When I moved to Montclair, there was basically one main event in October: Halloween. When my kids were little, I’d take them trick-or-treating (like any good parent might do), and occasionally, we’d stop by the house that gave away books for Halloween. Yes, books! She was the president of Scholastic Book Clubs and had boxes and boxes of kids’ books to pass out. It was magical!
October in Montclair has expanded its offerings a lot since then!
Of course, trick-or-treating will always be a staple, but Halloween has become a whole season here (and in our surrounding towns) where you can make an outing out of visiting some of the remarkably decorated homes in the area. The dentist office in nearby Clifton is my over-the-top perennial favorite. I’m linking a video HERE. This was a while ago and it changes year to year, but it is definitely not for the faint of heart.
The Montclair Film Festival moved from spring to October a few years ago – taking place this year from October 21 through October 30. I have to admit, this is one of my favorite events in Montclair, not just because I love movies, but also because it is such a fun community event. It honestly feels like a week-long party!
Another fun newcomer event is the Montclair Diwali Festival at the Montclair Art Museum on October 30th (tickets required). The library is also sponsoring a separate Diwali music and dance presentation Saturday, Oct 22. Both events are examples of AAPI Montclair's mission to expand awareness of the town's vibrant Asian and Pacific Islander population.
And last but not at all least is our own Keller-Williams Harvest Fest on Saturday, Oct 22. From 11am to 2pm we’re turning our parking lot at 237 Lorraine Ave into a fall extravaganza, with live music, a petting zoo, face-painting, pet adoption, pony rides and free food! This is such a great event for kids, and a wonderful way for folks new to town to meet other families. If you’re thinking of making Montclair your new home, it’s also a fabulous way to check out the welcoming vibe and spend some time in our beautiful “uptown” – strolling, shopping, or visiting gorgeous Anderson Park.
Please do consider joining us at what is sure to be a fun time. And if you do, please look for me – I wasn’t able to attend last year and I’m really looking forward to it.
And as always, if you ever want to talk about buying, selling, walkability, or are just interested in more information about Montclair and its surrounds, please reach out: 973.809.5277