Through Wednesday, Oc. 31, haunting activities are planned at various Morris County Park Commission locations. From trembling, nature-themed tales to creating boo-tiful pumpkins, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Take a special guided tour of The Willows, the Foster family’s mansion, to explore the unique death and mourning traditions of the Victorian Era at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm in Morris Township. Discover how customs, now considered strange, influenced loved ones for months and years after a person passed. Tours are available Wednesdays through Sundays through Wednesday Oct. 24 and Friday, Oct. 26, and Sunday, Oct. 28 at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. This program is appropriate for adults and children ages 12 and up, and admission is $6 per adult, $5 per senior, $4 per child age 4-16.
Afraid of the dark? On Saturday, Oct. 27, visit the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center in Chatham Township for an exciting, outdoor adventure. Enjoy a memorable night of silly, slightly spooky and nature-themed tales told by costumed storytellers along the decorated nighttime trails of the Great Swamp. Discover hand-carved jack-o-lanterns in the forest that light the trails and add to the eerie atmosphere. Sign up for a time slot between 5:30 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. Admission is $6 per person. And, be sure to register early as time slots fill up quickly! Theprogram is designed for ages 6 and up and fun-loving adults.
“Teeny Tiny Trail Tales” is for families with small children ages 2 to 5. On Saturday, Oct.27, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., explore the trails during daylight with a guide. Hunt for hidden surprises along the way, and listen to storytellers in the woods. Admission is $3 per person. Sign up for a time slot before they fill up. For more information, and to register, call 973-635-6629. Both programs are held rain or shine.
On Saturday, Oct. 27 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., come in costume to Cooper Gristmill in Chester Township, and enjoy spook-tacular storytelling. Spend the afternoon creating corn husk dolls and playing old-time games. Tour the Gristmill, and look for surprises around every corner. The event is free, and donations are welcome. For more information, call 908-879-5463.
Enter the Vail House at Historic Speedwell to hear haunted tales both old and new in a particularly special setting. Enjoy horror stories from the Victorian period shared by a costumed interpreter, along with modern day instances from museums all over the country. Don’t miss this eerie Halloween event Saturday, Oct. 27, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is $7 per adult, $6 per senior, $5 per child age 4 – 16, and free for children under age 4.
Guests will play festive Halloween games, decorate cookies, and try on old-fashioned costumes at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm in Morris Township on Sunday, Oct. 28. The fun starts at 1 p.m. Take a guided walk, and find all of the jack-o-lanterns hiding in the nearby woods. Top off the afternoon with an open-air wagon ride back to the Visitors Center. Admission is $6 per adult, $5 per senior, $4 per child age 4-16, $2 per child age 2 & 3, and free for children under age 2. For more information, call 973-326-7645.
For more information on all Halloween programs, please visit morrisparks.net