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Top Things To Do This Month: Bergen County, October 2009

Samantha Chan

Rockin’ With Disney
Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and Donald have the adventure of a lifetime when The Disney Live! Rockin’ Road Show comes to New Jersey. Audiences sing cool songs and dance in their seats as this zany show also spotlights popular Disney characters like Cinderella, Tigger and Buzz from Toy Story. The Disney Live! Rockin’ Road Show runs November 13 at 7pm and November 14 at 10:30am and 3pm at The Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Call the box office at (201)935-3900 or visit www.meadowlands.com for tickets.


Fright Fest
Fright Fest returns to Six Flags Great Adventure this month. Venture into the Main Street Graveyard, the Demented Forest Terror Trail or the Lakefront Graveyard as this yearly Halloween celebration presents theme shows for kids before 6pm and teeth-chattering attractions after the sun goes down. If you’re feeling extra brave, check out the Circus Psycho and Bone Butcher Terror-Tory. Fright Fest takes place from October 3 to November 1 at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey. For directions and more information, call (732)928-1821 or log onto www.sixflags.com.


Enchanted Entertainment
Young theater-goers are in awe of My House. An audience of only 25 people gather around as a simple cardboard box unfolds to create a haven of blazing hues and stunning aesthetics in this incredible one-man show that runs from October 2 through 18 at The New Victory Theater, 229 W. 42nd St., New York City. Visit www.newvictory.org for tickets, directions and additional details.


The Place to Be
Inspired by Wizards of Waverly Place, the number one ranked TV series for kids, Walt Disney Records releases the show’s self-titled soundtrack. The album features new songs along with interpretations of magic-themed hits from the 60s, 70s and 80s. Tracks from the CD are sung by Selena Gomez, Steve Rushton, Honor Society and other popular artists. Pick up the Wizards of Waverly Place CD wherever music is sold.


Family Fair
JC Promotions hosts the Hackensack Street Fair, a day-long celebration that offers something for everyone, on October 4. Visitors enjoy clowns, face painters, stilt walkers, rides, amusements, nonstop entertainment and wonderful crafts and gift ideas from more than 200 street vendors. For times, directions and further details, call (201)998-1144 or visit www.jcpromotions.info.


Spook-Tacular Fun
The New Jersey Children’s Museum, 599 Valley Health Plaza, Paramus, becomes a place for eerie excitement during the 11th annual Halloween Spooktacular. From October 18 through 30, come in costume and enjoy one of the best, non-scary Halloween celebrations around. Festivities include unlimited play throughout the museum, as well as pumpkin decorating, dancing, crafting, trick-or-treating and more. Call the museum at (201)262-5151 or log onto www.njcm.com for further details.


Outdoor Action
Special guest educators at the Tenafly Nature Center, 313 Hudson Ave., Tenafly, get visitors in touch with the natural world in the Nature Program Series. Upcoming sessions include Mad About Hawks on October 3 and Ducks at Dusk on November 7. The popular Afternoon Explorers program introduces an assortment of nature-themed topics through games, crafts, stories and hands-on experiences every Monday to Friday at 3:45pm throughout October and November. Contact the nature center at (201)568-6093 or visit www.tenaflynaturecenter.org to reserve your spot.


Saddle Up
It’s a blast from the past when Carole and Paula from the former TV show The Magic Garden host an afternoon of songs, stories and live entertainment on October 3 at the Saddle River Valley Cultural Center in Upper Saddle River. Other shows and events on tap include Hansel & Gretel on October 17, Friday Family Night with Halloween Boo Zoo on October 23 and The Halloween Breakfast on October 31. For tickets and a full season schedule, call (201)825-3366 or visit www.srvcc.org.


Let’s Play
The Bergen Performing Arts Center presents The Shaolin Warriors on October 9. See remarkable skills, stunning movements and spectacular Kung Fu imagery that has made the performers known on stages around the world. The Bergen Performing Arts Center is located at 30 North Van Brunt St. in Englewood. For show times and ticket prices, call the box office at (201)227-1030 or visit www.bergenpac.org.


Halloween Tradition
Toms River Fire Department No. 1 gets families into the "spirit" of the season on October 31 with the Halloween Parade. The event begins at 7pm at the Toms River Center on Main Street. It travels south along Main Street and moves east along Washington Street to come to an end on Cooper Avenue. Awards are given out in a variety of categories, and children and adults are encouraged to come in costume. To participate, register at the firehouse on Robbins Street from 9am-5pm Call (732)349-0144 or visit www.occis.com for further details.