JOHN AND KARA BASUINO/PLAY THEATER / Haunted Car Wash

It’s almost Halloween which means spooky events will be happening full force this weekend. From a monster bash to trick-or-treating events to haunted houses, read on for the best of what’s happening in NJ this weekend.

Editor’s Note: Events are subject to change. Please visit the event’s website before heading out to check on schedule or weather updates.

WEEKEND

Halloween Haunted House
Play Big Zone, Morganville
Thursday – Friday
You’ll get unlimited entry to the haunted house, unlimited entry to the obstacle course, 50 arcade credits and a goodie bag.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Live Performances
Little Theatre at Camden County College, Blackwood
Thursday – Saturday
The pompous school teacher, Ichabod Crane, the bully Brom Bones and the lovely Katrina are brought to life in this high-energy adaptation. With lots of comedy and suspense the play saves the best for last—the ride of the headless horseman.

Princeton Ghost Tour, Ghost Hunt and Cemetery Visit
Thursday – Saturday
This tour through the historic Ivy League college town is more informative than scary. With the help of real ghost hunters, you’ll venture into the campus’s darkest corners with thermal meters, dowsing rods and more with hopes of interacting with the other side. Bring a flashlight.

Ode to New Jersey Opening Reception
West Windsor Arts, Princeton Junction
Thursday – Saturday
Celebrate New Jersey, known as The Garden State, the Diner Capital of the World and the Crossroads of the American Revolution. Our state is famous for the Jersey tomato, cranberry bogs and growing blueberries (the state’s official fruit).

Haunted Car Wash
Team Car Wash, Westfield
Thursday – Sunday
Bring your car to get cleaned – but expect spooky, scary surprises along the way. Thirteen local kids will be dressed up to scare you as you go through the car wash.

Bordentown Haunted History Tour
Old Town Pub, Bordentown
Thursday – Sunday
Get the facts on notoriously mysterious town sites where many passers-by have experienced strange occurrences. The family-friendly route was recently updated to include new twists, turns and tales.

Spooky Fest
Liberty Science Center, Jersey City
Thursday – Sunday
Watch Boo! A Halloween Laser Show or the Haunted House 3D. Hunt for creepy, giant spiders in the Spider Scavenger Hunt, and seek 13 Spooky Skeletons, too. See what’s inside every jack o’ lantern in the Pumpkin Dissection Lab, and check out real animal skeletons in the Boneyard. LSC’s resident bugs, spiders, and more critters are the stars of the Creepy Crawler Corner shows. Work it out on the dance floor at the daily Halloween Dance Party.

JULIE LARSEN / Pumpkin Nights at The Bronx Zoo

Pumpkin Nights
Bronx Zoo, Bronx, NY
Thursday – Sunday
Pumpkin Nights tells the story of What Animals Do After Dark through intricately carved pumpkin sculptures and scenes, music and special lighting. The zoo’s newest attraction features more than 5,000 carved animal-themed pumpkins over a half-mile jack-o’-lantern trail, food trucks and fall treats, live pumpkin carving, seasonal games and more. Even though it’s at night, the activities are family-friendly.

The Great Pumpkin Train
Delaware River Railroad Excursions, Phillipsburg
Thursday – Sunday
Ride along the Delaware River and get off at Snyders Station, where you will spend 2 hours at the mine panning for gemstones you can take home and/or take on the challenge of the corn maze. Every train stops at the Pumpkin Patch on the way back so kids can pick a pumpkin for free, and you can all check out the century-old Carpentersville Lime Kilns which date back to before the Revolutionary War.

Hulda: The Other Legend of Sleepy Hollow
The Old Dutch Church, Sleepy Hollow, NY
Thursday – Sunday
In this one-woman show, learn about Hulda of Bohemia, a woman who was originally shunned in Sleepy Hollow for being a witch, but later became a Revolutionary War hero. The tale is told from the perspective of Abby, an enslaved African girl whom Hulda befriends at a time when both of them would have been forced to live on the edges of society.

Mountain Creek Resort Bike Park
Mountain Creek Resort, Vernon Twp.
Thursday – Sunday
The bike park at Mountain Creek has 52 downhill trails that challenge everyone from first-time bikers to downhill professional racers. Zip tours feature a series of ziplines ranging from 200 feet to 1,500 feet in length.

Fringe: Alone, The Stories of Edgar Allan Poe
Kutz Theatre, Hackettstown
Thursday – Sunday
This will be a multi-disciplinary immersive show bringing six stories and poems by Edgar Allan Poe to the stage, including The Raven, Tell Tale Heart and Annabel Lee.

Scarecrows in the Village
Peddler’s Village, Lahaska, PA
Thursday – Sunday
More than 100 scarecrows will be on display throughout the village. If you want to try your own, sign up for a scarecrow-making workshop. Throughout the season there will be a series of events, like Food Truck Thursday, a wedding show, a murder mystery dinner show and a free movie. During the weekend of September 16 and 17, Peddler’s Village will host a Scarecrow Festival that will include scarecrow workshops, live music, a juggling show, pumpkin painting, axe throwing, sand art, and outdoor food and drinks.

Welcome to Matteson
New Jersey Repertory Company, Long Branch
Thursday – Sunday
A suburban couple hosts a welcome-to-the-neighborhood dinner party for their new neighbors — a couple recently relocated from Cabrini Green, Chicago’s roughest housing project — but it’s anything but welcoming. This is a dark comedy about reverse gentrification and how we deal with the “other” when the other looks just like us.

Montclair Film Festival
The Clairidge, Montclair
Thursday – Sunday
There will be dozens of films screened throughout the week. One of the main attractions is a tribute to Director Martin Scorcese, hosted by Stephen Colbert.

Harvest Moon Nights
Alstede Farms, Chester
Friday – Saturday
Take a harvest moon hayride, spend the night wandering through the corn maze, pick your own pumpkin, enjoy live entertainment and sip fresh pressed cider.

Haunted Car Wash
Streamline Car Wash, Rockaway
Friday – Saturday
You stay in your car while going through the haunted tunnel. You are stuck in your car with family and friends while real-life zombies and clowns try to get in. There is an intense light show in the tunnel, smoke machines and mic’d up animatronics – all while your car gets washed.

Halloween Haunt
Dorney Park, Allentown, PA
Friday – Saturday
Halloween Haunt is not recommended for kids under 13 because of its haunted scare mazes, scare zones and live entertainment. There will be zombies and vampires walking around.

The Gaslight Anthem
White Eagle Hall, Jersey City
Friday – Saturday
The New Brunswick-based band will put on intimate record release shows to celebrate History Books, their first new album in nearly a decade that will be released on October 27.

Haunted Gym 
Byrne Community Center, Wildwood
Friday – Saturday
Walk through the haunted gym … if you dare! There will be a less scary trunk-or-treat inside the gym as well on Friday night.

The Spirits of Rahway: Lantern-Lit Cemetery Tour
Merchants and Drovers Tavern Museum, Rahway
Friday – Saturday
This nighttime tour will showcase the sinister side of Rahway’s history. You will be escorted through the cemetery by their “Spirit Guide” who will relay true stories of murder, tragic deaths and the unexplained goings-on within the cemetery gates.

Haunted Wild West Fest
Wild West City, Lebanon
Friday – Saturday
The legend goes back hundreds of years before the Gold Rush, when the Arapaho Natives buried a skull deep in the caverns of what is known as the Old Wild West City Goldmine. Now the whole town is going mad because the Cursed Golden Skull has been resurrected. Take the haunted train ride or go through the Old Miner’s Trail to see if you can find it, bring it back and break the curse.

Haunted House and Hayride
4-H Youth Center, East Brunswick
Friday – Saturday
Older kids will like the haunted house and hayride, but there will be less spooky activities for younger kids, such as pumpkin decorating and snacks.

Dinosaurs After Dark
Field Station: Dinosaurs, Leonia
Friday – Saturday
A fearless Dinosaur Wrangler will lead you on a dino hunt along the Field Station’s darkened trails. Try to escape from the hungry T-Rex. If you survive, you’ll gather around the campfire for a dinosaur sing-along, roasted marshmallows and hot chocolate.

Harvest Moon Hayrides
Alstede Farms, Chester
Friday – Saturday
You will go across acres of scenic farmland in a tractor-drawn wagon ride, navigate the corn maze by flashlight, and sit by the bonfire while listening to live music.

Ridgewood Halloween House
West End Avenue, Ridgewood
Friday – Saturday
Plus Monday -Tuesday
This zombie cemetery walkthrough is good for all ages. On Saturdays, there will be a “less scary” hour from 5:30 to 6:30 pm.

Sinister Asylum
Showboat, Atlantic City
Friday-Sunday
This haunted house is geared for ages 13 and up, but kids can come if accompanied by an adult. There is no touching of the decor or animatronics, and no actors will touch you. There are strobe lights.

Jurassic Park in Concert
Friday, Count Basie Center for the Arts, Red Bank
Saturday, NJPAC, Newark
Sunday, State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick
The movie “Jurassic Park” will be projected in HD with the full New Jersey Symphony Orchestra performing John Williams’ iconic score live to picture.

Liquid Church Fall Festival
Liquid Church, Parsippany
Friday – Sunday
High school kids can roll through the Glow Roller Rink. Kids can go to Candypalooza. There will be a pumpkin patch and apple cider between Sunday services. Worship Night will be held at two locations.

Fall Family Fun & Farm of Horrors
Schaefer Farms, Flemington
Friday – Sunday
Take your family on a scenic hayride to 40 acres of homegrown pumpkins. While on the patch, you can go through the Corn Maize or Hay Maze, play with the corn cannons, and feed some farm animals. At night, the farm transforms into the Farm of Horrors where you will ride, walk and then run for your life through the Halloween-themed attractions.

DerpyCon 2023
Hyatt Regency, New Brunswick
Friday – Sunday
Anime, gaming, sci-fi and comic fans can get into their cosplay, shop merchandise and meet some of their favorite stars.

House on Haunted Hill
Clifton Arts Center, Clifton
Friday – Sunday
Frederick Loren, an eccentric billionaire, invites you to a haunted house party. But when four strangers receive the same invitation for the same party on the same night, there’s no telling what ghostly mayhem might ensue.

Fall Into Fun
Storybook Land, Egg Harbor Twp.
Friday – Sunday
The park will be decorated with haystacks, cornstalks and fall fun activities. Climb aboard the Happy Hayride, decorate a mini pumpkin and go through Elmer’s Hay-Mazin Maze. Kids are encouraged to dress in costume.

THE ONE GROUP / Pumpkin lobster ravioli at Kona Grill

Boos & Booze Brunch
Kona Grill, Woodbridge
Saturday – Sunday
The Welcome Back Pumpkin menu will be available. There will be a live DJ playing Halloween-themed music. A costume contest will be held all weekend.

Spooky Wild West Fest
Wild West City, Stanhope
Saturday – Sunday
Bring the kids during daylight hours to this 1800s-Western-themed theme park. Watch tales of the Wild West come to life through historical characters, live-action dramatizations and demonstrations by period craftsmen. Ride in style aboard the Wild West City Stage Coach or Train and younger cow-boos and cow-ghouls can hop on a pony. Children can also participate in the Wild West Fest costume contest, win fun prizes and hunt down the Headless Horseman.

Autumn Leaf Pumpkin Trains
Woodstown Central Railroad, Woodstown
Saturday – Sunday
Take in the scenic farmland as the train travels to Fenwick Grove. At the stop, you’ll get off for 30 minutes and pick out a pumpkin, have some apple cider and a donut, and play fall-themed activities.

Fall Family Fun Weekends
Terhune Orchards, Princeton
Saturday – Sunday
Choose just the right pumpkin for your jack-o’-lantern or decorations, and let the kids have fun at the pumpkin painting station. Then take them to the area with pony rides, pedal and play tractors, children’s games and activities, the Corn Stalk Maze and Hay Bale Maze, Adventure Story Barn and the barnyard of farm animals. Take a stroll along the pollinator sunflower trail and go on a scavenger hunt. Get lunch from Pam’s Food Pavilion and then take the adults in your group to the orchard for Terhune’s own wines. Local musicians will play during the weekend.

Boo at the Boardwalk
Jenkinsons Boardwalk, Point Pleasant
Saturday – Sunday
There will be Halloween crafts, face painting, trick-or-treating, underwater pumpkin carving, entertainment and limited kiddie rides.

Ascarium
New York Aquarium, Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY
Saturday – Sunday
There will be marine-themed magic shows, Halloween crafts, a larger-than-life pumpkin display, Wildlife Theater shows and games.

Boo at the Zoo
Bronx Zoo, The Bronx, NY
Saturday – Sunday
Dress as your favorite animal (or in any costume) and listen to folktales from around the world featuring animals you can see in the zoo, check out skeletons from a collection of animal species you see at the zoo, watch the costume parade and pumpkin carving demos, make your own Halloween crafts, play in the Boo Playground and go trick-or-treating.

Great Pumpkin Fest
Dorney Park, Allentown, PA
Saturday – Sunday
This Halloween celebration is all fun and no fear, so it’s great for kids of all ages. Located in Wildwater Kingdom, you’ll find family-friendly activities, games, play zones, costume contests, dance parties and more.

Pumpkin Trains
Black River & Western Railroad, Flemington
Saturday – Sunday
Catch the train at Flemington Station for a ride to Everitt Farms at Pumpkin Junction. Your ticket includes the round-trip train ride, entry to the corn maze, a kid’s corn box activity, a wagon ride, music and games. You can also pick your own pumpkins.

Fall Farm Run
Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, Morristown
Saturday – Sunday
Start with a wagon ride around the 200-acre property. Watch apples being pressed into cider and take your “turn” with the old-fashioned screw press. Pick your own pumpkin from the patch. Take a guided tour of The Willows 1854 mansion. Visit the farm animals and see a corn cracking demonstration and then feed the chickens. Check out Well Played, an exhibit about childhood 100+ years ago, and the Transportation Exhibit which features a climb-on Model T truck and restored antique vehicles that were driven around town in the 1920s.

Misfits Farmstead Festivals
Manalapan and Monroe Twp.
Saturday – Sunday
Meet the new Misfits (the family of goats) during festival weekends. There will be cornhole, tug of war, tractor rides, pumpkin picking, a corn maze, pony rides and a petting zoo.

Fall Fun Fest & Pumpkin Picking
Maple Leaf Farms, Manalapan
Saturday – Sunday
There will be live bull riding and country music, plus more than 20 activities, including a wooden train, wooden tractor swing, horse tire swings, tetter ball, pumpkin village, hay ride, corn maze, animal barnyard, pig races, goat mountain, hay maze, sand box, tiny trike track, pumpkin bowling, observation bridge, backhoe play yard, corn tunnel, rubber duck races, pillow jump, rodeo show, bean bag toss, pedal karts, corn crib, spiderweb, hay climbing and candy corn toss.

Fall Festival
Wightman Farms, Morristown
Saturday – Sunday
The mazeland includes a giant corn maze, hay bale maze, rope maze, paver maze, rock labyrinth, hay bale pyramid and hay bale tunnel. The picnic area includes corn hole, Hula hoops, and an educational display in the farm schoolhouse about bees and apples. The pumpkin slingshot will open at a later date.

Kids Boo Fest
Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson
Through Sunday
Bring your little goblins to Great Adventure for daytime Halloween fun. There will be family-friendly trick-or-treating, fall festivities, character photo opportunities and treats. This is not Fright Fest.

Hardy Boys: The Mystery of the Haunted House
The Growing Stage – The Children’s Theatre of NJ, the Historic Palace Theatre, Netcong
Through Sunday
Suspicious circumstances surround an eerie mansion on the edge of Barmet Bay. Amateur detectives Frank and Joe Hardy’s father are placed in jeopardy as the smugglers go on with their schemes.

The Woman in Black
McCarter Theatre Center, Princeton
Through Sunday
This is the original London production of Susan Hill’s acclaimed ghost story haunts. It inspired the film franchise starring Daniel Radcliffe. An old man recounts the eerie events of his youth. He is conflicted by settling the estate of a family who has a tragic history that continues to haunt (quite literally!) anyone who dares come too close.

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AddamsFest
Westfield
Through Monday
Westfield was home to Charles Addams, creator of The Addams Family, and that’s a big reason to celebrate. The town gets its Halloween on with everything from an art exhibit and wicked window decorations to a lantern sail and masquerade ball. You can even see the house that inspired the show, but only from the outside since it’s private property.

Halloween in Cape May
Cape May
Through Monday
Ghost walks, graveyard tours, Ghosts of the Lighthouse Trolley Tour, historic haunts and a Magic and Mystery House Tour abound in Cape May, plus trick-or-treating and a Halloween Craft and Collectibles Show. There will also be a Halloween village exhibit on display.

Monster Martin’s House of Terror
Gloucester County 4-H Fairgrounds, Mullica Hill
Through Tuesday
Check out South Jersey’s best home haunt turned pro.

Halloween Light Show
Demarest Farms, Hillsdale
Through Tuesday
Drive through 32 acres of Halloween lights displays, enjoy farm fresh goodies in the retail farm market, warm up by the fire pits, make your own s’mores, and sip hot cocoa.

Haunted Mini Golf
Woodbridge Community Center, Woodbridge
Through Tuesday
Skyline Mini Golf is haunting the tees for the whole family.

Fall Harvest Days
Norz Hill Farm & Market, Hillsborough
Through Tuesday
Start with the Fall Harvest Days, which include the corn maze, farm tours, a Kids CORNer, pumpkin patch and food stand. Then, mark your calendar for Scare Farm, where the farm transforms into nightly terrors.

Fright Fest
Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson
Through Tuesday
This is not for the faint of heart! Recommended for teens and adults 13 and older, this is one of the area’s scariest Halloween events. Nighttime festivities include a ghoul parade, live stage shows, terrifying scare zones, plus six haunted houses designed for the ultimate scare.

Monsterville
Downtown Merchantville
Through Tuesday
Throughout the month the downtown will be transformed into a Halloween scene. Events include Spooky Story Time, the Merchant School Haunted House, a Mystery and Magic Street Fair, a Zombie Run and trick-or-treating.

MERLIN ENTERTAINMENTS / LEGOLAND Discovery Center Pumpkin Patch

Brick-or-Treat: Monster Party
LEGOLAND Discovery Center, American Dream, East Rutherford
Through Tuesday
Watch the new LEGO 4D Halloween Movie: The Great Monster Chase. Have a meet-and-greet with the BOOtastic LEGO Witch. Find all the monsters that have hidden in Miniland and bring the Monster Band back together for a reward. Take a picture with the new LEGO pumpkin. Add your own terrifying touches to make the Monster House a home. Enjoy Halloween treats at the LEGO Café. And of course, play with the LEGOs in the build areas.

FRIDAY

BYOB: Bring Your Own Baby Matinee: Taylor Swift: The ERAS Tour
The Clairidge, Montclair
Watch a movie in an environment that’s friendly to parents and caregivers of new babies. Lights will be dimmed but not off and the volume moderated. Closed Captions will be turned on. You are free to move around as needed. Crying babies and nursing mothers are welcome.

Princeton’s Hometown Halloween Parade and Halloween Extravaganza Dance Party
Palmer Square Green, Princeton
There will be a Halloween-themed Storytime with Jeff before the parade kicks off. After, the party continues at the YMCA with circus entertainment and free family fun, including an all-ages Halloween dance party.

Haunted Ridgewood
Downtown Ridgewood
Ridgewood Walks and the Ridgewood Halloween Maze put on a popular walking tour of the year called Haunted Ridgewood. Find out what secrets hide behind certain stately mansions in Ridgewood’s historic district. See the houses where some guests have never left and hear the history that marks them forever. End up at Ridgewood’s notorious haunted maze. Find your way through the maze’s one secret passage. Spooky attire is encouraged. Note: The Ridgewood Walks are currently sold out but check back in case new dates are added.

Pumpkin Plunge
Five Star Swim School, Eatontown
Families can swim, play party games, eat snacks and decorate a pumpkin. Feel free to bring your Halloween costume or Halloween PJs to change into after swimming.

All Barracks Eve
Old Barracks Museum, Trenton
This will be an evening of spooky seasonal fun. Munch on apple cider and donuts around the bonfire while listening to chilling tales told by historically outfitted storytellers. There will be living history demonstrations and kids’ activities.

Candlelit Ghost Tours
Liberty Hall Museum, Union
Museum staff share paranormal experiences and investigations while families go on a guided, candlelit tour of the Liberty Hall Museum. It’s recommended for kids 10 years and older, and refreshments will be available.

Twilight Hunter Moon Hike
Hunterdon County Arboretum, Lebanon
Watch the sunset while going for a walk in the park. Park Naturalist Debra Reed will show you what is happening in nature during this transition from daylight to darkness. Appropriate for kids 5 and older.

Trick-or-Treat Around the Park
iPlay America, Freehold Twp.
There will be a Trick-or-Treat Trail, a costume contest, raffle giveaways and more.

Halloween Throw and Glow
Stumpy’s Hatchet House, Green Brook
Throw axes while the room glows in the dark, and also go on a scavenger hunt for items employees hid around the rooms. Then you’ll get to spin the prize wheel.

Haddonfield Halloween Night Market: Part II
Kings Highway and Kings Court, Haddonfield
Vendors and artists will line the streets with a variety of Halloween-themed items for sale: apothecary, horticulture, curiosities, had-art, pop art, clothing, face painting, temporary tattoos, hair tinseling and more.

Franken-Wine
Cream Ridge Winery, Cream Ridge
The Franken-Wine Sangria Party will be held outside and inside for people 21+. There will be fire pits, a pizza truck, of course sangria, and a screening of the movie “Frankenstein.” Wear your costume.

The Haunted Bakery
Eet Gud Bakery, Trenton
This walk-through is presented by Janet Makrancy’s Weddings & Parties for one night only, and will have spooky visual experiences that tell the story of the Haunted Bakery. The event is appropriate for all ages. Wear your costume. There will be custom-baked goods for everyone.

Halloween Disco Party
American Hotel, Freehold Borough
DJ Joe D will provide classic songs plus Halloween hits. Prizes will be awarded for the best costume.

Beyond Pink Art Show
MarketFair, Princeton
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, The YWCA of Princeton is setting up an art show and gallery at the mall to showcase the journeys of breast cancer survivors and caregivers.

First Responders Day
New Brunswick Fire Department Headquarters, New Brunswick
Celebrate all first responders and essential workers.

Trunk-or-Treat
Byrne Community Center, Wildwood
Bring your bags to fill with candy as you go around the community center parking lot. You can also wander inside for the Haunted Gym.

The Rod Experience
LeVoy Theatre, Millville
Rod Stewart’s former band member Carmine Appice puts on this tribute show. It’s a replica of Rod Stewart’s world tour shows from the ’70s and early ’80s. The set list features Rod  Stewart’s biggest hits from that era, and the production includes multimedia elements and historical trivia.

SATURDAY

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.

Family Diwali Tea Light Painting Workshop
Scrap U & Artistry Too, Hillsborough
Paint and decorate a set of handmade wood-turned tea lights for your own Festival of Lights.

Osage Orange Day & Fence Building
Howell Living History Farm, Hopewell Twp.
Help farmers trim these natural fences, and gather fallen oranges for use in the farmhouse basement where their scent can discourage insects and spiders. Weather permitting, you can also help farmers rebuild “snake fences” that line the sheep pasture.

Howl-O-Ween Bark Bash
Bradley Park, Asbury Park
The dog Halloween parade down the boardwalk will be followed by a vendor fair, food trucks, games, prizes, contests and more. This is a fundraiser to support the animals in the care of Popcorn Park Animal Refuge in Forked River.

Kai Pop Bakery Pop-Up
The Eclectic Chic Boutique, Montclair
KaiPop Bakery will have a variety of fall-themed cupcakes, baked goods, and empanadas for sale outside the store. Some items include strawberry cheesecake cups, hot chocolate cupcakes, pumpkin-spiced banana pudding cake jars and apple-spiced Whoopie pie.

Pumpkin Chunkin
New Weis Center for Education, Arts & Recreation, Ringwood
Choose a pumpkin to carve or decorate, then launch it across the field with a trebuchet and see how far it flies.

National First Responders Day
Chevys Fresh Mex, Clifton and Linden
First responders who order one burrito will get a second burrito of their choice for free.

Fall Market
Horseshoe Lake Park, Roxbury
The day features a variety of vendors, makers, food trucks, music and more. Shop decor, jewelry, tumblers, trinkets and dozens of unique gifts. Trick-or-treaters are welcome. There will be pet adoptions and a pet costume parade.

Power 105.1’s Powerhouse 2023
Prudential Center, Newark
Musical acts include Lil Uzi Vert, A Boogie Wit da Hoodie, Lil Durk, Ice Spice, SpinKing & Friends and Lola Brooke.

DAVID BURKE HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT / Chef David Burke as Mrs. Doubtfire

Halloween Costume Party
DRIFTHOUSE by David Burke, Sea Bright
This adults-only party features a full buffet by Chef David Burke and drinks, or you can skip dinner and head right to the party to hear The Get Down Committee perform. There will be a costume contest.

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.

The Phantom Comes to Allentown
Allentown Presbyterian Church, Allentown
A free screening of the original 1925 silent movie “The Phantom of the Opera” with live organ accompaniment by Kevin O’Malia.

Trunk-0r-Treat
McDonald’s, 375 Central Ave., East Orange
McDonald’s Owner/Operator Jessica Quintana will provide free cookies, candy and ice cream, a bounce house, raffles, and a $100 grand prize for the best costume. There will also be a costume parade.

Howl-o-Ween
Seafarer, Highlands
There will be a free costume contest for dogs and their humans, and prizes for the scariest, most original and funniest costumes. There will be discounted drinks for dog owners and trivia contests.

Trick-or-Treating on The Turf
Bell Works, Holmdel
While the Bell Works Fresh Market takes place from 1-6 pm, you can bring your kids to treat-or-treat from the vendors from 3-6 pm (or until the candy runs out.)

The Jersey Comic Expo
Bell Works, Holmdel
The Main Atrium will be filled with more than 100 tables of comic book vendors, artists, special guests, toys, collectibles and more.

Dog Costume PAWty
Bell Works, Holmdel
Dress up your pup and head to Bar Bella for a paw-ty with live music by DJ Robbie Woodside, seasonal cocktails and mingling with the dogs of Bell Works.

HalloWheaton
WheatonArts, Millville
Trick-or-treat throughout the WheatonArts campus to take photos with costumed characters. There will be free family art activities. In the Glass Studio, watch as artists manipulate molten glass with unconventional tools, such as pumpkins and gourds. The Youth Scarecrow Contest will be on display in the WheatonArts Discovery Garden.

PINKtober Bowl
Parkway Lanes Bowling Alley, Elmwood
For the second year, the bowling alley will be decked out in pink so that everyone from a seasoned bowler to someone looking to have fun can roll their ball down the lanes in support of breast cancer awareness. There will be light bites, plus music by DJ Kurell Law. Kids can get their face painted.

Zombie Walk
Montclair
East Side Mags and Indie Arts Montclair put on this walk every year, which includes a costume contest, spooky stops and frightfully fun businesses, an after-party and spooky cocktails around town.

Festival of Lights
Montgomery Street, Jersey City
There will be live performances, vendors, cultural and folk dances, a multicultural fashion show and raffles.

Morven Harvest Festival
Morven Museum & Garden, Princeton
The Guild for Early Music will bring ensembles and musicians to perform music from the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque and Early American eras. Visit Morven’s gardens to help harvest vegetables and take part in hands-on activities including “spooky season” crafts.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show
State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick
You’ll get a goodie bag of props to use during the screening of the movie. Dress up as your favorite character from the film for the Time Warp Costume Contest. The Generation Gap Band will perform before the show.

Brews & Boos Pub Crawl
Haddon Township
Participating bars and breweries include PJ Whelihan’s Pub, Brewer’s Towne Tavern, The Taproom and Grill, Treno Pizza Bar, The Pour House, Keg and Kitchen, Central Taco & Tequila, and Tom Fischer’s Tavern. Halloween costumes are encouraged but not required. There are no cover charges or tickets required for the Pub Crawl; this is a pay-as-you-go event. The Jitney service is free and will take you to all the different pubs.

Walk Together Against Domestic Violence
Van Saun County Park, Paramus
The 3K walk provides an opportunity for the community to show support for local and national social change efforts to end domestic violence. Proceeds support the Center for Hope & Safety’s lifesaving programs for victims, survivors and their families.

Farm-to-Table Pumpkin Breakfast
Alstede Farms, Chester
Breakfast includes farm-to-table pumpkin pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, breakfast potatoes and drinks. You’ll take a wagon ride to Harvest Hall for breakfast, and then after you can spend the day on the farm picking pumpkins or apples in the fields.

METUCHEN DOWNTOWN ALLIANCE / Haunted Downtown

Haunted Downtown
Downtown Metuchen
Wear your Halloween costume and visit your favorite businesses for activities like Harry Potter hat sorting, dance performances, DIY trick-or-treat bags, face painting and lots of Halloween treats (like hot cocoa and candy corn pancakes). There will be Haunted Scarolers along Main Street, a corn maze and pumpkin bounce house on New Street, a costume parade on Imagination Alley, a carved pumpkin contest, a Monster Mash dance-off, fortune telling and make-your-own witch and warlock hats. Note: This is not a trick-or-treating event.

Small Business Scavenger Hunt
Foxmoor Shopping Center, Robbinsville
Kids and adults can start with the scavenger hunt around the local businesses in town, beginning in Foxmoor Plaza. Then, enter the costume contest.

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 your Halloween costume.

Monsterville Zombie Run 5K & Walk
Downtown Merchantville
Get dressed in your best Zombie costume and join the 5K, either by running like a marathoner or walking like the undead.

Robot Dreams
Montclair Kimberley Academy Upper School, Montclair
Part of the Montclair Film Festival, this film is based on the popular graphic novel. Dog lives in Manhattan and he’s tired of being alone, so one day he decides to build himself a robot companion. They become inseparable. One night, Dog is forced to abandon Robot at the beach. Can fate bring Dog and Robot back together again?

Cedar Run For Your Life
Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge, Medford
The Jersey Devil takes the spotlight as the ringmaster of the Leeds Family Circus during a haunted guided nature hike. After, there will be a campfire under the full moon, where you’ll receive hot cocoa and a marshmallow to roast. There will be a scary movie, vendors and food. Must be at least 10 to attend.

Get the Led Out
Carteret Performing Arts and Events Center, Carteret
The recorded music of Led Zeppelin is brought to the concert stage by a Philadelphia-based group of six veteran musicians.

WEST SIDE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

Trunk-or-Treat
West Side Presbyterian Church, Ridgewood
Toddlers through fifth graders should show up in costume for some super-fun trunk-or-treating and a costume parade. There will be DJ music, donuts and apple cider.

Pumpkin Chunkin
New Weis Center for Education, Arts & Recreation, Ringwood
Choose a pumpkin to carve or decorate, then launch it across the field with a trebuchet and see how far it flies.

National First Responders Day
iPlay America, Freehold
First responders ride free all day if they download a free Unlimited Ride Band. Go on the Go-Karts, Freedom Rider Spinning Coaster and other rides.

Fall Fest and Trunk & Treat
Pluckemin Presbyterian Church, Pluckemin
This year’s event will include a pumpkin patch, a bounce house, a balloon artist, games, a classic car display, music, and historic tours of the church. A special appearance of the Batmobile is planned.

Super Jersey Comic Expo
Bell Works, Holmdel
Comic book fans will be able to sort through books, magazines, memorabilia and merchandise.

Dog Costume PAWty
Bell Works, Holmdel
Dress up your pup for the costume party, featuring music by DJ Robbie Woodside.

LA GRUA ENTERTAINMENT / Frizzy Lizzy

Frizzy Lizzie Book Launch & Halloween Party
Hillsdale Public Library, Hillsdale
“Frizzy Lizzy” is a new book series that teaches children to be prepared and trust their instincts, setting them up for success. The inaugural book in the series has officially launched and the library is throwing a Halloween party to celebrate. Dress up in your favorite costume and enjoy an afternoon filled with fun activities, music and surprises. This is an event for parents, children (ages 3-11), picture book lovers, and Halloween enthusiasts of all ages. You will have an opportunity to meet the author Liz Leonard of Hillsdale (Frizzy Lizzy herself) and get your book signed.

Kids’ Halloween Brunch Party
The Shannon Rose Irish Pub, Clifton and Ramsey
Kids can join the costume contest and parade, then go trick-or-treating around the restaurant. There will be other spooky activities during the meal. Call the restaurant to make a reservation.

Halloween At The Pub
The Shannon Rose Irish Pub, Clifton and Ramsey
This party is for adults only. There will be live music, a costume contest and beer specials.

Trunk-or-Treat Block Party
Olde New Jersey Avenue, North Wildwood
Aside from trick-or-treating, there will be music, magic and balloon twisting. There will be no judging of children’s costumes, but prizes will be awarded to the best-decorated vehicles.

Howl-A-Ween Bark Bash
Thrive at Montvale, Montvale
Dogs can play in the Bark Park and Social Court. The winner of the best Dog-Gone Pup Halloween Costume Contest will receive a basket of doggie goodies. Light snacks and drafts will be available for humans.

THE WELLMONT THEATER / The Happy Fits

Happy Fest
Wellmont Arts Plaza and The Wellmont Theater, Montclair
Featuring a roster of bands from throughout the Garden State, Happy Fest will include performances from Vundabar, Phoneboy, Windser, Franklin Jonas, Hot Freaks, Flycatcher, Dentist & The Spins – topped off by The Happy Fits’ performance to close out the night.

Grayrock N Roll Fall Festival
Grayrock Farm Sanctuary, Clinton
Spend the better part of your day shopping from vendors selling art, baked dog treats, books, candles, essential oils, handmade soaps, home décor, jewelry, kidswear, stickers, toys, wreaths and more. There will also be live music, face painting, glitter tattoos, cats and dogs up for adoption, a tricky tray, raffles and food trucks. Make sure you stop by to meet the resident horses, goats, pigs and chickens.

Not Too Scary Spooktacular Dance Party
Mill Ballet, New Hope, PA
Parents can drop off their kids or stay for the party. There will be Halloween-themed dances, crafts, and treats (maybe some tricks) for kids of all ages. This is a FUNdraiser for Roxey Ballet, and also includes mask decorating and ghoulish games, plus sweets.

Newark Downtown District Fall Festival
Military Park, Newark
Attractions include pony rides with a petting zoo, a pumpkin patch with pumpkin decorating, face painting, a Halloween costume contest, a photo booth, free games, live music, food and more.

Greater Wildwood Elks Halloween Haunted House
Greater Wildwoods Elks Lodge, North Wildwood
Bring your trick-or-treaters to the “haunted house” where they’ll get lots of free candy.

Candlelight Concert: A Haunted Evening of Halloween Classics
Newark Symphony Hall, Newark
The music will feel even more spooky as you sit in the darkness of the auditorium, surrounded by candlelight.

Halloween Fun
Casino Pier Arcade, Seaside Heights
Come dressed in your Halloween costume and trick-or-treat throughout the property. There will be a spooky and fun Halloween Kids Magic Show by Joe Fischer, a Halloween Kids Concert with Yosi, and a meet-and-greet with Jack and Sally from “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”

Mutts Gone Nuts
Union County Performing Arts Center, Rahway
All of the dogs in this K-9 comedy show were adopted from shelters or rescues. The all-star lineup includes the highest jumping dog in the universe, a hilarious six-pound Pomeranian Pikachu mix, and a host of previously discarded dogs that will dance, prance, flip, and skip across the stage.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show
LeVoy Theatre, Millville
In this cult classic movie, sweethearts Brad and Jane, stuck with a flat tire during a storm, discover the eerie mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a transvestite scientist. Brad and Janet meet a houseful of wild characters. The movie is interactive, and prop bags will be sold.

Elmwood Park Community Day
Main Street, Elmwood Park
Don’t worry about cars, because the entire street will be shut down and set up with exhibitor tables, a special arts & crafts section, live entertainment, kiddie rides and games, festival foods and food trucks, a beer garden, and more. The Kid’s Traveling Shindig which is dedicated to children with face painters, sand art and kids’ games.

SUNDAY

Halloween Costume Party
Field Station: Dinosaurs, Leonia
There will be special Halloween shows and experiences, including costume contests and a movie monster showcase.

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 5K & Preschool Pumpkin Dash
Carnegie Center, Princeton
Bring your tikes to the Preschool Pumpkin Dash, part of HomeFront’s Halloween 5K & 1-Mile Run/Walk. The Halloween-themed race course is a marathon finisher event: flat, scenic and USATF-certified. The event is open to all age groups and fitness levels, with an emphasis on family-friendly fun including Trunk-or-Treat, Craft Alley, and yard games including inflatable axe throwing. There will be live music and a costume contest afterward, so dress to thrill!

Little Falls Farmers Market
Little Falls
Soupeteer, Doughboy On The Rise, Jersey Pickles, High Mountain Foods, Pastabalities, Rosie’s Empanadas, Jersey Spirits, Seven Tribesmen and Cousins Main Lobster are just some of the returning vendors for the season. Live music will be from Your Mom’s Hot and new this year will be live jazz music from Hunter Hays – plus DJ Allstar Spotlight.

Sinatra Music & Film Event
Avon Marina Building, Avon-By-The-Sea
Guest speakers will chat about Frank Sinatra and his films, and a Sinatra-style singer will sing his greatest hits.

Falling Leaves Arts & Craft Show
Montvale High School, Montvale
This event will feature 100 artisans and craftspeople selling their beautiful hand creations. You can show for jewelry, artwork, holiday decor, accessories, fashion, leather designs, birdhouses, wreaths, specialty foods, personal body products, dog treats, stained glass, pottery, candles, ceramics, children’s books and knitted items. Order homemade empanadas. There will also be Greek foods, and specialty foods including cookies, fudge and hot spices.

NEW JERSEY DEVILS / RWJBarnabas Health Running with the Devils 5K

Running With the Devils 5K
South Mountain Recreation Complex, South Orange
On race day, New Jersey Devils alumni will be joined by mascots from the Devils and New Jersey-based universities and pro teams, to cheer on the participants. All registered runners and walkers receive free entry to Turtle Back Zoo on event day, with a lineup of family-friendly activities planned at the zoo post-race. New this year, Get Fit with Animals has kids perform fun, physical challenges at six popular exhibits. After completing the tasks, they’ll turn in their passport for a medal and a chance to win prizes. There’s also a virtual format for runners and walkers that takes place throughout October.

Darren Drake Foundation Fundraising Dinner
Tommy Fox’s Public House, Bergenfield
The Darren Drake Foundation honors Darren Drake from New Milford who was tragically killed in the 2017 NYC terrorist attack. This event will benefit the Darren Drake Scholarship Foundation, which raises money for deserving high school students interested in pursuing trade instead of college.

Swingin’ Sinatra Music/Talk Event
Avon Marina Building, Avon-By-The-Sea
Guest speaker Christopher Riddle will talk about his father Nelson Riddle, and about Frank Sinatra. Brian Mark, host of the radio program The Sounds of Sinatra with Sid Mark, will be a guest speaker as well. Zack Alexander will entertain and perform a variety of Sinatra songs.

Pink Party Comedy Show & Masquerade Party
Body Solutions Spa, Rahway
For 6 years, Body Solutions has been helping to increase awareness and raise funds for Saint Barnabas Hospital where the owner/operator was treated in 2018. This year’s comedy show features comedian GL Douglas, along with a light buffet and masquerade party.

Haunted East Brunswick
Chase Bank, East Brunswick
This family-friendly walk, will tell you all about New Jersey legends, including the Jersey Devil, and other legends, including vampires, possessed dolls and the Devil’s Tree.

The Bazaar Fall Festival
Whitechapel Projects, Long Branch
There will be a curated market with vendor shopping, s’mores, fire pits, a pet Halloween costume contest, trick-or-treating for kids, face painting, create-your-own Sunnies + Bead Bar, photos at the flower wall, permanent jewelry, temporary tattoos, music by DJ Astrovan, giveaways, and food.

Halloween Family Fun Fest
Crystal Springs, East Brunswick
There will be food trucks, music, trunk-or-treating, arts and crafts, a haunted walk and a photo booth.

Corazon Latino Festival / Trick-or-Treat Around Town
In front of the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center, State Theatre New Jersey, Monument Square and the Heldrich Hotel, New Brunswick
Traditional music and dances will celebrate the cultures of Latinx Heritage Month. Take part in a community mural installation, get your face painted and take the kids trick-or-treating down George and French streets for the parade.

City Hall-oween
78 Bayard St., New Brunswick
Take pictures with the Ghostbusters vehicle and the Batmobile. There will be DIY activities and a pumpkin decorating contest.

STATEN ISLAND CHILDREN’S MUSEUM / Mighty String Demons

Mighty String Demons Concert
Staten Island Children’s Museum, Staten Island, NY
This fun and spooky Halloween concert is performed by The Mighty String Demons, a youth violinist group.

Rosedale Cemetery Walking Tour
408 Orange Rd., Montclair
Explore two miles of this 181-year-old Montclair cemetery on a guided tour. Visit some of the site’s most notable inhabitants and learn about the unique grave imagery of their era.

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Fit For a King
Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown
Your favorite characters go on a brand-new adventure in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe where Daniel learns what it takes to be King. VIP photo op tickets are available. Note: There is also a 5:30 pm sensory-friendly performance available.

Halloween Extravaganza
MarketFair, Princeton
Show off your scariest, silliest, most creative costume and have fun with pumpkin decorating, face painting, arts & crafts, music, treats and more.

City Hall-Oween
New Brunswick City Hall, New Brunswick
Take pictures with the Batmobile and Ghostbusters vehicles, work on DIY activities, enter a pumpkin decorating contest and ask for free giveaways.

Halloween Jewelry-Making Workshop
The Eclectic Chic Boutique, Montclair
Learn how to create your own unique Halloween-themed jewelry, including necklaces, bracelets and earrings.

Halloween Parade, Costume Contest and Harvest Fest
City Hall Municipal Complex, Clifton
The parade route goes from Van Houten Avenue to the City Hall Municipal Complex. Kids, teens, adults and pets will be judged in the costume contest. Then stick around for a post-parade festival featuring a hayride, arts and crafts, carnival booths, rides and food.

Hub City Sounds: Corazon Latino Festival and Trick or Treat Around Town
New Brunswick Cultural Center, New Brunswick
Enjoy traditional music and dances celebrating the culmination of Latinx Heritage Month, plus a special Halloween event.

Fall Festival
Ethical Culture Society of Bergen County, Teaneck
The lawn outside the Ethical Culture Society will be set up with arts, crafts, games, face painting, a bounce house, food trucks, vendors and more.

Haunted East Brunswick
Chase Bank, East Brunswick
Haunted History Productions presents a one-hour walking tour where you will meet famous and infamous residents who “still reside” on the streets of the town. This year’s “Scary Myths & Legends” tour features stories about the Jersey Devil, the Devil’s Tree, Vampires, Possessed Dolls, and more. It’s family-friendly, but it will still spook you.

J Community Fall Fest
JCC Princeton Mercer Bucks, East Windsor
Outdoor activities include a bungee trampoline, trackless train, petting zoo, pony rides, inflatables, face painting, games, crafts and more. Camp tours run throughout the day.

Brian Jenkins Memorial Halloween Parade, Costume Contest and Pumpkin’ Chunkin’
Cranford
Costume contest awards will be divided into age groups, plus Best Duo/Trio and Best Group. Judging will take place at the Community Center parking lot from 1-1:45 pm, followed by the parade to downtown Cranford and the Pumpkin Chunkin’ (weather permitting) on North Union Avenue.

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.

Farm-to-Table Pumpkin Pancake Breakfast
Alstede Farms, Chester
The all-you-can-eat buffet includes homemade pumpkin pancakes, sausage, eggs, bacon, country potatoes and beverages. After, go to the pick-your-own fields and orchards, access the giant corn maze and tractor-drawn wagon rides, and see the blooming giant sunflowers.

Day of the Dead (el Día de los Muertos)
New Brunswick Public Library, New Brunswick
The day’s activities will begin with altar building. Bring fruit, chocolate, bread or flowers for the ofrenda. You can bring photos or draw a picture of your deceased relative to take a place at the altar. The celebration will continue with music and Aztec dance performances by the Calpulli Huehuetlatolli dance troupe. Enjoy reading time, papel picado (paper flower making), a Sugar Skull workshop, and face painting as well. The festivities will close with a sampling of Mexican food and champurrado (a chocolate-based Mexican drink). The program will be both indoors and outdoors.

Happy Halloween Party & Trunk-or-Treat
G&G Stables, Howell
There will be a petting zoo, games, music, costume contest, trunk-or-treat, pony rides, face painting, hayrides, barrel rides, animal feeding and photo ops.

ONGOING

Tours of Crane House & Historic YWCA
Crane House & Historic YWCA, Montclair
Every Sunday
Take a self-guided tour to learn about the women of the Historic YWCA and the Crane family at your own pace. Take some time to walk through the gardens and meadow on site.

Wayne PAL Antique Collectibles Show and Vintage Flea Market
Wayne PAL Athletic League Complex, Wayne
First Sunday of every month, through April
The show features over 150 vendor tables in two large rooms and the front lobby where you can find vintage and sterling jewelry, glassware and Lenox, toys and trains, antique and collectible dolls and action figures, vintage postcards and photos and artwork, military, political and sports memorabilia including cards, magazines and newspapers, vintage coins and watches, classic rock CDs and more.

CIRCUS VAZQUEZ

Circus Vazquez
Woodbridge Center Mall, Woodbridge
October 27 – November 13
This is no ordinary circus. Instead, watch as an international cast of performers do trapeze acts, juggle faster than you can imagine, ride a unicycle through a 15-wheel vertical cycle; and perform a rarely seen Palo Hindu act.

Night Owl Markets
The Market Pavilion, Highland Park
October 28; November 12, 25 and 26; December 9-10
The outdoor markets feature local artists, artisans and crafters.

Halloween House Paramus
Paramus Mall, Paramus
Through November 1
Halloween House has a series of fully immersive, uniquely themed rooms including the Trick or Treat Room, the Glow in the Dark Room, the Horror Movie Graveyard, the Vampires’ Lair, and the pumpkin patch. These rooms are designed to be more fun than scary. There are no actors, jump scares or strobe lights. It takes about 45 minutes to walk through. Note: The attraction is closed on Sundays.

Little One’s Nature Class
Plainsboro Preserve, Cranbury
Fridays, through November 3 (no class Oct. 27)
Learn about the squirrels, turkeys and changing leaves in the Plainsboro Preserve through stories, crafts and nature exploration. This series of classes is for kids ages 3 to 5, plus an adult.

Grow Little Gardner
Veblen House Lawn, Princeton
Fridays, through November 3
Certified Master Gardener and local mom Mathilde Burlion will teach a weekly youth gardening class in Herrontown Woods. In these sessions, kids ages 6-12 will learn and grow by exploring the woods and interacting with nature.

LuminoCity Dino Safari
Freehold Raceway Mall, Freehold Twp.
Through November 5
From the triceratops to the Pterosauria to the brachiosaurus to the oviraptor, your kids will have a roarin’ good time checking out the lifelike animatronics that have special effects like their jaws opening, heads and tails swaying, the sound of breathing and wings fluttering. A special Halloween makeover with gigantic, illuminated jack-o’lanterns, spiders, graveyard stones and skeletons goes through October 31.

Jack O’Lantern Experience
Skylands Stadium, Augusta
Select dates, through November 5
There will be thrills and chills for the whole family, including seasonal food and drinks, outdoor games, pumpkin picking and painting, and a stroll through over 6,000 hand-carved Jack-O-Lanterns.

Fintastic Fall Days Festival
Adventure Aquarium, Camden
Through November 5
See countless aquatically-themed displays throughout the aquarium, both floating on the surface and sunken deep below among sharks, rays, and other aquatic animals. Check out seasonal sensory tables featuring pumpkin slime and other hands-on sensory experiences. You can pay $5 to paint and take home your pumpkin masterpiece. If you’re looking to learn more, dive into the “What Goes Bump in the Midnight Zone” show, which demystifies the animals living in the dark depths of the ocean’s Midnight Zone.

Oktoberfest
Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson
Select dates, through November 5
This German heritage festival is a new fall tradition filled with authentic fare and a large selection of seasonal craft lagers and beers from around the world, including the Gutentag One Man Band.

The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular
Sesame Place, Langhorne, PA
Select dates, through November 5
Dress your kids in their Halloween costumes and bring them to the Sesame Street-themed theme park for Halloween-themed shows and parades, a scavenger hunt, a trick-or-treat trail, pumpkin decorating, photo ops with their favorite furry friends, and the new Count’s Hello Halloween Spectacular.

Great Pumpkin Festival
Heaven Hill Farm, Vernon
Through November 5
There is so much to do on the farm! There’s everything from a tractor hay ride to a corn maze to a hy crawl and barnyard sports ball-cade, plus a Chicken Little Show, the Boo Barn, a dancing robot show, pedal cars and an obstacle course, Skee-Ball, a giant straw bale pyramid, boat racing, pig racing and the Canine Stars Stunt Dog Show.

Hill Creek Farms Fall Season
Hill Creek Farms, Mullica Hill
Fridays – Sundays, through November 5
2023 season highlights include u-pick apples, Asian pears, sunflowers and vegetables; live music at The Loft; kids’ activities, including a moon bounce, barrel train rides, gem mining and a playground; photo ops around the farm; local wine, small bites, food trucks, ice cream and freshly baked apple cider donuts.

Truffle Week
Nunzio by Chef Michael DeLone, Collingswood
Through November 5
The five-course meal stars white and black truffles from Lazio, Lombardy, Tuscany and Veneto in Italy. Dishes include truffle potato croquette, black truffle cacio e pepe, seared scallops, braised veal shoulder and triple chocolate tiramisu (no mushrooms, just chocolate truffles here). Since the meal is $100 per person, you’ll have to decide if it’s worth it to take the kids. You can also order off the regular menu during Truffle Week.

Duke Farms Market
Duke Farms, Hillsborough
Sundays, through November 12
The best farms and artisan vendors from the Raritan Watershed region will offer items for all your grocery needs.

ADVENTURE AQUARIUM

Sensory Sundays
Adventure Aquarium, Camden
Sundays, November 19 and December 17
This new program is part of the aquarium’s commitment to creating an inclusive, entertaining and educational experience for all guests, including anyone with autism or sensory sensitivities. There will be lower music and lighting as well as limited capacity.

Family Fun Football Sundays
Casino Pier, Seaside Heights
Sundays, through November 19
Sundays, November 26 – December 17
While the adults are watching NFL games, the kids can play in the arcade, get their face painted and meet special costumed characters.

Chrysanthemum Festival
Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA
Through November 12
Walk through displays of 5,000 yellow, orange, lavender and maroon chrysanthemums. It’s based on an ancient art from Japan and China, where flowers are arranged in the shape of spirals, obelisks, columns and clouds.

T-Rex Takeover
Field Station: Dinosaurs, Leonia
Select days, through November 12
The park is home to more than 30 larger-than-life-sized dinosaurs and includes the Jurassic Jump attraction, activities like dino trivia or feeding a T-Rex, time to speak with actual paleontologists and a scavenger hunt. Starting now, you can go for Dinosaurs After Dark on Friday and Saturday nights.

Aerial Adventure Park Night Climb
Great Gorge Golf Club, Vernon
Select dates, through November 18
Night climbs give you three hours of access to the 10 original aerial obstacle courses, plus the new zipline course, The Black Creek Flyer. You can spend the night climbing, zipping, scrambling and scampering through the trees. Stop for something to eat or sit by the fire to relax before heading up again.

Morning Walks
Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, Bernardsville
Saturdays, through November 18
During a quiet morning at the sanctuary, walk the trails with an NJ Audubon staff member or associate naturalist and learn about the birds, trees, tracks, wildflowers, reptiles and amphibians that you come across.

Food Truck Festival Season
Laurita Winery, New Egypt
Select Saturdays and Sundays, through November 19
Each weekend will have a different theme with food trucks to match, plus a glass of wine or two. There will be family activities, too.

Formula 1 at RPM Raceway
RPM Raceway, Jersey City
Through November 26
If you want in on the action, jump in an electric go-kart and race against time while virtually challenging famous Formula 1 racers’ scores and striving to outpace their legendary lap times. You can play in the arcade, at its state-of-the-art racing simulators, billiards, bowling alley and Hologate Virtual Reality center. If you want to sit on the sidelines, have lunch at RPM Sports Bar & Grill and watch F1 races in real time on larger-than-life screens throughout the venue.

Hopatcong Sunday Market & Craft Fair
Park & Ride, Hopatcong
Sundays, through November 26
Each week, bring the kids and shop from a variety of food, produce and craft vendors.

Diggerfest
Diggerland USA, West Berlin
Saturdays-Sundays, through November 26
Diggerland’s Fall Festival includes live music, special foods, hay rides, Circus Stella, fun and games, fire truck rides, a petting zoo, pumpkin decorating, a pipe roll, a corn maze, photo stands, fire pits and a fall parade.

Xiomáro’s Street Haunting: Photographs Virginia Woolf Might Have Taken
Starlight Gallery of the Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown
Through November 28
The artistic roots of street photography can be traced as far back as da Vinci’s street sketches. For Xiomaro, New York City is a source for creating candid photographs of dramatic, weird, and ghostly moments – while not using Photoshop, filters, or other manipulations. There are 16 large prints on view in this exhibition.

Winter Lantern Festival
American Dream, East Rutherford
Thursdays – Sundays, through January 2
More than 1,000 handcrafted Chinese lanterns and lights will be on display. The lanterns are made with hand-painted silk cloth and LED lights. There will be gorgeous displays of Chinese myths, legends and zodiac-inspired lanterns designed as an animal kingdom, a sea world and a theme park. Look for mammoths, polar bears, penguins, and a 50-foot-tall lantern display of Sun Wukong. You can also make your own lantern and dress up in traditional Chinese attire. The exhibit is open from Thursdays to Sundays.

Threading Memories
Art@Bainbridge, Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton
Through January 7
Korean-born artist MiKyoung Lee hosts her first solo museum exhibition. The exhibition features richly textured large-scale sculptures and wall-mounted works, and explores themes of domesticity, family ties, and how we process memory and experience.

TISHMAN SPEYER / Rockefeller Center

Ice Skating at Rockefeller Center
Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY
Through March
The famous ice-skating rink returns to Rockefeller Center in NYC for its 87th season. While you’re watching the skating, or when you need to take a break from the ice, you can warm up inside the special skate chalets on the South Esplanade. This year will be the first time you can enjoy alcoholic beverages in the chalets, with a soon-to-be-announced menu of drinks by Other Half Brewery, served alongside a menu of après-skate bites. Skating runs through March but the chalets will be rentable from November 4 to January 14, 2024. Details on Family and Kids Day and opportunities to take photos with Santa will be announced.

COLIN MILLER / Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park – Holiday Shops by Urbanspace Markets

Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park
Bryant Park, New York, NY
Holiday shops open through January 2
The Rink and The Lodge, open through March 3
The rink is the largest, free ice skating rink in New York. You can relax at The Lodge, where you can eat and drink while watching skaters from the rinkside or overlooking the gigantic Christmas tree. The Holiday Shops by Urbanspace Markets is another huge draw, and boasts more than 180 new and returning merchants in an open-air holiday market.

The Science Behind Pixar
Liberty Science Center, Jersey City
Through May 5
Learn all about the science behind Pixar’s animated films. Kids can try a bunch of hands-on experiences like making a short film, creating a robot friend for “WALL·E” and designing a new movie set using props from “Monsters University.” Learn what animation rendering is, then practice it by rendering a scene from “Inside Out.” Create a digital sculpture from an artist’s sketch. Use lights to solve challenges similar to the ones Pixar faced in creating underwater scenes with virtual light in “Finding Nemo.”

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