WESTFIELD, NJ—Looking for some fun ways to celebrate the season? Here are five great activities taking place right in Westfield—plus one more with the Westfield Symphony Orchestra just a quick drive away.
1. Catch a “Creature Double Feature.” On October 26 and October 27, enjoy Hedgehog & Feather Theatre Co.’s production Creature Double Feature: Frankenstein–Dracula at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 414 E. Broad Street, Westfield. $15. Buy tickets online at www.hedgehogandfeather.org.
2. Start trick-or-treating a few days early. Head downtown Sunday, October 28, for the annual downtown trick-or-treat at retail stores and restaurants from 11 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. New this year will be entertainment and roaming costumed characters, so families can take their photos with witches, ghosts and goblins. Sponsored by Downtown Westfield Corporation.
3. Enjoy a parade! After they’ve filled their buckets with candy, children can line up on Quimby Street starting at 2:45 p.m on October 28 for a 3:00 parade led by the Westfield High School Marching Band. The route starts at Quimby Street and proceeds along North Avenue to Prospect Street, East Broad Street, Elm Street and then back to Quimby Street. Sponsored by The Optimist Club of Westfield.
4. Enter your kid in a costume contest. Think your make the best costume? Enter your preschool- through elementary school-age kids in the downtown costume contest, which will begin at 2:30 on Quimby Street and take place during the parade. Prizes will be given at the parade's end. Sponsored by Downtown Westfield Corporation. (This event was updated on October 24 to reflect new information from the DWC.)
5. Have some old-fashioned fun! Families with young children will enjoy Halloween Hocus Pocus at the Miller-Cory Museum October 28 from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. The museum’s costumed docents will greet visitors at the door of the colonial farmhouse and activities will include cupcake decorating, story-telling, temporary tattoos, face painting and crafts. Festive refreshments will be served. Come in costume. Cost is $4 for children and accompanying adults are free. No reservations required. The museum is located at 614 Mountain Avenue in Westfield. Call 908-232-1776 for more information.
Bonus! Classic movie fans can follow the Westfield Symphony Orchestra to Morristown on October 28, where they’ll play Tchaikovsky’s haunting and explosive Symphony No. 6 Pathetique live to a big-screen showing of the 1931 movie “Dracula.” Tickets are $25, $40 and $50. The concert will take place at 3 p.m. in the Dolan Performance Hall, The College of St. Elizabeth, 2 Convent Road, Morristown, NJ. For tickets visit www.wetfieldsymphony.org