Spooky season is finally upon us and there are so many ways to celebrate locally all month long. Take part in hayrides, costume contests, spooky races, and much more. Halloween is sure to be fun this year with events for everyone, including kids! Keep reading for a list of Halloween happenings in Montclair and beyond.
Disclaimer: Events are subject to change. For the most up-to-date info, please contact the host directly.
Halloween At The Garden
Friday, October 29th-31st
Stop by The Garden Oct. 29th-31st for Halloween-themed celebrations. Come dressed in costume on Saturday and compete for cash prizes. $1,000 for first place and $500 for second. Learn more here.
Berkeley Home & School Association’s 1st Annual Trunk or Treat + Halloween Bash
October 29th | 5PM-8PM
Join Berkeley HSA on Friday, October 29th for the first-ever Trunk Or Treat, immediately followed by the annual Halloween Bash. $10 donation per family. There will be prizes for best costume and best car chosen by students. Sign up here.
Halcyon Halloween Outdoor Party
October 29th | 8PM-12AM
Stop by for the Halcyon Halloween Outdoor Party on Friday, October 29th 8PM-12AM. Music will be provided by Waterbury Road and DJ. There will be a costume contest with 1st, 2nd, 3rd place prizes. $10 cover charge. Halcyon is located at 114 Walnut St., Montclair. Sign up here.
West Orange’s Halloween Hauntings
The city of West Orange is planning Halloween Hauntings on Oct. 29th for a fun, family-friendly spooky day. Learn more here.
L&B’s Halloween Contest
October 30th | 11AM-4PM
Join L&B Healthy Pet Markets on Saturday, October 30th for the annual Halloween costume contest. Please come with your dog or cat dressed in their Halloween costume for a picture in front of their brand new mural. The event will be sponsored by OC Raw frozen dog food and all contestants will get the chance to bring home a sample of OC Raw frozen sliders for free. 3 winners will be selected and those winners will be able to take home an entire bag of OC Raw. Learn more here.
Beyond the Boogie Bash
October 30th | 11:30AM
The annual Beyond the BOOgie Bash is back. Wear your costume for the dance party and trick + treats. Sign up here.
1st Annual Newark Fall Festival
October 30th | 12PM-4PM
Mark your calendars for the first NDD Fall Festival happening on Saturday, October 30th, from 12 – 4PM. Join the City of Newark for some free fun activities, live music, food, petting zoo, pony rides, and a Halloween costume contest. Fun for the whole family. The event will be at Military Park. Sign up here.
Brasil Paradise Grill’s Halloween Night
October 30th | 9PM
Brasil Paradise Grill in Montclair is hosting a Halloween night on October 30th at 9PM. Entrance is $50 per person and includes all you can eat Rodizio + a free bottle at your table. It is also BYOB. Everyone can bring their own costumes and there will be a DJ all night.
Frizque’s Halloween Boolesque Extravaganza
October 30th from 9PM-1AM | BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW
Frizque is hosting its Halloween Boolesque Extravaganza on Saturday, October 30th from 9:00PM-1:00AM at Chill, located at 310 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair. The Halloween party will have live entertainment including a DJ, both burlesque and boylesque acts, drag queen performances, a samba performance, delicious treats + more. Masks will be required for all attendees. There will also be a fun mask contest with one lucky winner at the end of the night. Make sure to let them know Hoboken Girl sent you.
Buy your tickets for Halloween Boolesque Extravaganza and learn more about Frizque.
Brown Harris Stevens’ Halloween Goodie Bags
Make sure to stop by one of Brown Harris Stevens’ locations on Halloween to pick up a Halloween goodie bag. The Montclair location will have goodie bags available from 1PM-4PM and is located at 635 Valley Road. The Hoboken location is located at 200 Washington Street and will have goodie bags from 12-5PM. Learn more here.
Halloween Market at Montclair Brewery
October 31st | 11:30AM-3:30PM
Stop by Montclair Brewery for a Halloween Market. Learn more here.
Halloween Silent Disco to Save Montclair Local
October 31st | 6PM-9PM
Save Montclair Local, a non-profit organization, by joining Montclair Local Nonprofit News and Armando “OUTthere” Diaz of the Weirdo Party. Learn more here.
Halloween Festival at Bloomfield Center
October 31st | 12PM-4PM
Bloomfield Center is full of thrills this Halloween on Washington St. Stop by for a Haunted Maze, People and Pets Parade, and of course, candy. Learn more here.
LGBTQ+ Halloween Youth Party “Oh My Gourd”
Oct. 31st | 12PM-4PM
Join Edge NJ for their LGBTQ+ Halloween Youth Party, “Oh My Gourd”. The event is aimed for LGBTQ+ youth ages 13yrs – 17yrs. Costumes are optional. The event is located at 3 Executive Drive, Morris Plains. Learn more here.
Halloween Doggy Costume Contest at Montclair Brewery
October 31st | 2PM-7PM
Dress your dog up and strut down the stage at Montclair Brewery. Whoever gets the most votes wins, starting from 2-6PM with voting every hour. Dog treats, prizes to win, and of course petrifying pups. Come to win or come to watch. Learn more here.
Halloween Costume Party at Montclair Brewery
October 31st | 7PM-10:30PM
Pregame for Halloween at Montclair Brewery with live mixes by DJ Rebexx. Come in your best Halloween look for a chance to win a cool prize or just relax have a spooktacular time. Learn more here.
Better Off Dead Halloween Party at Antique Loft
October 28th | 7PM-9PM
Join Antique Bar for a killer Happy Hour and to die for libations. All in the Antique Loft Penthouse, providing you with a view that’ll make you scream. Music provided by Aleo Productions. Costumes, encouraged, wear a costume for 10% off your pick of poison. Costumes optional, good vibes are not. Learn more here.
Nightmare on Mercer Street at Franklin Social
It’s SPOOKY SZN and Franklin Social is getting ready for a Halloweekend to remember. There will be spooky foods + drink specials. Learn more here.
Trunk Or Treat with the Jersey City Police Department
October 29th | 3PM-5PM
Bring your little ghouls and goblins to “Trunk or Treat” with the Jersey City Police Department-East District. They will have emergency vehicles decorated and will pass out candy to trick-or-treaters on 7th Street between Manila and Erie street. For more information, please call 201-547-5470. Learn more here.
Halloween Party at Astor Bar
October 29th | 8PM
Stop by Astor Bar in JC for their Halloween Party. Learn more here.
Strangers Stopping Strangers: A Night of the Dead at Finnegan’s
October 29th | 9PM
Stop by Finnegan’s Irish Pub for their Halloween bash + costume party: Strangers Stopping Strangers. Learn more here.
Gringo’s Halloween Party
Stop by Gringo’s Tacos on Oct. 30th for an all day Halloween Party. There will be a Halloween costume contest with a $250 prize. Learn more here.
HoBOOken 5K Race
October 30th | 8AM
The HoBOOken 5K Race is the perfect way to get into the spooky spirit: the race winds its way through Hoboken and runners wear Halloween costumes. The race has virtual and in-person options this year and is scheduled to happen in-person on October 30th at 8AM + a virtual race option is available for completion October 30th-November 6th. When you sign-up for the HoBOOken 5K race, you are running for a good cause. Proceeds will support The Hoboken Shelter which shelters 50 people nightly, serving 530 meals daily and hosting 1,000 showers weekly for those in need. Sign up here.
The Sanderson Sisters at The Cottage
October 30th | 9AM-1PM
Stop by The Cottage in JC to for a meet and greet with the spooky Sanderson sisters from Hocus Pocus. Learn more here.
Trick or Treat at Lincoln Park
October 30th | 11AM-12:30PM
Stop by Lincoln Park in JC for some trick or treat fun. There will be pizza, drinks, face painting and more. Learn more here.
Party with Purpose’s Charity Cornhole Tournament + Halloween Costume Contest
Saturday, October 30th | 12PM-5PM
Party with Purpose will host a charity cornhole tournament on Saturday, October 30th at Pilsener Haus and Biergarten. Wear a costume and you’ll be entered to win a prize.
Halloween Parade at Pershing Field Park
October 30th | 1PM-3PM
Stop by Pershing Field Park in Jersey City for a Halloween Parade on Sat., Oct. 30th for the whole family. There will be a photo booth available 1-3PM. Learn more here.
Hoboken Historical Museum Halloween Pop-up
October 30th | 1PM-6PM
Stop by the Hoboken Historical Museum for a Halloween Pop-up + Halloween Costume Party. There will be games for kids, pumpkin painting, face painting, costume contest with prizes, pizza for kids, and more.
Halloween Haunted House
October 30th | 5PM-9PM
Stop by Hudson County Park in Bayonne for a kid-friendly Halloween Haunted House event. Learn more here.
Saturday Night Specials! Outdoor Comedy Shows @ Brightside Tavern: Halloween Theme
Saturday, October 30th | 7PM + 9:30PM | Every Saturday
Head to Brightside Tavern for this weekly comedy show with a new lineup of comedians hosted by Rich Kiamco at Brightside Tavern’s patio. On Oct. 30th, wear a costume for a chance to win a prize! Learn more here.
Dueling Pianos at House of ‘Que: House of Horror
Saturday, October 30th | 8PM -11PM
Head over to House of ‘Que for the Dueling Pianos event, every Saturday. Oct. 30th will feature a Halloween theme: House of Horror which will include a costume contest, prizes, and more spooky fun. Learn more here.
Harmony Dispensary Presents: Terminal of Terror 5 – Halloween Costume Party
Saturday, October 30th | 8PM
The Terminal of Terror 5 is a unique energy-filled Halloween costume party located in a new outdoor Art Deco venue under a bridge – 227 Coles Street in Jersey City. $500 cash prize to the best costume of the night. There will be drinks, food trucks, live DJs, live art, cannabis education, and more. Learn more here.
Zeppelin Hall’s Halloween Bash
October 30th | 9PM
Zeppelin Hall’s legendary Halloween Bash is back. Free admission and $1,000 first prize costume contest. Learn more here.
Brown Harris Stevens’ Halloween Goodie Bags
Make sure to stop by one of Brown Harris Stevens’ locations on Halloween to pick up a Halloween goodie bag. The Hoboken location is located at 200 Washington Street and will have goodie bags from 12-5PM. The Montclair location will have goodie bags available from 1PM-4PM and is located at 635 Valley Road. Learn more here.
Nickelodeon’s BOOniverse at American Dream Mall
Stop by The American Dream mall for Nickelodeon’s BOOniverse with a monster mash bash of costumed characters, tricks and treats, spooky trivia and more. Learn more here.
FALL FEST at Liberty Science Center
FALL FEST has arrived at Liberty Science Center. Pick out a pumpkin in NJ’s largest indoor Pumpkin Patch. Make your way through the Spider Maze, a version of a corn maze. Encounter cockroaches, tarantulas, scorpions, and more at the Creepy Crawler Corner. Experience one of the new, Halloween-themed shows in the planetarium. LSC is open Saturday, Sunday, and Monday from 10AM – 5PM. Visit LSC.org to get tickets now. Learn more here.
Halloween-Themed Stoop Decorating Contest
The Cottage is doing a Jersey City wide contest. Do you have the best stoop? Do you know someone who does? Submit + tag them. Learn more here.
Gia Gelato’s Halloween Storytime with Steph
Oct. 31st | 9AM
Stop by Gia Gelato for Halloween storytime with Steph on Sunday October 31st at 9AM. Learn more here.
Dracula at The Cottage
Oct. 31st | 9AM
Stop by The Cottage on Sunday October 31st at 9AM for breakfast with Dracula. The event is perfect for kids. Learn more here.
Hoboken’s Ragamuffin Parade
Oct. 31st | 10:15AM
Hoboken will host its annual Ragamuffin Parade on Sunday, Oct. 31, rain or shine. Participants should meet at 10:15AM on Washington Street between 13th Street and 14th Street for the parade. Learn more here.
Halloween Family Bash
Oct. 31st | 12PM-8PM
Stop by for a ghoulishly good time on PATH Plaza and Grove Street on Halloween. There will be games, a corn maze, face-painting, rides, pumpkins, sand art, music, and candy. Learn more here.
Oct. 31st | 12PM-2PM
Join the Washington Park Association and dog lovers in the community for a special Howl-O-Ween event. There will be a parade around Park 4 (around the dog run) as well as a costume contest. Bring your pup dressed up for the events and enter the costume contest with a $5 donation. Learn more here.
McGinley Square Live Music Series: Halloween Theme
Oct. 31st | 1PM-3PM
Stop by the last McGinley Square Live Music Series, with a Halloween theme + Halloween party. The event will take place at the intersection of Bergen Avenue and Montgomery Street in Jersey City. Learn more here.
Tia Planta Doggoween Party
Oct. 31st | 1PM-4PM
Join Tia Planta on Halloween from 1-4PM to celebrate Doggoween. There will be a DJ, prizes, treats, tricks, plants and puppies. Dress to impress as your pup can win you amazing prizes from your favorite local businesses. The Dog Contest will begin at 3PM. Learn more here.
East Newark Trick or Treat
Oct. 31st | 3PM-5:30PM
Do some trick or treating in East Newark’s Veterans Park, hosted by Mayor Dina Grillo. There will be snacks, refreshments, and free trick or treat bags. Learn more here.
Zombie Opera in Jersey City
Oct. 31st | 6PM-8PM
This Halloween, opera will rise again from the grave. Come hear the Zombie Opera on Jersey Ave (between 6th & 7th) from 6-8PM. You’re not going to want to miss this gory musical extravaganza. Learn more here.