 90 Broad Street, Bloomfield, NJ.
When: Tuesday, October 30 at 7 pm.
Cost: Free.

Music For Aardvarks in Maplewood Free Halloween Trial Class
Who: Kids ages 3 months – 3 years and a parent.
What:  A FREE, fun-filled, Halloween-themed music class.
Where: Village Dance Academy, 155 Maplewood Avenue, Maplewood, NJ
When: Tuesday, October 30 at 10:30 am and Wednesday, October 31 at 10:30 am and 11:30 am
Cost: Free ! You must register on the website to secure a spot. For additional questions, contact Jenn here or call  973-559-6242.

Preschool Halloween Storytime & Craft
Ages 3 – 5.
What: Come in costumes and celebrate Halloween with stories and crafts.
 Bloomfield Public Library, 90 Broad Street, Bloomfield, NJ.
When: Wednesday, October 31 at 11 am
Cost: Free.

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: Wednesday, October 31 from 3 pm – 5 pm. Postponed  to Friday, November 2, 3 –5 pm due to the storm.
Cost: Free.

South Orange Halloween Festival
 All ages.
What: Enjoy music and Halloween games, followed by a Costume Contest. Then you can head out around the downtown to trick or treat.
Where: Spiotta Park, South Orange Avenue and Village Plaza, South Orange, NJ.
When: Sunday, October 31 at 4 pm.
Cost: Free.

 All ages.
What: Celebrate Howl-o-ween at Turtle Back Zoo as the zoo will be open from 4-9pm for safe trick or treating. Come in costume and ride the ”spooky train” (weather permitting) or enjoy the magical talents of master magician Joe Fisher.
Where: Turtle Back Zoo, 560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange, NJ.
When: Wednesday, October 31 from 4 pm to 9 pm.  New date TBD
Cost: Event admission is $5 for all ages (as always under 2 is free). Discounted admission rate of $3 per person with valid Zoological Society membership! Click here to register for the event. Event will be held rain or shine. Businesses or groups wishing to sponsor a treat station should call the zoo at 973-731-5800 x224.

Old Man Whipple’s Haunted Walk
Who: Brave trick or treaters of all ages.
What: Visit a super spooky Montclair Halloween house and make a donation to help Toni’s Kitchen.
Where: 182 Alexander Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07043
When: Wednesday, October 31 beginning at 4:30 pm.
Cost: Free, but donations are greatly appreciated.

And if your kids still need a Halloween costume, check out Holly’s ideas and tips for some great homemade ones here!


  1. POSTED BY CMEinmontclair  |  October 05, 2012 @ 11:33 am

    Georgette you need to do look into this. I called the town rec center because the edgemont park celebratin two or three years ago was soooo good I wanted to see if they were doing it again. Anyone remember that awesome haunted house, hayride and witches cauldren outside? Well, they aren’t doing that again but apparently are doing a movie. I wish the town had a haunted house — it’s a real bummer ):

  2. POSTED BY Georgette Gilmore  |  October 05, 2012 @ 12:40 pm


    Thanks for bringing the movie to my attention. I’ve added it. I never made it the the haunted house they did, my kids were too little, but it sounded like a great event.

  3. POSTED BY hf12  |  October 19, 2012 @ 2:59 pm

    Georgette – it seems like there might be a typo for the Watchung Plaza Parade. The post says the event is sat october 29th, but sat is the 27th. Also, the watchung bookseller’s say the halloween parade is at 11 am, not 10 am? Thanks!

  4. POSTED BY Georgette Gilmore  |  October 19, 2012 @ 3:03 pm

    Thanks for bringing the typo to my attention hf12! I copy and pasted last year’s info, with the intention to update, and then didn’t update.

    Now it’s fixed!

  5. POSTED BY hf12  |  October 26, 2012 @ 2:16 pm

    thanks (Belatedly) georgette.

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