There are plenty of chilling and thrilling events going on in the area to celebrate Halloween. Mark your calendars and check out these local events.
Friday and Saturday nights through Oct. 27 - Enjoy a Halloween hayride around Huber Woods Park in Middletown on Friday and Saturday evenings until Oct. 27. Staff and volunteers will dress up as nocturnal creatures who take a trip to the boardwalk, play a football game, and attend a dance. The hayrides leave between 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. and the cost is $8 per person. To register, call 732-842-4000.
Oct. 26, 27, and 28—Check out the 10th anniversary of Brookdale’s Haunted Theater with a special guest from the movie Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3—Leatherface! The actor who played the character in the movie, R.A. Mihailoff, will make a special guest appearance on October 25 at 11:45 a.m. at this spooky event where students show just how scary they can make the Performing Arts Center. There will be a 15-20 minute tour of the theater with “Come at Your Own Risk” tours starting at 7 p.m. and ending at 10:30 p.m. on Oct. 20, and 21 and Oct. 26, 27, and 28. There will be family-friendly tours of the theater on October 20, 21, 27, and 28 beginning at 2 PM and continuing at 4 PM. All tickets are $5 for the afternoon tour. For more information, check out http:www.brookdalecc.edu/pages/305.asp.
Oct. 22—Kids ages 3-7 can make a cool Halloween cape with pre-made capes and reflective decorations at Thompson Park’s Creative Arts Center between 10:30 and 11:15 a.m. They can also make a wand to complete the outfit. The class is $17 per child. To register and for more information, call 732-842-4000.
Oct. 27—Dearborn Market will have a costume contest with great prizes for different age groups. Ages 3 and under will win $50 Dearborn Market gift certificates and ages 3-12 will win cooking parties for the winners and 9 of their friends. The costume contest will run from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and during the event parents can sign a photo release form for their child to have a Polaroid taken of them and pinned to the Costume Contest board in the appropriate age group. Find out if you’ve won on Halloween.
Oct. 27—At 11 a.m., Barnes and Noble in Holmdel is having their Halloween celebration with a story time reading of The Monsters’ Monster, Halloween games and activities, and a Halloween parade.
Friday nights through Oct.—Take a walking lantern ghost tour of Red Bank every Friday night until Halloween at 8 p.m. The tour runs about an hour rain or shine. Tickets are available at 8 p.m.; tour starts at 8:30 p.m. Meet at the Dublin House, 30 Monmouth Street. For more information, call 732-500-6252.
Oct.28—Learn more about the exciting world of nanotechnology at Brookdale’s Chemistry Carnival from 12:30 to 3 p.m. in the Navesink rooms of the Warner Student Center. This year’s carnival theme is “Nanotechnology: The Smallest BIG Idea in Action.” At the event, kids will learn the chemistry behind nanotechnology and participate in hands-on activities. They will also enjoy Halloween chemistry demonstrations and a karate show at around 2-3 p.m. with students from Art Beins Karate in Howell and Freehold joined by Brookdale students. For more information, contact Eric Goll, associate professor of chemistry, event coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org. The event is free, but attendees are asked to bring a canned food donation for the local food bank.
Oct. 31—Happy Halloween! Trick or treat?