Halloween Events in NJ
From costume contests to parades, we're bringing you the best Halloween events in NJ. Don't miss out!
Halloween Hike at Alpine Picnic Area & Boat Basin
Oct. 27, 5–7 pm
Meet for a guided, moderate, 3 mile hike that will take approximately 2 hours. Remember to bring a flashlight!
Kids' Campfire at Alpine Picnic Area & Boat Basin
Oct. 20, 3–5 pm
Children enjoy a costume-optional campfire program (with s'mores!) on the beach by Alpine Pavilion.
All-Hallows' Eve at Fort Lee Historic Park
Oct. 26, 5:30–7 pm
Celebrate Halloween with refreshments, storytelling, and cannon-firing.
Garden State Discovery Museum's Halloween Hoot-E-Nanny
2040 Springdale Rd.
Oct. 25, 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.
Monster Splash at Sahara Sam's Oasis Indoor Water Park
535 NJ 73
Nov. 1, 5–9 pm
Get your tickets in advance for a Halloween-themed bash at this indoor water park!
Montclair Art Museum's Pumpkin Carving Event
3 South Mountain Ave.
Oct. 25, 6–8 pm
Join the staff for a spooktacular evening of festive hair-raising fun carving and decorating pumpkins.
Presby Memorial Iris Gardens' Gardens Aglow
474 Upper Mountain Ave.
Oct. 25 (Rain date Oct. 26)
This annual event includes entertainment, crafts, and spooky stories.
Turtle Back Zoo's Safe Howl-O-Ween
560 Northfield Ave.
Oct. 31, 4–9 pm
Trick-or-treat through 25 candy stations around the zoo and take a "not-so-scary" train ride!
Healthy and Green Halloween at The Rue
301 Garden St.
Oct. 19, 3–5 pm
Dress the kids in their costumes for healthy trick-or-treating and rocking out with Dana Harrison of Musicology 4 Kids and the Fuzzy Lemons!
Princeton University Art Museum's Art for Families: Mummy Match-up
Oct. 19, 10:30 am–1 pm
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 Halloween Parade
Dress up in your best costume and come to the Arts Council of Princeton’s Annual Hometown Halloween Parade! Bring your family and friends for a spooky good time! Meet on Albert Hinds Plaza and follow the Princeton University Marching band to the Palmer Square Green.
Plainsboro Preserve's Animals of Halloween
80 Scotts Corner Rd.
Oct. 26, 3:30–5 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!
State Theatre presents Robin Bady: Giggly Ghosts and Silly Songs and Stories
15 Livingston Ave.
Oct. 19, 10 am and 12 pm
Robin Bady shares silly (but not scary) stories and songs about ghosts, witches, and otherworldly spirits for children ages 3-8.
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!)
Imagine That!!!'s Halloween Events and Spooktacular Night
4 Vreeland Rd.
Oct. 25, 5–8 pm
Select weekends in Oct., make crafts like a black cat or a spooky spider. While you're there, check out the outdoor maze. On the evening of Oct. 25, come in costume for Spooktacular Night.
Museum of Early Trades and Crafts' Tricks-N-Treats Family Fun Day
9 Main St.
Oct. 12, 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 Halloween Spooktacular: Phantom of the Opera
6 Normandy Heights Rd.
Nov. 2, 8 pm
New Jersey Festival Orchestra (formerly Musica Morristown/Westfield Symphony Orchestra) brings to life in glorious symphonic splendor, the original 1927 Lon Chaney movie Phantom of the Opera, and a performance of Beethoven’s 2nd Symphony.
Macculloch Hall Historical Museum Welcomes Trick or Treaters
45 Macculloch Ave.
Oct. 31, 1–5 pm
Trick-or-treat at the museum! Stop in for some candy and then enjoy the beautiful gardens.
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!
Point Pleasant Beach
Jenkinson's Aquarium's Go Batty
300 Ocean Ave.
Oct. 5, 1–4 pm
Bats are often linked with ghosts, goblins, and other scary things that represent Halloween. Through activities, games, and crafts, children of all ages will better understand these mysterious creatures.
Jacob Vanderveer House & Museum's Halloween Evening
3055 River Road Park
Head on over for an evening of music, education, and fun for all ages.
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
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.
Think your kids have the best costumes in town? Show 'em off at the annual costume contest! Call ahead to confirm the date.
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.