Our 2018 Holiday Card Collection

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holidaycard2018I know that you are probably still digging sand out of beach bags and toys but this is the time of year when we receive our customers holiday designs from our partners at Wiley Valentine. Each year I work with the designers there to create cards that our clients will love. Each design has customizable elements and are beautifully detailed and printed.

If you have already done a session with us, now is the time to order your holiday cards and avoid the busy season and rush charges. If you haven’t already had a session with us, consider booking now. We are doing sessions both in local parks and on the beach as well as a new location- Willowwood Arboretum in Far Hills, NJ (Just an hour’s drive from Hoboken and Jersey City and very close to our clients in Summit and Chester.) Please give us a call at 201.610.1199 to book your session today.

Family Friendly Halloween Events October 26-28

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Family Friendly Halloween Events

Halloween is a great holiday for all kinds of fun. We’ve gathered family friendly Halloween events that offer the “Boo” without the “boo-hoo” that comes from being scared.

Friday October 26th 6:00 PM-9:00 PM (Montclair, NJ) Celebrate harvest season with a community lighting of jack-o-lanterns at the Presby Memorial Gardens. Enjoy seasonal refreshments and children’s activities while watching the garden glow.

Saturday October 27th 4:00 PM-8:00 PM (Jersey City, NJ) JC Families presents the JC Halloween Spooktacular, a family-friendly Halloween event from 4 – 8 pm in the Harborside Atrium (210 Hudson Street, Jersey City, NJ 07311). Activities include a costume parade, dance party, puppet show, face painting, Halloween themed entertainment, and more.  Admission will be $5. Guests can register for tickets online.

Friday-Sunday October 26th-28th (Westfield, NJ)  Did you know the creator of The Addams Family is a Westfield native? The town is honoring the all-together ookey Charles Addams with the first annual AddamsFest . The kids can get acquainted with their inner Pugsley or Wednesday in the Addams Family Fun Zone, then gorge on candy at a trunk-or-treat. Writers and horror buffs alike can sit in on lectures and exhibits about Addams’ career, or laugh along at a screening of the original film. Grab a bite at a Westfield resto offering specials during the event. Want to make some romance a la Morticia and Gomez? Dress up for Morticia’s Masquerade Ball at the local James Ward Mansion.

Friday -Saturday October 26-27 (Langhorn PA) Everyone will love the Neighborhood Street Party Halloween Parade at Sesame Place that features ten fantastic floats all decked out for the season with music and dancing that will have everyone joining in the fun. The parade features exciting performances about Halloween fun including trick-or-treating, dressing in costume and doing the “Jack-O-Lantern Jump”!  Stay until 7:30PM every Saturday during Spooktacular to see the special night time version of the parade – the sky will light up with not-too-spooky Halloween-colored lighting! Come in costume and enjoy three special Halloween-themed shows, soar, swing, fly and cruise on three Count von Count-themed mechanical rides, and see everyone’s favorite furry friends dressed up in costume!

Friday and Saturday October 26th & 27th 6:00 PM-10:00 PM (Chester, NJ) Spend the night soaking in the moonlight at Alstede Farms. All included in admission, guests will traverse acres of scenic farmland in a tractor-drawn wagon ride, navigate the corn maze by flashlight and cozy up to a crackling bonfire while listening to live music. All guests will receive their choice of hot or cold apple cider and s’mores making kits will be available for purchase.  Admission $15.99

Friday-Sunday October 26th-28th (Bronx NY) Boo at the Bronx Zoo returns! Event highlights include traditional favorites such as daily magic shows, costume parades, professional pumpkin carving demos, crafts, and the extinct animal graveyard.All Boo at the Zoo activities embrace the spirit of the season while incorporating wildlife. Guests will have an opportunity to see and learn about many of the animals often associated with Halloween folklore including, vultures and owls.

Friday-Sunday October 26th-28th (East Rutherford, NJ)  Boys and Girls of every age … come and celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Nightmare Before Christmas live on stage!! Presented by Spotlight Playhouse of East Rutherford NJ. at the Becton PAC. October 26th and 27th at 7:30 and October 28th at 3pm! Sunday is senior day and all seniors are admitted in for only $7.00 Pre-order tickets on: ticketleap.com for only $10

Saturday October 27 12:00 PM-2:00 PM(Jersey City, NJ)Newport Centre invites the community to a “Vampirina”-themed Disney Junior Play Date event. Disney Junior’s hit animated series “Vampirina” tells the story of Vampirina (aka “Vee”), a lovable young vampire girl, as she faces the joys and trials of being the new kid in town after her family moves from Transylvania to Pennsylvania. Inspired by Disney Publishing’s popular children’s book series “Vampirina Ballerina,” During the “Vampirina”-themed Disney Junior Play Date event, families will participate in a variety of activities including a pumpkin decorating craft, an interactive photo booth and more. FREE
Saturday October 27th 4:00 PM-8:00 PM (Jersey City, NJ) JC Families presents the JC Halloween Spooktacular, a family-friendly Halloween event from 4 – 8 pm in the Harborside Atrium (210 Hudson Street, Jersey City, NJ 07311). Activities include a costume parade, dance party, puppet show, face painting, Halloween themed entertainment, and more.  Admission will be $5. Guests can register for tickets online.
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Last Minute Halloween Costumes

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Last minute Halloween

While store-bought costumes come and go the very best ideas can be found in coat closets and storage bins, crafts drawers and dollar stores. A bit of greasepaint and a lot of cotton balls (or yarn, or artificial flowers) and as fast as “trick-or-treat” you have a Halloween memory for years to come.

Best NJ Fall Foliage Hikes Near Hoboken and Jersey City

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best NJ Fall Foliage Hikes

As the temperature cools and the leaves start to change, there’s no better way to embrace the season than to get outside and explore the nature around you. New Jersey is home to miles upon miles of beautiful hiking trails, many of which offer the stunning New York City skyline views unique to our state.

Below are a few of the best trails, within an hour or less drive from Hoboken and Jersey City, where you can immerse yourself in all of the reds, oranges, and golds that you can handle. Grab your water bottle, hiking boots — and maybe even your furry best friend — and get going!

Palisades Interstate Park (20 minutes from Hoboken/JC)

Standout Trail: Take the Long Path, which starts at the stunning State Line Lookout, and moves through the park, hitting many other places of interest along the way.

Location: Bergen County
Trail Time: 4 hours
Hours: Sunrise to Sunset
Why It’s Great: State Line Lookout features a breathtaking panoramic view of the Hudson River. The park also boasts Greenbrook Sanctuary (a secluded woodland preserve), three historic sites (including the Kearney House, a nineteenth century tavern), four picnic areas, and three boat basins.
More info: Visit http://www.njpalisades.org/index.html.

Cheesequake State Park (40 minutes from Hoboken/JC)

Standout Trail: A 4.5-mile hike explores Hooks Creeks Lake, Perrine Pond, and terrain ranging from forests to salt marshes. For this hike, take the Yellow Trail to the Blue Trail until you reach the Green Trail, which will complete the loop.

Location: Middlesex County
Trail Time: 3 hours
Hours: 8:00 am to 8:00 pm
Why It’s Great: This park boasts a rare combination of vegetation, from salt marshes to wetlands to forests, all of which are easily accessible to hikers through various trails.
More info: Visit http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/cheesequake.html.

Pyramid Mountain Natural Historic Area (40 mins from Hoboken/JC)

Standout Trail: Pyramid Mountain staff members recommend a 3.5-mile, moderately challenging trail that begins in the parking area, passes through a scenic overlook, and culminates at Tripod Rock. Plus, the return loop has a stretch along the Taylortown Reservoir.

Location: Montville Township
Trail Time: 2.5 hours
Hours: Sunrise to Sunset
Why It’s Great: The trail boasts stunning views of the New York City skyline, waterfalls, wetlands — and an up-close look at Tripod Rock. It’s a glacial erratic — aka, a rock not native to the area — and, as a 160-ton boulder balanced on three smaller stones, it’s a striking feat of nature.
More info: Visit http://www.morrisparks.net/aspparks/pyrmtnmain.asp.

Ramapo Mountain State Forest (60 minutes from Hoboken/JC)

Standout Trail: The trails are adaptable, but we like the five-mile route that takes hikers along Ramapo Lake and passes through the ruins of Van Slyke Castle. Take the MacEvoy Trail for about 1.5 miles, turn off onto Castle Point Trail, and use the Todd Trail to loop back around to the MacEvoy Trail.

Location: Bergen and Passaic counties
Trail Time: 3.5 hours
Hours: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm until November 1, when the trails will close at 6:00 pm
Why It’s Great: The trails are flexible, so hikers can mix-and-match routes based on their interests and ability. And Ramapo boasts New York City skyline views — as well as the ruins of Van Slyke Castle.
More info: Visit http://www.nynjtc.org/park/ramapo-mountain-state-forest.

Delaware Water Gap Recreational Area (60 minutes from Hoboken/JC)

Standout Trail: A scenic 7.5-mile hike covers Buttermilk Falls, Crater Lake, and Hemlock Pond. Begin at Buttermilk Falls, head onto the Appalachian Trail until you reach the Crater Lake Trail, you’ll then use the Blue Mountain Lakes Trail to link back up with the Buttermilk Falls Trails and return using that route.

Location: Layton, Sussex County
Trail Time: 6 hours
Hours: Sunrise to Sunset
Why It’s Great: Buttermilk Falls is NJ’s highest waterfall and a favorite destination of visitors to the park. Be sure to plan your hike after a period of rain to get the best views of the waterfall.
More info: Visit http://www.nps.gov/dewa/planyourvisit/trails.htm.

Hacklebarney State Park  (60 minutes from Hoboken/JC)

Standout Trail: Take the Main Trail to the Upper Trail, and then use the Lower Trail to hike along the Black River before looping back.

Location: Morris County
Trail Time: 2 hours
Hours: Sunrise to Sunset
Why It’s Great: This trail takes hikers along many streams as well as the Black River, which is a plus as proximity to water causes leaves to change color earlier in the season.
More info: Visit http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/hackle.html.

Norvin Green State Forest (60 minutes from Hoboken/JC)Standout Trail: This four-mile trail will take you to one of the best views in New Jersey, Wyanokie High Point. Begin on the Otter Hole Trail, until you come to the Hewitt-Butler Trail, and follow this trail to the Wyanokie Circular Trail. Continue on the Wyanokie Circular Trail until it splits from the Mine Trail, at which point you should follow the Mine Trail to the Roomy Mine Trail. Stick to this trail until you once again reach the Mine Trail. From here, follow the Hewitt-Butler Trail to the Otter Hole Trail until you come back to your starting point.

Location: Passaic County
Trail Time: 3 hours
Hours: Sunrise to Sunset
Why It’s Great: Wyanokie High Point features breathtaking skyline views, and also overlooks the Wanaque Reservoir. You’ll also see an old copper mine, as well as many streams and unique rock formations.
More info: Visit http://www.nynjtc.org/hike/wyanokie-high-point-loop-weis-ecology-center.

Worthington State Forest (90 mins from Hoboken/JC)

Standout Trail: A 7.8-mile trek follows the park’s Dunnfield Creek trail from the parking area for the first 3.5 miles, reaches Sunfish Pond, and returns on the Appalachian Trail.

Location: Hardwick Township, Warren County
Trail Time: 5.5 hours
Hours: Sunrise to Sunset
Why It’s Great: You can enjoy breathtaking views of Delaware Water Gap and Sunfish Pond, a stunning glacial lake. Warning: This terrain is rocky, so hiking boots are a must!
More info: Visit http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/worthington.html.