No Tricks, Only Treats ­ Lump’N’Loaf Records Releases Happy Freakin’ Halloween Vol. 1

Lump’N’Loaf Records is excited to announce the release of their first ever Halloween compilation, Happy Freakin’ Halloween Vol. 1, featuring L’N’L acts as well as friends of the Central New Jersey label.

Following in the footsteps of their popular Happy Freakin’ Holidays Christmas compilations, Lump’N’Loaf Records’ Happy Freakin’ Halloween was the wise choice for a follow-up compilation since L’N’L has always loved celebrating this October holiday.

Halloween Vol. 1 offers an array of Halloween-themed standards and original songs, from A Halo Called Fred’s unique approach to H.P. Lovecraft’s Elder Gods mythos with their “Cthulhu’s Head is a Great Big Squid” to Trio of Madness’ exciting re-imagining of the classic 1978 “Halloween” horror movie theme.

As Liz from Trio of Madness explains, “We were very excited to be asked to contribute to the L’N’L Halloween Compilation, and knew right away the the Halloween movie theme song was the perfect choice for Trio. Our version is spooky, yet rockin’…just like us! We hope we would make John Carpenter proud!”

Trio of Madness

Happy Freakin’ Halloween Vol. 1 is streaming and available for FREE download starting on October 1, 2014 at:, and

About the Bands

  1. Trio of Madness – Halloween Theme (Main Title) | Written by John Carpenter
  2. Young Jerks – Bela Lugosi’s Dead | Written by David Haskins, Kevin Haskins, Peter Murphy, Daniel Ash
  3. Zigman Bird – Spooky | Written by Mike Shapiro, Harry Middlebrooks Jr., James Cobb, Buddy Buie
  4. A Halo Called Fred – Cthulhu’s Head is a Great Big Squid | Written by A Halo Called Fred
  5. The One and Dones – Werewolves of London | Written by LeRoy Marinell, Waddy Wachtel, Warren Zevon
  6. The Scars Glitter – (Don’t Fear) The Reaper | Written by Buck Dharma
  7. My Soul to Bare – Haunt Me | Written by Stuart Matthewman, Helen Adu
  8. Little Dipper – Black Sabbath | Written by Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward
  9. The VRN Project – Terra Malum (Earth Evil) | Written by Carmen Verderosa, Jenny Ketrow
  10. Hu$h-kat – Night Of 1,000 Cats | Written by Hu$h-kat
  11. Bonk – A Little Bonk In The Night | Written by Tony Kroposky, Liz Gonzalez, Mike Wojik

About Lump’N’Loaf Records

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Lump ‘N’ Loaf Records
P.O Box 6201
Hillsborough, N.J 08844

L’N’L was founded in 2000 with one mission in mind – to cast a spotlight on original, cutting-edge music from the highly talented central New Jersey music scene. Several L’N’L bands on the Halloween Vol. 1 compilation have new releases planned for 2015 including A Halo Called Fred, Trio of Madness, Young Jerks and Zigman Bird.

Celebrate Oktoberfest at the Black Forest Inn in Stanhope

A Real Munich-like Oktoberfest Celebration Right Here in New Jersey!

Thinking about heading to Munich for the Oktoberfest celebration? You don’t have to because the Black Forest Inn in Stanhope presents its own version of this popular event every Saturday & Sunday now until November 9th. The popular, award-winning German restaurant is owned & operated by renowned Executive Chef, Heinz Aichem, Head Chef Heinrich Aichem and Barbara Aichem Koster, restaurant manager. Their Oktoberfest celebration features the finest German fare, imported beers and live music by the most popular German artists in this area. It will be held every Saturday evening from 5 to 10pm and Sundays from 1 to 8pm.

A special menu has been created for the Oktoberfest celebration, according to the Aichem chefs. Start off with one of the Black Forest Inn’s tasty hot or cold appetizers followed by one of their delicious soups.

Featured Oktoberfest entrees will include a choice appetizers, entrees and desserts. The entrees include Marinated German Sauerbraten, Braised Beef Rouladen, Roasted Prime Rib au Jus, Glazed Smoked Loin of Pork, Free Range Roasted Pork, Oktoberfest Pork Schnitzel, Poached Salmon, Roasted Crispy Pork Shank, Schwäbische Maultaschen, Traditional Wienerschnitzel, Pork Paprika Rahm Schnitzel, Jägerschnitzel, Housemade Bratwurst with Sauerkraut, Veal Schnitzelette Gruyere, Braised Wild Boar in Riesling, Marinated Venison, Apples Cassis, Roasted Duck al’Orange and more.

As always, the Black Forest Inn offers a fabulous selection of imported German beers in the tradition of Oktoberfest. You can also complement your entrees with one of their imported German wines.

Reservations are highly suggested for Oktoberfest dates. Call 973-347-3344. The Black Forest Inn is conveniently located at 249 US Route 206 North in Stanhope, just one 1 minute off Exit 25 on Route 80.

About the Black Forest Inn:

Since opening to great fanfare in 1978, three generations of the Aichem family have set the tone for fine European dining with a German accent. The family patriarch, Chef Heinz Aichem was born in Germany and directed restaurant kitchens in Germany, Paris, the famous Hotel Savoy, and The Manor in West Orange prior to opening his own facility. His son, Heiner Aichem, also mastered his culinary skills in Germany & France and now guides his two sons, Hans and Heinrich, in the Black Forest Inn kitchen. Barbara Aichem Koster, Heinz’s daughter, manages the restaurant and specializes in planning parties & events.

The Aichem family prides itself on celebrating Continental-German cuisine showcasing the finest, freshest ingredients presented with simple elegance. The restaurant and chefs have received numerous accolades and awards from local newspapers, critics, and most importantly its patrons

Address: 249 US Route 206 North, Stanhope, NJ
Phone: 973-347-3344
Find them on Facebook, Follow on Twitter @BlackForestInn

Toast Your Way Into Fall in Beachwood this Weekend!

Toast your way into the fall season at New Jersey’s best new wine festival! The “Autumn Wine Festival at Jakes Branch Park” will be taking place this Saturday, October 25 and Sunday, October 26 from 12 noon to 5pm daily in Beachwood, NJ.   The Autumn Wine Festival at Jakes Branch Park will feature 10 of New Jersey’s finest wineries including: Auburn Road Vineyards, Coda Rossa Winery, DiMatteo Vineyard, Plagido’s Winery, Renault Winery, Sharrott Winery, Tomasello Winery, Valenzano Winery, Ventimiglia Vineyard, and Wagonhouse Winery.  Wineries will be offering samples and sales of more than 150 wines, including their very best varietals and seasonal favorites.

Food Trucks in attendance at the event are Waffle de Lys, El Lechon de Negron, and JB Wood Fired Pizza.

There will also be live music both days. On Saturday the Jody Joseph Band will be playing and on Sunday the Dancing Goats.

Come hang out, drink, listen to live music and check out local artisans and crafters!

You can RSVP and check out any updates on the Facebook event page.

Dates: October 25 & 26, 2014, Noon to 5pm
Address: Jakes Branch Park, 1100 Double Trouble Road, Beachwood NJ
Cost: $12 in advance, $15 (Cash only) at door. Tickets can be purchased HERE
PS. I’ll be there too! Look for me!

11 Events to Check Out this Weekend – Oct 24 – 26, 2014

There are a lot of events to choose from this weekend, these are just a few I’m highlighting! Be sure to check out all the “Fall Events and Festivals – Resources” Section of the Website as well as Ghost Tours!

Chiller Theatre - October 24th-26th

The Chiller Theatre Toy, Model and Film Expo, held twice a year at the Parsippany Sheraton aka the Tara Hotel in April and Oct, is your Premiere Convention for all things Cool! Chiller Theatre, with over 24 years in the business, is your #1 stop for the Best Celebrities, Dealers rooms that are second to none, a Rock n Roll Costume Party the Saturday Night of both events and in association with WPIX Channel 11 in NY, they’ve brought back the TV show you know and love every Halloween, namely CHILLER THEATRE movie night!

Dates: October 24th -26th, 2014
Address: Sheraton Parsippany Hotel- 199 Smith Rd, Parsippany
Phone: 973-515-2000
To get tickets click Here
For more information like them on Facebook and follow them on twitter @ChillerTheatre

Zombie Outbreak – Oct 24 & 25

A mysterious plague is spreading like wildfire among the population causing the dead to rise and feed on the living. Not to fear, the Zombie Contingency Agency has been called into action to protect the public from the undead menace. Take shelter from the zombie horde in our fortified refugee center. All is well. What could possibly go wrong? Zombie Outbreak is part of the Operation Halloween event held Friday and Saturday, October 24-25 at the Joseph A. Citta Scout Reservation At Brookville, NJ. In addition to the Zombie Outbreak attraction, Operation Halloween will feature the Jersey Devil Hayride and Pumpkin Street for kids.  Tickets are good for unlimited re-entry to all attractions for one day.  100% of profits will benefit the various participating non-profit groups.

Dates: Oct 24th – 25, 2014 (Begins at 7pm)
Address: Joseph A. Citta Scout Reservation; 229 Brookville Road, Barnegat Township
Cost: $10 at gate, $8 in advance. Buy  tickets HERE

Atlantic City Cinefest/Downbeach Film Festival: Oct 24 – 26

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The mission of the Downbeach Film Festival/Atlantic City Cinefest is to present a cultural event for residents of and visitors to the communities of Atlantic City, Ventnor, Margate, Longport, Ocean City and beyond.

The festival promotes new films, as well as filmmakers and actors, all in an effort to celebrate the art form of moviemaking. We are rooted in the celebration of independent and studio film, and the creation of a form where local and other independent filmmakers can exhibit their work.

Our event also provides novice and aspiring filmmakers, actors, and others interested in a career in the film business, the opportunity to meet and network with industry professionals in an atmosphere that is conducive to learning and mentoring.


Blend Central Jersey Beer Fest – Oct 25

Tickets will include beer, a pig roast, live music, and much, much more!

Date: Saturday, October 25th, 2014; 1pm to 5pm
Address: Blend Bistro & Bar, 911 Route 33, Hamilton, NJ
Cost: $15 to $55, But Tickets Here

October Beerfest 5K – Oct 25

Come RUN, PLAY, DRINK, EAT, PARTY with us and for once you can justify your beer guzzling, game playing, hot dog eating habits – all by running a 5K first! ​

Your registration gets you:
Access to our 5K course complete with Beer Stations OR entry into the Lawn Games Tourney OR Both!
Picnic Party with Hot Dogs, Beer, and Lawn Games
​Music by Nightmoves DJs
Prizes in surprise categories
Official “Here’s To Me!” October Beerfest shirt!

Date: Saturday, October 25th, 2014; 10am to 3pm
Address: Rahway River Park, Clark, NJ
Cost: $25+. Register HERE

South Jersey Geek Fest - Oct 25

SJ Geek fest is a celebration of your geekery featuring comics, tabletop games, video games, youtubers, cosplayers and more.

Date: Oct 25, 2014; 10am to 5pm
Address: Woodbury Heights Community Center; 741 Helen Ave, Woodbury, NJ
Cost: Admission is $5 in advance and $8 at the door. To get tickets click here
For more information like them on Facebook

Zombie Crawl at the Lake Hopatcong Elks – Oct 25

Zombies, Vampires, and undead creatures of all kinds are expected to turn out in full make up. Open to Monster enthusiasts of all ages! Participants will crawl along a 1 mile haunted trail. The walking undead will cease their lumbering at 6pm.  6-10pm is the After-Life Party. Music, food, fun, & more! Contests for best costume, best group, & more.For more info or to sign up contact the organizers by email: All proceeds benefit the Lake Hopatcong Elks, Special needs children, and youth charities.

Date: Saturday, October 25th, 2014; 4pm
Address: Lake Hopatcong Elka Lodge; 201 Howard Blvd., Mt. Arlington, NJ
Cost:  $10 in donations to crawl, $30 in donations includes a ticket to the after-life party, a crawl t-shirt, and a $5 food voucher.

Toast Your Way Into Fall Festival at Jakes Branch Park- Oct 25 & 26


Toast your way into the fall season at New Jersey’s best new wine festival! The “Autumn Wine Festival at Jakes Branch Park” will be taking place this Saturday, October 25 and Sunday, October 26 from 12 noon to 5pm daily in Beachwood, NJ.   The Autumn Wine Festival at Jakes Branch Park will feature 10 of New Jersey’s finest wineries including: Auburn Road Vineyards, Coda Rossa Winery, DiMatteo Vineyard, Plagido’s Winery, Renault Winery, Sharrott Winery, Tomasello Winery, Valenzano Winery, Ventimiglia Vineyard, and Wagonhouse Winery.  Wineries will be offering samples and sales of more than 150 wines, including their very best varietals and seasonal favorites.

Dates: October 25 & 26, 2014, Noon to 5pm
Address: Jakes Branch Park, 1100 Double Trouble Road, Beachwood NJ
Cost: $12 in advance, $15 (Cash only) at door. Tickets can be purchased HERE

Halloween at Sharrott Winery – Oct 25 & 26

Scary tunes, people in costumes, tricks and treats – and hot wine! That’s the way we celebrate Halloween at Sharrott Winery. Stop by the Tasting Room for Halloween fun; complimentary tastings for everyone in costume. Also enjoy Live Music on our patio from 1 pm to 4 pm both days.

Dates: October 25 & 26, 2014, Noon to 5pm
Address: Sharrott Winery; 370 S Egg Harbor Rd, Hammonton, NJ
Cost: Free

Hallowine Weekend - Oct 25 & 26

Dress up for a free tasting, “Costume” Wine Labels, Pumpkin Give-away, Mulled Wine, Cheesecake & Pumpkin Butter Tastings. Don’t let the kids have all the fun this All Hallows’ Eve. It’s the grown-ups turn to have a good time on the vineyard at our HalloWINE Weekend. It will be a SCREAM! Come in costume and get a complimentary wine tasting. Take a picture at our “costume” label station and get it put on a bottle of wine. Sample Pecan Pumpkin Butter from Muirhead Foods and Pumpkin Cheesecake from Maddalenas.

Dates: October 25 & 26, 2014, Noon to 5pm
Address: Old York Cellars; 80 Old York Rd. Ringoes, NJ
Cost: Free with Costume

Smithville Zombie Walk  – Oct 26

Vendors, entertainment and prizes. Zombies walk at 6pm. Free! No registration required! When Hell is full…zombies will walk Smithville! Join us for a day of vendors, music, entertainment and prizes. This is an all day event. Zombies will walk at 6pm. Raffle Of The Living Dead at 6:30 pm. Come dressed as a zombie (or zombie hunter) and participate for free, or have your make up done in front of Underground for $5. No registration required. Every person in costume receives a free raffle ticket at Underground. Itinerary will be posted on this page as info becomes available.

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Date: Sunday, October 26, 2014
Address: Village Greene at Historic Smithville
Cost: Free to Attend

The First New Jersey Isn’t Boring Event – The Rail House, Sun, October 19th, 2014


Yesterday, I got to be a part of a weekly event at the Rail House in Rahway called “Soft Sounds and Creative Wonders”. This is a weekly event run by the Rail House every Sunday at 5pm till close. Yesterday I was there representing New Jersey Isn’t Boring along with 3 artists whose work represents NJ. Those three artists were Chris Ernst, Corey Hudson, and Scott Modrzynski.


Chris, Scott and Corey

About the artists who were there: Chris Ernst from New Brunswick has pop culture art inspired by NJ, Corey Hudson takes refurbished wood from Hurricane Sandy and transforms it into art, and Scott Modrzynski aka Mojoswork takes the state shape and turns in into something awesome (among other things).


Check out Chris on  Website, Facebook, Instagram and Etsy.


Check out Corey on his Website, Facebook and Instagram.

Check out Scott on his Website, Etsy, Facebook and Twitter.

We had a decent turn out for a Sunday night! The event was really laid back, the food was great, lots of craft beer on tap AND there was a fire pit with live music outside. The Rail House is in a really nice downtown area of Rahway, so if you find yourself there I recommend stopping by for drinks and food. I got a “Rosalita” burger (guac, pico di gallo) and it was fantastic…and not photographed because I ate it. Oops.

I’m in talks to do another event there in the near future…so keep an eye out for that!

You should check out Soft Sounds and Creative Wonders. They do it every Sunday. As I mentioned…super laid back. Like the Rail House on Facebook to check out upcoming events!
Address: 1443 Irving St, Rahway, NJ
Cost: Free to attend. I recommend getting drinks and dinner at the restaurant. AWESOME menu

Diner Round Up – Clinton Station Diner in Clinton

If you have ever traveled on Route 78…you know this diner! The Clinton Station Diner is cool because it has a train car where you can sit and eat. So cool!

I was traveling back from PA and knew we were going to pass it…so diner review time it was!

The diner is 24 Hours, has a liquor license and does all their baking on premises. What more could you/I ask for?

The menu is big…take your time with it.

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I also love a diner with a gimmick, and this diner has plenty…including their burger menu. Crazy!

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They also have something called a garbage omelet, in which they put whatever they want into it. I’m not into surprises so I had to pass..

I ended up getting a panini, because I love my paninis. This panini had chicken, pesto and mozzarella…and I got mashed potatoes instead of fries even though they’re apparently famous for their fries (live and learn).

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Overall, I very good diner experience! Definitely check it out!

Basic Info
Address: 2 Bank St, Clinton, NJ
Phone #: (908) 713-0012

To see their menu check out their Website

Diner Facts:
24 Hours – Yes
Parking Lot – Yes
Liquor License – Yes
Salad Bar – Yes
Homemade Desserts – Yes

Call for Artists – New Jersey Isn’t Boring Art Show! Deadline to Submit Nov 30

A “New Jersey Isn’t Boring” art show to be held at Arts Guild New Jersey in Rahway, March 22nd – April 16th, 2015.

Right now there is an OPEN CALL  TO ARTISTS for this show. It’s FREE to submit. Deadline to submit is November 30th, 2014.

Art work can be, and is not limited to, paintings, sculpture, photography, etc

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Details on the Art Exhibit:
If there is one thing that all New Jersey residents know to be true it’s that New Jersey it’s that people who live in it love it, and outsiders have a bad impression of it. Years of terrible reality television shows have tarnished the reputation of the great, Garden State. It’s time for people to get back to appreciating a state that is known for its beautiful beaches, vibrant cities, great food, eclectic culture and so much more. New Jersey is becoming a stereotype and it’s time for things to change.

What most people don’t know about New Jersey is how much there is to do – including a big art scene all throughout the state. Many artists work and live in New Jersey, participating in local art shows, street fairs and craft shows. This is a chance for artists to display their art work which will represent New Jersey in a new, exciting way.

It’s time to prove that New Jersey Isn’t Boring!

The intention of the exhibit is to provoke a new audience to take a new look at New Jersey. Artists must be residents of New Jersey and their art work must reflect some aspect of New Jersey. The exhibition is open to all visual artists working in any media.  Artists must be a minimum age of 18 to enter. Artwork must have been completed in the past 5 years, and may not have been exhibited previously at the Arts Guild New Jersey.

You can submit to the show via this link or by visiting Remember, the Deadline is November 30th, 2014.

Also, don’t forget about my other, small but still awesome art show on Sunday, October 19th. To RSVP to that event click HERE.

About Arts Guild New Jersey:

Arts Guild New Jersey is a non-profit center for the arts located at 1670 Irving St. at Seminary Avenue in the Downtown Arts District of the City of Rahway.

Arts Guild New Jersey presents a yearly program of fine art exhibitions as well as three semesters of multi-week art classes for adults, teens and children, one-day workshops for adults, summer art workshops for kids and teens, and a variety of secondary art and cultural events, such as lectures and seminars.

The Art exhibits at the Guild focus primarily on the presentation of works by notable emerging New Jersey artists. We feature a wide range of mediums (painting, prints, photography, mixed media collage, construction/assemblage, sculpture, etc.) and a broad range of styles from photo realism to complete abstractions. Our exhibits aim to present an overview of current or enduring trends and directions in the contemporary art of New Jersey’s arts community.

It is the mission of Arts Guild New Jersey to present high level arts programs for the benefit of residents in Central and Northern New Jersey. We promote a broad range of the arts and the value of the arts for all people. Since 1999, the Guild has provided an increasing range of art events, activities and programs for a multi-county audience.

Address: 1670 Irving Street, Rahway, NJ 07065
Contact: (732) 381-7511 or info
Like them on Facebook Arts Guild New Jersey and Follow on Twitter @ArtsGuildNJ

New Jersey Isn’t Boring Art Show @ Rail House, Rahway – THIS Sunday, Oct 19, 2014

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Only 2 days to go…Holy Crap!

New Jersey Isn’t Boring is SO happy to announce it’s first art show, to be held at the Rail House  in Rahway, NJ on Sunday, October 19th at 5pm. This event is part of a weekly event called called Soft Sounds and Creative Wonders run by the Rail House. It features acoustic musicians and local artwork.

The event will feature 3 artists whose work represents NJ. The three artists will be Chris Ernst, Corey Hudson, and Scott Modrzynski.

“Bruce Buns”, Chris Ernst

All three artists have art work that represents NJ in a fun way.

Chris Ernst from New Brunswick has pop culture art inspired by NJ, Corey Hudson takes refurbished wood from Hurricane Sandy and transforms it into art, and Scott Modrzynski aka Mojoswork takes the state shape and turns in into something awesome ie Spiderman.

Come eat, drink and have a good time while chatting with NJ Artists! FREE to attend! RSVP HERE!

“Seaside Fire NJ Thirteen”, Corey Hudson

Date: Sunday, October 19th, 2014; 5pm to 11pm
Address: 1443 Irving St, Rahway, NJ
Cost: Free to attend. I recommend getting drinks and dinner at the restaurant. AWESOME menu

The Rail House in Rahway

You can RSVP to the event on Facebook too!

My Day at the Big Brew Beer Festival

On Sunday, I got to check out the Big Brew Beer Festival in Morristown. I was all over my social media accounts Tweeting, Instagraming, Facebooking etc but I wanted to give a quick blog post about the NJ representation at the event:

The Following Breweries Were in Attendance (and yes I tried all their beer):
Angry Erik Brewing
Beach Haus
Bolero Snort
Boaks Beer
Cricket Hill Brewery
Flounder Brewing Co
Flyish Fish
Ramstein Beer
River Horse
Tuckahoe Brewing Co

They’re technically not beer, but Sandy Hook Iced Tea was incredible.

Other NJ things Worth Mentioning:
I got this awesome Flying Fish necklace from Thirst Quencher Neckware.

I also picked up Sweet Potato Maple Syrup from Momma’s Homemade. So good!


I made a flipagram but it didn’t include all my photos. Oh well:

You can check the full list of Breweries at the event with this handy, dandy Twitter list I made.

Also, I loved my tasting glass:

Be sure to check out the next Big Brew Beer Fest in Sussex:

The Big Brew Sussex Beer Festival – Dec 13

Big Brew Sussex Beer Festival is a perfect opportunity for beer aficionados to meet and hang out. With over 250 unique tastings it’s a great place to discover new beers and speak to brewery representatives. Great craft beer, food trucks, fire pits, music and an ugly sweater contest!.

Date: Saturday, December 13th, 2014
Address: Sussex County Fairgrounds 37 Plains Rd, Augusta, NJ
Cost: $55 GA, $80 VIP, $10 Designated Driver. Ticket Price increases on Nov 29th. Get Tickets HERE
You can also get more information on their Facebook and twitter @BigBrewBeerFest

MUTTster Mash Halloween @ Morris Animal Inn – Wed, Oct 29, 2014

Postcard(1)Yay! An event Frankie would love!

A day-long Halloween party awaits your pooch at Morris Animal Inn on Wednesday, October 29th!

The MUTTster Mash is a witch-themed party is from 9am to 4pm and will have your pet celebrating Halloween in style with hocus pocus games and delicious “tricky treats.” Pups will play Transylvania Tag, race over hay hurdles and show off their costumes when they sit for their portrait in our Witches Photo Boooth! All guests will go home with a treat fit for the spooky season. Call 973-539-0377 to register your pet for a day of witchy fun today!

Date: October 29, 2014; 9am to 4pm
Address: 120 Sand Spring Road, Morristown, NJ
Cost: $59

Like on them on Facebook and Follow on Twitter @MorrisAnimalInn

About Morris Animal Inn:

Party events will be customized to fit your pet’s personality (private or group).

Morris Animal Inn is a family owned and operated luxury pet resort in Morristown, New Jersey, for cats and dogs.  For more information, visit the Morris Animal Inn website, call 973-539-0377, or email

Also, this video is adorable: