Halloween Event Guide 2013

halloween-backgrounds-8The ORIGINAL Jersey City Halloween Event Guide is back for 2013! The 2012 Halloween Event Guide was a huge success for Adventures of a Mama! Although we haven’t been around much lately – we’re back and ready for Halloween. There are some really cool and spooky events going on in the Northern NJ and NYC area this Halloween. Check out some of our eerie favorites and have fun spooking! **DON’T FORGET TO CHECK BACK OFTEN FROM NOW UNTIL HALLOWEEN — WE’LL BE ADDING NEW EVENTS REGULARLY**

Ongoing and “Week-Of” Events:

State Scare Haunted Attraction: Oct. 25 – 27 and Oct. 30 – Nov. 2 from 7:30pm – midnight. This attraction is located adjacent to State Fair Seasons (formerly State Fair Halloween Superstore), which is at 229 Main Street in Belleville. While the nighttime event is suitable for children 12 and up, there is a Sunday Matinee for younger kids from 4pm – 6pm. Tickets prices: General admission $20/All Ages, VIP (skip lines) $35/All Ages, Not So Scary Matinee $8/Child 12 and under. Click here  for a $2 off coupon (only valid for nighttime event).

4th Annual Jersey City Zombie Crawl: Friday, Oct. 25 at 9:30pm. The fun begins at the Grove Street PATH station during Creative Grove night and moves on to LITM where you will transform yourself into a zombie and begin your undead crawl. Official T-shirts and face-painting are available for $10 or come dressed-up!

imagesClassic Horror Films: Saturday, Oct. 26 at 6:30pm and 8:30pm. Head on down to Landmark Loew’s Jersey City Theater and enjoy the classic horror films The Bride of Frankenstein (at 6:30pm, tickets $7/adults and $5/kids and seniors) and the silent Phantom of the Opera (at 8:30pm, tickets are $10/adult and $8/kids and seniors).

Halloween Fun at Liberty Science Center: LSC is Jersey City’s Halloween Headquarters, with so many activities to celebrate the spooky day! Weekend programs include: Bloody Hand Prints, Mystery Boxes, Do You Dare?, Brainless Artifacts, Creepy Crawly Worm Dissection and A Bloody Mystery. Plus, check out some spooky live action shows like Monsters Alive: Nature of the Beast (see fabled beasts up close!) on October 26 – 27 at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm (tickets $5/person) and Zombie Autopsy (do zombies live?!) on October 26 – 27 at noon, 3:30pm and 4:30pm. For the first time, families can enjoy the Halloween Camp In: Sleepless Slumber Party, where you will have access to hundreds of hands-on exhibits, a film in the IMAX Dome Theater and fun Halloween-themed activities! The Sleepless party will run from 6pm October 25 – 9am October 26 and is $60/family (mention code SPOOKY for a special discount when you call to reserve your spot). Liberty Science Center is located in Liberty State Park at 222 Jersey City Boulevard in Jersey City. Click here for directions and parking information.

The Turtle Back Zoo Halloween Events: This fun little NJ zoo has some great events coming up for Halloween. Check out Spooky Zoo on October 25 from 6pm – 9pm and have fun with animal presentations, crafts, games, scary (and “not scary”) train rides and more! Ghost Stories will be told on October 26 from 1:30pm – 2:30pm at the zoo amphitheater. Get the kids in their costumes and come to the zoo for Howl-O-Ween on October 31 from 4pm – 9pm — safe trick-or-treat at more than 30 candy stations and ride the scary train! The Turtle Back Zoo is location at 560 Northfield Avenue in West Orange, NJ. Admission for both is $3/Member and $5/Non-member (kids under 2 are free).

Halloween Week at Jersey City Public LibraryHead over to the main branch of the Jersey City Public Library a 472 Jersey Avenue, for a week of Halloween fun! Activities will include: Halloween Stories for all ages on Monday, October 28 at 3pm, Make-and-Take Halloween Craft on Tuesday, October 29 at 3pm (make a cool trick-or-treat bag!), Halloween Fun and Games on Wednesday, October 30 at 3pm and a Spooky Movie on Thursday, October 31 at 3pm. Check out Halloween Crafts at: the Marion Branch of the library on October 29 at 3:30pm, the Lafayette Branch on October 30 at 3:30pm and at the West Bergen Branch on October 31 at 3:15pm. Registration is required for most of these events, click each link for more information.

Fourth Annual Afternoon of Fright on Fourth Street: Saturday, Oct. 26 from 3pm – 6pm. Presented by the Harsimus Cove Association and the Fourth and Fifth Street Block Associations, this annual Halloween block party will take place on 4th Street between Jersey Avenue and Coles Street. It’s so much fun each year, with loads of activities for small children, including games, DJ, dance area, face painting, balloons, a photo booth, food, a live music by Princess Kate and Racer Steve and much more! Wear your costumes and have some ghoulish fun!

The Ghost of Uncle Joe’s Halloween Fundraiser:  Saturday, Oct. 26 from 2pm – 10pm. This annual benefit is for and at the Historic Jersey City & Harsimus Cemetery located at 435 Newark Avenue, Jersey City. Dress up and bring the family for Halloween fun at Jersey City’s “national treasure”! Learn about the history of the cemetery, listen to great music and have some food and refreshments. Live local bands will be resurrecting Elvis Costello, Cream, The Doors, The Violent Femmes and more! Food will be available from Cal’s Hot Dogs and Honey Bakery. Suggested donation is $10/person. Don’t forget about the After Life Party at the Lamp Post Bar and Grille beginning at 10:30pm!

Halloween Parade for Kids and Pets in Paulus Hook Park: Sunday, Oct. 27 from 1pm – 4pm. Grab the kids and pets for this day of Halloween fun in Paulus Hook Park on Grand and Washington Streets. The Children’s Costume Parade begins at 1pm, with awards in various categories, and the Pet Parade begins at 2:30pm (vaccinated, well-behaved and leashed pets of all kinds welcome). $10 registration fee benefits Paulus Hook Park Redesign and the LibertyHumane Society.

Hamilton Park Annual Halloween Parade: Wednesday, Oct 30 at 5pm. Get your costumes on and march in the parade around the Hamilton Park and participate in activities!

DOCO Supernatural Halloween Festival: Don’t miss two days of Halloween fun at DOCO! On Oct. 30 at 4:30pm check out Pumpkin Carving Craziness! For a $5 donation you will get your little one a pumpkin of their very own to carve! On Oct. 31 from 6pm – 8:30pm come down for the Monster Mash. For a $10 donation, your little one will get face painting, photos, punch, games, treats and more! DOCO is located on Hamilton Park at 29 McWilliams Place.

Halloween “Day-Of” Events:

First Annual Jersey City Halloween Bash at City Hall: Thursday, Oct. 31 from 5:30pm – 8:30pm. This free event is sure to be spooktacular! Dress up and bring the whole family down for a night of fun including “Fright Night Movies”, a petting zoo, face painting, trick-or-treating, moon bounce, a costume contest and many more activities!

The Annual Hoboken Ragamuffin Parade & Costume Contest: Thursday, Oct. 31 at 3pm. The parade begins on Washington, between 12th and 13th and features local live music, floats and lots of costumed folk! The costume contest will be held at the Little League Field on 5th and River Terrace, immediately after the parade. Prizes will be awarded in five age categories. Expect bands, entertainment and more!

Halloween Parade for KiddosThursday, Oct. 31 from 4pm  – 6pm. HDSID  is hosting this parade, which will travel down Newark Avenue to the Grove Street PATH Station. Get your costumes on and come down for free pictures and treats.

Slice-O-Ween at Two Boots JC: Kids in costume will get a free slice at Two Boots Jersey City! Two Boots is located at 133 Newark Avenue.

Mall Wide Trick-Or-Treat: Thursday, Oct. 31 from 3pm – 6pm. If you want a controlled environment to trick-or-treat in, take the kids to the mall! Collect candy, participate in activities — even win giveaways and prizes! The Newport Centre Mall is located at 30 Mall Drive West.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Thursday, Oct. 31 at 8pm. Maxwell’s of Hoboken has been reanimated for Halloween — let’s do the time warp again! This feature will include a live performance by The Home of Happiness and the entire event is a for the Jersey City Cemetery Volunteer Project. Costumes are encouraged! $15 suggested donation at the door. All proceeds go to the benefit of The Historic Jersey City & Harsimus Cemetery.

Here are some NYC Halloween events that are worth traveling into the city for:

Boo at the ZooWeekends through Nov. 3. The Bronx Zoo hosts this Halloween event annually. Highlights include a hay maze, costume parade, dinosaur safari, treat stations, live music and more. Get 10% tickets if you purchase online! Tickets (with discount) are $30.56/Adults and $21.56/Children (ages 3 – 12). Zoo hours are Monday – Friday 10am – 5pm and 10am – 5:30pm on weekends and holidays. The Zoo Shuttle is $3 for the whole day. Parking is $15 for the day. Strollers and wheelchairs are available for rent. The Bronx Zoo is located at 2300 Southern Boulevard in the Bronx. Click here for directions.

The Haunted Pumpkin Garden at the New York Botanical Garden: Now through Oct. 31. Celebrate Halloween with some family fun and intricately carved pumpkins, parties and parades! New this year, check out creepy creature encounters every weekend! Tuesdays – Fridays from 1:30pm – 5:30pm and weekends from 10am – 5:30pm explore the garden on your own, play in the Pumpkin Puppet Theatre, enjoy spooky readings and more. Weekdays at 1:30pm and weekends at 1pm and 3pm, take part in the daily parade! Also on weekends, bug out at the Ugh! Bugs & Creepy Creatures exhibit, featuring turtles, snakes, frogs, bugs and more! Stay later from 6:30pm – 8:30pm (Oct. 25 -26) for a Spooky Nighttime Adventure and explore the Adventure Garden by flashlight after dark. There will be trick-or-treating and pumpkin decorating activities. For this event, you will need a “special event ticket,” which will cost you $20 per person or $15, if you’re a member. Weekday “All Gardens Passes” are $20/Adult, $8/Children 2 – 12 (under 2 are free) and $18/Student (with valid student ID). Weekend “All Garden Passes” will cost you $25/Adult, $10/Children 2 – 12 and $22/Student. The New York Botanical Garden is located at 2900 Southern Boulevard in the Bronx. Click here for directions.

Halloween Parade & Pumpkin Sail in Central Park: Sunday, Oct. 27, 4pm – 6:30pm. The event will be held at Dana Discovery Center (inside Central Park on 110th). Bring your costumed kiddos and a carved jack-o’-lantern to participate in New York City’s largest pumpkin flotilla at twilight. There will be entertainment and festivities including spooky music, crafts, live entertainment, a parade and more. Click here for information on how to participate.

40th Annual New York City Village Halloween Parade: Thursday, Oct. 31 at 7pm. Celebrating it’s 40th anniversary, this infamous NYC parade’s theme this year is “revival.” Only those in costume will be welcomed to line up! Last year’s parade was the first ever to be cancelled (due to Hurricane Sandy), so come out and celebrate this year! You can watch the parade live on 6th Avenue from Spring Street to 16th Street from 7pm – 10:30pm or watch from the comfort of your living room, while waiting for the doorbell to ring, on WPIX Channel 11 from 7:30pm – 9pm or NY 1 from 8pm – 9:30pm.

For event submissions, please click here to email me! Happy haunting!

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Jersey City Farmer’s Market Roundup

The season is finally here for farmer’s markets in Jersey City! I’m obviously over the moon about this and you should be, too! Fresh fruits and vegetables, delectable baked goods…even knife sharpening. It’s all back! The glorious days of farmer’s markets usually begin in May, but this year there are some markets opening earlier. Hamilton Park’s market opens today! Check out what will be open where and when. Stay tuned, as some information will be updated in coming weeks. Happy shopping!

hamiltonparkfarmersHamilton Park Farmer’s Market 
Kicks off Wednesday, April 17 
Every Wednesday from 3pm – 7:30pm through December

This is my closest farmer’s market and my most frequented. It has become such a staple of our summer. We’ve watched this little market grow by leaps and bounds these past few years. This year they’ve added even more vendors. Vendors include: Cocoa Bakery (my personal favorite), Lizzmonade (yum, another staple of summer), Pizza Vita Mobile Pizza Truck, Poplar Wood Farm, City Girls Food, Amanda Bananas and many more!

lVan Vorst Park Farmer’s Market 
Kicks off Saturday, April 20
Every Saturday from 8am – 3pm through December

Saturday mornings are a great time to peruse this laid-back market in Van Vorst Park. Vendors include Hoboken Farms, Aspercolas Farms, Central Valley Farm, Cocoa Bakery, Lizzmonade, Honey Bakery, X-Caliber knife sharpeners, How Sweet It Is and more.

418534_333146766727154_1423691131_nHistoric Downtown Jersey City Farmer’s Market 
Kicks off Monday, May 13
Every Monday and Thursday from 4pm – 8pm through December

This market is conveniently located at the Grove Street PATH Plaza. So, you can easily grab some good eats on the way home from work. Along with great vendors, this market offers up the area’s greatest food trucks (including The Taco Truck)! Vendors include: Cocoa Bakery, Lizzmonade, Staten Island Kettle Korn, Amanda Bananas, BBQ at Legal Beans, Jersey City Veggie Burgers and many more!

JSQ loewsJournal Square Farmer’s Market
Kicks off Wednesday, June 19 (this is the scheduled date, but they may open earlier)
Every Wednesday and Friday from 11am – 7:30pm

It’s located on the plaza just outside the Journal Square PATH station. Vendors this year include: Ort Farms, Alstede Farms, Stony Hill Farms, Honey Bakery, Senor Peanuts, Baker’s Bounty and many more.

10021_534072856635357_1384133910_nRiverview-Fisk Farmer’s Market
Kicks off Sunday, May 5
Every Sunday from 9am – 2pm

This year marks the third season for this farmer’s market in JC Heights. Vendors will include Alstede Farms, Nature’s OwnCocoa BakeryHoney Bakery, Pickle LiciousPizza Vita Mobile Pizza Truck, Jersey City Veggie Burgers, Handmade Jewelry by Jade, Aurora Naturals of Hunterdon and many more.

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Jersey City Public Library Preschool Story Hour Begins Today!

storytimeIt’s that time of year again! After many cold and boring winter months, The Jersey City Free Public Library has resumed its spring Preschool Story Hour. The spring schedule begins today March 4, 2013 and will run until May 24, 2013. All of the branches in JC are participating on various mornings. Here’s a list of all the locations, dates and times. Click here to see the full schedule. Children eight years and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times. The library will be closed on March 29, 2013.

March 1st was NEA’s Read Across America Day and March 2nd was Dr. Seuss’s birthday. What better way to celebrate than to take your little ones to the library and read with them!

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Hudson Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” to Benefit the Rebuild Hoboken Relief Fund

NutcrackerCheck out this great local event from Hudson Ballet. All of the proceeds from this performance on December 8, 2012 at 1pm at Hoboken High School will go to the Rebuild Hoboken Relief Fund. A great event for a great cause…go out and show your support!

While Visions of Sugarplums danced in their heads……

Hudson Ballet’s sparkling production of the enduring classic The Nutcracker will usher in the holiday season at the Hoboken High school.

Choreographed by Bethany Marc-Aurele, this production is set in the turn of the 18th century and is filled with 50 dancers, stunning props and elaborate costumes. With scores of children, mice and soldiers this spectacular achievement offers a perfect compliment to Tchaikovsky’s glorious musical score. See leaping Russians, toy soldiers, and the beautiful Sugar Plum Fairy as a young child’s holiday dream comes to life before your eyes.

Hudson Ballet is a non-for-profit Junior Ballet Company that strives to increase awareness of dance through the performance of inspiring classical and contemporary ballet works, educate our students through exceptional classical ballet training, and share enrichment programs with those who might not otherwise have the opportunity to experience the value of dance education.

Please call (201) 683.4350 or visit http://www.hudsonballet.org to reserve yours tickets today! We hope to see many Hoboken and local area families there to help support our community!

The Nutcracker, Saturday, December 8th at 1:00pm at the Hoboken High School in Hoboken, NJ. A reception will take place at noon and will include a silent auction, bake sale and light refreshments. All proceeds will be donated to the Rebuild Hoboken Relief Fund.

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Sandbags Are In

Jersey City residents…the city announced that 14,000 sandbags and sand are available for pick-up. You can grab them on Sunday from 10am – 4pm at two locations — the Municipal Lot at Montgomery and Orchard and at P.S. 40 at Ocean and Gates. The city is asking that residents bring their own shovels to fill the sandbags they want to take. Sandbags should only be filled halfway and then folded over (read the Army Corps of Engineers guide to sandbags here).

Also, the city has posted the flood zone map online again. Click here to see if you are in a flood zone. Remember to move your car if you are in a low-lying area.

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FREE TICKET GIVEAWAY — Fall Festival

 As we featured in our 2012 Halloween Guide, Hudson Dance & Movement and Hudson Ballet are hosting their Fall Festival Sunday, Oct. 28 from noon – 4pm at  70 Hudson Street, 4th Floor, Hoboken. The festival will have carnival games, face painting, a cupcake walk, costume contest, dance off and (the best part of all) learn the choreography to Michael Jackson’s Thriller (admittedly, a longtime dream of mine). Wear your costumes and win prizes! All proceeds from this event will go towards Hudson Ballet, a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts organization. Hudson Ballet has been “singled out as providing some of the best training in the tri-state area. Tickets are $5/Child and $7.50/Adult.

The first reader to comment and answer this question correctly: “Who is the voice of the “rap” heard during Michael Jackson’s Thriller?” will win free tickets to Hudson Ballet‘s Fall Festival!

Good luck and happy haunting.

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Frankenstorm

Just in case you’ve been living under a rock (or incredibly busy and distracted, like me), there’s a storm that’s possibly headed into our area. Yes, one year since the freak Halloween snow storm of 2011 and 14 months after Hurricane Irene busted up (most of these photos were taken in my neighborhood) the downtown area of Jersey City, we are being freaked out by local news agencies about a storm they have dubbed “Frankenstorm.” Hurricane Sandy is projected to hit the NYC area on Monday and she will meet up with a winter storm system coming from the West and become “Count Stormula” (thanks Derek). All joking aside, if Hurricane Irene taught local residents anything — it was to be prepared…just in case. The main threat for our area will obviously be flooding, but they aren’t predicting nearly as much rain as Irene dropped.

The Jersey City homepage is posting relevant information to keep residents prepared. Sand bags will become available for pick-up (check back on the JC homepage for updated information) and emergency shelters will be set up and transportation to them provided, in case of an emergency evacuation. The mayor urges residents to also check the city’s Facebook page and Twitter feed and to sign up for the C3 Mass Alert system for up-to-date information on the storm and preparedness. Another reliable source of information is the Jersey Shore Hurricane News Facebook page, which was created last year, in response to preparing for Hurricane Irene and has since become and user-infused NJ news/weather experience.

In the meantime, don’t get caught up in the hype and anxiety often created by the news outlets. Stay informed through checking on what the city itself has to say and disregard rumors. Let’s hope it passes us by!

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Halloween Event Guide 2012

The 2011 Halloween Event Guide was a huge success for Adventures of a Mama! Although we haven’t been around much since mid-summer – we’re back and ready for Halloween. There are some really cool and spooky events going on in the Northern NJ and NYC area this Halloween. Check out some of our eerie favorites and have fun spooking! **DON’T FORGET TO CHECK BACK OFTEN FROM NOW UNTIL HALLOWEEN — WE’LL BE ADDING NEW EVENTS REGULARLY**

State Scare Haunted Attraction: Oct. 18 – 21, Oct. 25 – 28, Oct. 30 – Nov. 3 7pm – midnight (Sundays there is also a “not so scary matinee” for younger kids from 4pm – 6pm). This attraction is located adjacent to State Fair Halloween Superstore, which is at 229 Main Street in Belleville. While the nighttime event is suitable for children 12 and up, there is a Sunday Matinee for younger kids from 4pm – 6pm. Tickets prices: General admission $20/All Ages, VIP (skip lines) $35/All Ages, Not So Scary Matinee $8/Child 12 and under. Click here  for a $2 off coupon (only valid for nighttime event). Click here for directions.

Hoboken Harvest Festival: Saturday, Oct. 20, 11am – 3pm. Pier A Park, First Street and Frank Sinatra Drive. Highlights include hay and pony rides, pumpkin painting, moonwalk, food, hay maze, face painting, sand art and more.

Halloween Fun at Liberty Science Center: LSC is Jersey City’s Halloween Headquarters, with so many activities to celebrate the spooky day!  Night of the Living Dead in 3D: Oct. 24, 26 – 28, 30 – 31. Check out the frightening 1968 classic now restored, colorized and in 3D! Tickets are $11.25/Adult and $8.50/Child. Click here to buy tickets. Spookley the Square Pumpkin: Oct 21, 27 and 28 at 10am, 11:30am and 1pm.Take your younger children ages 3 – 8 to see this cute Halloween film. Tickets are $3.50/Person. Click here to buy tickets. Costume Contest: Saturday, Oct. 27 at noon. Bring the kids in costume and they could win a free LSC birthday party. Suitable for kids up to age 12. Movie Monster Science Trivia: Saturday, Oct. 27, all day. LSC’s version of trick-or-treating – visit all the exhibitions to play trivia games and get candy as a prize! See if you’re brave enough to put your hand inside a “scare box”! Suitable for kids ages 5 and up from 10am – 3pm (free with paid admission). Ticket prices: Adults $15, Children $13. Liberty Science Center is located in Liberty State Park at 222 Jersey City Boulevard in Jersey City. Click here for directions and parking information.

Halloween Crafts at Jersey City Public Library:

Pavonia Branch: Thursday, Oct. 25, 3:30pm. The Pavonia branch is located at 326 8th Street, Jersey City. Main Branch: Monday, Oct. 29, 3pm. The main branch is located at 472 Jersey Avenue, Jersey City. Heights Branch: Friday, Oct. 26, 3:30pm. The Heights branch is located at 14 Zabriskie Street, Jersey City. Registration is required for these events – contact your local branch for more information.

Ghosts of Uncle Joe’s Halloween Masquerade Rock & Roll Ball:  Saturday, Oct. 27, 1:30pm – 10pm. This benefit is for and at the Historic Jersey City & Harsimus Cemetery located at 435 Newark Avenue, Jersey City. Dress up and bring the family for Halloween fun at Jersey City’s “national treasure”! Learn about the history of the cemetery, listen to great music and have some food and refreshments. Check out the cemetery’s Facebook  page for more information. Donation is $10.

The Turtle Back Zoo: Spooky Zoo: Saturday, Oct. 27, 6pm – 9pm. This fun-filled event includes free pumpkin carving, magic, animal presentations and more! Halloween Celebration: Wednesday, Oct. 31, 4pm – 9pm. Bring the kiddies in costume and have fun with “safe trick-or-treating”, ride the spooky train and more! The Turtle Back Zoo is location at 560 Northfield Avenue in West Orange, NJ. Admission for both is $5/General and $3/Members (kids under 2 are free).

Hamilton Park Annual Halloween Parade: Sunday, Oct 28, 10am – noon (raindate 10/29 5pm – 6:30pm). Get your costumes on and march in the parade around the Hamilton Park and participate in activities including the pumpkin roll, monster mash, mummy wrap, photo-op and much more! The parade begins at 10:15am sharp!

Third Annual Afternoon of Fright: RESCHEDULED TO: Sunday, Nov. 4, 3pm – 6pm. Presented by the Harsimus Cove Association, this annual Halloween block party will take place on 4th Street between Jersey Avenue and Coles Street. It’s so much fun each year, with loads of activities for small children, including games, crafts, music by Princess Kate and Racer Steve, face painting, a haunted tent, leaf jump, food, treats and who can forget the Halloween photo sessions? Wear your costumes and have some ghoulish fun!

Fall Festival: Sunday, Oct. 28, noon – 4pm. Presented by Hudson Dance & Movement and Hudson Ballet, this festival will have carnival games, face painting, a cupcake walk, costume contest, dance off and (the best part of all) learn the choreography to Michael Jackson’s Thriller (admittedly, a longtime dream of mine). Wear your costumes and win prizes! All proceeds from this event will go towards Hudson Ballet, a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts organization. Tickets are $5/Child and $7.50/Adult. The event will take place at 70 Hudson Street, 4th Floor, Hoboken.

The Annual Hoboken Ragamuffin Parade & Costume Contest: Monday, Oct. 31, 4pm. The parade begins on Washington, between 12th and 13th and features local live music, floats and lots of costumed folk! The costume contest will be held at the Little League Field on 5th and River Terrace, immediately after the parade. Prizes will be awarded in five categories. Expect bands, entertainment and more!

Annual Halloween Bash for Kiddos: Wednesday, Oct. 31, 5pm  – 7pm. HDSID  is hosting this free annual event for kids and families at Gymboree located at 175 Newark Avenue, 3rd Floor, Jersey City. Get your costumes on and come down for free face painting, pictures and candy. Stony Hill Farms will be providing snacks. Check out the Facebook event page.

Here are some NYC Halloween events that are worth traveling into the city for:

Boo at the ZooWeekends in October. The Bronx Zoo hosts this Halloween event annually. Highlights include a Halloween hayride, haunted house, hay maze, a costume parade, treat stations, live music and more. If you purchase four or more tickets online, you even get a free limited edition Boo at the Zoo Snake Hat! Tickets are $29.95/Adults and $19.95/Children (ages 3 – 12). Zoo hours are Monday – Friday 10am – 5pm and 10am – 5:30pm on weekends and holidays. The Hess Zoo Shuttle is $3 for the whole day. Parking is $13 for the day. Strollers and wheelchairs are available for rent. The Bronx Zoo is located at 2300 Southern Boulevard in the Bronx. Click here for directions.

The Haunted Pumpkin Garden at the New York Botanical Garden: Now through Oct. 31. Celebrate Halloween with some family fun and intricately carved pumpkins, parties and parades! October 20 – 21 watch master carver Ray Villafane of Food Network work his magic! Weekdays from 10am – 1:30pm explore the garden on your own and play in the Pumpkin Puppet Theatre. Weekdays from 1:30pm – 5:30pm take part in the daily parade at 1:30pm, decorate a fall science bag, explore the Children’s Adventure Garden and more. Weekends from 10am – 5:30pm check out giant pumpkin carving, Spooky Nighttime Adventures, daily parades, put on your own performance in the Pumpkin Puppet Theatre and more. Stay later from 6:30pm – 8pm for a Spooky Nighttime Adventure  and explore the Adventure Garden by flashlight after dark. There will be trick-or-treating and pumpkin decorating activities. For this event, you will need a “special event ticket,” which will cost you $20 per person or $15, if you’re a member. The New York Botanical Garden is located at 2900 Southern Boulevard in the Bronx. Click here for directions.

Halloween Parade & Pumpkin Sail in Central Park: Sunday, Oct. 28, 4pm – 6:30pm. The event will be held at Dana Discovery Center (inside Central Park on 110th). Bring your costumed kiddos and a carved jack-o’-lantern to participate in New York City’s largest pumpkin flotilla at twilight. There will be entertainment and festivities including spooky music, marshmallow crafts, live entertainment, a parade and more. Click here for information on how to participate.

For event submissions, please click here to email me! Happy treating!

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What’s going on in JC? July 21 – July 26

Here’s our list of family-friendly events and activities in the Jersey City and Hoboken area this week. Check out a rockin’ BBQ tomorrow, see a concert in the out of doors or head out for Hudson Restaurant Week! Plus much more, this week…

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Lucky 7’s Annual Rock ‘n’ Roll BBQ

Jersey City Independent reported on this event yesterday. There isn’t much else online except some Tumblr mentions from jcgastronomer. It all happens Saturday at Lucky 7’s in downtown Jersey City. They will be shutting down Second Street to celebrate! The grills start at 1pm and the bands begin at 2pm. Plan on plenty of cold beer (complete with a beer garden) and their sweet teas. Plus, a menu including ribs, suckling pig, mac-n-cheese and cornbread. Bands performing include The Static Sea, The Micks, They Live and more! Saturday, July 21 beginning at 1pm at Lucky 7’s, 322 2nd Street, Jersey City.

Summerfest Concerts on the Hudson

This FREE music series takes place on Sundays and Tuesdays through August 14 in Liberty State Park. This Sunday, Kim Lawrence and
Don Carter (big band music) will perform. Tuesday night David Cedeno (Latin music) will perform. The concerts take place at the gardens behind Liberty House Restaurant. FREE. Sunday, July 22 from 5pm – 7pm and Tuesday, July 24 from 7pm – 9pm at Liberty State Park, Jersey City.

Hudson Restaurant Week

While NYC Restaurant Week is going strong, don’t forget about this side of the river! Hudson Restaurant Week begins on Monday, July 23. Run by the creator of Get Out Hudson Magazine and HudsonPulse.com, Tamara Remedios, this bi-annual “culinary celebration” has been promoting Hudson County restaurants since 2005. Participating restaurants in Jersey City include Edward’s Steakhouse ($18 lunch and $35 dinner), Hamilton Inn ($18 lunch and $35 dinner), Maritime Parc ($35 dinner), Satis Bistro ($30 dinner) and more. Some restaurants participating in Hoboken include Clinton Social ($30 dinner), Amanda’s ($35 dinner) and more. Be sure to check the listings for available dates and special menus. It all begins Monday, July 23 and will conclude on Friday, August 3.

Newport Beach Party 

A beach in Jersey City? Yes! The new Newport Green park area has a little beach, right on the Hudson. This local food festival will be setting up shop there on Wednesday with some of the Newport’s top chefs. FREE. Wednesday, July 25 from 6pm – 8pm at Newport Green, Jersey City.

Films in Van Vorst

This Wednesday, Films in Van Vorst will be showing the 2011 film The Help. Bring your chair and blanket and “leave your cell phones at home.” Wednesday, July 25 at 8:30pm in Van Vorst Park, Jersey City.

Hoboken Family Fun Nights 

These FREE outdoor performances offer fun for the whole family every Tuesday night! This Tuesday, check out The Fuzzy Lemons, “the juiciest family-friendly rock band on the scene.” This event is sponsored by Ben & Jerry’s. Tuesday, July 24 at 7pm at Shipyard Park, Hoboken.

Groove on Grove 

Wednesday night, head to the Grove Street PATH Plaza and check out this week’s Groove on Grove theme: A Collection of Accounts Showcase. Live music will feature Duck Goose, Sandra Small and the Small World Bands and Winner Takes All Collective. Don’t forget the beer and liquor provided by Barcade, Saigon Café and Hard Grove Cafe. Wednesday, July 25 from 6pm – 9pm (rain or shine) at the Grove Street PATH Plaza, Jersey City.

Movies Under the Stars

Movies begin at 9pm in June and July and around 8:15pm in August. Bring blankets, beach chairs and whatever you need to get comfy in the park. You can bring food, but alcohol is not permitted. Strangely enough, this week Hoboken Movies Under the Stars is showing The Help, the same movie as VVP is screening this week. There will be no movie showing on August 1. FREE. Wednesday, July 25 at 9pm at Pier A Park, Hoboken.

Hoboken Concerts in the Park 

This week, the Guitar Bar Allstars performs. Don’t forget your picnics and blankets! FREE. Thursday, July 26 from 5:30pm – 10:30pm at the Amphitheater at Sinatra Park, Hoboken.

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Stormy JC

In case you weren’t paying attention (or not home), there was a big storm yesterday afternoon. It hung out over NYC and JC for quite a while. Every time you thought it was over, the thunder and lightning would amp back up. There was even quarter-sized hail that pummeled the streets (not to mention the cars and any unfortunate pedestrians). I thought it was an odd storm, but didn’t realize how wild it was until I saw this picture. It was posted via Twitter and Instagram by former-NFL player Dhani Jones, who was on a plane circling La Guardia Airport. He tweeted, “#stormcoming #nyc #isolated I’ve never seen a storm so concentrated. The power of mother nature!”

I found out today that there were trees and power lines down all over the area. Third Street was even closed between Jersey and Coles to everyone, even residents, for a number of hours last night, as a live power line was on the ground.

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