• Kid-Friendly Halloween Events in Hoboken + Jersey City {2018}

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    Parents know that with October comes not just one, but many different Halloween celebrations {read: several costume changes, too}. Luckily, there are a bunch of events happening in our area to keep the kiddies entertained and make special memories. We’ve got a full list of family-friendly Halloween events happening in Hoboken + Jersey City this October. Read on for where to celebrate and cash in on the candy, too:

    October 20th — Hoboken Harvest Festival

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    On October 20th from 11:00AM-3:00PM on Pier A in Hoboken there will be an array of all things fall and fun for the entire family. There will be hayrides, animals, pumpkin painting, crafts, music and so much more for children of all ages. 

    There will be live performances by the following:

    11:00AM – Garden St. School of the Performing Arts
    11:45AM – All saints & BOLD Arts
    12:00PM – Kid Notes with Chrissy Roberts & Ralph Capasso
    1:00PM – one of the Rockness Monsters
    2:00PM – Zydeco Revelators

    More information here.

    October 21st — Hugs and Bugs Daddy & Me Pumpkin Carving

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    Photo: @hugsandbugsclub on Instagram

    Hugs and Bugs is hosting a special Daddy & Me Pumpkin Carving Class October 21st at 11:00AM. The cost for the event is $35 and space is limited, so be sure to sign up ASAP. More information here

    October 21st — Hoboken Wizard of Paws Halloween Spook-tacular

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    Photo: @wizardofpawsrescue on Instagram

    Join the Wizard of Paws rescue and their furry friends for the first annual Spook-tacular on October 21st from 12:00PM-4:00PM at Pier 13 in Hoboken. There will be raffles, pumpkin carvings, food and more. Bring your pet in costume to enter the contest and win a prize! Entry fee is a $10 donation. More information here

    October 27th — HoBOOken Spooky 5K to End Homelessness 

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    Join the community on October 27th at 10:00AM on Pier A {100 Sinatra Drive in Hoboken} for a family fun race to support the Hoboken Homeless Shelter, which shelters 50 people nightly, serves over 500 meals a day and over a thousand weekly showers. There will also be a kid’s race and costume competition to keep with the Halloween spirit.

    Registration is $35 or $40 on the day of the event. Registration includes a race t-shirt, offers, and discounts from race partners and sponsors and entry to the race after party. More information here

    READ: 15 Fall Events Happening in New Jersey + Beyond

    October 27th — Eat Drink and Be Scary by Mile Square Church in Hoboken

    Join your neighbors and friends at this Halloween themed party on October 27th from 5:00PM-7:00PM at Christopher Columbus Gardens {455 9th Street in Hoboken}. Dress up in your best costumer and swing by to enjoy food and family fun. They will also be a hosting and fun and safe trick-or-treating experience right in the park so make sure to bring a bag for goodies. More information here

    October 27th — Liberty Science Center Spooky Sleepover Family Halloween Camp In

    You’re invited to bring the kids {ages 6 and up} and have the ultimate sleepover at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City on Saturday, October 27th. Families can enjoy a building filled with themed activities, experiments, shows, and more.

    The cost is $65 per person {members receive a discount at $55}. The event begins at 6:00PM on Saturday and ends at 10:00AM on Sunday. An evening snack and light breakfast will be provided. Each group must have a chaperone 21 and over and children 5 and under will not be permitted. More information here

    October 27th — Jersey City’s Spooky Terminal III

    Spooky Terminal is “Jersey City’s biggest annual family-friendly Halloween event featuring tons of fun activities for kids and parents alike, amazing food trucks, and Jersey City’s most adorable costume contest!” The event takes place on Saturday, October 27th from 11:00AM-4:00PM at Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal {1 Audrey Zapp Drive in Jersey City}. Tickets are $5 for adult and $15 per child ages 1-12. More information here

    October 28th — Halloween Reading of Super Satya at Inner Athlete

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    Photo: @theinnerathlete on Instagram

    Raakhee Mirchandani, local author and mom will be reading her new children’s book ‘Super Satya Saves the Day’ at the Inner Athlete {720 Monroe Street in Hoboken} on October 28th at 10:00AM. After the reading, children are invited to make Super Hero Cards with Satya herself for children who need some cheering up. Remember to dress up in your best superhero costume for the contest! This event is FREE but all children must be registered. More information here

    October 28th — Baby Bandstand Halloween Event

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    Photo: @babybandstand on Instagram

    Join the band for Halloween fun on October 28th at 11:00AM at Celebrate Life Studio {Corner of 12th and Park in Hoboken}. This party is for children ages 0-3  and costs $25. There will be spooky songs, Halloween story time, costume parade and more. A great excuse to wear those costumes more than once. More information here

    October 31st — Family Halloween Bash on the Pedestrian Mall in Jersey City {Newark Avenue}

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    Have a ghoulishly good time on The Newark Ave Pedestrian Mall on the actual Halloween! This FREE family-friendly event will feature face-painting, a bouncy house, music, popcorn and candy, of course.

    October 31st — Hoboken’s Annual Ragamuffin Parade & Trick or Treating

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    The Ragamuffin Parade is one of Hoboken’s most treasured events and will return for another year on October 31st. The parade begins at 3:15PM uptown and takes over Washington Street. It ends downtown with a costume contest that usually begins around 4:30PM. The parade is free to watch and also welcomes any and all to join in as the parade continues onward. 

    After the parade, you can find flocks of families heading to Bloomfield and Garden for trick or treating at the brownstones. There are plenty of decorations and candy to keep the festivities fun as neighbors tend to go all out and promote the spooky spirit.

    See More: Haunted Hudson County: 5 Real Ghost Stories

    What Halloween celebrations will your little ones be taking part in? Share with us in the comments below!

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    Ashley is a thoroughbred Jersey girl who has lived in Hoboken for 7 years. After graduating from Fordham University with a degree in Journalism and Psychology, she pursued a career in the AdTech space. (think banner ads and website analytics) Although hard to say goodbye, she can now be found focusing on full time mom business and contributing to multiple blogs. She is always on the lookout for the next family fun event or mommy & me class. She is hoping her investigative nature will help other #hobokenmoms find fun things to do!


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