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Halloween Events in NJ

From costume contests to parades, we're bringing you the best Halloween events in NJ. Don't miss out!


Bergen County

Halloween Hike at Alpine Picnic Area & Boat Basin
Kearney House
Oct. 26, 5–7 pm
Meet for a guided, moderate, 3 mile hike that will take approximately 2 hours. Remember to bring a flashlight!

“Punch & Pie” at Mrs. Kearney’s Tavern
Kearney House
Oct. 25, 7:30–10 pm
The living history program at the Kearney House includes refreshments, music, tall tales, and of course fireside cheer!

Camden County

Cherry Hill
Garden State Discovery Museum's Halloween Hoot-E-Nanny
2040 Springdale Rd.
Oct. 24, 6:30–8:30 pm
Enter the museum for happily-haunted Halloween! Check out Halloween exhibits, make Halloween crafts, and go "truck-or treating" outside.

Goblins In The Garden
3 Riverside Drive
Oct. 25, 1 pm
Take a Haunted Train Ride; encounter characters throughout the garden, meet the bumbling burglars and have your fortune told. Celebrate the Mexican tradition of “Día de los Muertos”. Trick or Treat during the Garden Costume Parade.

Essex County

Montclair Art Museum's Pumpkin Carving Event
3 South Mountain Ave.
Oct. 18, 7–10 pm
Join the staff for a spooktacular evening of festive hair-raising fun carving and decorating pumpkins.

Upper Montclair
Presby Memorial Iris Gardens' Gardens Aglow
474 Upper Mountain Ave.
Oct. 24, 6-9 pm 
This annual event includes entertainment, crafts, and spooky stories.

Haunted Illusions
1 Center St
Oct. 26, 5 pm
Don’t miss this evening of mind-blowing Halloween magic and comedy by master illusionist David Caserta! Spells, ghosts and audience participation make this a must-see for the entire family.

Hudson County

Dinosaurs After Dark
301 Garden St.
Sept. 27- Oct. 25, 7 pm
Every Friday and Saturday, explore the haunted trails of Snake Hill, dance at a dino party, make s'mores and sing around the campfire, but beware—Danger lurks in every corner and there's a T-Rex on the loose.

Mercer County

Princeton University Art Museum's Art for Families: Mummy Match-up
McCormick Hall
Oct. 18, 10:30 am
Celebrate International Archaeology Day (and Halloween, early!) by learning about life in ancient Egypt as you find and examine the symbols on a mummy case and make a cartouche with your name written in hieroglyphics.

Princeton                                                                                                                                                                                Terhune Orchards Read and Pick: Pumpkins
Downtown Princeton                                                                                                                                                                      Oct. 7, 9:30 am-12
Read two books about pumpkins before heading outside to pick your very own decorative mini-pumpkins and gourds!

West Windsor
Count Dracula
Kelsey Theatre at MCCC
Oct. 24- Nov. 2
Inspired by Bram Stoker’s original text, this Maurer Productions On Stage performance features a thrilling new look at one of Halloween’s favorite spooks: Count Dracula. Date are as followed: Fridays - 10/24/2014 & 10/31/2014 at 8:00PM. Saturdays - 10/25/2014 & 11/1/2014 at 8:00PM. Sundays, 10/26/2014 & 11/2/2014 at 2:00PM.

Nature of the Night Halloween Hike
31 Titus Mill Road
Oct. 25, 6-9 pm
The reserve’s annual, scare-less Halloween celebration is back! Roast marshmallows around a campfire in the woods, listen to stories and go on a guided night hike.

Middlesex County

Plainsboro Preserve's Animals of Halloween
80 Scotts Corner Rd.
Oct. 25, 3 pm
Are bats, bugs, spiders, and snakes not on your "cute and cuddly" list? Learn about them and build your own crafty creature to take home!

Morris County

Budd Lake
Pax Amicus Castle Theatre's Halloween Magic: Balloon and Comedy Show and Costume Parade
23 Lake Shore Rd.
Oct. 26 and Nov. 2, 11 am
Renowned comic and magician Vinnie Mark presents his Halloween Magic Balloon and Comedy Show, that includes an on-stage parade of the audience in costume. (Wearing a costume is optional!)

Florham Park
Imagine That!!!'s Halloween Events and Spooktacular Night
4 Vreeland Rd.
Oct. 17, 5 pm
Select weekends in Oct., make crafts like a black cat or a spooky spider. While you're there, check out the outdoor maze.

Museum of Early Trades and Crafts' Tricks-N-Treats Family Fun Day
9 Main St.
Oct. 25, 1–3 pm
The museum will host a hauntingly fun, Halloween-themed afternoon. Come in costume and participate in a number of activities, including games and crafts.

Bickford Theater's Spooky Scavenger Hunt
6 Normandy Heights Rd.
Oct. 25, 12-3 pm
Come to Bickford Theater, in costume, to participate in a spooky scavenger hunt, with prizes! Pumpkin painting will also be offered.Members are free. Non Members pay $10 for adults and $7 for children.

Garden Sprouts: Who’s Got The Pumpkin?
353 East Hanover Avenue
Oct. 27, 11 am
Did you know that pumpkins are fruit? Learn all about them, plus other weird fall fruits!

31st Annual Harvest Celebration
Main St.
Oct. 11-12, 11-5 pm
Enter a scarecrow and pet costume contest, paint pumpkins, listen to the Colonial Musketeers: Fife and Drum Corp, play games and more. NBC’s Produce Pete will be on hand to answer all your fruit and veggie questions!

14th Annual Pumpkin Festival
1 Railroad Plaza
Oct. 5, 12-5 pm
Climb aboard the Pumpkinliner train for a ride along the historic Whippanong Trail. After, Explore antique farm tractors, browse local crafts, walk among pumpkins, corn shocks and scarecrows and enjoy the kid-friendly jokes and magic tricks of Stormy the Scarecrow.

Morristown                                                                                                                                                                    Frelinghuysen Arboretum's Scarecrows in the Garden
353 E. Hanover Ave.
Oct. 19, 1–4 pm
Make your own scarecrow to be planted on the lawn. See an expert pumpkin carver work his magic and then plant his amazing pumpkins around the gardens, too!

Ocean County

400 Clifton Ave
Oct. 24-25
Don’t miss this haunting—and hilarious!—musical by the Riddlesbrood Touring Theatre Company. Dates and Times: October 24th at 8:00PM and October 25th at 2:00PM & 8:00PM. Doors open at 7:00PM

Somerset County

Jacob Vanderveer House & Museum's Halloween Evening
3055 River Road Park
Oct. 25
Head on over for an evening of music, education, and fun for all ages.

Union County

I Love Little Scoops' Halloween Scoop-Tacular
9 North Union Ave.
Oct. 18, 6–7:30 pm
This ice-cream shop is celebrating Halloween with arts and crafts, face painting, a monster dance party, spooky sundaes, "Tricky and Treat" bags, and ghoulish galore!

The Great Pumpkin Sail at Echo Lake Park
Mill Ln.
Nov. 1
Bring a carved jack-o-lantern to float on Echo Lake and watch as dozens of them light up the night!

Downtown Westfield's Halloween Parade and Costume Contest
Quimby St., proceeding throughout downtown
Oct. 27, 11 am trick-or-treating starts, 2 pm costume contest, 2:30 pm parade
The Halloween event will be part of the annual day of Trick or Treating in downtown Westfield featuring a children’s costume contest, entertainment, and roaming costumed characters. Families are welcome to take pictures with witches, ghosts and goblins.

Williams Nursery's Annual Costume Contest
524 Springfield Ave.
Oct. 26
Think your kids have the best costumes in town? Show 'em off at the annual costume contest! Call ahead to confirm the date.

Warren County

Centenary Stage Company's Spooktacular
715 Grand Ave.
Nov. 3, 2 pm
This Halloween magic show for ages 5 and up is infused with imaginative dance numbers, special effects, and a delightful cast of ghouls and ghosts.

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