Best Places To Trick Or Treat In Jersey City
It’s that time of year again. The crisp air, the crunch of fallen leaves under our shoes, pumpkins and Jack-O-Lanterns cascading down the steps of brownstones. Halloween time is here and with it comes a variety of options for celebrating with your family! We’re breaking down the best places to trick-or-treat in Jersey City as well as showcasing some other options for celebrating this spooktacular holiday! There are a ton of things to do around this time of year. October 31st is on Thursday this year so plan your trick-or-treat times accordingly!
Jersey City Family Halloween Bash
For a festive night of family fun, head to the JCFamily Halloween bash in downtown Jersey City. This event offers a more contained option and keeps you from dodging cars. Join other families for face-painting, a bouncy house, music, popcorn, candy, vendors, and more!
When: Thursday, October 31st from 3:00 pm-7:00 pm
Where: Newark Pedestrian Mall
Cost: $5.00 for face painting and a bouncy house
More Information: https://www.facebook.com/events/529295080837134/
Newport Center Trick-or-Treat
Trick-or-Treating in a shopping mall is a decades-old tradition many of us participated in when we were kids. For a safe, weather-free night of fun, head over to the Newport Center for their annual mall-wide trick-or-treating event. Make sure to visit guest services upon arrival for a list of all participating retailers. Make a note that when the weather isn’t great, these events can become very crowded. Stores will participate until supplies last, so get there early!
When: Thursday, October 31st from 3:00 pm-6:00 pm or until supplies last
Where: Newport Center Shopping Mall
Teal Pumpkin Trick-or-Treating
This great event, hosted by Hazel Baby & Kids recognizes that not all kids can eat normal Halloween candy. This nationwide initiative provides another option for kids with food allergies or those who may not be able to eat candy. Register your family (it’s free) and stop by the participating vendors on Montgomery & Grove St. for a non-food treat or toy. If you are an allergy parent and would like to host your a “trunk-or-treat” in a nearby parking lot, send an email to [email protected]
When: Thursday, October 31st from 5:00 pm-7:00 pm
Where: Hazel Baby & Kids (199 Montgomery St)
Van Vorst Park Haunted Gazebo
The Van Vorst Park Association is hosting their annual Haunted Gazebo for family fun. Join your neighbors on Thursday night for candy, cider, cookies, and more! After stopping by the park, check out trick-or-treating opportunities in the surrounding streets!
When: Thursday, October 31st from 4:00pm-8:00pm
Where: Van Vorst Park
Chic french cafe with a goal to provide our community with nothing but the best coffee, tea, juice, pastries, and sandwiches. They are located at 485 Marin Blvd. They will be giving out lollipops to kids so make sure to stop by and get candy as well as some yummy treats!
If you want to go trick-or-treating in a neighborhood, try finding one surrounded by a park such as Van Vorst Park, Hamilton Park, and Lincoln Park and JC Heights neighborhoods. The park provides a central geographic point that you can plan your night around and you can also designate the park as a meeting point in case someone gets lost from your party. Additionally, many families will be walking around making them more kid-friendly locations. Also, for the past few years, Cole St. between 9th and Pavonia in Hamilton Park area is usually closed for trick or treating.
Many of the local buildings will host their own trick-or-treat inside of the residency. Typically building managers will give residents a way to indicate whether or not they are participating in the event. If your building does something like this, it can be a great alternative as it is self-contained and is not impacted by weather. Contact your building to find out if they are hosting trick-or-treat for families.
If you are interested in other Halloween events, we have a list of festivals and parades here. For adults looking for their own Halloween fun, check out local Parents Night Out Options from places like, The Little Gym and Code Wiz Jersey City.