Pumpkin carving, trick-or-treating, costume parades and more! Here are our picks for Halloween fun in Princeton!
10 Kid Friendly Halloween Events in Princeton
Stony Brook Watershed is hosting their annual Great Pumpkin Carve Out this Friday night from 6:30-8:30p. Carve a jack-o-lantern to donate to the annual Nature of the Night Halloween Hike! Bring your own pumpkin, but they’ll provide light refreshments. Then come back on Saturday night for the Nature of the Night Halloween Hike and Campfire! The hike includes a campfire in the woods with stories and marshmallows. If you have kids ages 4-6 years old, come from 4-5:30p and kids ages 7-12 years should come from 6:30-9p for slightly spookier fun.
Have fun at Ewing’s annual Trunk or Treat on Saturday, October 24th at 3:30 pm. The Ewing Recreation Department and Ewing Arts Commission offer Trunk or Treat as a safe and fun alternative for families to enjoy.
Marketfair Mall is hosting their Halloween Extravaganza on Sunday October 25th from 12p-2p complete with music by Mr. Ray, face painting, arts and crafts and much more! The first 400 children will also receive a free treat bag!
Sunday October 25th is the annual Hopewell Borough costume parade at 1p, sponsored by the Hopewell Borough Fire Department. Be creative and decorate your bikes, wagons, strollers, pets and more! Line up is at the Railroad Train Station and then march down Greenwood Avenue, across Broad Street to the Fire Station. Be sure to come back and visit the “Haunted Fire Station” on Halloween from 5:30-9p. Then, on Halloween Night, visit the ‘Haunted Fire Station’ 5:30 – 9 pm
The Annual Hometown Halloween Parade is Thursday October 29th co-hosted by the Princeton Public Library and the Arts Council of Princeton. Dress up in your best costume starting at 5pm on the Palmer Square Green, the parade will make its way through Downtown Princeton and end in Hinds Plaza (next to the library). Enjoy a performance from the ACP’s CAPs participants, playing handmade percussion instruments. At 6:30, the Library will screen the DreamWorks movie “Home” in the Community Room.
The Princeton YMCA invites you to a SPOOK-TACULAR FAMILY EVENT – Halloween at the Y! This year’s franken-tastic event takes place on Friday October 30th at 6p and includes a TRUNK ‘R TREAT! (Ghoulish parking-lot trick or treating!), a SPOOKY TRAIL (Beware! Keep out! Danger! Caution!), CARNIVAL GAMES AND BOUNCE HOUSES (Happy Haunting!). Halloween at the Y is a FREE event open to the community and all are invited to participate.
Little Scoops can enjoy a “Not So Spooky” Movie Night in the Marketfair Mall on Friday October 30th at 6p. Watch Curious George’s Halloween movie and some popcorn! RSVP is required and can be done so by calling (609) 919-1720. Be sure to let them know you heard from PrincetonScoop Kids!
Join Quakerbridge Mall for Mall-o-Ween from 1p-3p on Saturday October 31st. There will be trick-or-treating, crafts and giveaways!
Head to Ghoul School on Saturday October 31st from 1-3p at Stonybook-Millstone Watershed. Creepy chemistry and mad science experiments will take over the Watershed lab! Join the Teacher-Naturalists for some silly and serious Halloween fun! Feel free to wear your costume too! Cost is $15 for members or $20 for non-members.
The 4th Annual Halloween Spooktacular at the New Jersey State Museum will take place on Saturday October 31 from 10a-3p. This year’s theme is Creepy Crawly. The day includes Make Your Own Bug Costume, Halloween Games & Crafts, a Costume Parade and Contest, a FREE planetarium show, and a Laser Halloween Show. Admission is $5 for adults and children under 12 are free.
For even more fun Halloween ideas, be sure to check out the Scary Scoop!