Don’t miss out on these magical chances to plan some epic Halloween dates.
If you’re still reeling from the Stranger Things season 3 finale, snag tix to LSC After Dark: The Upside Down (Oct. 17). This monthly 21-and-up bash is giving the famous Touch Tunnel a Hawkins, Indiana makeover, plus setting up the Doom Zoo haunted lab, an outdoor Spider Maze labyrinth, a costume contest and Halloween-themed planetarium shows.
Strobe lighting, fog and sound effects will draw you into the spooky world of Dracula, who struggles between his love for Lucy and the stake, but the choreography, costumes and gothic tale will keep you enraptured. See this Roxey Ballet performance at the Canal Studio Theater in Lambertville (Oct. 18-27)
Part of Westfield’s AddamsFest, Morticia & Gomez’s Masquerade Ball (Oct. 19) is a kooky can’t-miss. Walk the purple carpet in your best black ensemble, feast on an inspired menu and boogie all night with a smoking cocktail in hand. Make sure you get a tarot reading Morticia’s aunt.
On October 19-20, shop spooky gifts, horror memorabilia, taxidermy and other oddities at Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market: Halloween Edition. More than 200 vendors and crafters will be there, plus a craft beer garden, food trucks, on-site tattooing and live music.
Historic Smithville’s Monster Bash (Oct. 26) in Galloway Twp. is complete with vendors, live music and raffles. Night of the Living Dead fans can try zombie archery and watch the Ms. Underground Zombie Pin Up Contest before getting a ghoulish makeover for the annual Zombie Walk.
Let loose at a shadowcast of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Sing along and dance the Time Warp at this cult classic performed by either The Friday Nite Specials at Red Bank’s Bow Tie Strathmore Cinema (Fridays) or The Home of Happiness at Ridgewood’s Bow Tie Warner Theatre (first and third Saturdays of every month).
If Broadway’s your thing, snag tix to Broadway Fright Night at UCPAC in Union (Oct. 4). Sing along to classics from horror and sci-fi shows like Wicked, Phantom of the Opera and Sweeney Todd, all performed by pros.
Horror movie buffs will be stoked to meet Alex Vincent (Oct. 4-5), the actor who played Andy in four Child’s Play films, at Demarest Farm’s Haunted Orchards (select dates through Nov. 2). After you get an autograph, take a haunted hayride down to the abandoned graveyard in the apple orchard.
Calling all literary nerds! An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe at The Historic Village at Allaire in Wall Twp. on October 11-12 will take you to the historic chapel for a blood-curdling performance of classic stories.
Mix up dinner with vino and a side of homicide at Murder Mystery at Four Sisters Winery in Belvidere on October 13. Dig into baked ziti, salad and more while trying to figure out this whodunit, plus tour the wine cellar.