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The start of Harvest season means lots of great events centered around freshly grown food and locally crafted drinks in the Garden State. Of course, if you’re looking for something a little different, there are a number of other festivals and activities – from a celebration of kites to a trip aboard a haunted seaport – to enjoy. It’s time to break out the monthly planner, because we’re listing off 15 fun festivals in New Jersey happening this October.

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Ales ‘N Tails Oktoberfest

Where: Turtle Back Zoo, 560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange
october fairs, festivalsWhen: October 14 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm
Price: $60 per person, $15 for designated drivers
Details: Support the Essex County Parks Foundation while you sip tasty brews and enjoy live music from Oompah Band. A variety of seasonal beers will be available, along with craft and food vendors. Many areas of the zoo will be closed for the evening but certain exhibits, including the Reptile House and Touch Tanks, will remain open. All guests must be 21 and over.
More info: Visit the Ales ‘N Tails Oktoberfest website or call 973-731-5800


Lenape Day

Where: Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center, 247 Southern Boulevard, Chatham Township
october fairs, festivalsWhen: October 7 from Noon to 4:00 pm
Price: $5 per person, free for children 2 & under
Details: Celebrate Lenape culture by learning about its traditions and history. Take place in hands-on activities, watch demonstrations and view Lenape artifacts on display. Guided walks along the wooded trails are also offered. Food is available for purchase from Whole Foods Market.
More info: Visit the Morris County Park Commission website or call 973-635-6629


Cranberry Fest

october fairs, festivalsWhere: Farnsworth Avenue, Bordentown City
When: October 7 & 8 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Price: Free admission
Details: Head to downtown Bordentown for their 28th annual Cranberry Fest. Check out the wares on display from over 150 crafters, plus special offerings from local restaurants. Live music, a children’s zone and the addition of a craft beer garden make this an event you don’t want to miss!
More info: Visit the Cranberry Fest website or call 609-384-6230


NJBG Harvest Fest

Where: New Jersey Botanical Garden, 2 Morris Road, Ringwood
october fairs, festivalsWhen: October 14 & 15 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Price: Free admission and parking
Details: The Harvest Fest at New Jersey Botanical Garden offers a day full of fun for the whole family. Kids can enjoy pumpkin painting, applesauce making, hayrides and other festive activities. Visitors can also take a free tour of the beautiful garden grounds or stop by the Fall Plant Sale for great deals on autumn plants.
More info: Visit the New Jersey Botanical Garden website or call 973-962-9534


South Jersey Pumpkin Show

Where: Salem County Fairgrounds, 735 Harding Highway, Woodstown
When: October 13 from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm, and October 14 & 15 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
october fairs, festivalsPrice: $5 parking fee per car
Details: Highlights of the 14th annual South Jersey Pumpkin Show include a live Headless Horseman story presentation, the big pumpkin weigh-off and the Little Miss & Mister Pumpkin Show. Wear your most creative costumes for the Halloween Costume Contest and bring the dogs for the Doggie Parade. You’ll also find rides, food, wine tastings, crafts and more.
More info: Visit the South Jersey Pumpkin Show website or call 856-765-0118


october fairs, festivalsLBI FLY International Kite Festival

Where: Beaches and parks throughout Long Beach Island
When: October 6 to 9, hours vary
Price: Free admission
Details: The third annual LBI FLY International Kite Festival features kite-making, kite-flying demonstrations, a silent kite auction, crafts for kids and kite races, just to name a few of the events. The festival takes place at various locations throughout Ship Bottom and Brant Beach, so be sure to check the schedule for all the details.
More info: Visit the LBI FLY International Kite Festival website.


Ocean Grove Fall Harvest Fest

Where: Auditorium Square Park, Main Avenue & Pilgrim Pathway, Ocean Grove
october fairs, festivalsWhen: October 7 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Price: Free admission
Details: Bring the whole family down to Ocean Grove’s Fall Harvest Fest, offering plenty of fall fun! Enjoy live music from The Jo Wymer Band and Chuck Lambert Blues as you stroll, eat and shop. Sidewalk sales, pumpkin painting and over 200 crafters and artisans will be on-hand.
More info: Visit the Ocean Grove Area Chamber of Commerce website or call 732-774-1391.


Fall Float Festival

Where: Historic Smithville Park, 803 Smithville Road, Eastampton
october fairs, festivalsWhen: October 15 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Price: Free admission
Details: Float down Rancocas Creek and enjoy the beautiful fall foliage as you relax on the water during the Fall Float Festival. Afterwards, spend the day in Smithville Park to enjoy food, activities and entertainment. Kids can play games, take tractor rides, watch a magic show, get their faces painted and check out the Scarecrow Parade.
More info: Visit the Burlington County website.


Thompson Park Day

Where: Thompson Park, 805 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft
october fairs, festivalsWhen: October 15 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Price: Free admission
Details: Take the entire family to Thompson Park for this fun festival featuring pie-eating contests, zombies (for a little bit of Halloween fun), cross-country skiing, pumpkin painting, wagon rides, kids’ races, canoeing and more. Register in advance to participate in the Scarecrow Contest or Strut Your Mutt Doggie Costume Contest.
More info: Visit the Monmouth County Park System website or call 732-975-9735


Clifton Downtown Street Fair

october fairs, festivalsWhere: Main Avenue, Clifton
When: October 14 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Price: Free admission
Details: The Downtown Street Fair is one big block party in the town of Clifton! Stroll through the downtown area to find vendors, crafters, great food and live entertainment. There’s something for everyone with games, rides, and a mini car show also present at the event.
More info: Visit the Downtown Clifton website or call 973-557-3886


Hoboken Harvest Festival

Where: Pier A Park, 1st Street & Sinatra Drive, Hoboken
october fairs, festivalsWhen: October 21 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Price: Free admission
Details: Enjoy cool breezes and spectacular views from the Hoboken waterfront at the city’s annual Harvest Festival. This family-friendly event offers live music, craft activities, hay rides, pumpkin painting and a petting zoo. While you’re there, be sure to also check out the dance, gymnastics and soccer demonstrations from local groups.
More info: Visit the City of Hoboken website.


Harvest Food Truck & Wine Festival

october fairs, festivalsWhere: Alba Vineyard & Winery, 269 Route 627, Milford
When: October 21 & 22 from 12:00 to 5:00 pm
Price: $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 13-20, free for kids 12 & under
Details: Local food trucks traditionally head to Alba Vineyard & Winery for the location’s last festival of the year. This year, the fun event features delicious food, estate wines and live music from The VooDUDES. Wine tastings are available for an extra $10 per person and include eight samplings of Alba Vineyard’s wines.
More info: Visit www.albavineyard.com or call 908-995-7800


Harvest Arts Festival

october fairs, festivalsWhere: Washington Street, Toms River
When: October 21 from 11:30 am to 5:00 pm
Price: Free admission
Details: Live music from local bands set the scene for a lovely Sunday in Toms River. Food, craft vendors, a beer and wine garden, plus tons of kids’ activities like inflatables and free pumpkin decorating will have you and your family getting into the fall spirit.
More info: Visit www.downtowntomsriver.com or call 732-341-8738


Haunted Seaport

Where: Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen’s Museum, 120 West Main Street, Tuckerton
october fairs, festivalsWhen: October 26-28 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm
Price: $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 5-12, free for children under 5
Details: Join in the spooky fun at Tuckerton Seaport, but beware of scary pirates and sea captains roaming the grounds. Visitors can take a hayride through the Haunted Woods or, if they’re brave enough, encounter the Jersey Devil. For the little ones, there are some non-scary activities like crafts, games and pumpkin slime.
More info: Visit the Haunted Seaport website or call 609-296-8868.


Grand Harvest Wine Festival

october fairs, festivalsWhere: Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, 73 Kahdena Road, Morris Township
When: October 7 & 8 from Noon to 5:00 pm
Price: $25 admission, $5 for non-drinkers, free for those under 21
Details:.Enjoy the picturesque farm setting at Fosterfields as you sample offerings from New Jersey’s best wineries. Over 300 wines will be available, as well as live music, delicious foods and crafts for purchase.
More info: Visit www.newjerseywineevents.com.


Looking for year-round listings of more great activities? Check out our roundup of New Jersey’s Best Fairs & Festivals.

Statewide October Festival Events

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Corn Maze 2017 at Howell Farm

Saturday, September 16, 2017 - Monday, October 9, 2017: Acre Maze with 2 miles of paths; bridge, tower and music. Maze Game/Hay Rides/Food Tent. Info


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Fall Fest at Creamy Acres

Saturday, September 23, 2017 - Saturday, October 28, 2017: Saturdays in September & October from 10am to 4pm and Monday through Friday in October from 1pm to 4pm. Wagon ride to pumpkin patch & kiddie corn maze. 30 minute …


Harvest Festival

Harvest Festival Weekends at VonThun Farms

Saturday, September 23, 2017 - Sunday, October 29, 2017: Weekends – September 23 through October 29, 2017 (10am-5pm). Lots of family fun!! The one price admission enables you to stay longer, play harder, spend less & make more memories together as a …


Hayrides

Hayrides & Campfires at Trailside Nature & Science Center

Friday, September 29, 2017 - Friday, October 20, 2017: Friday, September 29th 6:30pm – 9:30 pm, Friday, October 13th 6:30pm – 9:30 pm, Friday, October 20th 6:30pm – 9:30 pm and Sunday, October 1st 3:30 pm – 6:30pm. Info


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Schaefer's Frightfest

Friday, September 29, 2017 - Sunday, October 29, 2017: At Schaefer's FrightFest you will experience a Hair Raising Hayride through 200 acres of Fright, a walk thru the Trail of Terror & Graveyard, a casual stroll in the Mass-Acre …


Ort Farms Fall Festival

Saturday, September 30, 2017 - Tuesday, October 31, 2017: The Fall Festival features apple cannon, corn maze, hayrides, monster truck rides, pony rides and train rides. Info


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Pumpkins, Hayrides and Corn Mazes at Emery's Berry Farm

Saturday, September 30, 2017 - Sunday, October 29, 2017: The displays for pumpkins in a one acre field with grass (no mud/no dirt). This is a great environment - close to the Corn Maze, Farm Animals, Farm Market and your …


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Fall Family Fun Days at Hillsboro Farm

Saturday, September 30, 2017 - Tuesday, October 31, 2017: On weekends, September 23rd through Halloween, at the Farm there’s plenty of fun fall festivities going on. Hayrides, pumpkin picking in the pumpkin patch, corn maze, face-painting, scarecrow-making, pumpkin decorating, …


Norz Fall Festival

Fall Festival at Norz Hill Farm!

Saturday, September 30, 2017 - Saturday, November 4, 2017: During the weekends of September and October, you can come out to Norz Hill Farm and pick your perfect pumpkins, gourds and squash. You and your family can spend the …


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Family Fall Fun at Argos Farm

Saturday, September 30, 2017 - Sunday, October 29, 2017: Wed - Fri 1pm - 6pm. Sat & Sun 10am - 6pm. Also Open Oct 9th for Columbus Day 10am - 6pm! Bring the whole family for a full day …


Garden State Music Fest

The Garden State Country Music and Food Truck Festival

Saturday, September 30, 2017 - Sunday, October 1, 2017: The Garden State Country Music and Food Truck Festival at Bader Airfield in Atlantic City - Sept. 30th & Oct. 1st, 2017.  2 Stages - 20 bands - 40 truck …


Art in the Park

Art in the Park Festival

Saturday, September 30, 2017 - Sunday, October 1, 2017: Over 100 artists will be at Goffle Brook Park in Hawthorne at the Annual Art in the Park to create live art, sell their work, and conduct performances. They are …


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Fall at Dearborn

Saturday, September 30, 2017 - Sunday, October 29, 2017: Every weekend in October, plus Columbus Day, you can enjoy inexpensive family fun including all of these great fall activities for just $5 per person! A ride on the Hay …


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Fall Festival at Snyders Farm

Saturday, September 30, 2017 - Sunday, October 29, 2017: Weekends Only. Hay ride to and from Festival grounds, Pumpkin Moon Bounce, Hippity hop, Horses ,Potato Sack Slide, Corn Maze, Hay bale Maze, 2 Corn Boxes – Like a sand …


History Scavenger Hunt

Fall Weekend Scavenger Hunts

Sunday, October 1, 2017 - Sunday, December 31, 2017: Oct 1-20 – Theme: Red, Yellow, Orange, Oh My! Oct 21-Nov 17 – Theme: Scarecrows, Nov 18 & 19, 25 & 26 – Theme: Wide Open Spaces, Dec 26-31 – …


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Hayrides and Cornmazes at R & J Farm

Sunday, October 1, 2017 - Tuesday, October 31, 2017: R and J Farm offers a corn maze, hayrides to the pumpkin patch, pumpkin stand, and hay pit. On weekends they have pony rides from Marshall Steve, and face painting from Glam …


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Annual Fall Festival at Fresh & Fancy Farms

Sunday, October 1, 2017: Join in for Fresh & Fancy Farms' Annual Fall Festival! Fall crafts, pumpkin painting and seasonal foods & beverages! All ages welcome! { Free Entry } Info


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Blackwood Pumpkin Festival

Sunday, October 1, 2017: Fall – time for pumpkins, cider doughnuts, leaves splashed in color, and the 26th Annual Blackwood Pumpkin Festival. Pumpkin Painting, Hayrides, Amusement Rides, Scarecrow Making, Bounce Houses and much more! Info


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DogFest Walk 'n Roll 2017

Sunday, October 1, 2017: Join in for DogFest Walk 'n Roll NJ! This event is family and dog-friendly, so come out for a tail-waggin' good time! Meet staff, volunteers, puppy raisers and graduates. Enjoy …


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Springfield Festival, Car Show & Street Fair

Sunday, October 1, 2017: A large Model Rail Road presentation/set up, Etsy vendors, Robotics Tent, Race Track with radio controlled stock cars, obstacle course, trackless train, horse and buggy ride, petting zoo and pony …


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Diversity Day

Sunday, October 1, 2017: Passaic County is one of the most diverse counties in the State, and they are celebrating that Diversity on October 1st. Come to enjoy a hodgepodge of ethnic foods and …


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Zombie Zone Paintball

Sunday, October 1, 2017 - Sunday, October 29, 2017: Be ready to fight an onslaught of Zombies! The Zombie Zone will be open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through Halloween. Friday Nights: 6:30-10:30pm. Saturday and Sunday Nights: 4-10:30pm. Info


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Stony Hill Corn Maze & Fun Park

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - Sunday, November 12, 2017: At Stony Hill Farm Market, fall means that it's time for a new Maze Quest Corn Maze to begin! The 10-acre corn maze features a new theme every year. In …


Trick-or-Treat Train

All A Boo DiDonato's Trick-or-Treat Train

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - Sunday, October 29, 2017: This little goblin-friendly Halloween outdoor train ride will leave the whole family laughing and gasping for more! Tricks, treats, and surprises are included for kids and grownups! Your admission includes …


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Scared In NJ "Legend of the Jersey Devil"

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - Sunday, October 29, 2017: Learn the legend of the Jersey Devil through multiple attractions at “Scared in Jersey” - if you dare! The Devil’s legend has inspired four multiple scare-tastic attractions. Tickets are $25/person …


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LBI Fly International Kite Festival 2017

Friday, October 6, 2017 - Monday, October 9, 2017: The 3rd Annual LBI Fly International Kite Festival will again be gracing the beaches of Long Beach Island over the course of Columbus Day Weekend – October 6 through the …


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Hayrides & Campfires at Warinanco Park

Friday, October 6, 2017: Come join the fun this fall as Union County presents  the annual Hayrides and Campfires in Warinanco Park and the Watchung Reservation. Hayride and Campfires include folks songs around the campfire, …


Scary Rotten Farms

Scary Rotten Farms

Friday, October 6, 2017 - Tuesday, October 31, 2017: Two Terrifying Haunts! Sinister Sneed's Chaotic Carnival of Chaos and Blackened The Plague. See website for dates and times.


Elmer Harvest Festival

Elmer Harvest Day Festival

Saturday, October 7, 2017: Local businesses participate with extra special deals for you! Bring your appetite! Local restaurants will have holiday specials. Participating vendors will offer a variety of yummy treats! Enjoy live entertainment …


parade & safety fair

Parade & Safety Fair

Saturday, October 7, 2017: First Time Ever Safety Parade! Fun, Games, Tons of Safety Information, Motorcycle Show & more! To Commemorate Fire Prevention Week. Info


Lima Bean Festival

West Cape May Lima Bean Festival

Saturday, October 7, 2017: The lowly legume takes center stage beginning at 9:00AM and delights locals and visitors alike with her vast array of recipes, crafts, and products available. Info


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Allendale Festival Day and Car Show!

Saturday, October 7, 2017: Join in for a fun-filled day of live music, entertainment, vendors, arts & crafts, food, exhibits, community organizations, giveaways, games, clowns, face-painting and much more.  Info


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Aura Fall Festival

Saturday, October 7, 2017: Aura Elementary School is having a festival to raise money. There will be pumpkin hayrides, face painting, food and more. Come by and support the kids. Info


HarvestFest, Bloomfield

Bloomfield HarvestFest

Saturday, October 7, 2017: Shop a one-mile-long marketplace, stop by food courts for some delectable food delights, and play at the endless amusements in the KidZone with games and activities. Info


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Diggerfest: Every Weekend in October

Saturday, October 7, 2017 - Sunday, October 29, 2017: Diggerfest and weekends in the fall are some of the best days for visiting the park. Your annual membership or a general admission ticket grants you access to all your …


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Fall Craft Show & Art in the Park

Saturday, October 7, 2017: Join in for the Fall Craft Market and Art in the Park. The craft shows at The Historic Village at Allaire show case local artists as they sell and demonstrate …


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Fall Festival at Frog Ocean Honey

Saturday, October 7, 2017: The 2nd Annual Fall Harvest Festival. Meet the talented local vendors who will be displaying and selling their artwork, repurposed and recreated items, locally harvested pumpkins and locally grown fresh …


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Fall Festival Weekends at VonThun Farms

Saturday, October 7, 2017 - Sunday, October 15, 2017: October 7 & 8, and October 14 & 15, 2017 (10am-5pm). Lots of family fun!! The one price admission enables you to stay longer, play harder, spend less & make more memories together as …


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Paws in the Park

Saturday, October 7, 2017: If anyone in your family has 4 legs, this is the event for you. This dog and cat-friendly event will feature rescue groups from around the State and all proceeds …


Harvest, Honey & Garlic Festival

Sussex County Harvest, Honey & Garlic Festival

Saturday, October 7, 2017: This Festival is a celebration of agritourism, ecotourism and arts & heritage tourism. There will be a farmers market where you can buy fresh fruit, vegetables, flowers and wine. There will be activities …


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Fall Family Fun at Grochowicz Farm Market

Saturday, October 7, 2017 - Sunday, October 29, 2017: Fall Family Fun is open to the general public on Saturdays and Sundays in October only. Fun Filled Days starting October 7th and lasting all weekends weather permitting until October …


Cranberry Fest

28th Annual Cranberry Fest

Saturday, October 7, 2017 - Sunday, October 8, 2017: A Juried Arts, Crafts, Antiques & Uniques Market Fair - One of largest in New Jersey! Live music, Kid Zone, Featuring the fine eats from the Bordentown City restaurants. Info


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Fall Harvest Weekends at the Farm

Saturday, October 7, 2017 - Sunday, October 29, 2017: Every weekend in October. Pick-Your-Own pumpkins & apples. Free hayrides to the apple orchard and pumpkin patch. Complimentary Wine Tasting, Complimentary Wine Cellar Tours, BBQ foods available for purchase, Fun for the whole …


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Fall ECOpen House

Saturday, October 7, 2017: Take the family to the Fall ECOpen House for some Fall Fun! Pumpkin Decorating Contest, Farm-to-Fork Cooking Demonstrations and more! Info


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The Amazing Pumpkin Carve

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - Sunday, October 15, 2017: 50 gigantic pumpkins carved by 50 of the region's best artists reveal amazing results at a must-not-miss, art-filled, family fun weekend in the heart of the Hopewell Valley. Family Fun, …


Salem County Fall Home Show

Salem County Fall Home Show

Friday, October 13, 2017 - Sunday, October 15, 2017: The Salem County Fall Home Show will be showcased at the 14th annual South Jersey Pumpkin Show Festival, on October 13-15, 2017. The time has come to start planning ahead …


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Squash Fest at the Highland Park Farmers Market

Friday, October 13, 2017: Tis the season...for a squash party. So on Oct 13th, Highland Park Farmers Market is throwing their first ever Highland Park Farmers Market Squash Fest! They will have music, squash-themed food …


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SEPTA Fall Family Fest

Friday, October 13, 2017: Fun Fall Outdoor event for Montgomery families. Arts & Crafts, games and food. This is a free event, all monies collected will be donated to district wide Special Education Teacher …


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Scare Farm

Friday, October 13, 2017 - Sunday, October 29, 2017: Scare Farm, an extension of the Central NJ Norz Farm, will have 3 terrifying attractions to bring out the fright in you this Halloween season! They invite you to walk …


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Spookfest @ Camp Topanemus

Friday, October 13, 2017: Join in for Pizza, a Ghost Hunt, Costume Contest & Music. Recommended for children Grades 6-10. $5 per person. Register at Freehold and Old Bridge Welcome Desks or online by …


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