Weekend Family Highlights: Halloween Parade, Walk, Readings, Shows and More!

Happy weekend! We’ve gathered some family friendly events in the area to help you spend your time. Check ‘em out!

halloween_readings_420wKick off the weekend with Halloween Readings at The William Carlos Williams Center for the Performing Arts (1 Williams Plaza, Rutherford). From 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM, there will be kid’s stories with arts & crafts. From 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM, readings will include Poe, Lovecraft, Irving, and more.


Also on Friday evening, the Essex County Environmental Center will host a Family Friendly Halloween Walk from 5:00 PM to 7:15 PM at Garibaldi Hall (621A Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland). Walks begin every 15 minutes. Join the 4-H Club of Essex County for a walk in the woods and meet some friendly ghosts and goblins. Walks are geared for elementary school-aged children who must be accompanied by a parent. Costumes are encouraged, but no masks. Admission is $4. Refreshments will be available for $1.


The Learning Experience in Wayne (1784 Hamburg Turnpike, Wayne) invites the community to its free Neighborhood Trunk-Or-Treat” on Friday from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM. Children can participate in this safe and fun alternative to traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating. For more information about The Learning Experience, visit their website.

halloweenVisit Watchung Booksellers (54 Fairfield Street, Montclair) for the Watchung Plaza Halloween Parade on Saturday. The parade begins on the green at 11:00 AM sharp and is for children ages 6 and under. Come in costume!



Also on Saturday, visit a Family Fall & Fitness Fundraiser to benefit Sunshine Kids at Athletic Genius (695 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair). Participate in a Fun Family Spin Class at 11:30 AM or 12:30 PM. Kids can also enjoy face painting, games, prizes, pumpkins, cider and snacks. This event is sponsored by Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Montclair Office.


On Saturday and Sunday, Studio Players (14 Alvin Place, Upper Montclair) will present The Frog Princess, based on the Russian fairy tale. Queen Natasha will hand her throne to one of her three sons, but each must take a wife first. Two marry princesses and the third marries a frog! To determine which bride makes the best wife and future queen, Queen Natasha hands out a series of challenges. Tickets are $8 and available online. Show times are 1:30 and 3:30 on both days. There will also be a special sensory friendly performance on Saturday at 11:00 AM.


uglyduckbestnofontmotionduckJust Kidding at Symphony Space (2537 Broadway, NYC) will continue its performance series on Saturday with Lightwire Theater: The Ugly Duckling. The classic story comes to life in a high-tech and dazzling production that uses electroluminescent wire to create glow-in-the-dark 3D puppets and props. Choose either the 11:00 AM or 2:00 PM performance. Run time is approximately 60 minutes. Tickets are $17 for members; $14 for non-members.


NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts (566 LaGuardia Place, NYC) will present Odd Squad – Live! on Saturday at 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM and Sunday at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM. Help Ms. O solve the case in this action-packed, laugh-out-loud adventure where kids participate in solving a strange case. Based on the hit PBS Kids series that won a 2016 Daytime Emmy for “Outstanding Writing in a Children’s Series,” this interactive live show promises fun for everyone. Recommended for ages 4-10. VIP tickets are available and include a post-show meet and greet with members of the cast. Regular ticket prices start at $29.

On Sunday, stop by Montclair Art Museum for Drop-In Studio between 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM. The new Helen & Bill Geyer Art Studio will be stocked with a range of art materials to explore with a seasoned MAM studio instructor. This is free for members and included in Museum admission for non-members.



Also on Sunday, view “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” in the pumpkin patch at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church (73 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair). The event begins at 6:00 PM and is free and open to the public. Popcorn, snacks, and cider will be provided. Bring friends, lawn chairs and blankets!

If you’re looking specifically for more Halloween activities, check out our article from earlier this month!

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

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