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Halloween Happenings
As you get ready for goblins and gore, check out what we have in store! From pumpkin decorating and tales, to baking and trails – we’ve got Halloween fun for everyone. Don’t miss out! Check out all of our detailed Halloween events listed on the web at: Enjoy the experience!

Halloween Treat for Teens
Taught by a professional baker, teens in grades seven and up enjoy baking Halloween treats that may look gross, but are awfully delicious! Come by The Frelinghuysen Arboretum, Morris Township on Sunday, October 21 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Register early, space is limited: 973-326-7603.

Halloween’s Twice-As-Nice
Come to Pumpkin Decorating on Sunday, October 21 from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm in Morris Township, and use natural plant materials to create one-of-a-kind jack o’ lanterns! Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, please call 973-326-7645.

DEATH AND MOURNING In the 19th Century
You are cordially invited to attend the 1864 wake of Stephen Vail at Historic Speedwell in Morristown on Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Witness how the Vail family prepared to host the event in their home, as well as the customs and traditions when someone died. For more information and registration, please call 973-285-6538.

A Miller’s Halloween
Join the fun coloring pumpkins, creating corn husk dolls and playing old-time games at Cooper Gritsmill in Chester Township. This FREE event takes place on Saturday. October 27,from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Don’t forget to wear your costume! For more information, please call 908-879-5463.

Trail Tails at the Great Swamp
Enjoy a memorable night of silly, slightly spooky, nature-themed and Native American storytelling, designed to by enjoyed by everyone! Walking along the dark, wooded trails, you never know who may be lurking around the next bend in the path waiting to tell their story- it could be an eagle, a pirate, or giant Luna Moth! Come out for the annual one-hour trail tails event to celebrate Halloween in a unique way at the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center in Chatham Township. The event takes place on Saturday, October 27 at 5:30 p.m. Walk is recommended for ages 4 and up, and costs $5 per person. Call soon, space is limited! 973-635-6629.

Historic Haunting
Listen to terrifying ghost stories and enjoy a variety of Halloween fun and games at the Historic Speedwell in Morristown. Activities are from 12 Noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, October 28. Don’t forget to wear your costume! For more information, please call 973-285-6550.

Historic Halloween Fun
On Sunday, October 28 from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Fosterfields Living Historical Farm in Morris Township brings you back in time to revisit how Halloween was once celebrated in the 20th century. Decorate Halloween cookies, play games, and enjoy a scavenger hunt around the farm! For more information, please call 973-326-7645.

A is for Apple
Calling to all our youngest friends, ages three to five years, with an adult, come to The Frelinghuysen Arboretum in Morris Township on Monday, November 5 at 11 a.m. to learn the color, tastes, shapes, and flavor of apples. Register early! Space is limited. For more information and to register, please call 973-326-7603.