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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Halloween Happenings

@ the Library: Programs
Note: there are no Storytimes, Toddler Times or Infant Lap Sit Times the week of Oct. 25th. These programs resume Nov. 3rd. (The Library is closed Election Day, Nov. 2nd).  See our program calendar for details.

Halloween Hootenanny!! Suggested for families with children of all ages.   No registration required Wednesday, Octobooooo 27 at 10:00 a.m and 11:00 a.m.  A special Halloween sing-along. Please feel free to come in costume.

Spooktacular Craftacular   For ages 3 - 8    Saturday, October 30 at 10:00 am Registration Required  Hey goblins and ghosties, join us for a storytime and craft!

@ the Library: Displays & Materials

Check out a shivery read from our SPOOKY BOOKS display.  We also have Halloween books, Math Books and Parenting Books on display this month.

We also have a "virtual display" of "October Chillers" (books to make you shiver) on our Children's Home Page.

Around the Community

Still looking for that Perfect Pumpkin?  Check out pumpkin picking locations in this article from Macaroni Kid. (Macaroni Kid has an extensive calendar of events for families all over our area!)

Mischief Night Madness - Colonial Park Putting Course
October 29, 2010 (Raindate - Halloween October 30)
Fee: $8.00 for family of two; $10.00 for family of three or more
Play miniature golf with the ghouls! Wear your Halloween costume and get a free Halloween goodie bag. Admission includes: Spooky Tales from the Witches Cauldron and Moonlight Hayrides (non-scary variety). Bring along your family Jack-O-Lantern and enter it in the Best Carved Pumpkin Contest. (Judging will take place at 6:30pm) Free apple cider and donuts.

A Miller's Halloween
Hear spooky stories, decorate pumpkins, play old-time games, and more!
WHEN: Saturday, October 30, 1–3:30 PM
Cooper Gristmill, 66 Washington Tpke., Chester
COST: FREE. Donations are appreciated.
CONTACT: 908.879.5463
Spooky Trail
Historic Haunting
Enjoy Halloween fun with ghost stories, games and prizes!
WHEN: Sunday, October 31, 1–4 PM
Historic Speedwell, Speedwell Ave. & Cory Rd, Morristown 
: Admission
CONTACT: 973.285.6550


Princesses, Vampires, Fairies & Firemen! Come to the show dressed in your Halloween costume and receive a treat!
Theatre of IllusionRVCC HALLOWEEN1 The Spencers
Friday, Oct. 29, at 7 PM
The Theatre at RVCC, 118 Lamington Road, Branchburg TICKETS: $25

spencers 3 You will cross over a threshold of disbelief mere moments after the Spencers take the stage. Theirs is a place where artistry and theatre converge; where intellect and amazement collide; and where impossibility and inspiration are inseparable. Winners of the 2009 International Magician of the Year Award!

WHEN: Saturday October 30, 11 AM – 4 PM (rain or shine)
6 Normandy Heights Road (at the corner of Columbia Turnpike), Morristown
HOURS: Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 11 AM to 5 PM; Thursday, 11 AM to 8 PM; and Sunday, 1-5 PM. Admission to the museum is $10 for adults and $7 for children, students and senior citizens. Admission is free for museum members and is free to the public every Thursday between 5 and 8 PM. For more information, call 973.971.3700, or visit www.morrismuseum.org 

TICKETS: The cost for the festival is $7/child, $10/adult (free for museum members), which includes admission to the museum and a 1 PM show of the movie Monsters, Inc.
Children of all ages are encouraged to come dressed in a costume, and to participate in the museum’s Halloween parades at noon and 3 PM.
Explore the museum’s current Hollywood-themed exhibitions, Icons of Costume: Hollywood’s Golden Era and Beyond and Bonus Features: Hollywood Posters, Props and Personalities. Costumes and props on display which are of special interest to children include:  the Robin mask worn by Chris O’Donnell in the movie Batman & Robin; a replica of the blue and white gingham pinafore worn by Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz; and a “Shirley Temple dress” for a young girl, identical to a dress worn by Shirley Temple in 1933.
Then participate in a variety of fun drop-in activities:
  • Pumpkin painting
  • Create your own costume jewelry
  • Design a masquerade mask
  • Make a spider
  • Create a spooky ghost
  • Face painting
  • Take a family picture in a wooden cut-out of The Wizard of Oz characters
  • Enjoy the movie Monsters, Inc. at 1 PM
Large groups are welcome. For more information, please call 973.971.3718.
About the Morris MuseumThe Morris Museum explores and celebrates the arts, sciences and humanities through exhibitions, educational programs, performing arts and special events. Founded in 1913, the museum serves over 200,000 adults and children each year. These programs are made possible, in part, by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.


Celebrate the age-old traditions of Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, with live music and dance, gallery tours, and art-making workshops.  Decorate a sugar skull and a dancing skeleton, make a paper marigold and taste Mexican hot chocolate.

Latino Heritage Festival: Dia de los Muertos
WHEN: Saturday, October 30, 12:30–4:30 PM
WHERE: The Newark Museum, 49 Washington Street, Newark
FREE with Suggested Museum Admission (includes bilingual presentations)

mexico beyond mariachiMexico Beyond Mariachi presents
CelebraciĆ³n del Dia de los Muertos: La Calavera Sonriente
Performance: 2:30 PM

Day of the Dead Ofrenda (Altar)Help decorate the ofrenda for deceased loved ones.

Take Part in Exciting Workshops:
  • Decorate Sugar Skulls
  • Papel Picado (Paper Cutting)
  • Dancing Skeleton Puppets
  • Marigolds for the Ofrenda
Enjoy Scrumptious Treats:
  • Pan de Muertos (Bread of the Dead)
  • Chocolate Caliente (Mexican Hot Chocolate)
New Members Perk: Early Admission!
Come at 11 AM before activities are open to the public!  Reserve show seats, nosh and do an activity.  Call 973.596.6699 to let us know you're coming.
Thanks to Ruth Ross at njartsmaven.com for this information!
Let Your Fingers Do the Walking

Don't have a costume yet?  Looking for some fun costume ideas to make?  Check out these sites!

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