Weekend Highlights: Your Guide to Family Fun


Hello, weekend! There’s plenty of fun things to do in the area to fill your time, and we’ve gathered them up for you here. Check ‘em out!

Trick Arrr Treat: A Pirate Halloween

Watchung Booksellers (54 Fairfield Street, Montclair) will host a Saturday AM Storytime with Leslie Kimmelman, author of Trick Arrr Treat: A Pirate Halloween. Storytime begins at 10:30 AM.

Also on Saturday, Bloomfield’s Recreation Department will host their annual Halloween Scream on the Green from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Town Green/Civic Center (84 Broad Street, Bloomfield). Beginning 11:00 AM, there will be trick-or-treating, light refreshments, a pumpkin patch, and a costume contest. At 12:00 PM, catch a magic show performed by Bob Conrad. All children are encouraged to wear their costumes and they must be accompanied by an adult.


On Saturday, the Newark Museum will host a Festival of Color and Light from noon to 9:00 PM on Saturday. This all-day celebration of the fall featured exhibition, “The Shape of Light: Gabriel Dawe,” will include a variety of events including planetarium shows, color tours, and more. Children can participate in various puzzles and activities to learn about color and, from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM, they can meet Pocoyo. For full schedule and information, visit the website here.

The Meadowlands Museum (91 Crane Avenue, Rutherford) will host Family Scare Crow Day from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM on Saturday. Participants will make a scarecrow using materials provided including hay and old clothes. Each scarecrow is $15, and up to six participants can work on a single one. Pumpkins will also be available for painting at $3 per pumpkin. Light refreshments will be available. Advance registration is strongly recommended.

Church fall festival

Church of the Immaculate Conception will a Family Fall Festival (Munn and Park Street Parking Lot, Montclair) on Saturday from 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Enjoy food trucks, games for children, a bounce house, live music, bake sale, balloons, a pumpkin painting patch, and more! All activities are priced out through family friendly ticket prices.

On Saturday, the Newark Celebration 350 Committee and the Military Park Partnership will host a full day of family-friendly events to kick off Newark’s 350th Anniversary from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM at Military Park (51 Park Place, Newark). For a full lineup of events, visit the Facebook page here. There will be a parade beginning at 11:00 AM, followed by a series of live concerts and performances, arts and crafts, various demonstrations and global cuisine. R&B singer Kenny Lattimore will make a special appearance and plans for a year-long celebration in 2016 will be announced. This event is free.


Greenwood Gardens (274 Old Short Hills Road, Short Hills) will host a History and Harvest Celebration from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Saturday. This event features live music and entertainment, a s well as educational demonstrations of the season. There will be a variety of activities for the kids including a special appearance by the Chestnut Street Witch! You can also walk the grounds of the gardens and learn about the residents and designers of Greenwood Gardens, a 109 year old estate. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students and those age 65+, and free for children $12 and under.

On Sunday, check out Jason Didner and the Jungle Gym Jam at Turtle Back Zoo (560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange). The band is returning for its third year at the zoo. Hear new songs, meet the spectacular puppets and enjoy the music! Shows are at 1:00 PM, 1:45 PM, and 2:30 PM, and are included with regular zoo admission.

little nest

Also on Sunday, Little Nest Portraits (54 S. Park Street, Montclair) will host a Grand Opening Celebration from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Stop by for light refreshments, face painting and more! Attendees will get to have a photo taken in an adorable photo booth to share on Facebook. They will also receive a swag bag full of fun gifts as well as a coupon.

For more upcoming events, check out the family friendly events, showcased in green, on Baristanet Calendar.

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