Weekend Family Fun: Halloween, Harry Potter, Art and More

Happy Halloween weekend! There is plenty to do in and around town and we’ve gathered up some activities for you to consider. Check ‘em out!

If you’re looking for some Halloween-themed fun, check out our round up of family-friendly activities right here.

On Friday at 4:00 PM, Watchung Booksellers will present Storytime on the Green. Bring a blanket and enjoy a story and activity. From acclaimed author-illustrator Dan Yaccarino comes a heartwarming family story that will resonate for everyone who’s experienced the Covid-19 quarantine — or other kinds of hardship and loss. This classic in the making will lift hearts with its optimistic vision of a family figuring out how to love and support one another — even when their everyday world is shrunk beyond recognition.

Heaven Hill Farm will host another weekend of their Great Pumpkin Festival from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM on Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy a variety of activities including a tractor hayride, mad scientist corn maze, obstacle course, animals and more. Admission starts at $19.99 per person. Other activities including carnival rides, paintball, sand art, and more are available for an additional fee.

This is the final weekend to catch Dinosaurs After Dark at Field Station Dinosaurs (3 Overpeck Park Driveway, Leonia) It will be open on Friday and Saturday from 6:45 PM to 9:30 PM. A spooky, funny, and thrilling adventure for the whole family featuring a lantern lit tour of the park! But watch out! The trails are dark and there’s a hungry T-Rex lurking in the shadows. A fearless Dinosaur Wrangler will lead a Tyrannosaurus Hunt along the Field Station’s darkened trails with a stop at every dinosaur and a few surprises along the way. At the end of the night, everyone will gather around the campfire for a dinosaur sing-along, roasted marshmallows, and hot chocolate! Tickets are $24. Children under 2 are free.

Shooting Star Dance Center (403 Broad Street, Bloomfield) will host pop up dance classes on Saturdays at 9:00 AM. Dazzle, twirl, leap and play with one of our instructors as they lead your dancer through a 30-minute dance adventure. Pop up classes are a great way to check out the studio without committing to more than 30 minutes at a time. All pop-up classes are $10. You must register in advance.

On Saturday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, the Township of Verona will host Fall-O-Ween & Downtown Trick or Treating at Verona Town Hall (600 Bloomfield Avenue, Verona). The Library, the Juniors and the Township present Fall-O-Ween! This is an expansion of last year’s Pumpkin Fest, which will include Pumpkin Painting, Entertainment by Polka Dot!, Candy Apples, Goodie Bags, Inflatables, a Petting Zoo and a Costume Parade!  The event will run from 10am-12pm in the Town Square, 600 Bloomfield Ave. Open to all ages! The Downtown Trick or Treating Event will follow directly after that and will run from 12pm-2pm! Stay in costume and head out to all the businesses along Bloomfield Ave. for trick or treating fun!

On Saturday from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Newark Downtown District will present a Fall Festival at Military Park (51 Park Place, Newark). Enjoy free activities, music, food, petting zoo, pony rides, and a Halloween costume contest.

Drop into Craft Saturdays at Dey Mansion (199 Totowa Road, Wayne) for a free parent and child art project. The event is open from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Note that this is a different time than previous weeks. New projects every week and all materials are included. The event will be held outdoors, weather permitting. RSVP online.

On Saturday, enjoy a Spooky Story Scavenger Hunt at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm (73 Kahdena Road, Morristown). Timed entries will be offered at 10:00 AM, 10:30 AM, 1:00 PM, 1:30 PM, and 2:00 PM. Explore Fosterfields Living Historical Farm with a fun Spooky-Story Scavenger Hunt.  Search, sing, and play your way through 5 favorite classic stories. Complete all the spooky story activities to receive a prize. Cost is $10 per person. Pre-registration is required online.

NJPAC (1 Center Street, Newark) will present Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 In Concert on Saturday at 2:00 PM. You’ve seen Harry Potter™ before—but you’ve never heard it like this! Watch Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows™ Part One in HD while the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra plays the full film score LIVE in gorgeous Prudential Hall. In the first part of the epic finale, it’s Harry’s final year at school Experience the loss and love all over again as Harry and his friends face the Dark Lord Voldemort™ one more time. The final battle for Hogwarts™ School of Witchcraft and Wizardry has begun! Tickets are $39-$89.

For the final weekend, on Friday and Saturday from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Play Theater of Scotch Plains is partnering with Team Car Wash (215 South Avenue East, Westfield) to present their first annual Haunted Car Wash. Choose from a silly or spooky experience. Carloads will engage with creepy costumed characters on the line, listen to seasonal music and Halloween-themed audio, and leave with a clean car and memories to last through Halloween. The cost for the event and the car wash is $20.

The Frelinghuysen Arboretum (353 East Hanover Avenue, Morris Twp) continues to host the Family Photo Scavenger Hunt. Held daily from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM, bring your camera or phone for this month’s hunt. There’s a new theme every month and October’s theme is “Scarecrows in the Garden.” Can you use the clues to find all the scarecrows in this fun family photo scavenger hunt? Take a photo of each and win a prize. The cost is $10 per family or group of 6 or less. Preregistration is required.

On Sunday, Rare Breed MMA (65 Washington Street, Bloomfield) and Bloomfield Center Alliance will host a Halloween Festival from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM. The event will include a haunted maze, a stilt walker, face painting, a magician, vendors, a people and pets costume parade, candy, and more! The parade begins at 2:00 PM, but you must arrive by 1:30 PM to sign up.

On Sunday at 12:00 PM and 5:00 PM, catch Laurie Berkner’s Halloween Party 2021. This will be an 80+ minute live, interactive, virtual performance for the whole family. Sing, dance, and play games through your device with Laurie as she performs fan favorites and songs from her new album, interacts with you through the screen, and brings in a few surprises – from her house to yours! Tickets are $20 and you’ll have access to both shows.

On Sunday from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Turtle Back Zoo (560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange) will host Howl-O-Ween. Trick or treat at the zoo, stopping at candy stations throughout the grounds. Tickets are $3 for members and $5 for non-members. Children under 2 are free. Tickets will be available for sale at the door the night of the event, but you can also reserve online.

On Sunday, Montclair Art Museum (3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair) will host Sunday Studio from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Celebrate Halloween with MAM! Inspired by our current exhibition Transformed: Objects Reimagined by American Artists, get creative and transform recycled materials into your own unique mask. This event is free with museum admission and advance registration is required. It is intended for families with children ages 5-12, but all are welcome.

On Sunday at 5:00 PM, State Theatre New Jersey (15 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick) will host a free showing of Coco. Come along with Miguel, an aspiring young musician, as he embarks on an extraordinary journey to the magical land of his ancestors. He finds an unexpected friend in the charming trickster Hector, who helps Miguel uncover the mysteries behind his family’s stories and traditions. Inspired by Mexico’s Día de Los Muertos, this Oscar-winning animated film is full of music, color, and fun. Registration is required.

Montclair Moms of Color (MMOC) host a Trunk or Treat Sunday, from 1pm- 3pm at Lackawanna Station (behind the TD Bank) in Montclair. This is a community event, admission is FREE!

Montclair Police Department hosts the 4th annual Trunk-or-Treat on Sunday, October 31 at 4 p.m. The event will take place at 647 Bloomfield Avenue in the rear parking lot.

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