It's the weekend before Halloween and there are plenty of ways to get into the Halloween spirit. Whether at a Disney store dress rehearsal party, a nice community fair in Leonia, or a family fun run in Mahwah on Sunday there is no shortage of fun stuff on the agenda! The EcoArt Day in Teaneck or the Bubblemania show are sure bets as well. Have a great weekend!


Disney Store Halloween Dress Rehearsal Party. Fri: 4:30 and 6pm; Sat: 10:30am and 12pm. Games, fun, and a costume parade. Kids in costume get a free gift. Contact your nearest Disney Store for more info. Ages 3+.  

Zoo Boo. Fri: 6pm to 9pm; Sat: 12 to 3pm and 6 to 9pm. Trick or Treating at the zoo, magic shows, storytelling, haunted train ride. Van Saun Park, Paramus. (This event may be sold out as tickets went on sale Sept. 27th, call 201-262-3771 for more info)

Zoo Spooktacular. Sat: 6 to 9:30pm; Sun: 5:30 to 9pm. See the zoo transformed into Candyland, Harry Potter, Finding Nemo, a Monster Fun House, and more. Staten Island Zoo. Link here

Goblins in the Garden Family Festival. 12pm to 4pm. Come in costume and enjoy a haunted train ride, haunted maze, costume parade, etc. Free w/regular admission. Camden Children's Garden. Link here


Night on the Rooftop. 6:30pm to 11pm. Food, Wine tasting, Beauty, Craft Exhibitors, DJ, Live Performances, Gift Bags, Raffles, and More! Meet Marja Vongerichten of Kimchi Chronicles on PBS. Studio 450, NYC. Link here

Rocktoberfest. 8pm to 9:30pm. Sandwiches, beer and music provided by "The Nerds." Tickets are $40 and include food. Beer garden is extra. Wyckoff Family YMCA. Link here


A Fair in the Fall. 10am to 4pm. A bazaar with costume jewelry, vintage handbags and hats, children's toys and games, holiday items, furniture, and silent auction. Entertainment for the kids and homemade food. All Saints Episcopal Church, 150 Park Ave, Leonia.

The Little Read. 1pm to 2pm. Join Montclair's neighbors, writers, celebrities as they share great stories geared toward preK to age 5. Free! Montclar Art Museum. Link here

Pumpkin Patch Day. 10am to 5pm. Pumpkin picking, hayrides, crafts and maybe a visit from the NJ Devil. Liberty Hall Museum, Union. $10 adults; $6 kids; under 3 free. Link here

Campfire in the pumpkin patch. 7:30pm to 9:30pm. Bring your pumpkins, carving tools and get carving! Afterwards, toast some marshmallows by the fire and share stories. Weis Ecology Center, Ringwood. $8 nonmembers; $24/family. Link here. Call to pre-register. 


Family Reach 5K and Fun Run. 8:45 registration; 9:45 family fun run; 0:45am one mile fun run; 10:30 5k run/walk. Cash prizes to top runners, free post race festivities for whole family–including massages! For the one mile family run it's only $25 for whole family; 5K is also $25 entry fee ($30 on site). A great actvity to do for the whole family! Darlington County Park, Mahwah. Link here

Arts and Crafts Fair for EcoArt Day. 11am to 4pm. Wood carving demos, guided hikes, musical celebration, Native American storytelling, and vendors from Craftique Creations. Teaneck Creek Conservancy (20 Puffin Way). Free! Link here

Bubblemania. 1pm and 3pm. Their biggest show every year! For ages 3+. $10 members, $15 at door. Saddle River Cultural Center. Upper Saddle River. Link here

Angelina Ballerina: The Musical. 1:30pm and 4pm. Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown. $12-$15. Link here

Short Stories for Long Nights. 4:30pm to 5:30pm. 19th century style reading adventures for kids with treats by the hearth afterwards. Kearney House at Alpine Boat Basin and Picnic area (PIP exit 2). $3/child. Reservations recommended. 201-768-1360.


13th Annual Spooktacular. 10am to 7pm. Wear your costume and do some trick or treating throughout the museum. Decorate your own pumpkin too! NJ Children's Museum, Paramus. $14.99 + tax for kids and $10 for adults. Link here.

Sept. 17th to October 30th: Bear Mountain Oktoberfest. 12pm to 6pm. German food, live entertainment, arts and crafts. Take a boat ride on Hessian Lake, stroll in the park or take a ride on the Merry Go Round. $8/car parking fee. Link here.

Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze. Select dates and times from October 1st to Nov. 6th. Over 4,000 individually hand-carved pumpkins in various displays. $16 to $20 adults, $12 to $16 kids 5 to 17, free for kids under 5yrs. Some young children might be frightened, so it might be best to leave kids at home if they are easily scared. Van Cortland Manor, Croton-on-Hudson, NY. Mommy Poppins had a great writeup and tips here.

Boo at the Bronx Zoo (NY). 10am to 5:30pm. Wildlife magic shows, pumpkin carving demos, haunted hayrides and safari. Child in costume gets in free with paying adult! Link here. (also, Oct. 8, 10th, 15th and 16th, 22nd and 23rd, 29th and 30th).

Oct. 14 to Nov 16th. Yo Gabba Gabba Live! Beacon Theatre, NY.Link here

Oct. 1 to 30th. Frightfest. Before 5:30pm enjoy themed shows for kids. After that only 13yrs and older allowed. Great Adventure, Jackson, NJ. $39.99-$49.99 online. Link here

Big Apple Circus "Dream Big." Lincoln Center's Damrosch Park, NY. Link here