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Don't get Scrooged this Holiday Season

Charles Dickens Classic Story of a mean who finds the meaning of Christmas through a series of visits from the spirits of Christmas Past, Present, and Future.

Scrooge is a miserable Curmudgeon but somehow Dickens character is also someone worthy of being saved. By the end of the story you right there with Scrooge happy that the spirits were able to complete their work in one night and filled with the Christmas Spirit.

This is a timeless story and has been retold numerous times in different forms and adaptations.

The most recent remake of the story is now on the big screen in 3D in Disney's version of

This is not Disney's first attempt at telling the Dickens Classic in 1983 they released Mickey's Christmas Carol

In 1962 Mr. Magoo took a turn at playing Ebenezer Scrooge in Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol

While the Animated versions are entertaining. A Christmas Carol can be seen live onstage at a number of Playhouses and Performing Arts Centers.

One of my earliest memories is see A Christmas Carol at the Papermill Playhouse on a 2nd grade class trip. It was a surprise trip and I wasn't sure what to expect but after a few minutes I was lost in the magic of live theater. The Papermill production will always hold a special place in my holiday memories.
Event Date: Saturday, December 12, 2009 at 10:00 am
Facility: Paper Mill Playhouse in Milburn NJ
Take Route 80 East to Route 280 East, to Exit 7 for Pleasant Valley Way.
Turn left onto Pleasant Valley Way. After five miles, the road turns into Brookside Drive and
the Paper Mill Playhouse is on the left.

Sat Dec 19 at 1:00 PM
Sat Dec 19 at 4:00 PM
$28, $22, $15, $10, $10
A powerful story of redemption, Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” has enchanted audiences the world over with its simple message of selfless giving.
Performed by TheatreworksUSA.

Christmas Carol in Hackensack
Original Story by Charles Dickens
Adapted by Marianne DiMaria and Nick Piccialo
Directed by Greg Liosi
Musically Directed by Michael Wada
Choreographed by Jacki Herzog

The Hackensack Cultural Arts Center
39 Broadway Hackensack, NJ 07601
For Tickets call (201) 646-8042

December 4th, 5th, 6th, 10th, 11th & 12th at 7:30pm,
December 12th at 2pm

*a special fundraiser performance on December 6th at 3pm*
$13 for seniors & students / $16 general admission / $11 groups of 10 or more
*All Tickets For December 6th Performance $13*

Holiday Celebrations in and around New Jersey

Northern New Jersey
East Rutherford Recreation will hold its 2009 holiday celebration on Friday, Dec. 4, in the Borough Hall park.
The tree lighting will be held at 7 p.m.
The event will include hot chocolate, music, hot pretzels, candy canes and a visit with Santa.

Holiday Lights Spectacular atTurtle Back Zoo
560 Northfield Avenue West Orange, NJ
Experience Turtle Back Zoo in the winter as 100,000 bulbs and 50 lit displays illuminate the zoo this holiday season! Regular admission: $7 Adults $3 Children
Beginning Friday, November 27, 28, 29 2009 and then nightly during December until January 2, 2010 (except December 24 & 25th)
Time: 5-9pm

Candlelight Christmas Tour
Friday, December 18 , 2009 6pm-9pm
Main Street Manor Bed & Breakfast Inn
194 Main Street Flemington, NJ
The Inn’s public space will be decorated with fresh greens, twinkling lights and two fresh evergreen trees.
Snowbabies, antique angels and of course, Santa Clauses will grace the dining room.
Merrymakers are invited to visit the grand Manor which will be elaborately festooned for the best of the Holidays.
Hot cider, cheese & crackers along with holiday cookies will be offered to all who come for the tour.
A donation of $5.00 per person is rerquested to supportthe non profit K-9 Soldiers which is a grassroots organization which supports the K9’s & handlers of military working dogs of all four branches of the service, presently serving our Country in Iraq & Afghanistan

Christmas tree lighting ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 6 at 5 p.m. Please be prompt!
Call the recreation office on Sunday, Dec. 6 after 11 a.m. for recorded message on possible postponement of Santa’s arrival and/or the tree lighting ceremony due to weather.
Residents are invited to the community sign on Skyline Drive for the lighting of the tree to usher in the holiday season. Refreshments will be served.
Iron Mountain Stage Company and the Lakeland High School Band Ensemble will make appearances.

Ringwood Manor

Victorian Christmas
Saturday & Sunday, Dec. 5 & 6; Saturday & Sunday, Dec. 12 & 13
$7 for adults, $6 for seniors, $3 for children

Tour the Manor, decorated in authentic 19th century holiday decor, with guides in period costumes leading you from room to room. Craft vendors will have hand-made items available- get that perfect last-minute gift!
*please contact Carol Henkel at 973-853-7258 if you are interested in bringing a senior group or other group on Wednesday, December 9th.

Annual tree-lighting ceremony
on Thursday, Dec. 3, at JFK Commons Park (across from the Dover Library) at 6 p.m.
Rain date is Monday, Dec. 7. Share in the holiday caroling by school choral groups.
Hot chocolate will be served, compliments of the Dover Fire Dept.
Children can visit with Santa and receive a treat.

Annual Tree Lighting Event and a Visit With Santa
Montclair Township invites you to the annual holiday tree lighting to take place Friday, December 4, 6:00 p.m., in Church Street Plaza. Listen to music by the Montclair Community Band and enjoy an evening of fun winter entertainment in downtown Montclair. Have a picture taken with Santa Claus - $3.00 with a frame. Please Note: Church Street will be closed to vehicular traffic at 5:00 PM.

Santa Comes to Town
Saturday, December 5, Santa will visit the Business Districts on an MFD fire truck and will have gifts for all youngsters.
11:00 AM - South End Business District (Orange Rd. & Cedar Ave.)
11:30 AM - Walnut Street Lot
12:00 PM - Watchung Plaza
12:30 PM - St. James Church (Bllevue Ave. & Valley Road)
The Montclair Community Band will play at each location, and Santa will have candy and gifts for all youngsters.

Santa's Mailbox
Kids can mail a letter to Santa and will receive a personalized letter in return!
Letters can be mailed to:
205 Claremont Avenue
Montclair, NJ 07042

Letters may also be dropped off at the Montclair Department of Recreation and Cultural Affairs.
Please remember to include a return address No letters after December 15, 2009.

South Jersey
Red Bank is alive with exciting activities this holiday season. There is something to help everyone get in the holiday spirit!
The season kicks off on Thanksgiving Day weekend with the annual holiday tree lighting in downtown Red Bank. The Victorian Courtyard on Monmouth Street, with its cobblestone streets and old world charm, is home to the holiday tree, and there couldn’t be a better place. The annual tree lighting ceremony takes place on November 27th. The streets fill with holiday music sung by carolers and the popular holiday group known as Holiday Express. The whole town is lit up with lights and music—what better way to get in the spirit of the holidays!
Staring on Saturday, November 28th, the Red Bank business district is filled with the sounds of live music. From 12 noon until 3pm, shoppers can enjoy the music of traditional carolers, choirs, brass bands, rock and roll, folk, jazz and blues. All these great musicians bring their talent and excitement of the holiday season to the sidewalks of Red Bank in celebration of the holiday season. The music is every Saturday from November 28th to December 19th from 12 noon until 3pm.
If you think the holiday music revved up your holiday spirit, wait until you experience the traditional horse and carriage rides that take place every Saturday in the Red Bank business district. A holiday classic, the horse and carriage rides are a favorite way in Red Bank to enjoy the sights and the sounds of the holiday season. Horse and carriage rides are free and they are available every Saturday from 1pm-5pm beginning on Saturday, November 28th and going through Saturday, December 19th. There are two locations to be picked up—on Bridge Ave, across from the Galleria and in front of Murphy Style Grill at 26 Broad St.
Santa Claus loves spending time in Red Bank during the holidays. On Saturdays and Sundays he spends his time at the Galleria taking pictures with enthusiastic children of all ages! “Pictures with Santa” takes place on Saturdays and Sundays in the Galleria from 12 noon until 4pm staring on November 28th and going through December 20th.
Another fun way to celebrate the season is to take part in the Red Bank Gingerbread Walk. The Gingerbread Walk is new to Red Bank this year. There are 14 participating businesses in downtown Red Bank. Each participating business has professionally decorated gingerbread creations on display for everyone to enjoy. There is also the Red Bank Raffle taking place at stores that are participating in the Gingerbread Walk. People can enter to win an overnight hotel stay at the Oyster Point Hotel, tickets to the Count Basie Theatre, and a Red Bank Gift Cheque Shopping Spree. The more participating stores that you visit, the more chances you have to win, so be sure to check out the gingerbread creations in all 14 participating stores! The participating stores are: Better Housekeeping, Front Street Trattoria, Monmouth Street Emporium, Murphy Style Grill, Pierre Deux, Ricky’s of Red Bank, Riverbank Antiques, Sassy Chic, Selve, SurrayLuggage, Tiffany & Co, Ten Thousand Villages, Vizzini and Company, and White Butterfly at Red Bank.
The Westside Community Group Tree Lighting will be taking place on December 5th at WestsidePark, Drs. James Parker Boulevard & Shrewsbury Avenue.
Red Bank has celebrations for Hanukkah, too! Menorah lighting will take place at the Red Bank Train Station on Sunday,
December 13th at 6pm. Come celebrate the start of the Hanukkah season in downtown Red Bank.

PNC Arts Center Holiday Light Spectacular
PNC Arts Center
Holmdel, NJ

The Light Spectacular usually runs from the end of November through January 2. It is open 5:00pm - 9:00pm 7 days a week.
Each weekend, Red Bank comes alive with holiday spirit. With so many different events and stores to choose from,
there are many reasons to come back every weekend and celebrate the holiday season.
this is one of the most extravagant drive through light displays in the tri - state area.
The spectacular is a 2.5-mile drive through a forest of lights.
Over 5 million lights were used over 225 displays.The display is set up in the parking lot around the Arts Center
on a specially prepared road for the display.
In the premises of the light spectacular, there is a radio station that plays Christmas Carols.

New York City
The 2009 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting ceremony is going to be Wednesday, December 2, 2009.
Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Location:
Rockefeller Center is located in the center of the complex of buildings between 47th and 50th Streets and 5th and 7th Avenues.
The 77th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony takes place on December 2, 2009 from 7-9 p.m.
The annual event is televised and features musical performances from a variety of popular artists.
Typically, the Radio City Rockettes perform and there are also ice skaters performing in the Rockefeller Ice Rink.

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New York Metro Area Performances

Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
(Uniondale, NY) - Thu. JAN. 7 - Sun. JAN. 10

Prudential Center
(Newark, NJ) - Thu. JAN. 14 - Mon. JAN. 18

IZOD Center
(East Rutherford, NJ) - Thu. JAN. 21 - Sun. JAN. 24

Santa Claus is Coming to a town in New Jersey

Santa Claus in New JerseySanta Claus will be in Leonia today between 12:30 and 2:30 at Dante's Place an Italian restaurant located at 373 Broad Ave.
Come in for Lunch and get a picture with Santa.
You are welcome to bring your own camera.

for more information about Dante's Place visit:
Dante's Place 373 Broad Ave Leonia, NJ
(201) 592-9071


The Rutherford Holiday Festival is a joyous kick off to the winter holiday season.
The Holiday Festival begins at 9:00 Am and runs throughout the day.

There will be a tree lighting at the library and Story time with Santa and Mrs. Claus (Twas the night before Christmas) The program will be held in the library auditorium at 4:30 pm.

Activities in the downtown area include:
*Caroling at the Williams Plaza;
*Lighting of the Children's Tree at the Williams Plaza;
*The Chamber of Commerce Holiday Parade
*The Children's Village with crafts;
*Entertainment and rides at Lincoln Park;
*A craft sale at the Presbyterian Church;
*Photo's with Santa;
*Horse & carriage rides throughout the downtown;
*A Victorian Tea;
*Lighting of the creche at the Presbyterian Church;
*The Lighting of the Tree at the Library;
* The Night Before Christmas reading by Santa at the Rutherford Public Library.

Pictures from the Holiday Festival

Video of the Community Band performing Christmas Carols

The Santa Train

It's the Holidays! And one of the things I have done the past few years is to take a holiday themed train ride. It always seems like a great idea. Ride the rails along the snowy countryside, everyone is filled with holiday cheer. You sing Christmas Carols together and then Santa comes through and greets all the happy boys and girls. Afterwards you snuggle with you little one sipping Hot Chocolate and eating a cookie as the clack-clack of the trail lulls them off to sleep. Sounds great! right? Unfortunately this has not been the case. It usually goes something like this. We get in the car and drive to some out of the way place park the car and rush to the train. Get on the train and sit our butts on some cold fiberglass seats. (Other Parents must have had similar experiences because there do not seem to be too many smiling faces.)

As the train starts down the track we look out our window to see the countryside rolling by. Unfortunately this year it is not covered in a glistening blanket of white fluffy snow. The Christmas carols are sung by the Santa's elves and a few passengers join in myself included but only at a volume that my daughter and I can hear. Then Santa comes out or at least someone dressed as Santa because inevitably some child will call out that's not the real Santa his beard is fake. Some of the younger children start to cry because they are frightened by the man in red.
After Santa leaves our car we make our trek to the food car to get some snacks, of course that takes us through the gift car. We purchase a train whistle get our snacks and go back to seat. We drink our Hot Chocolate and eat some cookies but instead of relaxing to the clack-clack of the rails I am treated a cacophony of toy train whistles and the voices of sugar charged kids.

At the End of our trip it is not quite the Hallmark holiday special I had planned but I did get a few good pictures to remember the day and my daughter had fun. This year I am determined to get a little closer to the idea.

So here is a checklist to bring the experience closer to the idea
  • Have good directions and a map of where you are going.
  • Book a train ride late enough in the day so that you can get there relaxed
  • Bring a Camera with fully Charged Battery and Plenty of space available on the memory card
  • Thermos with Hot Chocolate (and a baggie of mini-marshmallows)
  • Some Snacks (recommend Oatmeal raisin or Chocolate Chip cookies)
  • Warm Clothes (To make Standing around waiting to get on the train or walking around afterwards more enjoyable) Dress in layers.
  • A Small Blanket for Snuggling up especially if the cars aren't too heated.

Some Tips to make the Santa Train Ride picture perfect.
Pick a good place to go. While there are many Santa trains I find that a ride on a old fashioned steam train can be a better choice for creating that memorable moment than getting on a NJ Transit commuter train, also the old steam trains make that cool Whoo-Whoo sound.

What route will the train take - Is is Scenic country side or an Urban, graffiti strewn route.

Go with friends and family - The more the merrier as long as everyone gets along and is in the holiday spirit. It takes only one Scrooge to ruin the day.
Keep positive, hope for a coating of Snow and enjoy the day.

Here are some Santa Train Rides and Other Holiday Rail Events.

Santa Train RideStrasburg, PA - A little far but a nice weekend trip if you can find the time.
The holiday celebration begins on the platform of the East Strasburg Station as the sounds of the season fill the air and the platform sparkles with lights. Passengers relax as an authentic vintage steam train, warmed by a potbelly stove, travels on a 45-minute journey, past more than 1,000 acres of picturesque farmland on the way to Paradise, PA. As the train chugs down the track, Santa and musicians stroll from

Glen Rock NJ I did this one last year and while the scenery and Train decor was so-so Santa was a hit and the trip was fun
During the approximately 90 minute ride the Santa Claus will Ho Ho Ho his way through the train and visit each child giving them a special gift from his bag. In addition each child can have their picture taken with Santa Claus so they can always remember their ride, so bring your cameras. On board will be Mrs. Claus and several other surprise cartoon characters sure to entertain the kids and make for a great day out for all on board.
For more Info Click Here

Phillipsburg, NJ Did this one a few years back it was okay bit of a car ride for average experience
Santa Train Ride departs weekends in December from Lehigh Junction located in the Historic Main Street area of Phillipsburg New Jersey. This ride features a visit from Santa on the train Website: or call 1-877-train-ride.
Purchase Polar Express Tickets

Other Santa Train ride in and around NJ can be found at:

East Windsor Connecticut
I have never been on this but always wanted to try it
Winterfest has been a tradition in East Windsor for many years and a favorite of museum visitors of all ages. Some visitors return every year from all over the area to see the museum all decked out with holiday spirit.
Ride through the Tunnel of Lights on the electric sleigh, or choose an enclosed heated trolley. Don’t forget to visit Santa in the Visitor Center, where he’ll be holding court among the exciting model railroad displays.
Runs weekend evenings from 5-9 PM plus other select Weekdays
See Connecticut Trolley for more information

The 2009 Macy's Day Parade in NYC

2009 will be the 83rd year of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the celebration is all set to be on a grand scale, one that is certainly going to surpass all the parades that have been held over the years.

The Macy's Thanksgiving parade is counted to be among one of the biggest on-street parties to be held in New York.

The parade will feature 1,500 dancers, cheerleaders, singers and performers; 15 giant character balloons; 800 clowns; 35 novelty or ornament balloons, balloonheads and balloonicles; 24 floats; 10 marching bands; and a slew of celebrity performers.

Parade Route

The Parade will begin at 77th Street and Central Park West, marching south on Central Park West. It will then turn east onto Central Park South, instead of going down Broadway.
When the Parade reaches 7th Avenue the procession will turn south at the corner of Central Park South and march to 42nd Street.
It will then travel east along 42nd Street from 7th to 6th Avenues. At 6th (Avenue of the the Americas), the parade will veer south and march to 34th Street.
At 34th Street the procession will head west to Herald Square, ending at 34th Street and 7th Avenue.

The best Place to view the Parade is the are between 61st and 72nd Streets on Central Park West

New Balloons this Year are the Pilsbury Dough Boy, a Skating Ronald McDonald and a New Sleigh for the Santa Float

If you are planning to Eat along the route, during or after the parade reservations are suggested. You can use

The Parade starts at 9:00 but spectators start showing up around 6:30 AM

Local Holiday fun for the Family

Wayne - Wayne’s major holiday parade this year — and every year for the past 52 — will take place Saturday, Nov. 21, starting at 9:30 a.m., in Preakness Shopping Center, Hamburg Turnpike, Wayne.

The parade will feature the marching bands of both Wayne high schools, clowns, antique cars, Wayne’s fire and emergency apparatus, the Passaic County mounted deputies and other musical attractions.

After welcoming Santa on the Saturday after Thanksgiving 49 times, the 2006 parade began a new tradition by welcoming him to Preakness Shopping Center on the Saturday before Thanksgiving.

Clearview Cinema gets into the holiday spirit by offering a free showing of the 2008 children’s film "How the Grinch Stole Christmas." It will be shown once, at 10:30 a.m. on parade day; children will be admitted first-come, first-served. Attendance is limited to the capacity of the theatre. An adult must accompany very young children. A Wayne police escort leads the parade into the shopping center. Mayor Chris Vergano will serve as grand marshal, riding in an open antique car. Other antique cars on display, driven by members of the North Jersey chapter of the Horseless Carriage Club of America, date back to the early years of the 20th century.

Marching bands of Wayne Hills and Wayne Valley high schools will be the centerpieces of the parade. Shriners from the Salaam Masonic Temple in Livingston will provide entertainment. The temple’s string band, similar to the mummers’ bands that are featured in many parades in Philadelphia, will be playing traditional holiday music as the parade completes two circles around the parking lot.

Accompanying the paraders and then mingling with the parade watchers will be young Wayne residents dressed as popular fairy tale characters or cartoon figures. They will distribute candy to children.

Chiqui de Clown will provide pre-march entertainment and then create animal balloons for the children in Clearview’s lobby after the parade.

Another decades-long tradition at Preakness is an opportunity for youngsters to present their Christmas wishes to Santa Claus. At the conclusion of the parade, Santa will be in the lobby of the Clearview Cinema, where children take turns delivering their gift wish list and have a picture taken with him. The free digital print will be immediately available.

The shopping center’s Merchants’ Association and Hekemian & Co., the corporate landlord, sponsor this free service as well as the parade itself. For further details, call toll free 1-800-785-5710.

The shopping center, with more than 40 shops is located at the intersection of Hamburg Turnpike, Berdan Avenue and Alps Road in Wayne. Macy’s, the anchor department store, occupies more than 81,000 square feet. A Super Stop & Shop supermarket occupies in excess of 61,000 square feet.

Stroller Recall

Maclaren USA Recalls to Repair Strollers Following Fingertip Amputations

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Maclaren Strollers

Units: About one million

Distributor: Maclaren USA, Inc., of South Norwalk, Conn.

Hazard: The stroller’s hinge mechanism poses a fingertip amputation and laceration hazard to the child when the consumer is unfolding/opening the stroller.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received 15 reports of children placing their finger in the stroller’s hinge mechanism, resulting in 12 reports of fingertip amputations in the United States.

Description: This recall involves all Maclaren single and double umbrella strollers. The word “Maclaren” is printed on the stroller. The affected models included Volo, Triumph, Quest Sport, Quest Mod, Techno XT, TechnoXLR, Twin Triumph, Twin Techno and Easy Traveller.

Sold at: Babies“R”Us, Target and other juvenile product and mass merchandise retailers nationwide from 1999 through November 2009 for between $100 and $360.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using these recalled strollers and contact Maclaren USA to receive a free repair kit.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Maclaren USA toll-free at (877) 688-2326 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s Web site at

5 Tips for making a difference this Halloween

Halloween is right around the corner. To get you in the "spirit" with a Kindness-inspired twist, here are five ways to make a difference this Halloween.......Read More

Rainy Day thing to do this weekend 10/24-25

This Saturday is Raining but fortunately there are some fun things to do that will keep you out of the rain
Paramus: New Jersey Children's Museum
New Jersey Children's Museum 11th Annual Spooktacular! The whole museum will be transformed for Halloween! Parents never fear they will not scare the little ones! Be sure to wear your costumes and join in our trick-or-treating throughout the museum. Decorate your very own pumpkin to take home! Halloween Stories, hand & face painting and much more hours have been extended on weekends to 10am-7pm during this Halloween event! The admission price is $14.00 per child and $10.00 per adult. Your admission includes unlimited and extended playtime, candy*, crafts, story time, and your own pumpkin to take home! *not a peanut free event

Monster Golf in Fairfield NJ
A Frightfully fun Mini golf and arcade.

Mini golf takes a spooky turn as you walk through a monster filled cemetery that glows in the dark. (not too scary though)
Directions: Take 46 West until you get to Gately Overpass. This overpass will bring you over 46. At the end of the ramp make a right. Make your first right in to the rear parking lot. There is a sign for Monster Mini Golf and The American Business School at the drive way, They are located on the first floor around the front of the building.
Hoboken's Clearview Cinemas opens on 14th Street between Adams and Grand streets.
To kick things off On Sunday, Oct. 25th (Changed from Saturday), the two-story, five-screen theater will host an "Ultrasonic Super Fantastic Family Day" from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The day will feature an all-day festival with crafts, games and entertainment ranging from a petting zoo to bingo.
Tenafly Street Fair and Farmers Market
On Sunday the sun returns providing an opportunity to enjoy the day outside.

3rd Annual Tenafly Street Fair.
When:10/24-25 11am-5pm
Details: The Fair Consists of 150 Artists, Crafters, Vendors.Live Music, Rides, Games, Family Fun.
Where: Downtown Tenafly, NJ (County Road by the Train station)
Free Admission, & Free Parking
for additional Information 908-654-1400

Before the Fair check out the Tenafly Farmers Market which runs from 9-2 on Sundays through Nov 22 It is held on the Corner of Washington Street and Tenafly Road for more information visit tenaflyfarmersmarket online.

Fwd: Discount Offer for Halloween Spooktackular at The Children's Museum

Discount Coupon for Halloween Spooktacular at the New Jersey Children's Museum

Welcome to our 11th Annual Halloween Spooktacular!
Saturday October 17-Saturday October 31st.

It is that time of year again! We have made it to our 11th Annual Spooktacular! The whole museum will be transformed for Halloween! Parents never fear we will not scare the little ones! Be sure to wear your costumes and join in our trick-or-treating throughout the museum. Decorate your very own pumpkin to take home! Halloween Stories, hand & face painting and much more It's a great time for a Halloween Birthday Party! We have extended hours on weekends 10am-7pm during this Halloween event! The admission price is $14.00 per child and $10.00 per adult. Your admission includes unlimited and extended playtime, candy*, crafts, story time, and your own pumpkin to take home! We are sorry but coupons and special offers cannot be used for this event. This is a perfect field trip for preschoolers, special rate! Call for details! A great after school costumed birthday party too!

* This is not a peanut free event.

The New Jersey Children's Museum, 599 Valley Health Plaza , Paramus, NJ 07652 No pre-registration for activities. Groups must register for this Halloween event. For additional information call (201)262-5151,or e-mail

Visit our website @

Please note we will be CLOSED: Friday, October 16th for set-up.
Please visit us at

10 Tips for Safe Trick or Treating

1. Be sure older children TAKE FRIENDS and younger children are
accompanied by a TRUSTED ADULT when “Trick or Treating.”

2. Accompany younger children to the door of every home they approach
and make sure parents and guardians are familiar with every home and
all people from which the children receive treats.

3. Teach children to NEVER enter a home without prior permission from their parents or guardians.

4. Teach children to NEVER approach a vehicle, occupied or not, unless they are accompanied by
a parent or guardian.

5. Make sure all children wear reflective clothing and carry a glow stick when out at dusk and
at night.

6. Make sure children are able to see and breathe properly and easily when using facial masks. All costumes and masks should be clearly marked as flame resistant.

7. Teach children to NEVER approach a home that is not well lit both inside and outside.

8. Teach children to stay alert for any suspicious incidents and report them to their parents,
guardians, and/or the proper authority.

9. Teach children if anyone tries to grab them to make a scene; loudly yell this person is
not my father/mother/guardian; and make every effort to get away by kicking, screaming,
and resisting.

10. Consider organizing or attending parties at home, in schools, or in community centers as a
good alternative to “Trick or Treating.”

CyberChase Day at Central Park in NYC

On Columbus Day weekend, Cyberchase, the daily animated math series on PBS Kids Go!, and the Central Park Zoo team up for a special event in the heart of Manhattan.
Cyberchase stars Harry and Digit will be on hand to greet fans and infuse wacky and fun math moments all around the zoo. This all-day event is free and open to the public with regular paid admission.

Arrive early for giveaways, and get ready for a zoo day filled with fun math adventures, Cyberchase-style.

Special Activities

  • Catch Harry hosting the sea lion feedings at 11:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.
  • Snap a photo with the stars during meet-and-greets at noon and 2:30 p.m.

Celebrate Halloween at the NYC Zoos

October 10–12, 17–18, 24–25 & Oct 31–Nov 1
Celebrate a New York Halloween tradition! October weekends are packed with activities, including wildlife magic shows, pumpkin carving demonstrations, and haunted hayrides. Join us for the first ever Haunted Safari and be part of the journey to Save the Species. Best of all, come visit with our bats, cats, and creepiest critters.


Haunted Safari
Embark on an adventure to help locate a lost species. Your journey takes you through a bat cave, the belly of a snake, and a rainforest swamp.
Time: 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Musical Performances
Join Annie and the Natural Wonder band for animal-themed tunes!
Time: 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., & 3:00 p.m.

Wildlife Theater:
It’s A Wonderful Niche
Join the Wildlife Theater Players for puppetry, song, and interactive fun. Our story follows a young bat on his journey to discover his value and importance. (Note: no live animals in these shows.)
Times: 10:45 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:15 p.m. & 4:00 p.m.

Hay Maze
Let yourself get lost at the zoo!
Time: 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Treat Stations
Special locations around the park will help sweeten your visit today.
Time: 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Scarecrow Adventure Hayride
Load up for a spook-tacular ride! Join us for an exclusive animated tour full of family-friendly surprises. Tour starts at Fountain Circle.
Time: 11:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Fee: $3 per person

Pumpkin-carving Demonstrations
Watch an expert carve amazing animal shapes!
Time: 11:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

Animal-themed Magic Shows
Enjoy a Boo at the Zoo family tradition.
Time: Noon, 2:00, & 4:00 p.m.

Scrap Kins Recycled Mask-making
Turn trash into treasure! Scrap Kins artists will help you build a one-of-a-kind wildlife mask from recycled materials.
Times: 11:45 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 2:45 p.m., & 3:45 p.m.
Special Animal Enrichment Activities
11:15 a.m.: Birds of Prey Aviary
2:00 p.m.: World of Reptiles
2:15 p.m.: Carter Giraffe Bldg
3:30 p.m.: Monkey House

Safety Tips & Giveaways
On October 25, FedEx and Safe Kids USA remind families how to keep kids safe on Halloween. FedEx and Safe Kids USA will provide reflective giveaways and safety tips for parents and drivers. For more information on child pedestrian safety, please visit

Special Offer: A child age 3-12 wearing a wildlife costume will receive a free General Admission ticket when accompanied by an adult purchasing any full-priced adult admission ticket. Limit one free child per paying adult.

Central Park Zoo
It’s all treats and no tricks as our polar bears and other animals wolf down their yummy Halloween snacks at this spooktacular event. There are plenty of goodies in store for visitors, too, including a wildlife witch, face painting, crafts stations, and more.

Do you love bats, cats, and slithery snakes? Celebrate Halloween all month long at Boo at the Bronx Zoo. Enjoy wildlife magic shows, pumpkin carving demonstrations, hay mazes, and the first ever Haunted Safari.

Schedule of Events

Animal Trick-Or-Treat
Watch polar bears, snow monkeys, and Rainforest and Children's Zoo resident dig into pumpkins that are filled with goodies like corn on the cob,bamboo, and fish.

Wildlife Witch
Learn about all things creepy and crawly when our wildlife witch presents a spooky show in a haunted habitat.
Time: Noon, 1:30 and 2:15 p.m.

Scavenger Hunt
Search the zoo for colorful replicas of extinct animals using our special word jumble. Successful explorers receive a special treat.

Face Painting
Transform yourself into a pumpkin, a ghost, a bat, or a spider!

Design a creepy headband featuring a bat, spider, or snake design to enhance your costume.

Bat Chats
Fly by the Zoo’s bat exhibit to chat about bats.
Times: Noon, 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m.

NYC Aquarium
Halloween at the NYC AquariumDress up the family and join the NYC Aquarium in Brooklyn for their annual Halloween celebration, occurring over two special weekends. Learn all about monsters of the deep while you enjoy games, prizes, and arts and crafts. Beginning October 10, experience the Haunted Sea-fari Perils of the Sea.

Special Offer: A child age 3-12 wearing a wildlife costume will receive a free General Admission ticket when accompanied by an adult purchasing any full-priced adult admission ticket. Limit one free child per paying adult.

Activities take place noon–4:00 p.m.

A-Scarium Activities

Haunted Sea-fari Perils of the Sea
Visit the haunted house for a unique Halloween experience. Travel through murky waters and pass by extinct sea life tombs, jellyfish tentacles, and other creatures of the deep as you make your way to dry land. At the end of your journey, you’ll have a better understanding of the threats facing the ocean’s extraordinary animals.
Schedule: Weekends beginning October 10
Location: Above Ocean View area

Join LuAnn Adams for stories about the sea!
Dates: 10/24–25, 10/31 and 11/1

Dance to kid-friendly, marine and Halloween-themed tunes by DJ Dave.
Pumpkin-carving Demonstrations
Watch an expert carve amazing animal shapes!
Dates: 10/24–25, 10/31 and 11/1

Make a sea creature costume or a mask out of recycled materials.
Treat Stations
Trick or treat at our holiday treat stations.

The Curse of Skull Rock 4DNew 4-D Movie!
The Curse of Skull Rock is a swashbuckling animated adventure that pits plucky cabin girl Jill Hopkins against the tyrannical Captain Scabb in pursuit of the lost treasure of Skull Rock. This family-friendly 4-D adventure with special effects brings the on-screen action to life.
Schedule: Airs in the 4-D Theater from Oct. 3–Nov 1

Halloween Spooktacular at the New Jersey Children's Museum

Halloween Events in NJThe 11th Annual Halloween Spooktacular!
Saturday October 17-Saturday October 31st.

The 11th Annual Spooktacular! at the New Jersey Children's Museum in Paramus The whole museum will be transformed for Halloween! Parents never fear we will not scare the little ones! Be sure to wear your costumes and join in our trick-or-treating throughout the museum. Decorate your very own pumpkin to take home! Halloween Stories, hand & face painting and much more. The Children's museum will have extended hours on weekends 10am-7pm during this Halloween event! The admission price is $14.00 per child and $10.00 per adult. Your admission includes unlimited and extended playtime, candy*, crafts, story time, and your own pumpkin to take home!

* This is not a peanut free event.

The New Jersey Children’s Museum, 599 Valley Health Plaza , Paramus, NJ 07652
No pre-registration for activities. Groups must register for this Halloween event. For additional information call (201)262-5151,or e-mail

Please note the Children's Museum will be CLOSED: Friday, October 16th for set-up.
NJCM Website

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