halloween There's so much going on this weekend to celebrate the season, you'll have trouble deciding what to do! From theare performances to fright fests for all ages, to picking popcorn and voting in a mock election, there's plenty for South Jerseyans of all ages to enjoy...

On Saturday, October 30, see Jim West’s Mozart, Monsters & Matisse at the Appel Farm Arts & Music Center. Children will enjoy the lively tales of playful monsters and hilarious sound effects! Inspired by the music of Mozart, this multimedia delight includes a fanciful underwater story in the style of Matisse with giant, colorful, friendly monsters in each story. The performance begins at 2pm. Tickets are $8. Appel Farm is located at 457 Shirley Rd., in Elmer (Salem County). For more information, call (856) 358-2472 or visit www.appelfarm.org.

Camden County College's Blackwood Campus Library has been selected as one of only 80 stops for a national touring exhibition on Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. "Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature" was brought to life by the National Library of Medicine and the American Library Association. Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus is one of the most widely read English Gothic novels ever penned. This story of a doctor who plays Creator and then abandons his creation--with dire consequences--was published in 1818. Since then, the story has developed from popular fiction into a classic work of literature, a source for cinematic exploration and an enduring icon of pop culture. According to CCC library director Joan Getaz, "Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature" examines Shelley's novel and her use of scientific experimentation as a metaphor as she comments on individual and community responsibility as well as other cultural values. The exhibit prompts viewers to examine their views about personal and societal responsibility for science, its products and their effects.The show will be viewable in the Blackwood Campus Library through Dec. 2. Viewing hours will be 8:30am to 10pm Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays; 8:30am to 4:30pm Fridays; 10am to 4pm Saturdays; and noon to 3pm Sundays. In conjunction with the exhibit, CCC is presenting a lecture series by CCC faculty (see below); a display of movie and pop-culture memorabilia; and a film series featuring two comedic and two dramatic takes on the Frankenstein story. Also planned is the presentation of the 2004 FRANKY Award, which will go to magazine publisher James Warren in honor of his perpetuation of the Frankenstein phenomenon. Lectures include “The Scientific Background,” November 11 at 7pm, presented by Professor Rita Connolly; “Morality and Science in the 21st Century,” November 18 at 7pm, presented by Professor Jennifer Hoheisel. For further details, visit www.camdencc.edu/library/Frankenstein/frank.htm.

Do you like monster movies? Then you’re in luck. The Burlington County Library Headquarters Branch in Westampton will be holding Monster Movie Mania, from 2pm until 4pm. The series wraps up today with Boris Karloff in "The Mummy"(NR). This program is free. The Burlington County Library Headquarters Branch is located on Pioneer Blvd. in Westampton. For more information, call (609) 267-9660 x 3072 or visit www.bcls.lib.nj.us

For something really special, enjoy the Haunted Haddonfield Tour. Bill and his daughter Lily organized this tour two years ago from records of ghost stories and legends they researched. Haunted Haddonfield is a written account of Bill's findings containing about 50 stories of haunted places and houses. The book is available at the Historical Society. Tours (October 30 at 7pm; October 31 at 3pm) will leave from the library and last about 90 min. Be sure to remember to wear comfortable shoes and to bring a flashlight! Tickets can be purchased at Greenfield Hall (343 Kings Highway E) and at the Public Library (Haddon and Tanner). Proceeds will benefit the Historical Society and Library. For more information, call (856) 429-7375 or visit www.haddonfieldnj.org.

Are you craving some frightfully good Halloween fun? Are you just dying to experience things that go bump in the night? Then celebrate Halloween by visiting any (or all!) of South Jersey’s spine tingling scary attractions, if you dare! Click here for Halloween Hauntings information! **Some of these attractions are *not* suitable for young children.**

Throughout October, the Battleship New Jersey is partnering with the Touch of Home Campaign to obtain and ship items to our military troops overseas. Items needed include music CDs, DVDs, sun block, gum, writing paper, pens, batteries, single-use cameras and more. Items can be dropped off at the large box in the Battleship’s Visitor Center during hours of operation. Items will be packed and shipped overseas by the “Touch of Home Campaign” each month.
Also, you can enjoy a Haunted Simulator Ride now thru Halloween The Battleship’s 4D Flight Simulator will add an interactive Halloween-themed program, “Superstition – A Haunted Thrill Ride Adventure.” Guests can experience a haunting roller coaster ride through a haunted amusement park. Simulator rides are available for $5 with a tour combo or $6.50 per person for just a Simulator ride.
The Battleship New Jersey is berthed at 62 Battleship Place on the Camden Waterfront in Camden. Call (856) 966-1652 or visit www.battleshipnewjersey.org for more information.

Fall is a great time to visit the Camden Children’s Garden. There are a lot of beautiful, themed gardens to browse, the butterfly house shouldn’t be missed, and there’s a mini train ride, a carousel, and much more to explore. On Sunday, October 31, come on by to visit with Goblins in the Garden--it promises to be a howling good time. There will be costumes, crafts, a haunted train, a haunted maze, a fortuneteller, spooky fun and lots of treats on Halloween day!
The Camden Children's Garden is located at 3 Riverside Drive, in Camden, New Jersey. The Garden will be open from September, 2004-May 2005 on Thursdays and Fridays from 10am-4:30pm; Saturdays and Sundays from 10am-5pm; and holidays falling on a Monday from 10am-5pm. Ginkgo's Gift shop is filled with a whimsical display of garden related items. Admission to the Garden is $3 for children aged 3-11; $5 for adults. Children under age 3 are free. Additional information about the Camden Children's Garden is available online at www.camdenchildrensgarden.org, or by calling (856) 365-8733.

Popcorn is ripe in the Howell Farm fields and on Saturday, October 30 you are invited to come out to the Farm to "pick-your-own" at the Popcorn Harvest. From 11am until 3pm, visitors to the Farm can walk the rows of corn and hand pick their own ears of popcorn. Farmers will be present to show visitors how to husk and shell the corn, and how to pop it over an open fire. Written instructions will be available for those planning on popping their corn at home using stovetop or microwave methods. Popcorn, and other fall decorations, will be available for sale to benefit the Farm's restoration projects. The children's craft program will be, "Popcorn Ball." It will be held in the farmhouse, on a walk-in basis, from 11am until 3pm. Crafts take approximately 20 minutes to complete and there is a $1 materials cost. Groups of eight or more must pre-register.
Howell Living History Farm is located at 101 Hunter Rd. in Titusville. For more information, call (609) 737-3299 or visit their website at www.howellfarm.com.

There’s a lot of stuff going on at the Garden State Discovery Museum this week, for kids of ALL ages!!
The Kids Count! Mock Election will be held through Tuesday, November 2. Children will have the unique opportunity to step inside a real voting booth and cast a vote for what's important to them! Get the inside scoop on favorite ice cream flavors, popular colors, the best Museum exhibits and, of course, the kids' choice for the next US President!
On Saturday, October 30, at 11am, don’t miss Pets on Parade! Tricks and treats guaranteed! Best-dressed pets will parade for prizes, including an overnight get-away at the pet-friendly Loews Hotel in Philadelphia, at a fashionable Halloween preview party. The event is open to the public and will include attendees from animal shelters.
Also on Saturday, at 1pm, enjoy the Legend of Sleepy Hollow Performances in the Bank of America Theater. Enjoy Washington Irving’s haunting tale of Ichabod Crane, the new schoolmaster in a tiny New England town full of secrets, as he meets up with the beautiful Katrina VanTassel, the bullying Brom Bones and, of course, the Headless Horseman. Through music and humor the story unfolds leading to that fateful night when Ichabod himself mounts the black steed, Gunpowder, and it all adds up to a frighteningly good time!
Finally, on Saturday, from 6:30pm - 8:30pm, enjoy the Museum Spooktacular The Museum will close at 5pm and reopen for the festivities. Enjoy tricks and treats throughout the Museum’s exhibits. Play spooky games including a spider toss, flying ghosts and a witch’s kitchen. Kids: come in costume!
The Garden State Discovery Museum is open year-round 9:30am to 5:30pm Tuesday through Sunday. Open Saturdays from 9:30am to 8:30pm October thru May. Open all Monday holidays and Mondays in July and August; closed Thanksgiving and Christmas day. Admission is $7.95 for adults and children 12 months and over $6.95 for Seniors. All programs are free with admission unless otherwise noted. The Garden State Discovery Museum is located at 2040 Springdale Road, Suite 100 in Cherry Hill. For more information, call (856) 424-1233 or visit their website at www.discoverymuseum.com.

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