Events October 25, 2016 and later

May 14 - Oct 31, 2016
The Historic Chester Courtesy Coach
Weekends and Monday Holidays
Location: See complete details below.

Explore and Experience Historic Chester...for FREE!

A complementary transportation service− THE HISTORIC CHESTER COURTESY COACH − is available to and from 2 of Chester's renowned locations. Runs on weekends and Monday holidays (from May 14th to the end of October 2015) to enhance your Historic Chester Experience.

Details of Service

* From Gladstone NJ Transit Station to Alstede Farms for the 12:08pm & 1:08pm (arrival times) trains
* Continuous loop from Alstede Farms to the Historic Shopping & Dining District on Main
Street from 12:30pm to 5:00pm with stops cycling every 20 minutes.
* From Alstede Farms to the Gladstone NJ Transit Station for the 5:52pm & 6:52pm trains - Courtesy Coach departs Alstedes at 5:25pm and 6:25pm for these trains.

*For Columbus Day 2016 Only* -
*From Gladstone NJ Transit Station to Alstede Farms for the 12:12pm & 1:12pm (arrival times) trains.
*From Alstede Farms to the Gladstone NJ Transit Station for the 4:53pm train - Courtesy Coach departs Alstede Farms at 4:25pm for this train.

THE HISTORIC CHESTER COURTESY COACH stops are marked by signage with the official logo and are located at:
*Alstede Farms (Back Parking Lot)
*92 Main Street (Next to the Chester Clock)

For details, call 908-879-7189

**The Historic Chester Courtesy Coach is sponsored by Alstede Farms and The Historic Chester Business Association.




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Sep 23 - Oct 29, 2016
Harvest Moon Hayride and Night Time Corn Maze Event
6 pm - 10 pm (last ticket sold at 9:00 pm)
Location: Alstede Farms, 1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester, NJ 07930

Enjoy a moonlight hayride, a roaring campfire, hot or cold cider, venture through our corn maze at night (bring your flashlight) and enjoy the sounds of a country music DJ. Family friendly - nothing scary!

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Oct 1 - 31, 2016
Art of Dance: Fundraiser for Breast Cancer Awareness Month
M-TH 9:30-8:30, FRI 9:30-7, SAT 9-4
Location: Essential Dance Shop

Breast Cancer Awareness Month! When buying "PINK" items at the Art of Dance Essential Dance Shop, 20% of the proceeds will be donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation to help provide mammograms for women in need. Ballet shoes are pink! Tights are pink! Leotards can be pink! Shop for a cause and help those in need! Our goal is to raise $500!

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Oct 22 - 26, 2016
Designer 'Bling' Days @ Streets of Chester Shopping Center
Sat. Oct. 22nd from 10am-6pm & Wed. Oct. 26th from 10am-6pm
Location: Corbo Jewelers at The Streets of Chester Shopping Center, Route 206 South, Chester, NJ

The Streets of Chester Shopping Center (SOC) proudly presents......DESIGNER BLING DAYS!

TWO DESIGNER 'BLING' TRUNK SHOW DAYS, hosted at Corbo Jewelers, located at the SOC.

Saturday, October 22nd (Simon G Collection) and Wednesday, October 26th (Effy Collection).
For complete event details, call Corbo Jewelers of Chester at 908-879-0770

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Oct 27 - 30, 2016
Fall Open House at Country Curtains
Thurs. - Sat.: 10:00 am to 6:00pm / Sun. 11:00-5:00
Location: Country Curtains at The Streets of Chester Shopping Center
Route 206 South, Chester, NJ 07930

Join Us for a Fall Open House October 27th - 30th! Come FALL in love with Country Curtain's new line of bedding and window treatments.

Light Refreshments, Special Promotions & Door Prizes! 20% Off Home Décor including all Christmas décor as well.

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Oct 28 - 31, 2016
The Great Pumpkin Carve-Out Contest!
see description below
Location: Municipal Field/Gazebo Park, Main Street, Chester, NJ 07930

Great Pumpkin Carve-Out Contest
October 28 - October 31

Offered by Chester Recreation at Gazebo Park

Bring your already carved pumpkin to the Gazebo on Main Street in Chester to illuminate the town at night and participate in the 'Great Pumpkin Carve-Out' contest. Place your pumpkin on the benches under the Gazebo and be sure to fill out a ballot voting for the 'Best Pumpkin.' One vote per person please.

Open to Chester residents in grades K-8; one pumpkin entry per person. 'Best Pumpkin' prizes will be awarded to top three-- 1st prize $50, 2nd prize $25, 3rd prize $25.

You may also bring your already carved pumpkin to our 'Trunk-or-Treat' event on October 29th at Chubb Park if you are attending. Pumpkins will be moved to that event for display and voting. Winners announced on 10/31.

While you are the Gazebo, be sure to enter the Guess the Weight of the Pumpkin Contest for a chance to win a $75 prize!
For more info please see or e-mail

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Oct 29, 2016
A Miller's Halloween at The Cooper Gristmill
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Location: Cooper Gristmill 66 State Route 24 Chester, NJ 07930-2411 - (908) 879-5463

A Miller's Halloween at the Cooper Gristmill:

Come in costume for a fun-filled afternoon! Enjoy spooky story telling at 1pm & 2:30 pm, make corn husk dolls, create creepy crafts, and play old time games. In the Gristmill, be alert for spooks, spiders, skeletons, and surprises!


Donations are greatly appreciated.
Admission: (Suggested Donation for Mill Tours)
$3 Adults, $2 Senior Citizens, $1 Children 4-6, FREE for children under age 4
Friends of Fosterfields and Cooper Gristmill members - FREE with valid membership card.Discounted fees for special events.

For additional information, please call 908-879-5463.

Directions: Copper Gristmill is located on County Highway 513 (old Route 24) in Chester Township, NJ. 1.3 miles west of the Route 206 intersection.

GPS: 66 Washington Turnpike (old state route 24), Chester, NJ 07930

Online Map Directions: 74 County Highway 513, Chester, NJ 07930

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Oct 29, 2016
TRUCK OR TREAT at Chubb Park!
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Location: Chubb Park, East Main Street, Chester, NJ
(Rain Date: October 30th)

Join us for pre-Halloween fun at 'Trunk or Treat' on Saturday, October 29th from 4:00-6:00 pm at Chubb Park (rain date 10/30).

Lots of treats, music, and prizes! This is an annual favorite with Chester's children. This event is offered by Chester Recreation in cooperation with Chester Township & Borough Police, Chester Volunteer Fire Company, and the Chester First Aid Squad. Free, open to Chester Residents with advanced registration required. Of course, there will be additional trick-or-treating in neighborhoods on 10/31.

Attendees must provide candy in a trunk in order to participate. Music, contests, games, a bonfire, toilet-papering the tree, as well as trick-or-treating from trunk to trunk will be offered. Prizes to be awarded for best adult costume, best child's costume, best decorated trunk, and best pet costume. Pets permitted on leashes only. Please bring non-perishable food donations for the Chester Food Pantry.

Also, bring your already carved pumpkin to the event to enter into the 'Great Pumpkin Carve Out' Contest! Please include a flameless candle for illumination. For more info please e-mail

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Oct 30, 2016
Pumpkin Pancake Breakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Location: Alstede Farms, 1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester, NJ 07930

Come Enjoy the taste of the harvest season at our Pumpkin Pancake Breakfast! Enjoy a Hay Wagon ride around our beautiful farm and a delicious ‘all you can eat’ breakfast featuring pumpkin pancakes! Adults $12.99 Kids $7.99 Kids under 2 are free Price includes breakfast and Pick Your Own admission with scenic hay wagon ride. Kids Package: $19.99 Includes all inclusive children’s activities* wristband and breakfast. (*Just pay one price and enjoy unlimited access for the day to: Pony Rides, Moon Bounce, Wagon Train Ride, Corn Kingdom, Pick Your Own Admission, and Hayrides)

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Nov 1, 2016
Dean's Thanksgiving Trimmings 'Try Before You Buy' Tasting
Location: Dean's Natural Food Market - The Streets of Chester Shopping Center

Looking for a great and healthy alternative to your Thanksgiving Meal? 

Stop by Dean's Natural Food Market (at The Streets of Chester Shopping Center) on Tuesday, November 1st from 11am-3pm for a special Thanksgiving Trimmings Tasting!

Let Dean's help you with the cooking this year. Whether you just need a few sides, a turkey, or your entire Thanksgiving meal, they've got you covered.

Dean's dishes are made with 100% organic produce and are free of GMOs, artificial colors & flavors, and refined sugar. Our turkeys are organic and free-range. We also have a wide selection of vegan offerings.

(Accepting pre-orders of all holiday items until 11/17. Available while supplies last.) Questions? Call 908-888-2256

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Nov 11, 2016
Dean's 'How To Cook The Perfect Turkey' Class
6:00 pm
Location: Dean's Natural Food Market at The Streets of Chester Shopping Center

Whether you're making your first Thanksgiving turkey or just need a refresher on the basics, Dean's own executive chef, Scott Sleckman, will be sharing easy step-by-step instructions for how to cook a the perfect turkey.

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Nov 12 - Dec 18, 2016
Experience Historic Chester this Holiday Season!
Location: Throughout Chester, NJ

Treat yourself and your loved ones to a Historic Chester Experience you will never forget!

Exciting holiday events, in-store events, holiday sales, and complimentary holiday treats will be offered at various merchant locations to enchant even the Grinchiest of bargain hunters.

Shop Small Business-Shop Chester
and You could WIN during our 12 Days of Giveaways!

Every weekend from November 12th to December 18th, special "holiday helpers" will be strolling throughout Chester randomly giving away HCBA member-affiliated gift certificates and other prizes to unsuspecting shoppers. :)

No purchase necessary. Winners will be posted weekly on our facebook page, as well as on


*Manhatten Holiday Carolers
The festive troubadours will be performing throughout downtown Chester on November 26th, December 3rd, 10th and 17th, 12:30pm to 4:30pm.

*Sculpted Ice Works
Saturday, December 17th, 11am-3pm

Don't miss this holiday's crystal-clear performance by the amazingly-talented ice carvers from ICE WORKS, who will create dazzling sculpted ice displays right in Downtown Chester!

Ron Albanese is POLKA DOT the Elf!

This acclaimed, unique children's and family entertainment personality will be performing throughout Downtown Historic Chester on November 12, 13, 19, & 20.

S.C.3. Presents 'Sounds of the Holidays

S.C.3. Entertainment is Morris County's premier DJ and event company. Now you can see S.C.3. LIVE in Historic Downtown Chester for the Holidays as they play some of the BEST Holiday Classic Tunes to renditions by new artists. Stop by their Holiday Decorated Trailer (along Main Street).

Performing in Downtown Chester on November 27th and December 4th, 12pm-3pm

Santa Strolling Through Historic Chester

Get ready everyone 'cause Santa Claus is coming to town!

Santa and his helper will be strolling throughout Main Street on December 11th and 18th.

Get the kids - and the camera - ready for a face-to-face encounter with Jolly Ol' Saint Nick himself!

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