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Top Things To Do This Month: Morris County, October 2013

Donald McDermott

Imagine That!
The Imagine That!!! Museum makes it an October to remember with events for all to enjoy. The fun begins with a fun and fully interactive Princess Breakfast on October 12, and it ends with a Spooktacular holiday celebration on October 25. Families are also welcome to visit the museum’s amazing outdoor maze throughout the month. Located at 4 Vreeland Road in Florham Park, Imagine That!!! can be reached at (973)966-8000 or www.imaginethatmuseum.com.

Fright Fest
Enjoy family-friendly thrills by day and spine-tingling frights by night when Fright Fest returns to Six Flags Great Adventure! Presented by Snickers every Friday-Sunday (and Columbus Day Monday) through October 27, the amazing annual event features a Trick-or-Treat Trail, Monster Mash Bash, Haunted Trail Rides, and more Halloween-themed smiles and screams than ever before. Six Flags Great Adventure is located off Exit 7A of the New Jersey Turnpike, Jackson, New Jersey. Questions? Call (732)928-2000.

Spook-Tacular Fun
The New Jersey Children’s Museum, 599 Valley Health Plaza, Paramus, is the place to be with the entire family this holiday season. Little ones are invited to come in costume for the best non-scary Halloween celebration around when the museum hosts the 15th annual Halloween Spook-tacular, October 16-30. The museum will be decorated and plenty of child-friendly Halloween activities for toddlers and preschoolers will be on the agenda. Contact the museum at (201)262-5151 or www.njcm.com to find out more.

Fall Festivities
The Whippany Railway Museum offers the 13th Annual Pumpkin Festival on October 6. Celebrate the fall harvest and stroll among pumpkins, cornstalks, and scarecrows. Enjoy the wares of local merchants and railroad memorabilia dealers at the pumpkin Market Place Crafts Fair and choose a special pumpkin from the Farmer’s Market. Add the perfect touch to your day with a ride along the Whippanong Trail on the Pumpkinliner. The action takes place at 1 Railroad Plaza in Whippany. Pre-order tickets at www.whippanyrailwaymusem.net.

Light the Night
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society encourages families to step out against Cancer during the Light the Night Walk on October 19. Verona Park, Bloomfield and Lakeside avenues, Verona, is the site for the annual fundraising event that welcomes walkers of all ages. The event is free, but donations are always welcome. Register at www.lightthenight.org/today and help in the fight against blood cancers.

Excellent in Enrichment
Celebrating more than 20 years of excellence in enrichment, The Gifted and Talented Institute in Mountain Lakes opens its doors for another great fall season. Each week, children in grades are able to take part in an academic program that features experienced instructors, age-appropriate sessions, and a wide variety of classes on topics like math, science, law, and robotics — just to name a few. The fall season of programs begins in early October. To reserve your child’s place, call (973)831-7779 or head over to www.gtinstitute.org.

Party in the Park
The beauty of Brookdale Park, Watchung Ave., Bloomfield, provides the perfect setting for a weekend of outdoor fun when the Fine Fall Arts & Crafts show returns to Essex County. More than 160 exhibitors from all across New Jersey and the Northeast will be on hand to show their jewelry, furniture, glass, fiber arts, pottery, paintings, serigraphs, photography, sculpture, woodwork and more. This annual event is held October 19 and 20, 10am-5pm. Visit www.rosesquared.com to find out more.

Set Sail
Spend some quality time with your little ones during The Great Pumpkin Sail on November 1. Echo Lake Park in Mountainside is the perfect setting for one of the park’s most popular events of the year. Each ticket purchased is good for one pumpkin up to 8 pounds that families can carve and then set sail together out on the lake. Hold your spot or get more information by calling (908)527-4900 or visiting www.ucnj.org. The rain date is November 2.

Lounging at the Lake
The Packanack Lake Mothers Club is proud to present the 25th Annual Craft Fair on Saturday, November 3, at the Packanack Lake Clubhouse, 52 Lake Drive West, Wayne. The beauty of Packanack Lake provides a wonderful backdrop as prospective shoppers stroll through an array of hand-crafted items for sale. The fair is open 10am-4pm. A bake sale and “tricky tray” will also be included near the entrance. For more information, visit www.packanacklake.com.

Spectacular on Stage
Audiences of all ages will be entertained when Angelina Ballerina the Musical comes to the Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St., Morristown. The award-winning Vital Theatre Company presents the delightful tale of young Angelina, who sets out to be to be the star dancer she’s always dreamed, in this musical based on the popular books and TV series. For more details or a full season schedule, contact the MPAC at (973)539-8008 or www.mayoarts.org.

Donald McDermott is the managing editor.