9 Kid-Friendly Things To Do This Week


It’s Halloween week, and whether you are in or out for trick-or-treating, there’s still plenty of safe Halloween fun to do with the fam. Drive through the fantastic hand-carved, blazing pumpkin displays at Brite Nites 2020 in Warren, be awed by Justin Hillman in his Halloween-themed Magic for Humans virtual NJPAC event, or go back in time at the 80’s Haunted Maze in Atlantic City.

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Stew Leonard’s Halloween Drive-Thru 
October 27th – October 31st, 11AM – 9PM
Take your little ones on a family-friendly journey where you’ll travel through Halloween-themed scenes with cutout characters, animatronics, and a spooky soundtrack that’ll bring shivers to everyone’s spines. Kids who wear their Halloween costumes will get a free ice cream cone from the Ice Cream Parlor. And if you’re picking up a few groceries, have the kids say “trick or treat” at the checkout lane to receive a free small treat bag.
Stew Leonard’s
700 Paramus Park

The Great Morristown Pumpkin Hunt 
October 27th – November 2nd
Even though the annual trick-or-treat event for Halloween is canceled, Morristown is still celebrating the spooky season with a scavenger hunt that will take you to historical sites, points of interest, and local businesses. Follow the clues which will lead to the numbered pumpkins throughout the downtown, and be sure to email your completed form by November 2 for a chance to win prizes.
Download the clue sheet here

Brite Nites 2020
October 28th – November 1st, 6:30PM – 10PM
Celebrate Wagner Farm’s beloved Brite Nites spectacular with a contactless, drive-through event. You’ll be amazed by the artistry of the hand-carved pumpkins, which have been updated with new themes like T-Rex and pirate ships, LED bulbs, and special effects. The display this year is dedicated to first responders and essential workers. 
$25 per vehicle on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays; $30 per vehicle on Fridays and Saturdays; purchase tickets online
Wagner Farm Arboretum
197 Mountain Avenue

Halloween Crafter’s Market at New Egypt Flea Market Village 
October 31st, 2PM – 9PM
Come in costume for a day of food trucks, crafters, live music, trick or treating, and watching a family-friendly movie at dusk. And while the kids are getting candy, you can get a jump on holiday shopping with over 20 vendors featuring makers and artisans.
New Egypt Flea Market Village
933 Monmouth County Road
Cream Ridge

Halloween Night Movie in the Park 
October 31st at 6PM
Grab your blankets, chairs, and snacks to see everyone’s favorite kooky family, The Addams Family, on the big screen outside on Halloween night. Wear your costumes, and don’t worry about missing trick-or-treating—every kid at the movie will get an individually wrapped bag of candy.
Memorial Park
106 West Sylvania Avenue
Neptune City

Jersey Shore Arts Center Trunk-or-Treat 
October 31st, 2PM – 4PM
If your kids are itching to trick-or-treat, head to this trunk-or-treat event, where you can celebrate the holiday safely (masks are required, as is social distancing). The entire fam can make a free holiday craft, and then the kids can get candy from 16 participating cars.
Jersey Shore Arts Center
66 S Main Street
Ocean Grove

NJPAC presents Justin Willman- Magic for Humans
October 31st, 7PM – 8PM
Staying in? Pull out your costumes, dress up and settle in for a Halloween themed night with this virtual live show packed with plenty of tricks and treats and a costume contest. Justin Willman is bringing his magic skills to your screen for an extra-special Halloween performance— the entire fam can interact with Justin in real-time and will be wowed by his cool brand of magic.
$25 per person
Virtual Event

80s Haunted Maze
October 31st, 2PM – 6PM
Enjoy a classic twist on the standard haunted maze attraction that takes you back to 1982. You and your crew will need to survive a zombie apocalypse by going through a haunted maze filled with actors and special effects—a  spooky experience that’s sure to be fun for the whole family. 
$15 for adults, $5 for kids 13 and under (purchase tickets ahead)
Atlantic City Theatre Company and Bourre Restaurant
201 South New York Avenue
Atlantic City

Farmers Market Trunk or Treat
October 31st, 11AM – 2PM
Pull out all the stops to decorate your car, and get those costumes ready—this Trunk or Treat Halloween celebration will have a grand prize award for the best-decorated vehicle. At the market, check out the farm-fresh vendors while the kids go around to collect their candy (it’s free).  
Free registration for cars is required
West Orange Farmers Market
80 Main Street
West Orange

About Author

Jillian is a born and raised Jersey Girl from Lincroft—where she currently resides. As someone who has taught preschoolers and middle schoolers, and also mentored elementary schoolers, Jillian understands the complexity of child development and is excited to introduce families to New Jersey activities that can accommodate anyone. You can typically find Jillian doing creative writing, having game nights with her family, and hanging out with her two teenage cousins. Jillian's favorite activities in New Jersey include hanging out with friends at Sandy Hook, going for a scenic walk or run through Thompson Park, and enjoying some mouthwatering donuts from Delicious Orchards.