Here's what's happening in Monmouth and Ocean Counties this weekend (Oct. 25 - 27, 2013):

-- Fright Light Laser spooked for Halloween at Ocean County College. This weekend and next, featuring spine-tingling light effects with a Halloween-themed soundtrack that includes the Monster Mash. Click here for details.

-- Zombie Crawl in Seaside Heights this Saturday. It's their first-ever Zombie crawl to support the businesses that survived last month's well as those that didn't. There will be a costume contest for kids up to age 14 and prizes for best zombie and best group. Register at Noon at Franklin Avenue.

-- Casino Pier's Fall Festival in the Arcade in Seaside this Saturday from Noon - 3 pm. Celebrate fall and halloween at the Casino Pier Arcade with Pumpkin Painting, fun games and prizes like the Mummy Wrap, Witch Pitch, Donut Eating Contest, Bean Bag Toss, Pin the BOO on the Ghost and a Scavenger Hunt, along with Arts and Crafts, pictures with their mascot Slider and a Halloween Costume contest. The Pier Grill will be serving Fall favorites like pumpkin pie, apple cider, cotton candy...and DIRT, lol! And the arcade is open to play games all day, too! A fun day for the kids. Click here for details.

-- Haunted Hayrides and Steam Train to the Haunted Woods at Allaire Village and Allaire State Park this Friday and Saturday nights. For Haunted Hayrides, click here. For Haunted Train/Trail rides, click here. Two separate events, same location:  HAUNTED HAYRIDES begin at sunset and end in the Village with hair-raising yet funny audience participation stories in one of the old buildings, ghost hunting experts, fortune telling and a haunted house. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children under 12. 6 pm – 9:30 pm (but allow some extra time because the line gets long, even with tickets.) This is a good hayride for younger kids that don’t want to get TOO scared. It’s relatively mild compared to some of the crazy scary ones like Casola Farms. Hayrides leave every 15 minutes. Advanced ticket purchase is highly recommended. For more info and to purchase tickets, call 732-919-3500.  HAUNTED EXPRESS TRAIN RIDES from the Pine Creek Railroad: A spooky ride in the dark on the train, then a walk through the haunted woods that is super scary and may not be suitable for younger children. And you cannot buy tickets in advance. You have to show up at the train ticket office to book your ride. Tickets can be purchased starting at 6 pm. Trains leave every half hour from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM.This Friday and Saturday nights. Fare: $7.50 for anyone over the age of 3 years old. Visa, MasterCard, cash and checks are accepted. If you plan to do this AND the haunted hayride, make sure you allow enough time for the line at the hayride to get back for your time slot on the train ride.. This is a great event and my boys still love the train and haunted woods. We were there last weekend and I was the one screaming, lol!

-- Touch A Truck in Belmar Saturday, 11 am - 3 pm. Kids of all ages are invited to touch, climb in and learn about a variety of military, first responder, police and fire equipment during the event. Games and snacks also provided. Ocean Avenue between 17th and 20th Streets.

-- Boo on the Boardwalk at Jenkinson's on the Boardwalk in Point Pleasant Beach. Halloween fun for everyone including trick or treating, a stilt walker, face painting, arts & crafts and more, so put on your best Halloween costume and join in the fun! The aquarium and gift shop, pavilion arcade and sweet shop will all be open, along with the boardwalk games.This Saturday and Sunday, Noon - 4 pm.Click here for more info.

-- Band Day: Elementary School Bands from Brielle, Manasquan, Sea Girt, H.W. Mountz, Spring Lake Heights, and Belmar will gather to play in a marching band parade down Broad Street and Main Street in Manasquan this Saturday at 1 p.m., then perform at halftime during the football game at Manasquan High School. Come out and support them!

-- Let's Do The Time Warp Again with The Rocky Horror Picture Show is playing at the Algonquin Arts Theatre in Manasquan, Saturday night, 8 pm. Enjoy the classic interactive film and a 'Brew and View', Rater R (under 17 must be acconpanied by parent or guardian). Must be 21+ with valid ID to purchase beer or wine. Celebrate Halloween with this 1975 cult classic! Prop bags for outside props! For more information, click here.

--  Grab your mask or your broom and head on over to the Wall Township Halloween Candy Hunt at Wall Municipal Complex. Kids in grades Pre K through 6 are invited to hunt the grounds of the Muncipal Complex where thousands of treats will be hidden. Please dress in costume and bring a flashlight and bag to collect the candy!
Friday, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM, FREE. For more information, click here.

--  For those not afraid of a little fright (well, actually a lot!), take a Walk of Terror with your Tweens. Check out Camp Evans Base of Terror in Wall. Walk along a super scary path on the grounds of Camp Evans in Wall Township through areas never before seen by the public. This year the “Butcher” returns as well as the “Mad Scientist” and beware of “The Swamp”. You never know what is lurking there. Due to the frightening and gory nature, this attraction is not recommended for kiddos under 8.
Friday, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM,  $12.50 per person or $10 per person for groups of 10 or more. For more info, click here.

-- Monster Dash in Pt. Pleasant: Dress in your best costume and come out for a walk and run to benefit a great cause! Zombies will keep you company along the race route at the Fourth Annual Monster Dash 5K Run/Walk at Jenkinson’s Pavilion on the Point Beach Boardwalk this Saturday, October 26th, 2013. A fast, flat, scenic run along the boardwalk and past the Inlet. Monster music, runners and walkers all welcome, and it’s all to support the first Aid Squad that helped so many during Sandy. Great giveaways from local businesses, prizes for top costumed finishers, costumer categories, and top finishers! Point Pleasant First Aid is made up of volunteers serving Point Beach, Bay Head, and Mantoloking 24/7/365! Come out for a frighteningly good time! Post Race Party at Jenk’s Pavilion, with lunch provided by Jenks! Free parking at Jenk’s lot and street parking. Dogs and strollers welcome, time read at every mile, costumes optional, refreshments, and more! Age categories: 0-14, 15-19, and it keeps going all the way up to 80 and up!!!

-- Neon Run and Glow Party: You’re invited to have some neon fun this Saturday night and attend a Glow Party, all for a great cause! This less than 2 mile Fun Run is Oct. 26, 2013, in Manasquan.It begins at 6 p.m. on First Avenue and ends at Sea Watch with an After Glow Party immediately following the race – a hot and cold buffet hosted by Spring Lake Manor and The Chocolate Bar, a DJ, games for the kids and more! Light up the night and party neon style to benefit SquanStrong, which has been helping the community since Sandy.Each registered participant receives a Swag Bag that includes a race tee and some noen strips to get started, and you’ll get a finishers medal upon crossing the finish line! All for $25 when you register online, $35 the day of the race.Click here to register! SquanStrong is still helping people get back into their homes one year later. They are a non-profit, volunteer run, 501c3 organization that was started after Superstorm Sandy struck. Since then, SquanStrong has fed several hundred displaced families, cleaned up devastated areas, knocked down walls and doors, and provided over 150 appliance packages to homeowners. SquanStrong has also run toy drives, adopted families, and built a playground. SquanStrong’s efforts are not limited to Manasquan or to New Jersey. They have helped out all along the Jersey Shore and other devastated areas in the U.S. For more information on this event or on SquanStrong, you can email or visit Neon Night 3K on Facebook. To volunteer or make a donation to SquanStrong, visit To see their new website and a new video tour of Manasquan, click here.