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Local Halloween Happenings

Music, monsters, more.

  1. Art Pumpkins: From now through Halloween, see artist-made pumpkins on-display at the .  Nelson Hancock has created pumpkins of all shapes and sizes, and kids who come in costume get a treat! 

  2. Second Annual Jack O'Lantern Contest and Blaze: Morris Plains residents are invited to enter the Annual Jack O'Lantern Contest. Entries must be dropped off at the cafeteria on Oct. 28 between 3–5:30 p.m. Pumpkins can be either real or craft and can be carved or painted. Illumination must be a battery or glow stick only. No candles allowed. There are several categories: Adult, Family, Children: Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12 and also School/Scout Groups. There is a $2 entry fee and advance registration is required. Go herefor more details. At 6 p.m., the event turns into the Annual Jack-O-Lantern Blaze (see next entry).

  3. Morris Plains Jack O'Lantern Blaze: On October 28th from 6–9 p.m., in the see a breathtaking, one of a kind display of hand-carved illuminated Jack O'Lanterns. Visitors will venture into the Pumpkin Patch where they will wander through a myriad of passage ways and come face to face with scary, funny and even a few outrageous Jack O'Lanterns. Admission is $1 per person and benefits the Student Council. Enhanced by spooky music and sound effects, this must-see event is sure to delight!

  4. Haunted House at Borough School: While you're at for the two previous events, remember that the annual Borough School Haunted House, which raises funds for the eighth-grade trip, also will be held on Oct. 28 from 6–9 p.m. in the Borough School gym. A rated-G, "Giggle Room," will be held in the Boy's Locker Room for younger children and the Girl's Locker Room will offer a rated-T for teen haunted house. The cost is $3 for one vist, $5 for two visits or a $12 family charge.Special Halloween beverages and snacks are included. All proceeds to benefit the Borough School 8th grade trip to Washington, DC.

  5. HarpAntics at the Library: On Fri., Oct 28 from 3-4 p.m., Harpantics, a 14-harpist ensemble will perform a special, Halloween themed concert at the Morris County Library. Free.

  6. Howl-o-ween at : On Saturday, Oct. 29 from 1-2 p.m., bring your dog to the Canine Costume Contest at Terry's Pet Depot in Morris Plains. There will be prizes in multiple categories

  7. Historic Halloween Happenings at :  On Sun., Oct. 30, from 1–3 p.m., get a taste of old-fashioned Halloween fun from the 1920's. Play Halloween games, join a scavenger hunt, decorate cookies, sing vintage songs, and try on old-style, home-made costumes. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors (65+), $4 for children ages 4 to 16, and $2 for children ages 2 and 3. Free for children under age 2 and Friends of Fosterfields and Cooper Gristmill with a valid membership card. For more information, please call 973-326-7645.

  8. Musica Morristown Halloween Spooktacular: On Sunday October 30 at 5 p.m., see the 1929 silent movie The Iron Mask starring Douglas Fairbanks brought to life with symphonic music. The College of St. Elizabeth hosts 50 musicians from the New Philharmonic of NJ and Westfield Symphony Orchestra for a live performance under the direction of Maestro David Wroe. This multi-media presentation incudes a pre-concert lecture on the movie and the music. For tickets ($25-$50, students K-12 $12) and information call 973 408 3978 or go to www.npnj.org

  9. Halloween Parade and Party in Morris Plains: On Mon., Oct. 31, all Morris Plains ghosts and goblins will meet at Robert's Garden at 4 p.m. and parade on Mountain Way to Simons Park. Refreshments will be served. Please park at either Simons Park or Borough School. 

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