There are a lot of great local activities happening this weekend, Oct. 25-27, to help you get out of the house and have some fun.
Murder Mystery Party for Teens
MONROE – The Anonville Historical Society is hosting the annual Abby Manor Masquerade Ball at the library on Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. This event is the talk of the town and attracts the most intriguing party guests. You have purchased a ticket to the ball, and this is where the story begins... . Pizza dinner will be served. This event is held after the library is closed, and is for ages 12 and up only. Register online or call 732-521-5000. 4 Municipal Plaza.
CRANBURY – The First Presbyterian Church of Cranbury will hold a line dancing night from 6:30-10 p.m. on Oct. 25. No previous experience is necessary. During the first 30 minutes will be a beginner lesson and there will also be additional tips during the event. 22 South Main St.
Mad Science Halloween
LINCROFT – The Monmouth Museum will host a Mad Science Halloween event on Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. This presentation will have you gasping and laughing at the Mad Scientist’s peculiar and chilling science experiments. Through a mixture of science and magic, the children will see a paper spider turn into a ‘real-live’ spider. Watch as the wicked witch melts right before your eyes! Find out how an eyeball floats in the air, then make bubbling potions and fearsome fog, experience melting witches and even edible spider webs (cotton candy)! All will have an evening of gruesome goodness and fun. 765 Newman Springs Road.
Psychic Ghost Tours
ATLANTIC HIGLANDS – Join the crew of “Ghosts on the Coast” and local psychic Lisa for in-depth 90 minute paranormal investigation tours with a new twist from previous years of the Strauss Mansion Museum on Oct. 25-26 at 6:15 p.m. Hear stories and see visual evidence of REAL paranormal activity and have experiences of your own as we prowl the 21-room Strauss Mansion with the lights off. Bring your own equipment, or use some of ours. These hands-on tours are the perfect way to celebrate the Halloween season. 27 Prospect Circle.
The Haunted Woods
OLD BRIDGE – The Haunted Woods in Old Bridge returns for the Halloween season on Oct. 25-26 from 7-10 p.m. and Oct. 20 from 7-9:30 p.m. This is a walk through woods filled with displays, lights, sounds and live actors. Entry fee is a nonperishable donation for the food bank. 75 Springhill Road.
4-H Haunted House and Hayride
EAST BRUNSWICK – The 4-H Youth Center will provide hayrides and a haunted house on Oct. 25-26 from 7-10:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 for each activity or $8 for the haunted house and hayride. 645 Cranbury East Road, East Brunswick.
Have a Laugh with Carol Burnett
NEW BRUNSWICK – Award-winning actress and best-selling author Carol Burnett performs at State Theatre New Jersey on Oct. 25 at 8 p.m. She will show clips from her show and take questions from the audience in her “An Evening of Laughter and Reflection.” 15 Livingston Ave.
Last Days of Summer
NEW BRUNSWICK – George Street Playhouse presents “The Last Days of Summer,” Oct. 25-27, at the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center. This beautiful tale of friendship, baseball, and the enduring bonds between fathers and sons will speak to all generations. Based on the bestselling novel by Steve Kluger, with music by Grammy winner Jason Howland, directed by Tony nominee Jeff Calhoun, the heart-warming story is set in 1940’s Brooklyn and pulses with jazz music and big band sounds of the era. Tickets. 11 Livingston Ave.
Jamming with Jam
OLD BRIDGE – Do you want to learn how to jam your berry’s bounty? Shannon Mayernik, Master Food Preserver and owner of Mayernik Kitchen teaches the steps in creating homemade jam at the library on Oct. 26 at 11 a.m. She will show you how easy it is to preserve fruit. Registration Required. 1 Old Bridge Plaza.
OLD BRIDGE – The annual Halloween Spooktakular will be held on Oct. 26 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Richard Allen Cooper Civic Center. The family-friendly event will include arts and crafts, games, hay rides, music and pumpkin picking and painting. Costumes are encouraged. 1 Old Bridge Plaza.
No Retreat, No Surrender
NEW BRUNSWICK – The Peabody Award-winning TV comedy is coming to New Brunswick with an all-new Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live: The Great Cheesy Movie Circus Tour. Join show creator and original host, Joel Hodgson, and the world’s greatest — and only — movie-riffing robots, Tom Servo, Crow, and Gypsy, as they take you on an exhilarating roller coaster ride through some of the cheesiest films ever made at State Theatre New Jersey on Oct. 26 at 3 p.m. This matinee screening features the 1986 martial arts movie, No Retreat, No Surrender. A self-conscious teen becomes a martial arts master under the tutelage of Bruce Lee’s ghost. 15 Livingston Ave.
Circus of Horrors
NEW BRUNSWICK – The Peabody Award-winning hit TV comedy is coming to New Brunswick with an all-new Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live: The Great Cheesy Movie Circus Tour with a Circus of Horrors on Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. at State Theatre New Jersey. Garish 1960s British thriller showcasing colorful circus acts, plastic surgery, and animal attacks by stagehands in fur suits. Warning: Features pop hit "Look for a Star" over and over again. 15 Livingston Ave.
An Evening of Musical Favorites
MONROE – The Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County, in affiliation with the Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey, presents a fundraising concert featuring Cantor Wayne Siet, at the Monroe Senior Center on Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $36 per person. 12 Halsey Reed Road.
Corazon Latino Festival
NEW BRUNSWICK – Hub City Sounds presents the Corazon Latino festival at Joyce Kilmer Park on Oct. 27 at 11 a.m. This carnival-themed adventure showcases rich Latino and Caribbean culture filled with traditional cultural dances, music, visual arts displays and much more. 143 Joyce Kilmer Ave.
Religion and Scholarship
EAST BRUNSWICK – Temple B’nai Shalom will host a discussion called “On a Mission to Lead: A Conversation on Religion and Scholarship,” on Oct. 27 at noon with Rabbanit Dasi Fruchter. She will discuss making a change in the Jewish community – combining a lifelong commitment to scholarship with a passion to lead in the Orthodox and broader Jewish Community. 15 Fern Road.
Halloween in Middlesex
PISCATAWAY – Middlesex County’s Office of Arts and History has fun activities planned for Halloween that combine history with the spooky spirit of the season on Oct. 27. The events at East Jersey Old Town starting at 1 p.m. will include a live recreation of the 1930s radio play that shocked America, “War of the Worlds,” by Raconteur Radio. There will also be a Victorian Halloween magic-lantern show. Programs at the Cornelius Low House begin at 4 p.m., including the Halloween Horror Movie Marathon. 1050 River Road and 1225 River Road.
Film: Everybody Knows
SOUTH BRUNSWICK – The library will show the movie “Everybody Knows” on Oct. 27 at 2 p.m. This Spanish-made film is about Laura and her children travel from Buenos Aires to the small Spanish village where she was born to attend her sister's wedding. Unexpected events soon lead to a crisis that exposes the family's hidden past. Suspicions mount, loved ones begin to turn on one another, and dark secrets long hidden threaten to come to light, revealing shocking truths.