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.
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 Zoo: Weekends 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.
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