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Thursday, October 30
Get those costumes on and meet us in Hinds Plaza for the Hometown Halloween Parade, organized by the Arts Council of Princeton. The Princeton University Marching Band will lead the way through to Palmer Square. Dress to impress – or to scare! FREE, 5:30-8pm. www.artscouncilofprinceton.org

Friday, October 31
Trick or treating? Before you head out tonight, be sure to review these Halloween Safety tips & reminders, shared recently by the South Brunswick police department. https://local.nixle.com/alert/5291645/

If you’re not taking the little ones door to door (or if your crew is too old for that this year) head out to Grover’s Mill Coffee House for the annual ‘Martian Invasion!’ It’s a live recreation of Orson Welles’ 1938 radio broadcast of ‘War of the Worlds.’ Radio personality Michael Jarmus – fresh from a recent appearance as the voice of Boris Karloff at Lincoln Center – will host the event, which also includes music by local artists. FREE, 7:30pm. www.groversmillcoffee.com
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Saturday, November 1
It’s the day after Halloween, also known as El Dia de Los Muertos. Celebrate the ‘Day of the Dead’ with the Historical Society of Princeton, for a ‘not-so-spooky’ family-friendly scavenger hunt at Updike Farmstead. Bring donations of non-perishable food items or toiletries to benefit Homefront. Afterwards, explore the museum galleries & get a glimpse into Princeton’s history. $4, 12-4pm. www.princetonhistory.org

PS: more Day of the Dead celebration starts today – scroll down to read about the Arts Council of Princeton’s two-day event, happening at their pop-up space in the Princeton Shopping Center.

Ladies – if you’re lost on game day, there’s still time to sign up for ‘Football 101 for Women,’ presented by the Crisis Ministry of Mercer County at Trinity Church. Former Miami Dolphins defensive back William T. Judson will walk you through football basics – and while you might not be able to find meaning in any of Peyton Manning’s ‘Omaha’s’ during the next game, you’ll get a better idea of what’s happening & why! Participation includes a tshirt, and a tailgate style buffet. Benefits the Crisis Ministry of Mercer County. $75, 12-3pm. www.thecrisisministry.org
Sunday, November 2
The Day of the Dead celebration continues with the Arts Council of Princeton’s El Día de los Muertos celebration at Princeton Shopping Center. Strolling mariachis, Mexican paper flower making, sugar skull decorating, and professional Face Painting. A Taste of Mexico will provide Mexican dishes, and an altar will be created to honor the lives of those who have passed away. Bring a photo or memento to lay on the altar (called ‘ofrendas,’ these items are gifts for the spirits to enjoy when they return to earth to visit family.) The altar creation will begin on Saturday 11/1, and your item may be collected after the celebration on Sunday. http://artscouncilofprinceton.org/events/day-of-the-dead/?view_year=2014&view_month=11&view_day=02

What’s that tree? Families are invited to join Mercer County’s naturalists at Baldpate Mountain (just outside of Pennington, enter on the Fiddler’s Creek Road entrance in Titusville) for a tree I.D. workshop! Kids ages 6 and up will learn how to spot and identify our native trees. Register in advance, $4, 1-3pm. www.mercercountyparks.org


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