• 20 Halloween Weekend Events That DON’T Require Dressing Up in Hoboken + Jersey City

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    So you might love Halloween, but hate the dressing up part, yet have major FOMO when seeing everyone participate in the fun events. If you’re one of those people, listen up: While there are a ton of events going on that encourage dressing up, there are also a lot that don’t — and we’ve rounded them all up for you. Here’s how and where to have fun this Halloween weekend in Hoboken and Jersey City if you don’t want to dress up:

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    ^^ #mood when your friends make you dress up for Halloween

    Halloween Movie Night at Tally Ho Hoboken — Friday, October 26th

    Tally Ho {215 Washington Street} is hosting a special Halloween movie night this Friday with scary movies on all TVs plus games to play.

    Murder Mystery Dinner at Birch Hoboken — Friday, October 26th 

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    Birch {92 River Street in Hoboken} is hosting a live, interactive murder mystery dinner that includes a gourmet buffet. Purchase tickets here.

    Create-Your-Own Scarecrow/Snowman Pallet at Turquoise Cup — Friday, October 26th from 6:00PM-8:30PM

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    The Turquoise Cup, Hoboken’s very own pottery and coffee shop, is hosting a special class to create a scarecrow/snowman pallet, perfect for the fall and winter. Get more information here.

    Halloween Themed Painting Class in Jersey City — Friday, October 26th from 6:30PM-8:30PM

    Kick off Halloween weekend with a paint-session at Downtown 234 Gallery in Jersey City {234 York Street}. Better yet, the event is BYO, so all you need is a bottle of wine and the gallery will provide all of the painting materials needed. Get more information here.

    Val Emmich at Little City Books — Friday, October 26th at 7:00PM

    Writer, actor, and musician, Val Emmich, will read his new young adult novel called Dear Evan Hansen this Friday evening at Little City Books in Hoboken {100 Bloomfield Street}. Emmich will be signing books, playing a set of songs, and more. Purchase of book is required to attend the event. More information here.

    The Rocky Horror Picture Show at Hoboken Bow Tie Cinemas — Beginning Friday, October 19th from 11:00PM-2:00AM

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    The Hoboken Rocky Horror Picture Show is back for 2018 and will take place at Bow Tie Cinemas {409 14th Street}. There will be 4 shows — Friday, October 19th, Saturday, October 20th, Friday, October 26th, and Saturday, October 27th, all at 11:00PM. For more information and to purchase tickets click here.

    Stevens Institute of Technology Out of the Darkness Walk — Saturday, October 27th from 9:00AM-12:30PM

    Join Stevens Institute of Technology for their Out of the Darkness Walk to raise awareness an funds for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The walk will begin at Stevens’ campus {1 Castle Point Terrace}. More information here.

    Get Your Pink On Breast Cancer Event at alba boutique — Saturday, October 27th from 11:00AM-7:00PM

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    Enjoy a day of sweet treats, champagne + rosè, shopping, raffles, and giveaways at alba boutique {716 Washington Street in Hoboken}. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Dearheart Charitable Foundation in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

    Halloween Pumpkin Patch & Fall Festival in Jersey City — Saturday, October 27th from 11:00AM-7:00PM

    Head to the Urby parking lot {200 Greene Street} in downtown Jersey City for a full day of harvest fun. There will be food + drinks from local vendors plus bounce houses, magic shows, train rides, face painting, and more. Get more information here.

    Port Imperial Food Truck Fest — Saturday, October 27th from 12:00PM-6:00PM

    The Port Imperial Food Truck Fest will take place at 4800 Avenue at Port Imperial in Weehawken. The event will feature over 20 food trucks, music, activities and rides for children, and more. Get more information here.

    After the Harvest Wine & Food Event — Saturday, October 27th from 1:00PM-5:00PM

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    The Culinary Institute at Hudson County Community College will be hosting their 2nd annual After the Harvest Wine & Food event Saturday afternoon. Admission includes a wristband that gets you wine tastings, wine seminars, and a free wine glass {with valid ID}. More information here.

    Beaujolais Wine Tasting at Bin 14 — Saturday, October 27th from 2:00PM-4:00PM

    Wine lovers, this event is for you. Learn all about Beaujolais wine and enjoy Chef Pino’s 3-course tasting menu. More information here.

    Halloween on the Hudson Hypnotist Dinner Show at Birch Hoboken — Saturday, October 27th 

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    Before partying the night away, enjoy a special hypnotist dinner show at Birch in Hoboken {92 River Street}. Tickets include a gourmet buffet dinner featuring appetizers, salads, entrees, and dessert. For more information, call 201-744-5117.

    “Howloween” Pup Portrait Pop Up at Cornerstone Pets — Sunday, October 28th from 11:00AM-2:00PM

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    You might not want to dress up, but that doesn’t mean your pup can’t. Bring your four-legged friends to Cornerstone Pets in Hoboken {105 9th Street} in costume for a FREE portrait of your pup. The event is hosted by Puparazzi NYC and there are no reservations required.

    Chakra Immersion Workshop with Pavana Yoga — Sunday, October 28th from 3:00PM-5:30PM

    Learn how to bring greater balance into your life with Pavana Yoga’s Chakra Immersion Workshop this Sunday afternoon. Throughout the workshop will be yoga, meditation, journaling, and other healing techniques. Pavana Yoga is located at 251 1st Street in Hoboken. Get more information here.

    “Made in Hoboken: Tales of Inventions with Ties to the Mile-Square City” at the Hoboken Historical Museum — Sunday, October 28th at 4:00PM

    David Zimmerman, Director of Technology Commercialization at Stevens Institute of Technology will be speaking at the Hoboken Historical Museum this Sunday afternoon. Admission is $5 but free for museum members.

    Glow in the Barre at Local Barre — Sunday, October 28th at 6:30PM

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    Enjoy a special edition of Local Barre’s Nightcap class in honor of Halloween. Dress in all white so you can illuminate in the black light and enjoy some treats after class. Get more information here.

    Haunted House at City Bistro — Sunday, October 28th through Wednesday, October 31st from 7:00PM-11:00PM

    City Bistro is transforming its second floor and roof into the ultimate haunted house with professional actors and different themed rooms. Also enjoy plenty of photo ops and spooky drink specials. More information here.

    Witchcraft Cocktail Class at The Winston — Tuesday, October 30th from 7:30PM-9:30PM

    Learn how to shake, pour, and stir your very own Halloween-inspired cocktails at The Winston in Hoboken {72 Hudson Street}. Harry Potter lovers, one of the cocktail creations will be a Butter Beer Cocktail, so you won’t want to miss out. Get more information here.

    What will you be doing this Halloween if you aren’t dressing up? Share your plans with us in the comments below!

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    Briana is a born-and-raised Hoboken Girl who embraces both the new and old aspects of the Mile Square. She’s a freelance writer, works in social media, and more importantly (but not really) — a cat lover and total foodie. When she’s not working, she can be found convincing herself to buy something at Sephora or Target, eating mussels with her fiancé at Leo’s, or planning her next Disney vacation.


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