Though it's still three weeks away, it's beginning to look a lot like Halloween in Westfield.
The following events, for revelers of all ages, are sure to get everyone in the Halloween 'spirit.'
Franklin School Pumpkin Fair
The Franklin Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization will hold its annual fall Pumpkin Fair from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday Oct. 13. This is a rain or shine event held at the school at 700 Prospect St.
Featuring games, inflatables, an obstacle course, tattoos, face painting, and pumpkins, of course, there's something for everyone. In addtion to gift basket raffles and plenty of refreshments, attendees can enjoy the musical cookie walk. The event is open to the public.
Creature Double Feature: Frankenstein - Dracula
Hedgehog & Feather Theatre Co. is thrilled to announce the Halloween Family Event of the season with Creature Double Feature : Frankenstein - Dracula at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 19, Saturday, Oct. 20, Friday, Oct. 26, and Saturday, Oct. 27. All tickets are $15.
This spooktacular production will take place in the Parish Hall of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. For more information and to purchase tickets online please visit www.hedgehogandfeather.org, or e-mai firstname.lastname@example.org.
Halloween Hocus Pocus
Stop by the Miller-Cory House Museum from 1:30 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 28, to celebrate Halloween Hocus Pocus. This program is geared toward young children. The museum's costumed docents will greet visitors at the door of the colonial farmhouse. The cost is $4 per child; adult admission is free when accompanying a child.
Afternoon activities include "decorate your own Halloween cupcake," story-telling, tattoos, face painting, and two take-home crafts children will make at the museum. Refreshments will be served. Don't forget to come in costume! No reservations are necessary for any activity. For more information, call 908-232-1776.
Westfield Symphony Orchestra's HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR: DRACULA A Musical
The 1931 classic movie Dracula rises from the archives to the big screen accompanied by a live symphonic soundtrack of macabre masterworks from the classical repertoire. Tickets are priced at $25, $40 and $50. This concert takes place at Dolan Performance Hall, The College of St. Elizabeth, 2 Convent Road, Morristown, NJ. To purchase tickets, visit www.westfieldsymphony.org
In the Mood for a Hayride? Williams Nursery will be hosting hayrides throughout the month. Trailside Nature & Science Center in Mountainside is also offering rides but tickets must be purchased in advance. Space is limited. For more information, click here.
Celebrate Halloween Downtown with Trick-or-Treating, Costume Contest and Parade
Bring the little ghosts, ghouls and goblins downtown in costume to trick-or-treat in the retail stores and restaurants throughout Westfield from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 28. The Optimist Club of Westfield will sponsor a Halloween Parade beginning at 3 p.m. on Quimby Street. The costume contest and parade are now combined. Costume contest judges will watch the parade and distribute awards during and after it.
This new Halloween event will be part of the annual Trick or Treat and Costume Contest in Downtown Westfield sponsored by Downtown Westfield Corporation and will feature entertainment and roaming costumed characters, who will be available for photographs.
Children wishing to participate in the parade should line up on Quimby Street at 2:30 p.m. The parade will be led by the Westfield High School Marching Band and will commence on Quimby Street, proceed along North Avenue, Prospect Street, E. Broad Street, Elm Street, and return to Quimby Street. The costume contest, judged during the parade and immediately following, is for children in pre-school through elementary school. Young children should be accompanied by an adult.
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