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Halloween Happenings in the Princeton Area

Plan your haunted month with the best Princeton area Halloween Events in October 2016 - all ages, all fright levels, all good!


Theatre Productions

Oct 8,9,15,16 - It's the Great Pumpkin in the Park, Washington Crossing Open Air Theater, 455 Washington Crossing-Pennington Road, Titusville, 267-885-9857
Noon. to 3 p.m., Interactive Halloween event for children. Based on a Halloween cartoon favorite, children will trick or treat through Washington Crossing State park where they will meet many of their favorite fairy tale and cartoon characters. Games, music, prizes, and more.,


Oct 14 and 15 - A Night of the Macabre, Open Arts PAC, 146 Route 130, Bordentown, 609-424-3058
7:30 p.m., Wander into a different sort of world this Halloween with the master of the macabre himself, Edgar Allan Poe. $20.,

Weekends through 10/16 - Jekyll & Hyde, Washington Crossing Open Air Theater

Oct 21 – 30 - The Rocky Horror Show, Bucks County Playhouse -


Oct 21 - Sleepyhead, West Windsor Library, 333 North Post Road, West Windsor, 609-275-8901
8 p.m., Halloween-themed musical play by Michael Kerr, with music by Andi Mohamed and Laura Liao. Free.


Oct 22 - 30 - Roxy Ballet Presents FRANKENSTEIN -


Oct 23 - Raconteur Radio, Princeton Public Library, 65 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, 609-924-9529
2 p.m., "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde," a staged radio play based on the 1886 novella by Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson.,


Oct 28 & 29 - Halloween, ACME Screening Room, 25 South Union Street, Lambertville, 609-397-0275
7 p.m., The 1978 classic horror film. $8.,


Demon, ACME Screening Room, 25 South Union Street, Lambertville, 609-397-0275
9 p.m., A man receives a piece of land as a gift for his upcoming wedding where he finds human remains in the ground. $8.,


Oct 31 - Fright Fest Film Festival, Ewing Library, 61 Scotch Road, Ewing, 609-882-3130, 1 p.m., Screening of "The Green Room" at 1 p.m., "The Conjuring" 2 at 3 p.m., and "The Invitation" at 6 p.m. For ages 18 and up.,


Oct 31 - Princeton Garden Theater, 7:30 PM, John Carpenter's Hallowen. To purchase tickets:


Haunted Houses – Fright Fests

Haunted House and Haunted Hayride, The 4-H Teen Council - every Friday and Saturday evening in October from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Middlesex County 4-H Center, on the corner of Cranbury and Fern Roads in East Brunswick. There is a $4 admission fee for each event, the proceeds of which go to fund 4-H’s next big event, Project GIFT.

Field of Terror, East Windsor -

Scare Farm at Norz Hill Farm, Hillsborough -

Oasis Island of Terror, Robbinsville -

HorrorFest at Shady Brook Farm -

Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentuary-

Haunted Halloween Train, New Hope Ivy Railraod -


Family Fun

Trick or Treat Train – New Hope Ivy Railroad -

Oct 7-10 and Oct 14-16 - The aMAZing Pumpkin Carve, Howell Living History Farm, 17 Valley Road, Hopewell.  Artists transform 50 giant pumpkins for a walk-through exhibit.,

October 15 - Historic Haunts of Central Jersey, Wyckoff-Garretson House, 215 South Middlebush Road, Somerset, 732-748-7657, 2 p.m., Gordon Thomas Ward discusses the investigation of ghostly phenomena. $10.


October 15 - Ghostly Farm Tour, Cherry Grove Farm, 3200 Route 206 North, Lawrenceville, 609-219-0053
5 p.m., Tour of the farm with the NJ Ghost Hunters Society. $10. Register.,



Oct 22 - Finding the Great Pumpkin - 2pm. Event held at Princeton Shopping Center – Free.


Oct 22 - Laser Halloween, New Jersey State Museum, 205 West State Street, Trenton
2 p.m., Laser Halloween planetarium show.,


Oct 22 - Spooky Skies, Raritan Valley Community College, 118 Lamington Road, Branchburg, 908-231-8805
3 p.m. and 7 p.m., Planetarium show exploring the roots of the Halloween and draws parallels between various celestial objects and famous monsters. $8.,


Oct 22 – New School for Music Study -  5-7pm.  Spooky Sounds: Musical Masquerades and Haunted Hunts at NSMS.  Come to NSMS for two hours of spooky sounds!  There will be musical masquerades featuring student performances, a scavenger haunted hunt with games, and of course, candy!  Students are encouraged to wear costumes.  Please join us this Halloween season!  4543 Rt 27, Kingston, NJ


Oct 22 - Ghosts at the Trent House, The 1719 William Trent House Museum, 15 Market Street, Trenton, 609-989-3027, 6:30 p.m., Actors will inhabit the museum rooms as the people who have died at the Trent House. Tour the museum and speak to them to learn about their lives and deaths at the Trent House. $5 includes pizza party and games for young children.,


Oct 22 - Ghost Hunting Information, Equipment and Stories, Kuser Farm Mansion, 390 Newkirk Avenue, Hamilton, 609-890-3630, 7:30 p.m., Matt Cook and his team from Old City Paranormal demonstrate ghost hunting techniques and equipment. Refreshments served. Register.,


Oct 23 - Lawrence Hopewell Trail's 2nd Annual Trail and Treat Family Ride - 3-5pm.,


Oct 25 - Halloween Drop-In Craft Week, Pennington Public Library, 30 North Main Street, Pennington, 609-737-0404, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Through October 31, make a holiday-themed craft.,


Oct 28 - Annual Hometown Halloween Parade, 5pm – Free. Starts at Palmer Square and ends at the Princeton Family YMCA.


Oct 28 - Halloween at the Princeton Family YMCA - 6pm - Hey boys and ghouls, it's time for Halloween at the Y! A Spook-tacular event including Trunk 0r Treat (dangerously fun parking lot trick-or-treating), Spooky Trail (Beware! Keep Out! Danger! Caution!) and Carnival Games and bounce Houses (Happy Haunting!).


Oct 28 - Goosebumps, Princeton Public Library, 65 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, 609-924-9529
6 p.m., Wear your costume to this screening of the film adaptation of the popular R.L. Stine book series. Costume contest follows screening.,

Oct 28 - Youth Warehouse Trunk or Treat, 6 PM, 1580 Reed Rd, Pennington. A free event, Trunk or Treat Is like trick or treating 50 houses in 15 minutes! Bring the whole family to come and fill a bag with candy from 50 different themed trunks filled with candy. There will be bouncy houses (3!) live DJ and food trucks from all over Mercer County.


Oct 29 - The Zombie Mud Run, Field of Terror, East Windsor. The gates open at 7:30 AM. Wave times are every ½ hour starting at 9:30 and end at 11:30. Please arrive at least two hours prior to your start time.

Oct 29 – Ghoul School at the Watershed, 9:30-11:30am., Ages 7-10.  Creepy chemistry and mad science experiments have taken over the Watershed lab today!  Join the Teacher-Naturalists for some silly and serious Halloween fun!  Please wear your costume too!

Oct 29 - Montgomery Board of Education along with the Montgomery Recreation Department presents the 1st Annual Trunk or Treat from 10 AM to 1 PM in the Montgomery High School parking lot. Crafts, games, costume raffle, and more! Prize awarded for best trunk. Visit for details. 


Oct 29 - Pennington Quality Market's Annual Halloween Kid's Club Event - PQM will host it's Annual Halloween Kid's Club Event. Bring the kids in costume Saturday, October 29th from 11AM-3PM and get their photo taken for our Costume Contest. Prizes will be awarded in multiple age categories. Costumed characters are also invited to "trick-or treat" throughout the store, and collect goodies along the way! Come celebrate Halloween with us and have a frightfully good time! For more information about this and other PQM events, please visit

Oct 29 - Join PST for a Trunk or Treat event at New Jersey Athletic Club from 2 PM - 4PM. PST is decorating their trunks and handing out candy!! All are welcome! Dress up the kids…dress up yourself…or just stop by and come out for free candy, pst music, pst prizes. NJAC Parking Lot on Quakerbridge Rd. Details at

Oct 29The Bordentown Halloween Parade down Elizabeth Street at 2 PM. Rain date 2 PM on Nov. 6.


Oct 29Trunk or Treat is a fun, safe, Halloween Event where kids trick or treat from car-to-car for goodies.  Costume Contest, Music, Dennis the Magician, Face Painting, Pumpkin PatchA FREE family event hosted by Princeton Presbyterian Church and West Windsor Recreation.  Saturday, Oct. 29, 4 PM 545 Meadow Road, Princeton, NJ 08540

Oct 29 – Halloween Hike at The Watershed – 4-5:30 for 4-6years and 7-9pm for 7-12years.  Don’t miss our annual family-friendly night hike on the Watershed Reserve! Join the Education Staff to explore the ecology of night and magic of Halloween. Early sessions are for families with younger children; once the sun goes down, a little more spook-tacular fun is included for older children. Includes campfire in the woods with stories and roasted marshmallows. Guided hikes begin every 20 minutes; last hike begins at 8:00PM. Space is limited in each hike; pre-registration and pre-payment are required.


Oct 29 - Haunted Tonight Event, Plainsboro Recreation and Cultural Center, 641 Plainsboro Road, 609-799-0909, Ext. 1702. 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Costume parade followed by a stroll through the "Haunted Village" to collect treats. Additional activities include pumpkin picking, games, crafts, movies, a mad science Halloween show, haunted hay rides, and refreshments. Free.


Oct 29 - Halloween Singles Free-Style, Central Jersey Dance Society, Suzanne Patterson Center, 45 Stockton Street, Princeton, 609-945-1883, 7 p.m., Beginner hustle lesson followed by open dancing from 8 to 11:30 p.m. Music by DJ Lou Becerra. No partner needed. $15.


Oct 29 - Rum & Onions XXXVII, Princeton Country Dancers, Pond Road Middle School, 150 Pond Road, Robbinsville, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., 37th annual Halloween celebration features potluck supper followed by dance basics workshop and costume parade. $13 to $25.,


Oct 29 &30 - Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market - Halloween Edition! 10-5pm., Roebling Machine Shop, 675 South Clinton Ave., Trenton

Oct 30 - The New Jersey State Museum's Spooktacular, 10 AM - 3PM. Celebrate Halloween with us! Come in costume for a day of fun, FREE activities and shows at the Museum! More information


Oct 30 — Hopewell Fire Department Halloween Parade, 1 PMHopewell Train Station.


Oct 30 - Come out and enjoy "Music that Bumps in the Afternoon!" featuring the 67 cast bell Princeton carillon.   Selections to include music from Harry Potter, Boellman's famous Toccata from Suite Gothique, and other fun favorites! 1:00 PM. Grover Cleveland Tower, 88 West College Ave. Free, held rain or shine

Oct 30 - Lambertville Halloween Parade. This event is so popular that it often attracts filmmakers, including three who shot a documentary dubbed "Halloween ville." On Halloween night, it's like Times Square, total chaos!  The parade will assemble on York Street by Mary Sheridan Park at 2:45 p.m. and step off promptly at 3 p.m. The parade will proceed north on Union Street to Perry Street, and east on Perry Street to the Little League Field where the judging will be held.

Oct 31 - Harvest Party, Nassau Christian Center, 4:30 PM - 8 PM. Come join us on October 31st for our annual Harvest Party!! Feel free to stop by or stay for the whole time. We will have games and prizes for kids as they go about the neighborhood that evening! 26 Nassau St., Princeton. 

Nov 5 - Day of the Dead Celebration, 3 PM - 5 PM. Join the Arts Council of Princeton in the Courtyard of the Princeton Shopping Center to celebrate Mexico’s Day of the Dead with family-friendly crafts and activities, Mariachi music, live dance performances, and sugar skull decorating! This event is free and open to the public.

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