9 Kid-Friendly Things To Do This Week

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It’s officially Jack O’Lantern season, so why not get in a spooky mood this week with lots of Halloween themed things to do with the fam. Admire the festive pumpkin and haunted decor in the Girl Scouts Drive-Thru Boo Bash in Kinnelon, dress up and trick or treat at Heaven Hill Farm Trick or Treat Trail in Vernon, or catch a Halloween Double Feature Drive-In at Bellworks in Holmdel.

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Girl Scouts Drive-Thru Boo Bash 
October 25th, 4:10 PM – 7:30 PM

Get the whole family together and join the Girl Scouts for their first-ever drive-thru Halloween celebration. You’ll see festive Halloween-themed displays, and everyone can vote on their favorite at the end. Kids will also receive a fun patch and goody bag as a souvenir.
$20 per vehicle—pre-registration is required
Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey
Lake Rickabear Camp (414 Kinnelon Rd)
Kinnelon

Heaven Hill Farm Trick or Treat Trail and Costume Contest
October 25th, 12 PM – 3 PM

It’s time to get a creative costume—dress up and head to the farm, where the littles will pick up lots of goodies at the Trick or Treat Trail, and partake in the farm-wide costume contest. You can also make this part of a full day at Heaven Hill’s socially distant Farm Harvest Event with the purchase of a ticket.
Free
Heaven Hill Farm & Garden Center
451 State Route 94
Vernon

Jeff Boyer’s Big Bubble Bonanza VIrtual Halloween House Party
October 25th, 4 PM
Gather round the laptop to enjoy a science experiment and spectacular show all in one with Jeff Boyer and his bubbles. Experience volcano bubbles, dancing bubbles, bubble rollercoasters, and a fish in a bubble— these are bubbles to the max and will have your kids talking about them for days. 
$15 per viewing device
Jeff Boyer Productions

Middletown Sports Complex Trick or Treat Trail
October 24th, 4 PM – 6 PM 
Can’t trick or treat this year? Get the kids in their costumes and mask up for a haunted trail scavenger hunt. There will be candy and a few surprises along the way and don’t leave without a pass for a future laser tag or skating sesh at the Middletown Sports Complex.
$10 per child, $8 with a sibling discount
Middletown Sports Complex
214 Harmony Road
Middletown

Historic Smithville’s Monster Bash
October 24th, 10 AM – 6:30 PM  
The ghouls and goblins will be out at this creepy zombie walk that gives you the chills and thrills at every turn. Join in by dressing up and entering the costume contests, carve a few scary Jack O’Lanterns, peruse the vendors, grab a bite at the food trucks, or spend a day exploring Historic Smithville.
Free
Historic Smithville
1 North New York Road
Smithville

St. Demetrios Feast Day Fundraiser Weekend
October 24th, 12 PM – 7 PM
October 25th, 12 PM – 5 PM
Before the weather turns chilly, bring the family to this outdoor feast where you can be Greek for the weekend. You can stop by to try the delicious Greek food like souvlaki, Greek fries, and Spanakopita, dance to the DJ on-site, or order your feast ahead and pick it up to bring home for the night—Opa! 
Free
St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church
721 Rahway Avenue
Union

Pumpkin Painting
October 25th, 12 PM – 2 PM
Entertain the kids and bring home painted pumpkins—littles will love making the silliest and spookiest creations while you listen to live music and enjoy pumpkin ale. Price includes a pumpkin, paint, and lunch for your kid.  
$15 special for pumpkin, paint, and kids meal
The Nip N Tuck Bar and Grill
23 Norwood Avenue
Long Branch

Family Meditation
October 25th, 1 PM – 2 PM
Find your inner Zen as a family with this relaxing meditation session that will encourage mindfulness. The whole family will be lulled by the elements of sound, drumming, and vocal toning exercises followed by a fun movement meditation. 
$25 for adults without a membership, $10 for adults with a membership
$15 for children without a membership, $5 for children with a membership
Grounds for Sculpture
80 Sculptors Way
Hamilton

Double Feature Drive-In Movie
October 23rd, 7 PM – 10:30 PM
Head to the drive-in for a double treat of Halloween classics—delight your younger kids with Spookley the Square Pumpkin’s adventures or get the older ones laughing at the antics of The Goonies. Your whole crew can watch one or both movies, all from your car.
$15 to see Spookley the Square Pumpkin, $25 to see The Goonies, $35 to see both
Bell Works
101 Crawfords Corner Road
Holmdel


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Jillian is a recent graduate of Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, but New Jersey will always be "home" in her heart, as someone who was born and raised in 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.

2 Comments

  1. You all are aware that Monster Bash in Smithville is not a kids’ event, right? It’s not specifically an Adults Only thing, but the vendors and music are mainly aimed at adults.

  2. Uhhh, Smithville’s Monster Bash? You haven’t done your homework. That’s a punk/counterculture event that definitely doesn’t cater to children. I mean, unless your child is really into undead pinup girls, outsider art, hotrod culture, and horror. And the very best in loud obnoxious music!! Alcohol is not unwelcome. Pearl clutchers are definitely unwelcome. Happy Halloween! x.x

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