Local Halloween Events Brewing in Essex

From haunted houses to haunted walking tours, fun activities are underway around the area.

Here are a few local Halloween, and Halloween-related events and activities, coming up in the next few days:

State Scare Haunted Attraction

Thursday, Oct. 25, 7 p.m. Also Oct. 26-28, 30-31
229 Main St., Belleville

All new this year, State Scare, located at State Fair Halloween Store, is the scariest indoor haunted attraction in New Jersey. Take a stroll down ‘Maim Street,’ a terrifying little thoroughfare built on the site of the old State Processing Factory, recently razed due to its evil activities. On Maim Street, you’ll find a creepy barber shop, butcher, pub, hotel and 5&10. Come and find out why shoppers are disappearing, and Maim Street isn’t quite what it seems. “Not So Scary Sunday Matinee” for kids, Sundays in October, from 4-6 p.m.

A Halloween Ghost Walk, Children's Adventure

Friday, Oct. 26, 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Grover Cleveland Birthplace
207 Bloomfield Ave., Caldwell

The Grover Cleveland Birthplace Memorial Association
presents "A Halloween Ghost Walk." Guided tours by James Gardner will take you on a half-mile walk from Arlington Avenue to the Cloverleaf Tavern, revealing unbelievable but true stories about the neighborhood. Tours start at 5, 5:30, 6, 6:30 and 7 p.m. (7:30 tour sold out!) $10 adults, $5 for children under 13. Tours must be reserved in advance with full payment. Please show up 15 minutes before tour scheduled tour time to check in. Tickets may be purchased at the birthplace and at local merchants. 

The GCBMA Boo-tique and children's Halloween adventure area will open at 2 p.m. with free games and activities for kids. 

Wacky Walkathon to End Loneliness

Friday, Oct. 26, 5 p.m.
1 Normal Ave., Upper Montclair

The Turn-A-Frown-Around Foundation, Inc. (TAFA) is
holding the first annual Wacky Walkathon to End Loneliness on the Montclair State campus on Oct. 26 from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. The event will promise a night of wackiness as walkers optionally dress in accordance with the Halloween theme. Contests, incredible theater, dance, and musical performances, food, prizes, Zumba and Drumba, an art show by Montclair students, a clown for the kids, crazy comedy, an arm wrestling championship, the Haunting and Healing Houses, the opportunity to become a Forever Friend, and more will fill the campus’s Recreation Center. For details and to register, click here or email wackywalkathon@gmail.com.

Pumpkin Decorating at Edlyn Sweets

Saturday, Oct. 27, 10 a.m.
5 Smull Ave., Caldwell

Edlyn Sweets' Pumpkin Decorating Event is back! Come in on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., for some messy fun. Don't worry, there will be yummy treats for your little monsters to enjoy as well. Space is limited so stop in or call ahead to be put on our VIP list. Fee is $20 per decorator. Child takes home pumpkin, cupcake and goodie bag.

West Caldwell-Caldwell Recreation Halloween Parade

Sunday, Oct. 28, 3 p.m.
Henderson Drive and Clinton Road, West Caldwell

The annual West Caldwell-Caldwell Recreation Halloween Parade is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 28, at 3 p.m., at Essex Valley School (EVS), corner of Henderson Drive and Clinton Road. The parade is for Caldwell and West Caldwell residents only.

Halloween Bootique

Sunday, Oct. 28, 9 a.m. to noon
Caldwell Community Center
1 Provost Square, Caldwell 

The Caldwell Merchants Association will set up a Halloween Bootique at the Caldwell Community Center on Sunday, Oct. 28. A handful of local merchants will be selling seasonal items and more. 

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