Halloween Happenings!

Haunted houses, costume contests, cosplay, parties, movies and more — check out our roundup of fun Halloween events for Halloween fans of all ages!

Gardens Aglow

Where: Presby Memorial Iris Gardens, 474 Upper Mountain Avenue, Montclair
When: Friday, October 25
Time: 6:00 PM
Who: Kids and Families
Cost: Free

View the gardens at dusk as they come to life with artfully carved jack-o-lanterns supplied by local high school departments. Enjoy a glass of cider at sunset while watching the gardens glow! Activities, entertainment, a mad science show and refreshments will be on-going throughout the event. Admission is free. Rain date is Saturday, October 26.

Strut Your Mutt: Canine Halloween Costume Contest 

Where: Brookdale Park, Grove Street, Montclair
When: Saturday, October 26
Time: 9:15 AM
Who: Everyone
Cost: Free

The annual Strut Your Mutt: Canine Halloween Costume Contests have become a popular event for dog owners to show off their creative talents, celebrate their pets, and share a happy occasion with other dog owners. Bring the entire family to this fun event. Registration begins at 9:15 AM, followed by the parade at 10:00 AM.

Halloween ComicFest 2019

Where: East Side Mags, 7 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair
When: Saturday, October 26
Time: 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Who: Everyone
Cost: Free

Show off your costume or cosplay. Stop by in costume and automatically enter for your chance to win the ESM Costume Contest. Prizes include POP Vinyls, gift cards, and other free stuff. Free comics will also be available for kids, teens, and adults. At 2:00 PM, participate in the 2nd Annual Zombie Walk Montclair. Come early to get “zombified” by one of the amazing Zombie Makeup Artists for $10. At 6:00 PM, Sketchprov will do a “live” reading of Young Frankenstein by Mel Brooks. Join the cast in-store as they re-enact a hilarious film about Dr. Frankenstein creating his famous monster! There will also be a raffle/lottery in which the cast will be giving away 2 spectacular prizes.

Newark Museum Harvest Fest

Where: Newark Museum, 49 Washington Street, Newark
When: Saturday, October 26
Time: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Who: Kids and Families
Cost: Free

This kids-friendly event will include a Spooky Film: Hocus Pocus, Slime Time Station, Best Costume Contest, Candy Giveaways, Trick or Treat with Mrs. Ballantine in the Ballantine Mansion, Erie Relief Landscape Drawings and Bone Chilling Photograms.

American Museum of Natural History Halloween Celebration

Where: American Museum of Natural History, 200 Central Park West, NYC
When: Saturday, October 26
Time: 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Who: Kids and Families
Cost: $16 per person; $13 for Museum Members

Where your Halloween costume to the Museum for trick-or-treating, arts and crafts, and general exploration. Guests will interact with roaming cartoon characters like Curious George and Clifford the Big Red Dog, and rock out to the music of David Grover and Grover’s Gang, Louie Miranda and Big Nazo’s Costume Band. There will also be special performances by the Big Apple Circus, magician Robert Austin, and the Gazillion Bubble Show.

Hocus Pocus Screening

Where: Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South Street, Morristown
When: Saturday, October 26
Time: 8:00 PM
Who: Adults
Cost: $17.10 – $99

Get into the Halloween spirit by brining the Sanderson sisters back to life one more time! Join actress Kathy Najimy for a live discussion including behind-the-scenes stories and a Q&A before a screening of the classic Halloween movie Hocus Pocus.

Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns

Where: Meadowlands Expo Center, 335 Plaza Drive, Secaucus
When: Saturday, October 26 and Sunday, October 27
Time: 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Who: Everyone
Cost: $22 and up

New Jersey’s most anticipated fall event featuring 5,000 hand-carved jack o’lanterns will be held at the Meadowlands Exposition Center. The display will include painted, animated and 3D sculpted pumpkins. Also stop by see live carving demonstrations. Limited tickets are available and can be purchased online.

Brighton Asylum

Where: Brighton Asylum, 2 Brighton Avenue, Passaic
When: Friday – Sunday October 25-27; Thursday – Sunday October 31-November 2
Time: Varies; check website for availability
Who: Age 10+
Cost: $25 and up

Brighton Asylum has been called “the scariest place on Earth” by the Today Show. It is an interactive haunted house experience featuring custom special effects, moving sets and actor-driven animatronics. The site was an active asylum in the mid-1940s, housing patients who were mentally and psychologically unstable. After allegations of harsh conditions, grotesque experiments, and staff disappearances, the facility was closed in 1952. It was reopened in 2011 as a haunted attraction.

Brighton Asylum is not recommended for children under age 10 but will be admitted at a parent’s discretion. Young children may not be carried. Children age 13+ can walk through without a parent or guardian. Only ages 16+ can wear a glow necklace to participate in the “contact” portion of the haunted house. As this event sells out, be sure to purchase tickets online.

All Hallows’ Evening at Craftsman Farms

Where: The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms, 2352 Route 10 West, Morris Plains
When: Sunday, October 27
Time: 5:30 PM for the Tour; 7:00 PM for the Demonstration of Mediumship
Who: Age 12+
Cost: $10 and up

The Halloween, 1913 Tour will look at when October 31st was celebrated with parlor amusements and fortune telling and for some, reaching beyond the veil. Discover the origins of Spiritualism and its associated practices, and why it surged in popularity around the turn of the century. Light refreshments will follow the tour. After the tour, enhance your evening by attending a demonstration of mediumship. In this demonstration, following in the tradition of evidential mediumship that was popular – though controversial – pastime at the turn of the twentieth century, contemporary mediums will connect with spirits related or known to those in attendance. Tickets must be purchased in advance and may sell out quickly.

Trick or Treat in Montclair Center

Where: Montclair Center, Downtown Montclair
When: Thursday, October 31
Time: 3:00 PM
Who: Everyone
Cost: Free

After school on Halloween, many businesses in Montclair Center will be welcoming children for trick or treating – just look for the “Halloween Stop” poster in the store windows. Weather permitting, there will also be Halloween treats at the parklet on Glenridge Avenue in the afternoon.

Fear Theater

Where: Wellmont Theater, 5 Seymour Street, Montclair
When: Thursday, October 31
Time: 6:30 PM
Who: Adults
Cost: $25 and up

Billed as “New Jersey’s largest Halloween party,” this event will feature costume contests, special guests and DJs, amazing concert production, dancers and performers, CO2 and confetti blasts, and more.

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