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Posted Friday, October 5th, 2018

Bone-Chilling Fun for All Ages and Thrill-Levels now through Halloween

Brace yourself for the best Halloween ex-FEAR-iences this season! Now through Wednesday, Oct. 31, enjoy haunting activities at various Morris County Park Commission locations. From trembling, nature-themed tales to creating boo-tiful pumpkins, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Check out featured Halloween Events below!

‘The Time to Mourn’

Morris Parks - Enter at Your Own Risk: Spooktacular Halloween Festivities

Take a special guided tour of The Willows, the Foster family’s mansion, to explore the unique death and mourning traditions of the Victorian era at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm in Morris Township. Discover how customs, now considered strange, influenced loved ones for months and years after a person passed.

Tours are available Wednesdays through Sundays, Oct. 3 through 21, Wednesday Oct. 24 through Friday, Oct. 26, and Sunday, Oct. 28 at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. This program is appropriate for adults and children ages 12 and up. Admission is $6 per adult, $5 per senior, $4 per child age 4-16.

Scaredy Plants

Voodoo lily? Bat flower? Some plants are simply wicked! On Sunday, Oct. 20, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., celebrate Halloween at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum with scary, smelly plants from around the world. Go on a creepy plant scavenger hunt, create a spooky craft, explore a display of flesh-eating plants, and play plant-themed games. Admission is $5 per child. Preregistration is required. Please call 973.326.7601 to reserve your spot.

Trail Tales & Teeny Tiny Trail TalesMorris Parks - Enter at Your Own Risk: Spooktacular Halloween Festivities

Are you afraid of the dark? On Saturday, Oct. 27, visit the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center in Chatham Township for Trail Tails, an exciting, outdoor adventure. Enjoy a memorable night of silly, slightly spooky, and nature-themed tales told by costumed storytellers along the decorated nighttime trails of the Great Swamp. Discover hand-carved jack-o-lanterns in the forest that light the trails and add to the eerie atmosphere.

Sign up for a time slot between 5:30 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. Admission is $6 per person, and be sure to register early as time slots fill up quickly! This program is designed for ages 6 and up and fun-loving adults.

Teeny Tiny Trail Tales is just for families with small children ages 2 to 5. On Saturday, Oct. 27, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., explore the trails during daylight with a guide. Hunt for hidden surprises along the way, and listen to storytellers in the woods. Admission is $3 per person. Sign up for a time slot before they fill up! For more information, and to register for Trail Tales and Teeny Tiny Trail Tales, call 973.635.6629. Both programs are held rain or shine.

A Miller’s Halloween

Morris Parks - Enter at Your Own Risk: Spooktacular Halloween FestivitiesOn Saturday, October 27 at 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., come in costume to Cooper Gristmill in Chester Township, and enjoy spook-tacular storytelling. Spend the afternoon creating corn husk dolls and playing old-time games. Tour the Gristmill, and look for surprises around every corner. The event is free, and donations are welcome. For more information, call 908.879.5463.

Many Dreadful Tales

Enter the Vail House at Historic Speedwell to hear haunted tales both old and new in a particularly special setting. Enjoy horror stories from the Victorian period shared by a costumed interpreter, along with modern day instances from museums all over the country. Don’t miss this eerie Halloween event Saturday, Oct. 27, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is $7 per adult, $6 per senior, $5 per child age 4 – 16, FREE per child under age 4. To learn more, call 973.285.6537.

Historic Halloween Happenings

Play festive Halloween games, decorate cookies, and try on old-fashioned costumes at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm in Morris Township. The fun starts at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 28. Take a guided walk, and find all of the jack-o-lanterns hiding in the nearby woods. Top off the afternoon with an open-air wagon ride back to the Visitors Center. Admission is $6 per adult, $5 per senior, $4 per child age 4-16, $2 per child age 2 & 3, FREE per child under age 2.  For more information, call 973.326.7645.

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The Morris County Park Commission features one of the region’s best park systems in the state of New Jersey. It currently protects and maintains 19,653 acres at 38 distinct sites plus offers a year-round calendar of events and activities for all to enjoy!