MORRISTOWN, NJ -  Brace yourself for some Halloween fun. Between Wednesday October 3 through Wednesday October 31, halloween enthusiasts can enjoy trembling, nature themed tales to boo-tiful crafts.

 

The Time to Mourn

Take a special guided tour of The Willows, to explore the unique death and mourning traditions of the Victorian era at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm in Morris Township. Discover how customs, now considered strange, influenced loved ones for months and years after a person passed. Tours are available Wednesdays through Sundays, October 3 through 21, Wednesday October 24 through Friday, October 26, and Sunday, October 28 at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. This program is appropriate for adults and children ages 12 and up. There is a fee for this program.

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Scaredy Plants

Voodoo lily? Bat flower? Some plants are simply wicked! On Sunday, October 20, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum with scary, smelly plants from around the world. Go on a creepy plant scavenger hunt, create a spooky craft, explore a display of flesh-eating plants, and play plant-themed games. Admission is $5 per child. Preregistration is required. Please call 973.326.7601 to reserve your spot.

 

Many Dreadful Tales

Enter the Vail House at Historic Speedwell to hear haunted tales both old and new in a particularly special setting. Enjoy horror stories from the Victorian period shared by a costumed interpreter, along with modern day instances from museums all over the country. Don’t miss this eerie Halloween event Saturday, October 27, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.Admission is $7 per adult, $6 per senior, $5 per child age 4 - 16, FREE per child under age 4. To learn more, call973.285.6537.

 

Historic Halloween Happenings

Play festive Halloween games, decorate cookies, and try on old-fashioned costumes at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm in Morris Township. The fun starts at 1 p.m. on Sunday, October 28. Take a guided walk, and find all of the jack-o-lanterns hiding in the nearby woods. Top off the afternoon with an open-air wagon ride back to the Visitors Center. Admission is $6 per adult, $5 per senior, $4 per child age 4-16, $2 per child age 2 & 3, FREE per child under age 2.  For more information, call 973.326.7645.

 

 Trail Tales

 Are you afraid of the dark? On Saturday, October 27, visit the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center in Chatham Township for an exciting, outdoor adventure. Enjoy a memorable night of silly, slightly spooky, and nature-themed tales told by costumed storytellers along the decorated nighttime trails of the Great Swamp. Discover hand-carved jack-o-lanterns in the forest that light the trails and add to the eerie atmosphere. Sign up for a time slot between 5:30 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. Admission is $6 per person, and be sure to register early as time slots fill up quickly! This program is designed for ages 6 and up and fun-loving adults. The program is held rain or shine

 

Teeny Tiny Trail Tales

Teeny Tiny Trail Tales is just for families with small children ages 2 to 5. On Saturday, October 27, at the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center in Chatham from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., explore the trails during daylight with a guide. Hunt for hidden surprises along the way, and listen to storytellers in the woods. Admission is $3 per person. Sign up for a time slot before they fill up! For more information, and to register for Trail Tales and Teeny Tiny Trail Tales, call 973.635.6629. The program is held rain or shine.

 

A Miller’s Halloween

On Saturday, October 27 at 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., come in costume to Cooper Gristmill in Chester Township, and enjoy spook-tacular storytelling. Spend the afternoon creating corn husk dolls and playing old-time games. Tour the Gristmill, and look for surprises around every corner. The event is free, and donations are welcome. For more information, call 908.879.5463

 

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