Top October events for kids and families in Northern NJ

Family-friendly events and activities in the Union, Morris, and Essex County areas

By Julie Lepore, Macaroni Kid Summit / Short Hills / SOMA publisher September 24, 2019

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Read on for my top picks for the month but be sure to check the calendar too! Some of these require advance registration so look a few weeks in advance to plan out your month. And keep checking back because I add new events as they come up!

Also be sure to take a look at the FALL GUIDE for all your local fall fun including pick-your-own farms, Halloween events, and fall festivals!

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| October 1

Chinese culture club. Free at Summit Library! Details here.

| October 4

Amazing Arboretum Kids' Challenge. Learn to use a map and a compass at Reeves-Reed Arboretum. Ages 6+. Details here.

Hayrides + Campfires. Hayrides, campfires, folk songs, and s'mores. Details here.

| October 5

Fall workshops at Far Brook School. Fun workshops on Far Brook's beautiful Short Hills campus for ages 2-9 with caregivers. Details here.

Amazing Arboretum Family Challenge. A fun family challenge at Reeves-Reed Arboretum. Details here.

Oktoberfest in Maplewood. Craft beer, German food, and more. Free! Details here.

"So So SOMA" Pop Up Shop. An event showcasing SOMA Entrepreneurs of Color. Details here.

| October 6

Fall for Springfield Carnival. Fun in downtown Springfield. Details here.

Pumpkin Festival at Whippany Railway Museum. Bring your little train lover! Details here.

| October 7

Spooky snacks at Chatham Library. Make fun Halloween food! Details here.

| October 11

Parents' Night Out. Drop the kids at Berkeley Heights YMCA and enjoy a night out! Details here.

Hayrides + Campfires. Hayrides, campfires, folk songs, and s'mores. Details here.

Parents' Night Out. Drop the kids at Summit YMCA and enjoy a night out! Details here.


| October 12

Summit Free Market. Drop off your used yard-sale quality items and pick up things others have dropped off! Details here.

Jefferson Elementary Fall Festival. Petting zoo, pumpkin decorating, pony rides, and more. Details here.

Lenape Day. Dancing, drums, and historical talks with Lenape people. Details here.

| October 13

Hayride, Trunk or Treat, Bonfire. Wear your costumes! Details here.

| October 14

Movie day at Library of the Chathams. Spend Columbus Day at the library. Details here.

| October 16

Jack the Ripper presentation. For adults! Details here.

| October 17

Musical storytime. For children 2-5 at Livingston Library. Details here.

| October 18

Hayrides + Campfires. Hayrides, campfires, folk songs, and s'mores. Details here.

Scream on the Green. Watch Scooby Doo 2 outside! Details here.

Fairy Census kickoff. Participate in a Fairy Census at the Fairy Trail! Details here.

| October 19

Harvest Festival at Frazee House. Pony rides, costume party, and more. Details here.

Rocky Horror Picture Show at Rialto Theater. A classic, full participation show at the historic Rialto Theater for adults at 9pm and midnight. Details here.

Star Wars Reads day. Free at the Summit Library. Details here.

Haunted Hike at Martin's Brook Park. Hike a haunted Summit trail. Details here.

| October 20

Celebrate Fall Festival at Reeves-Reed Arboretum. Games, crafts, and goats! Details here.

Diwali Fest NJ. Celebrate Diwali at The Woodland. Details here.

Halloween Train Express. Wear your costumes and trick or treat on the train. Details here.

Westfield Addamsfest Family Fun Zone. Ooky Spooky fun in the hometown of The Addams Family author. Details here.

| October 24

Jumpin' Jamie Halloween Music and Puppet show. Free at Chatham Library at 10 and 10:45am. Details here.

| October 25

Gardens Aglow. A carved pumpkin display in Montclair. Details here.

| October 26

Halloween Harvest at West Orange Farmers Market. Wear your costume to the Farmers Market. Details here.

Spooky storytime at the zoo. Wear your costume to the zoo for a special storytime and meet an animal. Details here.

| October 27

Apple Cidering. Make apple cider at the Great Swamp outdoor Education Center, options at 12:30 and 2:30pm. Details here.

| October 29

Spooky storytime and slime making. At Maplewood Library. Details here.

| October 26-31, Halloween fun! šŸŽƒ

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