Well, you survived yet another Halloween and are leaping into the official holiday season--and as always, we're here to help you pick the best stuff to see and experience in NJ. Whether you have a Lego nut, an Anna 'n' Elsa 'n' Olaf lover, a fan of singing vegetables, or an old-school Thanksgiving buff, there's much to choose from in the month of November. Happy (beginning of the) Holidays!
This magical mixture of Halloween and bowling is the perfect recipe for a great party game! The spooky take on a classic can be played indoors or outdoors and is a spooktacular activity for children of all ages. After making the pins, let your little ghouls and goblins have a go at them by rolling a pumpkin down the lane.
Halloween is finally here! Costumes? Check! (since August in my house). Trick-or-treat candy? Check! Halloween plans? There are so many to choose from. Trick-or-treat at the stores in Downtown Millburn or the Liberty Village Outlets. Or gather goodies from car trunks at the Fanwood Trunk-or-Treat. And when Halloween is over, November kicks off with something for everyone! If you’re crazy about dogs, you won’t want to miss Woofapawlooza, a festival all about pups. You can even bring Rover along. Wow your Little Mermaid fans with a live underwater performance at Adventure Aquarium’s Weeki Wachee Mermaids show. And kiss Halloween, and your jack-o-lanterns, goodbye at the Great Pumpkin Sail. Be sure to check out the full list of Halloween and weekend activities in our Event Calendar.
Before the madness of the holiday season sets in, relax and enjoy autumn at these wonderful fairs and festivals taking place throughout NJ this month. Take a train ride, learn about the Lenape Indians, and explore rocks and minerals of all shapes and sizes. We’ve rounded up ten fabulous finds to keep you busy all November long. So pick your favorite or try them all! For more fun happenings every day of the month, visit our Events Calendar.
This Halloween decorating project is a perfect mix of art and science. Mix the light and airy texture of cheesecloth with the stiffening property of starch, and the results are a real scream! These supernatural spirits can stand on their own, or be hung from the ceiling to create a really eerie effect.
As we prepare for Halloween with our kids this week—buying high-tech costumes that sometimes seem like they came from a studio wardrobe department, or getting crafty in the new age of Pinterest perfection—it's made us think back to our own childhood get-ups. For a bit of fun, we asked our writers to share pics from Halloweens way past, and we've created a gallery of low-tech costumes that we wore when we were kids. (Our trip down memory lane involved a lot of old Polaroid scanning.)
I had forgotten how often we used to dress as hobos, Raggedy Ann, and Native Americans in the '70s. Remember those funky Ben Cooper, Inc. boxed costumes we used to pick up at the drug store? I still recall the sensation of poking my tongue through that scratchy mouth hole in the mask all night long; I knew it was a bad idea, but I couldn't seem to stop myself. And trying to get through the night without ripping the accompanying thin plastic sheet printed with our favorite pop-culture icon— ever wonder why the face of the character had to be printed on the chest of the costume, too? Why? Why!
Twix, Milky Ways, Sour Patch Kids, Skittles! Did your little one collect enough candy to last a lifetime? Instead of saving your surplus supply of Kit Kats or having your children consume it all in one night (or worse, you consume it all in one night), take a look at our alternate ways to use, nibble, donate, bake with, or make money (!) from, or make others smile with your leftover candy. Hope you have a great Halloween, New Jersey!
My six year old son is a thrill seeker. I cringe at the playground watching him climb to the tippy top of the jungle gym. When we go hiking he is always the first to suggest trying the more difficult trail. While I admire his adventurous spirit, as a mom it's hard to not imagine the worst case scenario. That's why I'm so happy that I found some safe local activities that will satisfy both his need for thrills and my need to protect him. Check out our list below for some great activities for your adventurous child. If you have little ones, be sure to read our post 25 Things To Do With Preschoolers Before They Turn 5, and for October fun for the whole family make sure you check out our New Jersey Halloween Guide.
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