Scary Sun-Maid House

According to Food & Wine Magazine, even the raisin specialists at Sun-Maid realize that — as good as their product may be the other 364 days of the year — it's the last thing most kids want to see on Halloween so, Sun-Maid has set up up a tongue-in-cheek "Raisin House" that embraces kid's fear of the shriveled grapes. Located in Merchantville, New Jersey, Sun-Maid's Raisin House currently features plenty of raisin-themed Halloween decorations visitors can view from outside. The Jersey town has an annual tradition of rebranding as "Monsterville" in honor of Halloween, which inspired Sun-Maid to take over the Perno's house at 3 East Cedar Avenue for their own house of raisin horrors. Trick-or-treaters will be able to walk up to the front door of the house and take Sun-Maid snacks from an "interactive hand sampling wall" and one part of the house "will be turned into a 'scare corridor' where zombies dressed in red bonnets will hand out samples at the end — a place for you to confess your rai-sins."

 

 

Friday Monster Markets

Bring the kids, meet friends and neighbors and shop at the Market Off Centre on Fridays in October between 5-9 p.m. This week's events include pumpkin painting and story time with a reading of “How Big Could Your Pumpkin Grow?” Call to pre-order your Pumpkin Paint Kits in advance to guarantee availability. Next Friday, October 15th you'll enjoy some spooky fun at the Market! Halloween games and creepy crafts will be available for the kids while you shop handmade/homemade goods, plants, cut flowers and other items. The market is located along a beautiful, tree-lined greenway in The 2nd annual Monsterville Jack O’Lantern Walk on October 22nd. Bring your own Jack O’Lantern and have it displayed along the Bike Path. The Merchantville Public Events Committee will provide a candle for each pumpkin. Check out weekly market vendors here.
 

Halloween Handmades

Ryan's Retail, located at 22 North Centre Street, has a new vendor - Jess Chalks - who's a perfect fit for transforming your home into "Monsterville" 2020 haunt. Everything is handmade to perfection and impossible to forget. Her Chalk Transfers™, Chalkology™ Paste and Chalkology™ Ink will quickly turn any surface you want from boring into breathtaking. How about creating practical and budget-friendly, double-sided decorations you can use for Halloween and Fall. Learn "how to" with Jess. Ryan’s Retail hours are Wednesday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

"Monsterville" 2020

What do you do if you're a tiny borough with tons of Halloween spirit and a pesky pandemic? Well, if you're Merchantville, New Jersey, you rise to the challenge and up your game because "Monsterville" 2020 is about to begin and - as the ringmaster says - "The show must go on!" Throughout the month October, the entire town will feature a series of Halloween themed activities and events designed to showcase its spooky spirit. This year gives us an opportunity to think outside the box and let New Jersey know "we own this"! Order your "officially ghoulish tee" before October 8th through Community Sports and keep an eye out for the "Haunts of Merchantville", "You've Been Booed" and lots of fun outside events!

Costume Contest Brewing!

Think you've got what it takes to win the costume contest at Eclipse Brewing? There's still time! On Wednesday, Oct 23rd, they had a scary Halloween Trivia contest led by Michelle followed by a Halloween Party on Sunday, the 27th. So show your spooky spirit and stop in at Eclipse all dressed up anytime between now and November 3rd and, if we like your costume, we will take a picture. Winners will be decided on Sunday, 11/3. One male and one female will each receive a t-shirt, a pint glass, and 3 tokens - good for 3 beers! 

Trick or Treat Downtown

On Halloween - Thursday, October 31st - look for the red flyer in local business windows for Safe Trick-or-Treating in the downtown. Participating Monsterville businesses will display this red flyer for any little ghosts, ghouls or goblins who'd like to get some candy for their goodie bag. And, don't forget to stop by Aunt Charlotte's to get some of their red delicious apples dipped in their one of kind caramel or red candy coating. Charlie and her Chocolate Factory. This event is sponsored by the Merchantville Public Event Committee. Here are some Halloween Safety Tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Costume Walk Planned

Merchantville's "Market Off Centre" will celebrate their last Saturday farmers market of the season on October 26th. The market invites all residents and neighbors to give Monsterville a preview of their enchanting, ghostly or frightful costumes at the first "Halloween Costume Walk" along the sidewalks of downtown. The runway of fashions will begin on the bike path behind Eclipse Brewery and travel the sidewalks of downtown, along Park Avenue, finishing at the market's Kids Zone. This costume walk begins at 11:00 a.m. Young children - under 12 - should be accompanied by parents.


Friday Night Market

Come downtown on Friday, October 4th from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m., to help Merchantville kick-off a month of Monsterville events at our First Friday Night Market. Vendors and activities include Tara’s Cozy Kitchen, Bear Soaps & Honey, Earth Crafts by Ami, Dannette’s Kids Zone - full list here. For kids there's a special appearance by "A Wish for Winellda the Witch" and her friends, face painting, a Pumpkin Patch/Pumpkin Painting Contest and a showing of "Casper" the movie at 7:30 p.m. There's live music from The Pink Angels, The Sparklers & The Merchant Villains, food trucks - Red's Rolling Restaurant and Just Fork It Food Truck and Catering will also be joining us. Eclipse Brewing will feature their new 8% Pumpking on tap at their outdoor beer garden where Cigar Alley will have a table. Stop in to meet the artists and view the gallery at Eilandarts Center's Mystical and Magical - Dark and Light art show between 7:00-9:00 p.m. where Mat Eiland will be performing live. Don't forget to sign up for the 2019 Merchantville Turkey Trot on November 28th.

 
 
 

Pumpkin Painting Contest

Kick off Merchantville's October 2019 Monsterville at a First Friday Pumpkin Painting Contest. Stop by the Monsterville pumpkin patch and pick a pumpkin out then, grab some paint and let your creative juices flow. The contest will take place on Saturday, October 4th from run from 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12.Judging of the best painted pumpkin will take place at 8:00 p.m. Pumpkins and paint will be provided. Kids can sign up for this event at the 9/21 or 9/28 Farmers Market. First Friday is a monthly night market from June to October with food trucks, vendors, live music, movies and fun for the whole family!

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