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Boo! Halloween Happenings in Morris County
MORRISTOWN, NJ - Get ready for goblins and gore, and check out what we have in store!

From pumpkin decorating and tales, to spooky stories told on moon-lit trails, the Morris County Park Commission has Halloween fun that never fails. Check out all of our Halloween events listed at Enjoy the Experience!

A Miller's Halloween

Create corn husk dolls, take part in Halloween crafts, and try out old-time games at this FREE event. Visit the Copper Gristmill in Chester Township on Saturday, October 18, from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. to join in the festivities. A special spooky storytelling is scheduled at 1 p.m. & 2:30 p.m. For more information, please call the Cooper Gristmill, 908.879.5463.

Scarecrows in the Garden

Join in the fun on Sunday, October 19, and make a scarecrow to be ‘planted’ on the lawn. Take part in an apple tasting, watch an expert pumpkin carver, make an apple craft, and enjoy the sweetness of delicious local cider and donuts. This festive fall event takes place at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum in Morris Township, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Preregistration is required, call 973.326.7603, or visit

Pumpkin Creations

Come to Fosterfields Living Historical Farm on Sunday, October 19 for a pumpkin making extravaganza. From 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. use natural plant materials from the farm to create a unique, decorative, Halloween pumpkin to take home. For more information, please call Fosterfields, 973.326.7645.

Trail Tales

This popular Halloween event is back once again for everyone to enjoy! Celebrate Halloween on a spooktacular storytelling walk at the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center in Chatham Township, on Saturday, October 25. Hear silly, slightly spooky, nature-themed tales told by costumed storytellers along the decorated nighttime trails. Timeslots are available from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., small groups leave the Visitors Center every 15 minutes with a costumed guide. Space is limited, register early by calling the Great Swamp, 973.635.6629.

The Strange Fate of Antoine Le Blanc

Art imitates life as we look at the early 19th century Morristown murder trial of Antoine Le Blanc and the strange things that happened afterwards. Come to Historic Speedwell on Saturday, October 25 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and use primary sources and the novel Frankenstein to dissect this bizarre event in local history focusing on the American justice system and Gothic literature. For more information the NEW and exciting event, contact Historic Speedwell at 973.285.6550.

Historic Halloween Happenings

Experience a simpler Halloween as it was celebrated in the early 20th century at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm on Sunday, October 26, from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Decorate cookies, play games, and enjoy a Halloween themed scavenger hunt around the farm. Discover how a homemade costume is made. For more information, please call Fosterfields, 973.326.7645.

Historic Haunting

A scary and fun afternoon awaits at Historic Speedwell in Morristown on Sunday, October 26. From 12 noon to 4 p.m., listen to terrifying ghost stories and take part in a variety of Halloween fun and games. For more information, call Historic Speedwell, 973.285.6550.


Morris County Park Commission, is one of the region’s best park systems in the state of New Jersey, currently protects and maintains 18,600 acres at 38 distinct sites and a year-round calendar of events and activities.