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Halloween Happenings For All Ages This Weekend at EEC in Basking Ridge

The Somerset County Environmental Education Center (EEC) in Basking Ridge will celebrate Halloween on Friday, Oct. 16, and Sunday, Oct. 18. Credits: Courtesy of the Somerset County Park Commission
The Environmental Education Center in Basking Ridge will hold Halloween activities on Friday and Sunday, Oct. 16 and 18, that also celebrate nature. Credits: By Linda Sadlouskos

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - The Environmental Education Center (EEC) in Basking Ridge will hold two fun-filled events this weekend that will celebrate the magic of nature along with the magic of Halloween.

The first  scheduled event at the Somerset County-owned EEC, located at 190 Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, is this Friday, Oct. 16, "By the Light of the Moon."

The program is aimed at children and adults of all ages, and includes a one-hour walk along with indoor activities and refreshments. Walks will begin every 15 minutes between 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. 

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During the walk, one of the EEC's naturalists will lead adventurers through the Great Swamp, listening for animal sounds and using night vision along the swampy trails beneath the stars.

Rain date is Saturday, pre-registered required for Friday event

Rain date for this event is Saturday, Oct. 17. Space is limited and pre-registration is required either at 908-766-2489 (NJ Relay 711), at, or in person at the EEC. Fee is $6 per person.

No pre-registration needed for Sunday's "Halloween Hullabaloo"
On Sunday, Oct. 18, “Halloween Hullabaloo” is scheduled to provide three hours of continuous enjoyment for family and friends of all ages between 1 to 4 p.m.

The "wild" afternoon activities will begin with Rizzo’s Reptile Discovery, a live reptile show that will include some of nature’s creepiest creatures.  Following the animal show, carnival-like games will be available for the entire family to enjoy and refreshments and music will be included.

Suggested donation is $5 per person. Pre-registration is not required.
The Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center is located within Lord Stirling Park, in the Basking Ridge section of Bernards Township, and is surrounded by 425 acres of the western portion of the Great Swamp Basin of the Passaic River. A swamp vivarium, and an environmentally based library are located within the Center itself.
Information on all Somerset County Park Commission activities may be found online at The parks commission is also on Facebook and Twitter.

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