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16 Halloween Events Happening Around Princeton

16 Halloween Events Happening Around Princeton

The Amazing Pumpkin Carve Drive Thru

Starting Wednesday, October 6 (through 10/10) from 7PM-10PM
Woolsey Park

>>>Forty colossal pumpkins will be carved and electrified by area artists and displayed in a twinkling drive-thru. $25 per car. Through October 10. Hopewell Valley Arts Council, Woolsey Park, 221 Washington Crossing-Pennington Road, Titusville.


It’s The Great Pumpkin

Oct. 9, 16, 23 and 30 at 11AM and 1PM

Music Mountain Theatre

Join Music Mountain Theatre for their original, annual, interactive Halloween happening full of silly skits and spooky songs like “Love Potion #9”, “Purple People Eater”, and “Monster Mash” and The Addams Family. Go in costume and get a Halloween treat! Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online.


Outdoor Movie Night at Peddler’s Village: Beetlejuice

Saturday, October 9 at 7PM

Peddlers Village

>>>Jump in the line at Peddler’s Village for a spooky screening under the stars of “Beetlejuice” (PG) on Saturday, October 9. Bring chairs, picnic blankets, and snacks for the sandworms. The movie will be shown on the Street Road Green. It’s showtime at at dusk (around 7:00 p.m.). Free admission.


Sustainable Scarecrow Making

Saturday, October 16 from 11AM-3PM

Princeton Shopping Center

>>>Join with Sustainable Princeton as they bring sustainable scarecrow making to the Fall Fest at the Princeton Shopping Center. This family-friendly event promises many other festivities, including a Pumpkin Painting Party at Color Me Mine, activity stations with Princeton Public Library, an interactive presentation with Eyes of the Wild, a harvest-themed farm market with McCaffrey’s, and the ability to learn new line dancing moves! A DJ will be entertaining with a special mix of Fall Fun Fest dance tunes and Halloween costumes are encouraged. Rain date is October 23.


Tarot Card Reading & Wine Tasting

Thursday, October 21 and Thursday, October 28 at 7PM

Crossing Vineyards

>>>Enjoy wine tasting, dessert and a private Tarot Card reading. $40/per person. Reservations are a must.


ACME Screening Room Car Pool Cinema

Friday, October 22, 2021

204 N. Union Street, Lambertville

>>>ACME Screening Room will be featuring some of the shorts that were submissions to the festival. In addition, they will present the new release 13 Fanboy, and the 4k restoration of the original Halloween. $40/car.


Preschool Nature Class: Halloween Black

Tuesday, October 26 from 10:30-11:30AM

Watershed Institute

>>>Enjoy our favorite spooky holiday by celebrating animals that are black! Join Watershed Education Intern Kate Hode at the Watershed Reserve for an outdoors preschool program. Class will include a lesson on the topic of the day, followed by a hike, art activity, and games. 

Ages 3-5. In-person program. Masks and social distancing encouraged; adult attendance required. Discount available for members. Dress for the weather. Cost $10/child.


The True Story of the Legend of Sleepy Hallow

Wednesday, October 27 at 7PM

The Mercer County Library, Ewing Branch (61 Scotch Road, Ewing)

>>>The residents of Sleepy Hollow believed the Headless Horseman to have been a Hessian. The Hessians were soldiers from Northern Germany who were leased from German princes to fight for the British in the Revolutionary War. Although six German princes rented out their troops to the British, the Hessians, from Hesse-Kassel in Hesse were the most numerous and most important, making up about 17,000 of the 30,000 total troops sent. Join Historical Reenactor and lecturer Michael Jesberger for a program on one of America's oldest short stories based on real events that took place in the Hudson Valley of New York during the American Revolution.


Art Council of Princeton’s Halloween Parade

Friday, October 29 at 5:15PM

Downtown Princeton

>>>Save the date for the Art Council of Princeton’s Hometown Halloween Parade on Friday, October 29 at 5:15PM. Dress up in your best costume as they depart to make your way through Downtown Princeton. The parade will culminate at the Princeton Family YMCA where the festivities continue with music, trunk or treat, and more!


Pumpkin Carving

Friday, October 29 from 4PM-7PM

The Watershed Institute

>>>Each year The Watershed Institute carves over 100 Jack O’ Lanterns for our annual Origins of Halloween Night Hike. Join the fun and come any time after 4:00 p.m. to help us carve the pumpkins to light up our trails for this Halloween event. They have some carving supplies, but you may want to bring your own knife or carving kit. Pumpkins provided. Ages 12 and up. In-person program. Adult attendance required; masks and social distancing encouraged. Dress for the weather.


Pumpkin Palooza Open House, Eagle’s Landing Day Camp

Saturday October 30, 2021 and Sunday, October 31 from 11AM-3PM
Eagle’s Landing Day Camp, 74 Davidson Mill Road, North Brunswick
>>>Join us Eagle’s Landing Day Camp for their Annual Pumpkin Palooza open house. They will have camp tours, snacks, carnival games, pumpkin picking, pumpkin chucking, zip lines, hay rides, gaga, arts and crafts and more. The event is free.


Ghostly Graveyard Gala

Friday, October 29 and Saturday, October 30 from 6:30PM-10:30PM

Peddler’s Village

>>>Don your best costume, or dress in black for a spirited evening with live DJ, club-style dancing, haunted house, live entertainment, fire pits, games, photo booth, and more! Cash bar, pay-as-you-go food trucks. Cash prizes will be awarded for best costume.Tickets are $25 in advance online or $30 at the door.


Trick or Treat for Grown Ups

Saturday, October 30 at 3:00 PM

Crossing Vineyards Winery
>>>Join Crossing Vineyards Winery for a spook-tacular afternoon, featuring some “scary” wine and sweets pairings, like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, M&Ms and candy corn. Want to come in costume? Go for it! Reservations necessary. Cost: $35pp.


Origins of Halloween Night Hike

Saturday, October 30 from 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

The Watershed Institute
>>>Join The Watershed Institute on a journey through the woods on a crisp autumn night. You will follow your trail guide at a safe distance with a limited number of other families. Along the way you stop to meet the characters in an Irish Folktale that unfolds along the path. While other Halloween programs are designed to frighten, the goal is to educate and enchant. They attempt to make the children feel comfortable in the outdoors, and hope to engender a feeling of awe and respect for nature, all while having fun. Guided hikes to begin every 15 minutes; the last hike begins at 8:30 p.m. Space is limited; register early to get your preferred time slot.


Homefront Halloween Run/Walk

Sunday, October 31 morning

Carnegie Center, Princeton

>>>HomeFront is moving its 5K, 1 mile and “marathon finisher” Run/Walk to Halloween morning and adding family fun events for young children. Preschoolers can participate in a 100-yard Pumpkin Dash, decorate pumpkins, and take photos at the Halloween photo area. Any age child can participate in the registration area in the costume contest, decorate trick or treat bags, and walk around to the “Trunk or Treat”, where cars decorated for Halloween that will give out candy. The course will be decorated for Halloween, is flat, certified, and will feature live musical performances. There is also a Halloween themed option to participate virtually in the 5K, 1 mile or “marathon challenge” events. This virtual option has a Halloween video kick off, runner play list, and encourages participants to share photos and video of themselves hopefully in costume! For the in-person event, Covid-19 safety precautions will be followed and if necessary, the entire event will move to be completely virtual. Any questions can be emailed to


D&R Greenway Masquerade Parade

Sunday, October 31 from 12PM-5PM

St. Michael’s Farm Preserve

>>>D&R Greenway Land Trust will hold their second Masquerade Parade, to be held at the land trust's historic St. Michaels Farm Preserve on Sunday, October 31. This drive-through holiday festival is designed for daylight hours on Halloween afternoon from noon until 5:00 p.m. As with last year's Parade, visitors' cars will move past exciting stationary 'floats' on both sides of the Preserve's pastoral roadway. These nature 'floats' are being designed by local organizations to evoke their mission with the event theme: "Birds, Bats and Bugs... Oh, MY!"

Visitors are also invited to decorate their cars to this theme. It was chosen to honor Nature's small but mighty ambassadors, whose pollinations are essential to life itself. Costumes are welcome and attendees are encouraged to create eye-catching signs revealing their favorite bird, bat or bug, as well as a fun fact about their favorite creature.



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