Pumpkin illumination, free movies, parade, trick-or-treating top Halloween fun in Greater Morristown

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It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! Actually, it’s a whole lot of great pumpkins– your great pumpkins, at the Morris Arts Eighth Annual Pumpkin Illumination.

The Oct. 29, 2017, Monday, Oct. 30 event is just one of many spook-tacular Halloween activities in Greater Morristown this month. UPDATE: A spooky forecast has moved this event from Sunday to Monday.

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Morris Plains 8th grades host a Haunted House at the Borough School on Friday,
Oct. 27, at 6 pm. Admission: $5 /visit, $15/family. Children must be accompanied by adult. Fundraiser for 8th grade trip to Washington DC.

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Also on Friday, at 7:30 pm,  it’s the annual Halloween concert by Folk Project members at The Minstrel. At the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Road, Morris Township. Admission $12, includes refreshments. Concert proceeds benefit hurricane relief.

Morristown Recreation hosts the town’s 75th annual Halloween Parade on Saturday, Oct. 28, at 10 am in Lidgerwood Park. Prizes for Scariest, Best-Looking and Most Original costumes, for ages groups from 4 and under to 11 and up.

The Morris Township police and recreation departments are sponsoring “Trunk-or-Treating” on Saturday from 5 pm to 7 pm at the Ginty Pool parking lot, followed by an outdoor screening of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (PG) and a bonfire.

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The Morris Plains Recreation Commission hosts a Community Bonfire, with hayrides, music, refreshments and pumpkin-decorating, from 6 pm to 9 pm on Saturday (rain date Sunday).

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On Sunday, catch a free 3 pm screening of the animated Hotel Transylvania 2, at Morristown’s Mayo Performing Arts Center.

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Halloween parades also are planned for Sunday at Morris Township’s Fairchild, Hillside and Woodland fire stations, according to the Township website.

Morris Plains 8th graders will host Trunk or Treating at the Borough School from 3 pm to 5 pm on Sunday. Admission: $5 per Trunk-or-Treater. No toy weapons, please. Proceeds benefit 8th grade trip to Washington DC.

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SO LIFELIKE! A young lion and his doppelganger at the 2013 Pumpkin Illumination in Morristown
SO LIFELIKE! A young lion and his doppelganger at the 2013 Pumpkin Illumination in Morristown

On Monday, the pumpkin illumination starts at 5 pm, around the Vail Mansion reflecting pond at 110 South St. in Morristown, with music by The Lintet, a jazz ensemble. At 5:30 pm, Morristown artist Dan Fenelon will lead a Halloween-themed art workshop, followed by a luminary parade led by Mayor Tim Dougherty.  And then, at 6:15 pm: The lighting of the pumpkins!

On Halloween– Tuesday, Oct. 31–the Morristown Partnership once again sponsors Trick-or-Treating at downtown Morristown businesses, between 3 pm and 5 pm.

Also on Halloween, the Morris Plains Fire Association and borough recreation commission present a Halloween Parade from Roberts Garden to Simons Park at 4 pm. Rain or shine; refreshments.


Sprouts Pumpkins, Pumpkins
Wednesday, Oct. 25 @ 10 am
Learn how pumpkins grow, and more. Ages 2-3, with adult. Admission: $5 per child.
Frelinghuysen Arboretum, Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 Hanover Ave., Morris Township.

Early Trick or Treating at CCM
Friday, Oct. 27 @ 4 pm
Safe indoor trick or treating; silly and spooky tales; whimsical holiday crafts. For grammar school age. Free. Student Center Lobby, County College of Morris, 214 Center Grove Road, Randolph

Ghostly Revelations at the Ford Mansion
Saturday, Oct. 28 @ 10 am
Gordon Ward talks about his investigations of ghosts in the Ford Mansion, home to General George Washington, Alexander Hamilton and three generations of the Jacob Ford family. Admission: $15.

WHO YOU GONNA CALL? The Ford Mansion!
WHO YOU GONNA CALL? The Ford Mansion!

Tricks ‘n’ Treats/Halloween Drop-in Craft
Saturday, Oct. 28 @ 11 am – 2 pm
Ghoulish games, crafts,treats,storytelling. Costumes encouraged! General admission, Museum of Early Trades and Crafts, 9 Madison Ave., Madison

Teeny Tiny Trail Tales for children ages 2 to 5
Saturday, Oct. 28 @ 1 pm
For families with children ages 2 to 5. Explore trails with a guide, hunt for hidden surprises, listen to storytellers in the woods. At the Great Swamp Education Center, Chatham. Admission: $3 per person.

Potions and Elixirs-Myths Dispelled
Saturday, Oct. 28 @ 2 pm
Explores 19th century use of potions and elixirs to treat disease. Historic Speedwell, 333 Speedwell Ave., Morristown. Admission: $5-$7.

Trail Tails
Saturday, Oct. 28 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Afraid of the dark? Enjoy silly, slightly spooky, and nature-themed tales  by costumed storytellers along the moonlit trails of the Great Swamp. At the Great Swamp Education Center, 247 Southern Blvd., Chatham Township. For ages 6 and up.  Admission: $6 per person, register early.

Many Dreadful Tales at Historic Speedwell
Saturday, Oct. 28 @ 6 pm – 10 pm
Haunted tales, horror stories from the Victorian period by a costumed interpreter in the Vail House, at Historic Speedwell, 333 Speedwell Ave., Morristown. Admission: $5-$7.

Halloween Concert for All Ages at Grace Church, Madison
Saturday, Oct. 28 @ 7 pm
Featuring the Harmonium Choral Society. Admission: Freewill donation. Please bring can of nonperishable food, if possible.

Historic Halloween Happenings
Sunday, Oct. 29 from 1 pm – 5 pm
Play festive Halloween games, decorate cookies, try on old-fashion costumes.  Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, 73 Kahdena Road, Morris Township. Admission:$2-$6.

Death and Mourning Traditions of the Victorian Era
Sunday, Oct. 29 @ 1 pm or 2 pm
The Willows, Fosterfields Living Historical Museum, 73 Kahdena Road, Morris Township

Scaredy Plants
Sunday, Oct. 29 from 1 pm – 4 pm
Some plants are simply wicked! Explore flesh-eating plants, decorate a Halloween treat, enjoy a creepy plant scavenger hunt, and create a spooky craft. Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 E. Hanover Ave., Morris Township.  Admission: $15 per family, preregistration required.

Toddlers and Tykes: Going Batty
Monday, Oct. 30 @ 10 am
Learn about these unique flying mammals, followed by a guided walk on the trail. Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center, 247 Southern Blvd., Chatham Township. Ages 2 – 5 with an adult. Cost: $5 per child; preregistration required.

Kevin Coughlin contributed to this report.

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