5 Favorite Things In and Around Madison: 10/28 - 11/3

Halloween is almost here and there is so much to do!


Pumpkin Illumination & MVAC Trunk or Treat

Friday, October 28, 6-7 pm

Hartley Dodge Memorial Building

Bring your carved pumpkins and let them shine at 6:45 pm!

Come up with a creative theme & decorate the inside of your trunk! Parents bring your children dressed in their costumes so they can trick or treat from car to car. Entering cars should anticipate a large crowd, so bring enough candy for all!

Admission will be $10 per car. Reserve early by contacting Diane Fastiggi at dianefastiggi@)gmail.com.

Walk-in trick or treaters will be asked to make a minimum donation of $2.00 per person. All proceeds from the Trunk or Treat will benefit the Madison Volunteer Ambulance Corps.

Halloween Hoopla

Saturday, October 28, 12:30 - 3 pm

Children and their parents are invited to attend a Halloween costume parade followed by a magic show and trick-or-treating in the downtown business area.

This year’s event is being sponsored by Marc Anthony Salon, 32 Lincoln Pl. and Sugar Rush, 10 Waverly Pl.

The schedule of events is as follows:

12:30pm: The Annual Halloween Parade will start promptly at 12:30pm in front of the Hartley Dodge Memorial Bldg., 50 Kings Rd. Participants will march to Green Village Rd., to Main St., and finish on Waverly Pl. and Lincoln Pl.

1:00-1:30pm: The Joe Fischer Magic Show will be held on the corner of Lincoln Pl. and Waverly Pl. In case of rain, the show will be held inside the gym at the Madison Junior School, 160 Main St.

1:30-3:00pm: Children in costume are invited to trick-or-treat through the downtown business district. Participating stores will display a bright orange and black jack-o-lantern in their windows.

Madison PhotoPlus, 40 Main St. has generously offered to take a free photo of each child in their costume. Details will be available at Madison PhotoPlus the day of the event.

2nd Annual Spooky STEM with JerseySTEM

Sunday, October 29, 10 am - 3 pm

JerseySTEM is hosts a full day, family friendly event which will feature a FLL high school robotics competition, hands on STEM activities and demos.

Free and no registration necessary!

Chatham Middle School, 480 Main Street, Chatham


Spooky Spectacular

Saturday, October 29, 12 - 3 pm

Come in costume (or not!) and enjoy:

Pumpkin Decorating with paint and bling (pumpkins provided) A spooky scavenger hunt with prizes Parade in the Entrance Pavilion and Costume Contest at 1:30PM Guess the weight of the pumpkin and win a prize FREE FOR MEMBERS NON-MEMBERS: $7/CHILD, $10/ADULT



Saturday, October 29th, 11am - 3pm

First-ever Barktoberfest adoption event! Meet adoptable cats and dogs of all ages, shapes, and sizes.

Whether you already have a pet or are adopting at the event, there’s fun for all. Enter your pet in our Halloween costume contest for the chance to take home great prizes. There's also going to be a DJ, photo booth, face painter, food trucks, animal enrichments, and MORE! All proceeds benefit participating shelters and rescues, including Friends of the Livingston Animal Shelter, an affiliate of the Healthy Community Healthy Youth Initiative of Livingston, and the Zoological Society of New Jersey. This event is hosted by New Jersey’s #1 zoo, Turtle Back Zoo, a facility of the Essex County Parks Department.

Turtle Back Zoo Berson Learning Center Parking Lot 560 Northfield Ave. West Orange, NJ 07052