Surrounded by colored leaves and chilly days, The South Mountain Reservation transforms from green lush to a orange ombre effect as beautiful as the setting sun. While COVID-19 continues to present itself all over the nation, we prepare for another year of celebrations accustomed to the essential preparedness and new daily protocols as demanded by COVID-19. Forced to cancel some of the most sought out parades of the year, Hoboken and NYC will not be holding Halloweens parades. However, many events will go on and some as thrilling and frightening as any other Halloween event.
If you are looking to get spooked, there’s no better place than at what is considered the most terrifying haunted house (1)! Bane Haunted House is located in NYC, opens October 16th and is taking reserved tickets to enter. The 40,000 square foot haunted house has age appropriate attractions at different times of the day so be sure to check out their site to prepare and brave up before heading out- https://banehauntedhouse.com/
Another great location to visit is The Haunting at Berkeley Oceanfront in Asbury Park, NJ. This hotel is transforming 13 rooms into immersive haunted scenes (2). Safety precautions all in place, the hotel is offering reserved tickets for $50.00 per person and the attraction will be held from October 23rd to October 31st (2). Some of Berkeley’s safety precautions include temperature checks, regular cleaning, mask requirement, sanitation stations and absolutely no physical contact (2). For more information, please visit: https://www.timeout.com/newyork/things-to-do/the-haunting-at-berkeley-oceanfront-hotel
For a more family-friendly experience outdoors, The Avenue residents may be interested in checking out the Staten Island Spooktacular from October 23rd to October 25th (3). Event takes place in the evening from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (3). All activities will be held outdoors rain or shine and consist of a one-way path of an 8-acre campus where children and family can enjoy watch skits, sing songs, meet princesses and escape villains (3)! To get tickets before sold out, visit: http://www.statenislandzoo.org/plan-your-visit/spooktacular/
Pumpkin Patches for Family Fun
The Avenue residents looking for more activities to do prior to Halloween might enjoy some of these perfect pumpkin patches near-by and little ways away:
- Williams Nursery in Westfield: the nursery has a small pumpkin patch decorated in a charming way for those picture-perfect memories (4). The nursery closes at 5 p.m. and has a lot to offer from gorgeous flowers to incredible plants for your home.
- Norz Hill Farm: Closing date is November 7th so enjoy going more than once before they close up! Aside from their large pumpkin patch, this farm offers a large corn maze, kid’s corner, farmer market, pony rides, and a scare farm. Visit norzhillfarm.com for more information and visitation regulations (5).
- Snyder’s Farm: Located in Somerset this farm is opened weekends until October 25th and are currently offering tickets for their Fall Festival at $15.00 per person. Activities include: pony hops, rubber duck race, bowling, climbing, corn cribs, and tunnels to name a few! http://snyders-farm.com/fall-festival/ (6)
- Wightman Farm: A little ways away in Morristown but well known for various mazes and different activities such as hay bale tunnel, hay bale pyramid, rock labyrinth, giant corn maze, hay bale maze, rope maze and paver maze. This farm also has apple picking, scenic hayrides, and picnic areas. https://wightmanfarms.com/events.html (7)
- Terhune Orchards: Local in Princeton, this farm has a barnyard with many animals, hay bale maze, apple picking, pony rides, pumpkin painting, pedal tractors, live music, sunflower trails, and a wine orchard with red, white and fruity blends- https://www.terhuneorchards.com/festivals/ (8).
No matter how The Avenue and South Orange residents decide to celebrate this Halloween gathering together or decorating, carving and painting pumpkins, the moon will be shining brightly known as a rare blue moon on Halloween (9). Halloween full moons occur every 19 years, however blue moons on Halloween occur three to four times a century (9), so find some cozy gear at the end of your day and enjoy a well-lit night sky on the evening of Halloween.
A Word to Our Residents at The Avenue
Get out and go vote! With election day inching closer each day, we urge residents to register to vote or be prepared for election day- Know your local voting station, last day to mail in your ballots, and if you are registered. To register, please visit: https://www.state.nj.us/state/elections/voter-registration.shtml or to find out if you are already registered to vote, please check out: https://www.usa.gov/confirm-voter-registration
In preparation for fall and before the end of daylight savings, here are some safety tips as provided by patch.com- make sure smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are working properly, get the flu shot ahead of time, continue preventing the spread of COVID-19 by practicing the CDC’s social distancing recommendations, carry hand sanitizer everywhere you can, plan to get reflective gear when taking those after dinner evening strolls with the family (pets too), and ensure any handy flashlights are stored with batteries in your home and in your vehicles (11).
A Happy (and Safe) Halloween to All!
-The Team at The Avenue
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