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Datebook: October, 2012

by Editorial Staff, Suburban Family magazine

Family Fright Night
There will be tricks and treats for all ages at the first-ever Spring Hills “Halloween Haunted Hotel,” where families can enjoy all the chills and thrills of a haunted house, complete with a zombie bell hop, dancing spirits, dining ghosts and doomed poker players. Children will also be able to make their own candy wands before exiting through the dark and dismal courtyard filled with ominous tombstones. Oct. 25, 6:30-8 p.m. at Spring Hills Cherry Hill, 1450 Marlton Pike E., Cherry Hill, reservations requested by calling (856) 874-7700, free

A Ghouling Experience
You’re sure to have a ghastly good time at the annual Monster Mash Bash. Show off your best moves on the dance floor with tunes provided by Voice Mark Studios, enjoy spooky snacks provided by Houlihan’s, get your face painted, play fun games with your friends, and more. Oct. 26, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at The Garden State Discovery Museum, 2040, Springdale Road, Cherry Hill, (856) 424-1233,, free with admission

Trunk or Treat
You won’t find any tricks at Washington Township’s “Trunk or Treat” event. Halloween-themed cars will be on display, containing candy and other goodies in their trunks for kids in grades 5 and below. Contests will be held for the best costumes and the best-decorated car, with proceeds benefiting local veterans in need, just in time to honor Veteran’s Day. Oct. 27, 4-8 p.m., at Washington Township High School, 519 Hurffville-Cross Keys Road, Sewell, (856) 589-6644,, $10 per car

Fall Foliage
Take in the natural beauty of autumn as you canoe down the Rancocas Creek during the Fall Foliage Family Float Festival at Historic Smithville Park. After canoeing, enjoy live entertainment, a juried art exhibit, and activities for all ages, though children younger than 5 can’t be shuttled to the launch. Oct. 28, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Historic Smithville Park, Smithville Road, Eastampton, (609) 265-5858,, free

Walk of a Lifetime
Before Mount Laurel resident Heather Saler lost her battle to lung cancer in 2008, she created the LUNGevity Foundation’s walk and fun-run to raise money and awareness for a disease that remains the leading cause of cancer deaths each year. Now pioneered by her husband, Brad, and son, Tyler, the Heather Saler Lung Cancer Walk will enter its ninth year at Cooper River Park. The family-focused walk features a 3.8-mile handicap, stroller and bike-friendly course, along with live music, prizes, face-painting and clowns for kids. Nov. 3, 9 a.m. at Cooper River Park, 1301 N. Park Drive, Pennsauken, (856) 985-2054,, $25

Instant Ice Cream
The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia will be demonstrating how liquid nitrogen can be used to make ice cream in an instant—the best part being you can sample the different flavors and vote on the most delicious. Nov. 10 at The Franklin Institute, 222 North 20th St., Philadelphia, Pa., (215) 448-1200,, free with admission

Published (and copyrighted) in Suburban Family Magazine, Volume 3, Issue 8 (October, 2012).
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