STAFF PHOTO / Halloween Spooktacular Costume Parade in Freehold Borough

What’s cuter than a Halloween parade with your babies (kiddos and pets) dressed up as superheroes, little monsters and horror movie characters? These towns know how to throw a Halloween parade to get you into the spooky spirit:

October 21

Costume Pet Parade
Village Green, Historic Smithville
Paw Dazzle will host the annual parade, where you can sign up your pet or watch 100+ pets show off their unique Halloween costumes. Historic Smithville has 50 shops, 7 eateries, a carousel ride, a train ride, paddle boats, an arcade, on-site lodging at the Colonial Inn and over 26 free weekend events.

Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge, Medford
Trick-or-Tweet at this animal sanctuary. Trick-or-treating will be outdoors by the Wildlife Housing Area. Watch a family-friendly Halloween movie. Get dressed up for the costume contest. Head to the campfire to roast marshmallows. Make Halloween crafts, color and play games.

October 22

Doggy Day Paw-rade and Family Fun Day
City Hall, Roselle
If your dog is well behaved, they are invited to join the doggy parade and costume contests. Plus, there will be games, face painting, food trucks and vendors for the humans in your group.

October 27

Princeton’s Hometown Halloween Parade
Palmer Square Green, Princeton
There will be a Halloween-themed performance by Jeff, of Princeton’s fan favorite Storytime with Jeff, before the parade kicks off. Afterward, the party continues at the YMCA with circus entertainment and free family fun.

October 28

Monster Bash
Village Greene, Historic Smithville
Horror Queen Genoveva Rossi will be signing autographs all day. Carve and paint pumpkins and then enter the contest. The costume contest has a $100 cash prize.

Halloween Spooktacular
New Jersey State Museum, Trenton
This year’s Spooky New Jersey-themed event will feature scavenger hunts, craft activities, games, a free planetarium program and a costume parade.

Fall Harvest
Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA, Scotch Plains
Activities include trackless train rides, pumpkin patch and pumpkin decorating, arts and crafts, games, prizes, fitness fun and healthy treats. There will be a costume contest parade so come dressed in costume.

October 29

Witches Day Out
Village Greene, Historic Smithville
Don your best witch outfit and do some magical shopping with scary good deals. Anyone wearing a witch’s hat will be treated to discounts at certain shops around the village. This year there will be a scavenger hunt, raffles and a parade.

Halloween Spooktacular Costume Parade
Main Street, Freehold Borough
Get into costume with your kids or pets and march down Main Street. Or, sit on the sidelines and try and catch some candy thrown in your direction.

Spooky Spiotta
Spiotta Park, South Orange
South Orange Downtown is about to get spooky, with its annual costume contest, interactive games, entertainment by Wanda the Witch, music, trick-or-treat stations and more.

October 30

Halloween Magic Show on the Square
Haddon Square, Haddon Twp.
Enjoy a free family-friendly Halloween Magic Show before the start of the 75th Annual Westmont Lions Club Parade on Haddon Avenue. Join magician Matt Cadabra for a Halloween-themed magical event featuring free hot chocolate, face painting, temporary tattoos and more.

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