Light your cauldrons, cast your spells, fright night is here! No time to yell, boys and ghouls, just gather your monsters and mummies. Atlantic county is full of Halloween haunts and trick or treating fun!

PARADES AND TRICK-OR-TREATING FUN

Ocean City’s Annual Halloween Parade: At 7:15 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24. This Ocean City nighttime tradition marches along Asbury Avenue from 6th to 11th streets. Enjoy decorated floats, marching bands and the wild costumes. Registration for all marching and float divisions is available online. Late entries may register the night of the parade at 6th Street and Asbury Avenue beginning at 6:30 p.m.

For more information call 800-813-5580 or go to OCHP.BlogSpot.com.

The Downtown Hammonton 41st Annual Kiwanis Club Halloween Parade: From 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 23. Enjoy an evening of floats, costumes, food and fun. The parade begins at Orchard Street and Egg Harbor Road, then travels up Bellevue Avenue to Third Street. Cash prizes are offered for floats, groups and individual participants in costumes. Floats and groups must pre-register, but individuals can sign up on the day of the event. Rain date is Thursday, Oct. 24.

Located at Orchard Street and Egg Harbor Road. For more information call 609-517-4614.

Towne Center Halloween Celebration and Galloway Trunk-or-Treat: From 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26. Galloway will celebrate Halloween with pumpkin painting, coloring, crafts, costume contests and trunk-or-treating fun! Craft events take place throughout Galloway. The Trunk-or-treating portion will take place in the Galloway Municipal Complex. The Trunk-or-treat portion is free and open to children 12 and under that are Galloway Township residents.

Located at 300 W. Jimmie Leeds Road in Galloway. For more information call 609-652-3700 or go to GTNJ.org

Hamilton Mall Trick-or-Treat: From 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31. Trick or treat in a safe, all-weather location. Participating stores will hand out treats to costumed kids.

Located at 4403 Black Horse Pike in Mays Landing. For more information call 609-646-8326 or go to ShopHamilton.com

HALLOWEEN FUN:

Celebrate Halloween Early at Dante Hall’s Family Night: At 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23. The celebration will feature candy stations, pumpkin decorating, and Halloween crafts. Each craft is $2.

Located at 14 N. Mississippi Ave. in Atlantic City. For more information go to Dante HallStockton.org

Bass Pro Shop Halloween Happenings: From Friday to Thursday, Oct. 25 through 31, there will be lots of Halloween celebrations at Bass Pro Shop. Activities and times vary but include Halloween crafts, photo ops, a Halloween ring toss, costume parades and a costume contest. Check the website for specific times.

Located at 30 N. Christopher Columbus Blvd. in Atlantic City.

For more information call 609-449-4500 or go to BassPro.com

Linwood Country Club Halloween Spooktacular: From 6 to 10 p.m. on Fri. Oct. 25. This family-friendly Halloween party is open to the public and includes a costume contest, pumpkin decorating, monster Obstacle Course (bounce house), spooky games and a buffet dinner. The cost is $28 for adults and $15 for children, which includes all food and activities. There will be a cash bar available for adults.

Located at 500 Shore Road in Linwood. For more information call 609-927-6134 or go to LinwoodCountryClub.com

Hocus Focus: From 6 to 9 p.m. on Fri., Oct., 25 head to Nashville North Studios in Linwood for their Fourth Friday Art and Music Reception, solo show featuring local artist Bob Boyd. This solo exhibit, “The Magic of our Backyard” will be accompanied by live music from Jeff Caraway.

Located at 210 New Road, Suite 8, in Linwood. For more information call 609-504-5044 or go to NashvilleNorthStudios.com

Smithville’s Monster Bash and Zombie Walk: From 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26., all monster and humans are invited to Historic Smithville’s Village Greene for a full day of otherworldly festivities including a Zombie Walk. Smithville will be taken over by the living dead. There will be vendors, artists, makeup artist and live music. There will be Zombie archery from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Makeup artists will be available to turn the most innocent of humans into zombies from 1 to 6 p.m. for $6. The Miss Underground Zombie Pin Up Contest will take place at 2 p.m. The Zombie Walk will be at 6 p.m. There will be a raffle Of The Living Dead at 6:30 p.m.

Smithville is located at 1 N. New Road in Galloway Township. For more information go to HistoricSmithvilleNJ.com

Halloween ComicFest at the Hamilton Mall: From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m on Sat., Oct. 26, Level Up Entertainment, on the second floor near Sears, will host its annual ComicFest. This event will feature a costume contest, local artists, special guests, vendors, activities and free comics. ComicFest will take place at Level Up Entertainment.

Located at 4403 Black Horse Pike in Mays Landing. For more information call 609-646-8326 or go to ShopHamilton.com

Halloween Trick or Treat Pastry Class at The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City: At 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 26, head to the Backstage Cafe in Hard Rock Cafe for a Halloween Trick or Treat Pastry Class. Hard Rock’s Chef instructor will demonstrate and teach guests how to make three spookily delicious Halloween treats. Class attendees will create Mummy Cake Pops, Broken Glass Cupcakes, and Pumpkin Whoopie Pies. Preregistration is required and costs $35.

Located at 1000 Boardwalk in Atlantic City. For more information call 609-449-1000 or go to HardRockHotels.com

Tennessee Avenue Beer Hall Trick-or-Treat Halloween Party: The fun starts at 5 p.m. on Sat., Oct. 26. Get ready for family-friendly fun early in the evening which gives way to adult-themed festivities later that night. Beginning at 5 p.m. bring the whole family in costumes, kids can enjoy pumpkin painting while parents enjoy dinner. At 6:30 p.m. there will be a costume parade and contest at 6:30 p.m., prizes will be awarded for best costumes. At 7 p.m. “Hocus Pocus” will be shown in the beer yard on the outdoor big screen, so bring your blankets, dress warm, gather around the firepit while the kiddos sip hot chocolate and the grownups enjoy warm, spiked apple cider drinks. As the hours pass and the witching hour approaches, John Carpenter’s Halloween will be shown on the Beer Yard’s big screen at 10 p.m. and there will be a midnight costume contest with prizes that include two $100 gift cards to the Tennessee Avenue Beer Hall for the scariest and funniest costumes, a Patron gift basket for the sexiest costume, and a customized Yard’s Brewing bike for the best overall costume. There will be lots of food and drink specials, and Halloween décor!

Located at 133 S. Tennessee Ave. in Atlantic City. For more information call 609-541-4099 or go to TennesseeAvenueBeerHall.com

Absecon Lighthouse Haunted Tour: At 6, 7 and 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26., the New Jersey Researchers of Paranormal Evidence will be at the Absecon Lighthouse offering dramatic evidence into their paranormal investigations at the more than a century-old lighthouse. Hour-long tour times are at 6 and 7 p.m. and include a tower climb. Tickets for this tour are $20. The 8 p.m. tour is 2.5 hours and includes a full ghost investigation led by the NJ Researchers of Paranormal Evidence. Tickets for the 8 p.m. tour and investigation are $45. All tickets must be reserved in advance.

Located at 31 S. Rhode Island Ave. in Atlantic City. For more information and to make reservations call 609-449-1360 or go to AbseconLighthouse.org

Lucy the Elephant: From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 26 and 27, kids 12 and under are invited to trick-or-treat at Lucy and tour the world’s largest pachyderm for free! Kids must be in costume and with their parents.

Located at 9200 Atlantic Ave. in Margate. For more information go to LucyTheElephant.org

Witches Day Out in Historic Smithville: Gather your coven from noon to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, when witches are invited to descend on Smithville where there will be contests, games, a parade, a witch auction, a scavenger hunt and discounts for hat-wearing witches! So don your favorite witchy hat and dress, and head out to Smithville for a bewitching day of shopping and fun! Registration is from noon to 2 p.m.

Located at 1 N. New York Road in Galloway Township. For more information call 609 -652-5200 or visit HistoricSmithvilleNJ.com.

SPOOKY SHOWS

Monster Concert Masquerade Ball: At 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, all monsters are in for a ghostly night of fun, dancing, costumes and music. Tickets are $8.

Located at 14 N. Mississippi Ave. in Atlantic City. For more information go to DanteHallStockton.org

“Once Bitten, Twice Dead” Dinner Theater: From 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, enjoy a multi-course meal at the Palm Atlantic City as a murderous vampire mystery unfolds around you. Reservations are required. Dinner and a show are $85 per person.

Located at 2801 Pacific Ave. in Atlantic City. For more information or to make reservations call Barbara Bermel at 609-344-0483

A.C. Ballet presents Dracula: The show starts at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at Caesars Atlantic City. Where art meets horror, you’ll find the Atlantic City Ballet’s presentation of Dracula. Perfect for the entire family. Tickets are $45.

Located at 2100 Pacific Ave. in Atlantic City. For more information call 609-348-7202 or go to ACBallet.org

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