Every year, the team at Best of NJ aims to provide the ultimate Fall Guide to New Jersey. For 2016, we’re hard at work cataloging events, putting together seasonal editorial content and going on-location to cover as many exciting Fall activities as possible. If all goes well, we’ll have built the biggest and best guide to the season in the entire state. Be sure to check back regularly for updates as we add new featured articles and events to our ever-growing list.

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ad-map-2Fall is a great season here in New Jersey. The air cools as summer begins to fade, and the entire landscape comes alive with brilliant shades of gold, red and orange. Leaves fall from the trees in a beautiful spiral dance as they make a crazy quilt of shapes, textures and colors on the ground.

You can celebrate fall in many ways. You might take the kids to their first corn maze, take your girlfriend on a haunted hayride or visit an apple orchard to stock up on fall baking supplies. You’ll also find pick your own pumpkin patches all over the state. On just about any weekend, there’s a fall festival going on somewhere, and Best of NJ is here to help you find the best of what our state has to offer this season.


General Fall Content: Food, Fun & Foliage

If you’re looking for seasonal content without any holiday stories to get in the way, this is the page for you. This general fall roundup is dedicated to themed stories which highlight the best parts of autumn. In it, you’ll find an assortment of editorials and events related to fall trends, hiking trails, foods and more…

NJ Halloween: One Great Guide to Halloween in New Jersey

The Best of NJ guide to Halloween includes all of our Halloween features, events and contests. This annual tradition is our comprehensive breakdown built to offer our readers the best of Halloween in New Jersey!

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Fall Decor: Designer Trends, Decorations & More

It’s that time New Jersey. The time to start decorating homes and front yards with various seasonal items. That’s why Best of NJ is putting together our annual Fall Decor guide, a comprehensive breakdown of all your decorative needs….

The Best Apple Orchards & PYO Apple Farms in New Jersey

Pick Your Own, New Jersey! Our comprehensive guide to Fall apple picking is just beginning today. While you’re here, you might want to see our new how-to article on Picking the perfect Apple, and our list of special features on NJ Apple…

PYO Pumpkins: Pick Your Own Pumpkin Farms in New Jersey

Our comprehensive guide to Fall pumpkin picking is just beginning today. We’ll be updating this page every day. You’ve got a lot of choices all over the state, from Mercer to Bergen to Ocean and beyond. While you’re here, you might want…

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NJ Corn Mazes: Can you Find your Way Out?

Our NJ Corn Mazes feature is here to help you find a New Jersey corn maze to get lost in (then hopefully find your way out of). This comprehensive guide includes statewide listings, so you can find a maze from anywhere in the Garden State. Be sure to keep an eye on this page, as we’ll be adding new locations throughout the fall season…

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Trunk or Treat Guide: New Jersey’s Best Bets Near You!

The dancing skeleton minivan is passing out Hershey bars. The Charlie Brown Honda has Halloween loot bags. There are Minions over at the Jeep Wrangler handing out Jack-Be-Little pumpkins. For millions of children across New Jersey, it’s…

A Guide to the Best Halloween Parades in New Jersey

Halloween in New Jersey is here. This time of year, all sorts of weird things start to happen. Zombies are out walking the streets, ghosts are rising up out of graveyards, witches and skeletons are hanging out on front porches and…

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The Best NJ Fall Festivals: Harvest Festivals, Car Shows & More

Get Out There, New Jersey! Fall is a great season in the Garden State. Our guide is just beginning today. As you can see on the map below, there’s a lot going on all over the state, from Beach Haven to Vernon to Pilesgrove…

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Thanksgiving NJ: The Juiciest, Plumpest Guide of All

Thanksgiving is, for many, the most anticipated holiday of the year. Sure, there aren’t as many gifts involved as during the month of December, but isn’t all the food you can eat shared among family and friends really the greatest gift of all?

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NJ Fall Events in North Jersey


Fall Festival Spread Your Wings for Conservation

Saturday, September 10, 2016: Join in for a Fall celebration. This year celebrating the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act! A day of fun activities for all—with free hot dogs on the grill. Visitor …


Harvest Sample Night

Friday, September 16, 2016: Calling all foodies: join in the perennial garden for this special tasting event! Featuring homegrown creations as well as "Abma approved" local vendors. Info

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Ben Folds: And A Piano

Wednesday, September 21, 2016: Multi-platinum selling singer/songwriter/producer Ben Folds is back this Fall to pound pianos again in a solo rock tour entitled “Ben Folds: And A Piano.” Tickets: 201.227.1030


12th Annual Fall Family Festival

Saturday, September 24, 2016: Fun-filled activities for the entire family to enjoy—hands-on nature games and crafts, farmer’s market featuring a variety of NJ Fresh seasonal produce, canoeing, Native American life, pumpkin patch, petting zoo, …

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Fall Family/West End Festival

Saturday, September 24, 2016: Bring your family and friends to Rutherford’s 8th Annual Fall Family/West End Festival and enjoy live entertainment, children’s rides and amusements, and shopping at vendor stands. Info

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Fall Arts & Music Festival

Sunday, September 25, 2016: Check out over 300 crafters, artists, food vendors and more. There will be three stages of live music and a special area for the kids. Visit the Website for more information.

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Skylands Stadium Harvest Festival

Thursday, September 29, 2016: Wine and specialty beer selections, tastings from local restaurants, wine baskets and raffle prizes, entertainment and more. Info


TowacoFest 2016

Saturday, October 1, 2016: Features artisans, craftspeople and quailty exhibitors. A variety of delicious foods available for sale. Enjoy the fabulous array of musical talent. Face painting, sand art, a petting zoo, pony rides, ice cream, …

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Pink Day

Saturday, October 1, 2016: Join in on October 1st for all things pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month! Hayrides and pumpkin picking, pink donuts and treats, and kids can ride a Pink pony! Info

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Big Brew Fall 2016

Saturday, October 1, 2016: The Big Brew Beer Festival is a perfect opportunity for beer aficionados to meet and hang out.  A fun filled time of great craft beer, music, food and entertainment. Website


Leonia Oktoberfest

Saturday, October 1, 2016: This is a family friendly event with food and drink, kids activities, and German competitions. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of The Palisades to support the Weekend Snack Pack Program …


New Jersey Veg Fest

Sunday, October 2, 2016: Vegans, vegetarians and all their friends are invited to get together to eat good food, enjoy some inspiring and interesting speakers and connect with veg friendly businesses Info


16th Annual Pumpkin Festival

Sunday, October 2, 2016: Celebrate the Fall Harvest and the Season of the Witch at the Whippany Railway Museum with train rides and a Halloween crafts/vendor fair from 12:30 to 5:30 PM, Rain or …

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Long Valley Octoberfest

Sunday, October 2, 2016: Live music with Mamas Stew, kids activities, great food, Info

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Scarecrow Making at Abma's

Monday, October 3, 2016: Scarecrow making for kids. Bring some old clothes to dress your scarecrow. Pillowcase and markers are provided.  Info

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BoOonton Ghost Walk

Friday, October 7, 2016: Take a 90 minute guided tour and learn about forgotten history, Civil War lore, mysterious legends and ghost stories. Info

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Sussex County Harvest, Honey & Garlic Festival

Saturday, October 8, 2016: Fruit, vegetables, flowers, wine, displays, children activities, vendors, honey, garlic & more. Info


The Craft Show @ Oktoberfest 2016

Saturday, October 8, 2016: The Craft Show at Oktoberfest features a high quality craft show with up to 75 crafts persons bringing their handmade crafts in many medias. There will be German music, German food, …


Rock The BBQ Festival

Saturday, October 8, 2016: Wine, beer, spirits, music and barbecue enthusiasts will gather in one place for a next level experience. There will be things for the entire family to do at this event, so …


Brunch & Oktobefest 2016

Saturday, October 8, 2016: Join in for the famous Austro-Hungarian brunch starting at Noon to 3:30pm, then:  Oktoberfest 2016 continues with Bavarski Live @8pm! Then party into the night with DJ Alex!  


Hackettstown Oktoberfest

Saturday, October 8, 2016: Oktoberfest-Inspired Beer & Food. Vendors, Stein Carry Race, Wiener Dog Race, Grain Bag Toss, Brewing Demos, Costume Contest, Stein Hold Competition, Barrell Roll Competition and more! Info

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Jersey Girl Oktoberfest

Saturday, October 8, 2016: Enjoy classic German food, music and dancing, contests, prizes and brewery tours throughout the day. Info


Our Lady of the Lake Oktoberfest

Saturday, October 8, 2016: Authentic German food, beer, wine, and live music. Festivities begin with ceremonial beer keg tapping. Kinderfest under the tents in the Montrose Ave parking lot is free but tickets are …

Oradell Oktoberfest

Sunday, October 9, 2016: Celebrate the harvest season with a farmer's market, vendors, games, food trucks, seasonal wine, craft beers, live music and fun Info


Paper Faces on Parade

Sunday, October 9, 2016: Learn the historic functions of masks, and create a unique mask of your own to take home. Info


Amanda's Columbus Day Wine Dinner

Monday, October 10, 2016: A six-course dinner paired with six wines from Pasqua, an award-winning Italian Winery. Info

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A Day off with Nature:Skull & Bones

Wednesday, October 12, 2016: What do bones do for you? Find out as you compare real skulls and teeth of wild animals and examine how your own teeth look and function, too. After a …

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Pumpkin Painting in Nutley

Wednesday, October 12, 2016: For ages 2-6 years, online registration required, must be a Nutley resident, event will be outdoors unless theres inclement weather then it will move indoors.  Info


Oasis Oktoberfest

Friday, October 14, 2016: Over 600 guests from Bergen and Passaic counties are expected to join in for another unforgettable night of traditional German food, drink, and Oompah Band entertainment. Info

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Phillipsburg Fall Festival

Saturday, October 15, 2016: Crafts, Games, Food, Fun, Info

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Soup & Chili CookOff

Saturday, October 15, 2016: Food Tasting/Chef Competition…including Food Network Champions! Vote for your favorite ‘People’s Choice’ Winner! Visit www.ilovechester.com

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Celebrating Apples

Saturday, October 15, 2016: Try a hand-cranked apple peeler and assist with a demonstration of cider pressing as it was done in 1880s. Apple head dolls are on display, and you can decorate an …

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Treelicious Farm to Table Dinner

Saturday, October 15, 2016: Enjoy a tour of the farm, food wine and music. Info

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Poet's Walk & Breakfast Buffet

Sunday, October 16, 2016: Explore the connection between nature & poetry. This silent early morning walk is punctuated only by the sounds of nature and our voices reading select verse. Spiritually fortified, enjoy an autumn-inspired …

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Hopatcong Halloween Parade

Sunday, October 16, 2016: Costume contest, Rides, Hot dogs, Treat bags, Pumpkins, Cotton candy. Rain date October 23. Info


Gardens Aglow

Friday, October 21, 2016: View the gardens at dusk as they come to life with artfully carved jack-o-lanterns! Enjoy a glass of cider at sunset while watching the gardens glow! Activities, entertainment, and refreshments will …

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River Vale Ragamuffin Parade

Saturday, October 22, 2016: Children are invited to parade in costume to Roberge School Gym, Magic show at 9:30am. Refreshments will be served. Info


Strut Your Mutt at Brookdale Park

Saturday, October 22, 2016: The annual Strut Your Mutt Canine Halloween Costume Contests have become a popular event for dog owners to show off their creative talents, celebrate their pets, and share a happy event …

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Dog Walk of the Dead

Saturday, October 22, 2016: Dress up your dog and participate in the Dog Walk. There will also be live music, vendors, animal adoptions, food and a classic car trunk or treat. Info.  

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Harvest Festival

Saturday, October 22, 2016: Hay rides, a hay maze, pony rides, petting zoo, moonwalk, face painting,pumpkin painting,  balloon art, craft activities, soccer, dance & gymnastic demos, live music & dance and much more. Info

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Hoboken Harvest Festival

Saturday, October 22, 2016: Activities include Pony Rides, Petting Zoo, Pumpkin Painting, Hayrides, a Trackless Train, Music, a Hay Maze, Face Painting, a Moonwalk, Sand Art Craft Activities, Puffy the Dragon, Balloons & more. Info

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Jersey City Pumpkin Carnival

Saturday, October 22, 2016: Kids and young at heart are invited to decorate pumpkins, play games, sample candy, watch the kids’ costume parade, and more! Info

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Moonachie Halloween Parade

Saturday, October 22, 2016: Wear your costumes to the ragamuffin parade at Robert L Craig School gymnasium. Rain or shine. Info

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Costume Crafting

Saturday, October 22, 2016: With Halloween right around the corner, there is no better time to begin crafting fun items to use on your costume! Make a mask or fashion a headband based on …

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Pumpkin Creations

Saturday, October 22, 2016: Pick a pumpkin to decorate using natural materials. Take your finished product home with you. Parental supervision required. Info

Scary Plants, Scaredy Pants

Saturday, October 22, 2016: Craft your own scary plant and create some HallowGreen snacks. For more information and to register, call 973-326-7603. Info

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The Little Read

Saturday, October 22, 2016: The Little Read invites children (pre-school–5th grade) to enjoy a good story read aloud by Montclair’s neighbors, writers, local heroes, and celebrities. Info

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Scary Sweet: The History of Halloween

Saturday, October 22, 2016: Learn the history of this fun and mysterious holiday while making homemade candy. Info


Zombie 5k

Sunday, October 23, 2016: Come join us for a 3.1 mile zombie run on October 23 to raise funds for a new playground at Gardner Field in Denville, NJ! Info


Food Truck Festival

Sunday, October 23, 2016: Food trucks, inflatable rides, live music, Touch-a-Truck section, vendors and more. Proceeds go to the Gardner Field playground rebuild. Info

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NJ Fall Events in Central Jersey


Read & Pick: Chickens

Tuesday, September 13, 2016: Parents and young children (ages preschool to 8 years) are welcome to celebrate everything wonderful about chickens. They will read books about chickens and learn the many ways they are useful …


Apple Day

Sunday, September 18, 2016: Make Apple Day a tradition for your family by joining your friends, neighbors, and coworkers for this year’s fun activities and excitement. Help celebrate the apple harvest, apple cider, and …


Rutgers Gardens Party

Thursday, September 22, 2016: Join in to celebrate the centennial year at the Gardens Party where mischief and madness will make you "curiouser and curiouser". Info

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Antique Tractor Show and Pig Roast

Saturday, September 24, 2016: Saturday September 24th 10:00 am – 6:00 pm.  Antique Tractor Show. Pig Roast Starts at Noon! Info

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The 2016 Hopewell Harvest Fair

Saturday, September 24, 2016: The Hopewell Harvest Fair is a wonderful event, bringing together residents, businesses, and community organizations for a day of old fashioned fun and entertainment. Website

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Edison Fall Family Spectacular

Saturday, September 24, 2016: Features two stages of music that will include live music for all ages, a motorcycle & classic car show, kiddie rides, pony rides & petting zoo, professional wrestling and more. …


2016 Corn Maze celebrates Rutgers 250 Anniversary!

Saturday, September 24, 2016: The 8 Acre corn maze operates weekends in September through October. Get lost with your friends & family, but remember Corn Central is there to get you out. Enter through the yearly themed big …


Union Center Welcome Fall Festival

Saturday, September 24, 2016: Union Center Welcome Fall Festival is an art and music festival.  Arts | Crafts & Vendors | Food Vendors | Kids Rides & Activities | Music by The Nerds. Info


Monster Truck Day!

Sunday, September 25, 2016: Climb aboard this mighty beast and experience a thrilling and powerful ride in the cab of the huge Webslinger Monster Truck. Experience first-hand, this adrenaline-pumping, action-packed adventure with many bumps, …

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BBQ Showdown

Sunday, September 25, 2016: BBQ Showdown features the best Gourmet BBQ Food Vendors! Also, plenty of retail vendors and exhibitors. Info


German American Society of Trenton Oktoberfest

Sunday, September 25, 2016: Traditional Beer Festival featuring German beer, food & music as well as a pig roast, vendors, family fun, kid activates, crafts, games, and more! Info


Montgomery FunFest

Sunday, September 25, 2016: Save the date! This year's Montgomery FunFest at the Princeton Airport will take place on Sunday, September 25th, 2016.  It will be a beautiful day! Info


Read & Pick: Tractors

Tuesday, September 27, 2016: Parents and young children (ages preschool to 8 years) are welcome to celebrate everything wonderful about tractors. Everyone will participate in a tractor craft and take a tractor drawn wagon …


Wheat Planting

Saturday, October 1, 2016: Visitors are invited to join farmers in the fields & on the threshing floor as they plant and process wheat. Work rewarded in the farmhouse kitchen with tastes of whole wheat bread …


Deutscher Club of Clark’s Oktoberfest

Saturday, October 1, 2016: This is truly NJ's most authentic Oktoberfest!! There will be two bands, a Masskrugstemmen(stein holding contest), pig roast, ceremonial tapping of a keg direct from Munich and much more! Info


Read & Pick: Pumpkins

Tuesday, October 4, 2016: Parents & young children (ages preschool to 8 years) are welcome to celebrate everything wonderful about gourds and pumpkins. They will read books about pumpkins and then everyone can pick his or her …


Auction at Howell Living History Farm

Saturday, October 8, 2016: A silent auction and a live old fashioned barn auction!  Goods to be auctioned include tools, household items, collectibles, books, farm products and items made by the farm's blacksmiths, restoration carpenters, bakers, …

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NJ Oktoberfest at Forest Lodge

Saturday, October 8, 2016: Hearty German & American foods. Cold German beer to wet your whistle! Amusement Rides, Inflatables, carnival booths and more! Vendor Fair in the Park. Website

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Princeton Oktoberfest

Saturday, October 8, 2016: 8th Annual Oktoberfest Celebration! Enjoy a traditional German meal, authentic German Beers and authentic German music. Fun for the whole family. Info

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American Repertory Ballet

Saturday, October 8, 2016: Fresh off its successful 2015-2016 tour, American Repertory Ballet presents Fall Favorites, an imaginative program of mixed repertoire. Info


Put the "Pub" in Public Garden

Friday, October 14, 2016: Grab your favorite beer drinking friends and come to Reeves-Reed Arboretum on Friday, October 14 to sample select beers from Neshaminy Creek, perfectly paired with gourmet delicacies from a local …


Let's Get Growing for Kids: Pumpkins and More!

Saturday, October 15, 2016: Let's Get Growing is a gardening and nutrition program for children ages 5-12. Pre-registration is required; space is limited. Sign up for one class, or join us each month, as …


Fall Hayrides @ Howell Living History Farm

Saturday, October 15, 2016: During the tours, visitors will get a chance to meet the farmers and horses who work the 130-acre “living history” farm. Guides will explain how fields are readied for planting …


Ghost Hunt/Cemetery Visit

Saturday, October 15, 2016: This is a chance to experience Princeton University campus and the surrounding neighborhood with trained ghost hunters using real ghost hunting equipment as well as a visit inside one of …

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Fall Festival at Rutgers Gardens

Sunday, October 16, 2016: Join the Gardens Youth Program Coordinator, Interns and Volunteers as at this fun-filled free day in the Gardens! Nature crafts, Games, Exploring and More. Info

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Scarecrows in the Village

Sunday, October 16, 2016: Make Your Own Scarecrow!. Bring your own cothing, shoes and accesories to make your stuffed friends. Music, Food, Pumpkin Paintingand more. A Community Event for All Ages Info


Cracking Up In Rahway

Wednesday, October 19, 2016: A Hilarious stand-up comedy show featuring emerging comics from New Jersey and New York. To kick off Halloween, they're having a best Halloween costume contest. Info

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Six Terrifying Tales from the American Revolution

Friday, October 21, 2016: For the first time, Liberty Hall Museum opens its grounds at night for a truly scary walk through the woods! Experience six terrifying tales from the American Revolution but be careful, …


Basket, Broom and Blacksmithing

Saturday, October 22, 2016: The demonstrations can be seen in the farm’s wagon house and visitors are encouraged to meet and talk with the tradesmen and tradeswomen, and use their finished products to help farmers sweep the …


Harvest Festival

Saturday, October 22, 2016: Join Evolution for fall time harvest fun with the Evolution Cheers for the Community Harvest Festival! This will be a fun day and evening of activities for kids and families of …


Celebrate Fall 2016

Sunday, October 23, 2016: Games, crafts, music, face painting, seasonal cooking demonstrations and of course goats...Celebrate Fall! With Halloween right around the corner, families can explore our Spooky Trail, decorate a pumpkin, and join …

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History Happy Hour: Ghostly Encounters at Liberty Hall

Thursday, October 27, 2016: Have a drink with your friends at Liberty Hall Museum while you sip, snack and socialize! Find out about the ghostly encounters the staff have experienced while working in a …


Halloween Spooktacular at Downtown Somerville

Friday, October 28, 2016: Join in for master pumpkin carving demonstrations, character photos, a Halloween passport adventure, and a DJ dance party, along with lots of treats and surprises! Info

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Annual Hometown Halloween Parade

Friday, October 28, 2016: Dress up in your best costume and join the Annual Hometown Halloween Parade! The festivities continue at the YMCA with live music, a bounce house, trunk or treat, food and …

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2016 Halloween Tailgate Franklin Township

Friday, October 28, 2016: Gates open for set up at 6:00pm – 6:45pm. Costume Contest and "Trick or Treat": 7:00-9:00pm. Vehicles will be judged and prizes will be awarded. Franklin Township Recreation will provide refreshments. …

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Ghoul School

Saturday, October 29, 2016: Children 7-10 years old. Creepy chemistry and mad science experiments have taken over the Watershed lab today! Join the Teacher-Naturalists for some silly and serious Halloween fun! Please wear your …

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Pumpkin Patch Day

Saturday, October 29, 2016: Join in for the annual Pumpkin Patch Day – a fall tradition for so many families! Enjoy a day filled with pumpkin picking, hayrides, pumpkin carving and painting, crafts and much more! …


Halloween Trick-Or-Treating

Saturday, October 29, 2016: You are invited to wear your costmes to Trick or Treat in Downtown New Providence! Info


The Big Haunted House/Trunk Or Treat

Saturday, October 29, 2016: Annual Trunk Or Treat - with a Hunted House for the kids! Most creative vehicle and costume will win a cash prize. If you want to participate email: Kjwoodridge@gmail.com. This is a Free town …


Nature of the Night Halloween Hike & Campfire

Saturday, October 29, 2016: Explore the ecology of night and magic of Halloween. Includes campfire in the woods with stories and roasted marshmallows. Guided hikes begin every 20 minutes. Space is limited in each …


Haunted Tonight!

Saturday, October 29, 2016: Safe trick or treating at our Haunted Village, Pumpkin Picking, Halloween Games, Spooky Crafts, Halloween Show, Halloween Stories and more! Info


Sunday Funday Brunch - Spooky Halloween Edition

Sunday, October 30, 2016: Brunch, Trunk or Treat, Pumpkin Painting, Auctions plus more! Info

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Clinton Presbyterian Church Trunk or Treat

Sunday, October 30, 2016: Come out and enjoy a night of fun for all ages! Decorate you car’s trunk and join us at CPC to enjoy handing out treats to kids in our neighborhood. …

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The Skies Over Hogwarts

Sunday, October 30, 2016: Join the eclectic group of witches and wizards as they guide you through a "Harry Potter"-themed tour of the night sky. (Recommended for ages 8 and older) Info

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Brite Nites

Saturday, November 5, 2016: Halloween-themed display of intricately carved & lit pumpkin path, haunted hollow & more... Info


14th Touch-A-Truck Day !!

Saturday, November 5, 2016: This annual event has been described as “a parade that stands still!”  Imagine dump trucks, fire trucks, ambulances, police cars, military jeeps, and lots more, over 40 vehicles all in …


Amazing Adaptations

Thursday, November 10, 2016: This mini-camp provides children with an opportunity to spend time outside exploring and learning in a fun and exciting way! Through games, crafts, stories and hikes children will learn all …


Rutgers 250th Birthday Celebration

Thursday, November 10, 2016: Come celebrate this special milestone birthday and be a part of history as Rutgers turns 250! Enjoy food, music, entertainment and Fireworks! Info

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Bacon, Sausage and Scrapple Making

Saturday, November 12, 2016: Farmers will demonstrate rendering lard, making pork products and showing visitors the origins of different cuts of pork.  Cracklin's and other delicacies will be free for the asking, and pork …


Logging and Firewood Cutting

Saturday, November 19, 2016: Visitors can help by cutting and chopping firewood, splitting locust logs into fence rails, and making barn pegs for use in our barn frame. At lunchtime, visitors can enjoy fare …

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NJ Fall Events at The Jersey Shore


Food Truck Mash-Up

Saturday, September 10, 2016: Enjoy the best food trucks, live music, harness racing, beer garden , family activities and more! Info


Harvest Brew Fest

Saturday, September 17, 2016: What better way to spend a beautiful early fall day in Cape May! An all-day festival featuring local musicians and regional brews, plus seasonal vendors, food, crafts and collectibles show, …


Boardwalk Bunk-Down

Saturday, September 24, 2016: A family camping adventure at Morey’s Piers! Set up camp, then enjoy the rides on Mariner’s Pier all day Saturday. Head back to the camping Pier & stop at the “Smores and Cocoa …


19th Century Fall Harvest Festival

Saturday, September 24, 2016: It is a time of merriment, eating, music, contests of strength, games, and romance. Celebrate the harvest, bring your sweetheart and try your hand at cider pressing, games, dancing, and …

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Asbury Park Zombie Walk

Saturday, October 1, 2016: Hey Zombies! The 9th Annual Asbury Park Zombie Walk will take place on Saturday, October 1st beginning on the Asbury Park Boardwalk and Oceanfront. The dead will reclaim the City …

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Classic & Antique Car and Truck Show

Saturday, October 1, 2016: Over 100 antique and classic cars and trucks will be on display, with judging and an awards ceremony rounding out the afternoon. Prizes will include door prizes, special awards, and …

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Oktoberfest on Historic Jackson Street

Saturday, October 1, 2016: Celebrate the famous Bavarian tradition on Historic Jackson Street as it is transformed into a German promenade with authentic music and food. Visit the Beer Gardens and Food Courts browse the artisans …


Mermaid Tea Party

Sunday, October 2, 2016: It’s your classic tea party with an undersea twist! Enjoy snacks and “tea,” make a craft and more! Dress in your best mermaid outfit! Pre-registration is required. Ages 4-10. $15 per person. …


Ocean City Fall Block Party & Fireworks Spectacular

Saturday, October 8, 2016: This event features over 400 crafters, food vendors, music and more. In the evening, family night entertainment on the boardwalk with fireworks at dusk


“Truck”erton Hard Cider Fall Fest

Saturday, October 8, 2016: The Seaport will host 12 gourmet food trucks from all over the East Coast. Enjoy live music throughout the day and the craft beer garden. Load the family in the …

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Mays Landing Annual Fall Festival

Saturday, October 15, 2016: This event features fine craft vendors and activities for the entire family. There will be free train rides, bounce houses, live music, a hay toss and a mummy wrap contest …


Harvest Arts Festival!

Saturday, October 15, 2016: Fun Activities for Everyone! The Downtown Toms River Scarecrow Walk, Fall Dessert Contest, Inflatable rides, Pumpkin Decorating, Beer Garden, Food & Merchandise vendors and Radio stations with games and prizes. Info


South African Penguin Festival

Saturday, October 15, 2016: Join the penguin party to celebrate the partners in conservation, The South African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB). Join in for crafts, games and keeper chats. All ages. Included …

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Tea & Confessions: Lizzie Borden

Saturday, October 15, 2016: Who was Lizzie Borden, and what really happened on the fateful day her parents were hacked to death in the family home? Meet Lizzie Borden and get swept up in …


Seaside Heights Half Marathon

Sunday, October 16, 2016: The Ocean Running Club’s 39th Annual Seaside Half Marathon and 5K will benefit the Tri-Boro First Aid Squad of Seaside Heights, Seaside Park, and Berkeley Twp. and The ORC Scholarship …


Fall Walk Around Wine Tasting

Thursday, October 20, 2016: A walk around wine tasting that features 18 world class wines from France, Italy, Germany, California, Oregon and Argentina. To compliment the selection of wines, hors d' oeuvres and artisanal cheeses will be …


Free Video Friday Halloween Edition

Friday, October 21, 2016: Load a min. $10 play card and receive: Free Video, Free Pizza, Face Painting, Balloon Animals Info


Halloween Pumpkin Run & "family" Pumpkin Walk

Saturday, October 22, 2016: 5K Pumpkin Run and 1 Mile Family & Kids Pumpkin Walk. All participants will receive a Pumpkin Run Tee Shirt! Info


Fall Mustang Nationals

Saturday, October 22, 2016: For 2016 the Fall Mustang Nationals will be coming to Seaside Heights, NJ. The show will take place at Captain Hooks, Hershey Motel, and the Boulevard. It features a benefit …


Boo at the Zoo

Saturday, October 22, 2016: Family friendly free activities planned all day long, with a costume contest, craft stations, children’s amusements rides, a magic show and of course, animals and candy. For more information on …

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Casino Pier’s 4th Annual Fall Festival

Saturday, October 22, 2016: Come dressed in your best Halloween Costume for a contest!  Pumpkin painting! Decorate your own pumpkin and bring it home! Fun games including Pumpking Bowling, Limbo & Halloween Bingo! Come join the …


Avery's Carnival

Saturday, October 22, 2016: The Dance to Inspire Foundation in memory of Avery J. invites families on the Jersey Shore to the 9th annual Avery’s Carnival- a fundraiser. Info

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Downtown Trick or Treat

Saturday, October 22, 2016: 11th Annual Downtown Trick or Treat. "A free family day of fun"  Info


Tea & Confessions: Typhoid Mary - Dinner is Served

Saturday, October 22, 2016: Mary Mallon “Typhoid Mary” was identified as a healthy carrier of typhoid fever in the early 1900s. Meet “Typhoid Mary” and hear the terrible story of one of the most …

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Trick or Treat Street and Howl-O-Ween

Sunday, October 23, 2016: Free admission, prizes, fun for everyone including pumpkin decorating, dog parade and kids’ costume parade, trick or treating, and pumpkin chunkin’ competition. Info

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Midnight at the Physick Estate

Sunday, October 23, 2016: 25 lucky people get to spend midnight in the haunted Physick Estate with author and ghost investigator Craig McManus, who will share his experiences and perhaps channel a spirit or …


Tea by the Sea

Thursday, October 27, 2016: Enjoy afternoon tea and snacks while learned about some of our resident animals. Pre-registration is required. Ages 55 and up. $9 per person. Info


Cedar Creek High School Safe Trick or Treat

Thursday, October 27, 2016: Safe trick or treat for kids (k-5th grade). All children must be accompanied by an adult and costumes are encouraged as there will be prizes for the best dressed! This year the school will …

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Ocean City Halloween Parade

Thursday, October 27, 2016: Begin Line Up starting at 6:30pm at 6th Street & Asbury Avenue. Floats, Antique Cars and Trucks, Costume Contest and more! Info


Rest in Peace Dinner

Friday, October 28, 2016: New in 2016! Enjoy a four-course Halloween-themed dinner (in honor of the 150th anniversary of Dr. Emlen Physick’s death), paired with wines from a local winery. Limited event; reservations necessary. …


Free Movie Series: The Exorcist

Friday, October 28, 2016: Paramount Theatre presents The Exorcist as part of their Free Movie Series! Friday, October 28th.


Great Childhoods Costume Walk

Saturday, October 29, 2016: Enjoy music, children's activities, refreshments, trick-or-treating during the Walk and door prizes. Info


A Maze-ing Day on the Farm

Saturday, October 29, 2016: A special A Maze-ing Day on the Farm on October 29th for a hay wagon ride to our Sugar Shack for an exclusive behind-the-scenes experience, a Halloween costume contest for kids, …

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Mercyful Skate

Saturday, October 29, 2016: Celebrate Halloween at Forth Union on Saturday, 29 Oct with contests throughout the day for best costume and best trick. Groms 10-1pm | Adults 1:30pm - 8pm.


Trunk or Treat

Saturday, October 29, 2016: Family fun!! Decorate your Trunk and have a Safe place to enjoy Halloween. Prizes for best decorated Trunk. Best costume per age group. Treat or Treat through out the store from 12-4pm. Info


1st Annual Halloween Hayride

Saturday, October 29, 2016: Every child who participates in our event will receive an Acme Bag to go to the Acme that day and Trick or Treat at the Acme for Free. In case of Rain, …


Halloween Boo-Run Safe Walk

Saturday, October 29, 2016: Registration and entrance will be held on the Bay Ave entrance of the ball field. . Judges will be on the pitcher's mound. Children will walk the 1st, 2nd and …


Halloween Party for the Pups

Saturday, October 29, 2016: Photo booth to capture that special moment with your furry friends...Prizes for best costumes...Parade March at 3 followed by awards ceremony...Suggested Donation $6. Fundraiser for Wag On Inn Rescue.


Tea & Confessions: The Notorious Bride of Frankenstein

Saturday, October 29, 2016: Frankenstein’s monster has taken a bride, and she’s coming to afternoon tea. Meet “The Bride of Frankenstein” and hear her story over afternoon tea. Info


Zombie Walk

Saturday, October 29, 2016: On October 29th, 2016 (rain Nov 30th) the residents of Galloway Township and the surrounding areas find their way to Smithville either in full zombie gear or ready to be …


Convention Hell

Saturday, October 29, 2016: Convention Hall in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Live music from multiple bands! Info

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Halloween Breakfast

Sunday, October 30, 2016: The Tuckerton Lodge #4 of F. and A.M. Cervetto Craftsman Club is having a Halloween breakfast that benefits charity and building funds. Pancake, Egg, sausage, OJ and coffee. Adults $8.00 …


19th Century All Hallow’s Eve

Sunday, October 30, 2016: All Hallow’s Eve is a time for magical creatures to roam about. Today it is a day to celebrate with friends and family. Pumpkin picking, tractor & wagon rides, historic games, …


The Glow: A Jack O’Lantern Experience

Sunday, October 30, 2016: Take a quarter-mile walk down Jack’s Lane, a magical landscape where you’ll experience everything from artistically detailed single pumpkin carvings to amazing, larger than life structures. More than 5,000 illuminated jack …

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Greater Wildwood Elks Halloween Haunted House

Monday, October 31, 2016: Celebrate Halloween! Trick-or-treaters walk through a "haunted house" and receive treats. Free Admission. Info


Trick or Treat at the Physick Estate

Monday, October 31, 2016: Some spooky characters are waiting on the grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St. with treats for all the good little boys and ghouls. Trick or Treating is free! …

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Toms River Fire Company # 1 Halloween Parade

Monday, October 31, 2016: Parade formation and start is at the Toms River Shopping Centre on the corner of Rt. 37 & Rt. 166 (Main St.) Info


Happy Mondays Halloween Spooktacular

Monday, October 31, 2016: Features Psychiatric Metaphors, Darkwing, The LeMats and Prehistoric Forest. Doors at 8 pm and admission is free (21 & up admitted). Info

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Fall Comic Book Show

Sunday, November 20, 2016: The Jersey Shore Comic Book Show presents vendors, artists, writers, costumes, crafts. Guests Joe del Beato, Eric Cooper, Tom Scloendorn.


Dearborn Annual Apple Festival

Monday, September 26, 2016 - Tuesday, September 27, 2016: Walk through the outdoor festival of store-made apple delicacies where you can enjoy hot and cold apple cider, apple pies, apple turnovers and more! Enjoy the free live entertainment along with face …

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Fall Art Walk

Saturday, September 10, 2016: More than 40 artists participate in the annual Art Walk held at the Smithville Village. From 11 am to 5 pm more than 30 tables are set up on the …

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Hefty Harvest & Scary Scarecrows

Saturday, September 10, 2016: The Garden’s annual celebration of the bountiful harvest includes games, crafts and more. For a small fee, you can make your own full-sized scarecrow to take home. Bring your Bounty …


Arts in the Park

Sunday, September 11, 2016: Enjoy entertainment on three stages, including music, dance, theater and storytelling. Later, enjoy the expansive scenery and wildlife on an educational hike through Smithville Park. Info

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Pumpkin Pageant

Sunday, September 11, 2016: Meals on Wheels began the Pumpkin Pageant years ago to celebrate our Salem County youth. Girls ages 5 to 16 participate in the preliminary competition the week prior to the …


Raise the Roof Music and Craft Festival

Sunday, September 18, 2016: Featuring Local Performance Artists. Craft Tables with Local Artisans and Food Vendors. Info

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2016 Woodstown Fall Festival

Saturday, September 24, 2016: 5k Run for Education, 8AM at Marlton Park. The festival officially opens at 10AM. The crafters proudly display their wares as music plays from the various stages set around the town. Info

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Evesham Harvest Fest

Saturday, September 24, 2016: 30th year of fun at the Evesham Harvest Fest! Over 90 handcrafters and artists, new food vendors as well as old favorites, live music…and much more! Website

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Cooper Fall Fest

Saturday, September 24, 2016: Check out the activities planned: ★ Meet Dr. Allen Clowers of Cooper Family Medicine ★ Health Screenings ★ Games, face painting, photo booth, and more ★ Cooking demonstrations presented by …

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The Giant Pumpkin Carve

Saturday, September 24, 2016: Professional, amateur and student artists carve 65 giant pumpkins to display for public viewing and judging.  A pumpkin light show, free hayrides, costume contest, kids activities, food, wine tasting, vendors, …

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Elk Township Fall Festival

Saturday, October 1, 2016: Elk Township’s Fall Festival event showcases craft vendors and local farmers, pumpkin painting, scarecrow making, hayrides, face painting and more. Info


Aura Fall Festival

Saturday, October 1, 2016: 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

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Berlin Fall Fest

Saturday, October 1, 2016: Fall Fest will have children’s activities, local greater Berlin area businesses, craft vendors, bands, doggie costume parade, beer garden, wine, and more. Info


Fall Nature Hike

Saturday, October 1, 2016: Wear proper shoes for hiking. Trails are very steep in some sections & not recommended for inexperienced hikers. Registration required by calling the Parks Office at 609-265-5858


Gone to the Dogs Craft Fair and Family Festival

Saturday, October 1, 2016: Professional pet photos, kids events, a huge prize basket auction, 50/50 raffle, games, demos, great food, face painting, balloon art, New Life Animal Rescue alumni and adoptables. Fun for the …

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Haddon Heights Fall Festival

Saturday, October 1, 2016: Haddon Heights Fall Festival will feature a full day of live family-friendly local entertainment at the Performers Showcase stage. Crafters offering a wide variety of handmade items, food vendors. Info

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Westmont Fall Craft and Food Festival

Saturday, October 1, 2016: The Westmont Fire Company will be having its annual Fall Craft and Food Festival event. There will be crafters, vendors, home party vendors, and food. Info


Lindenwold Day

Saturday, October 1, 2016: Lindenwold Day, township day. Vendors, rides, live entertainment, games, food, crafts, fireworks and more! Info


Logan Day

Saturday, October 1, 2016: Logan Day is free to attend and this year will include food and craft vendors, music, free giveaways, rides for the kids, a car show, a 3-on-3 basketball tournament and …


Monroeville Vineyard’s Annual Cheese Fest

Saturday, October 1, 2016: Cheeses, Spreads, Meats, Olives, Crackers and more! Wine Tasting, Souvenir Wine Glass, Live Music and More! Guests under 21 will not be permitted. Info

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Vineland Harvest Family Festival

Saturday, October 1, 2016: A fun day of food, fun and all things Fall! Funnel cake & sweets, games, spirit garden, pumpkin patch, food trucks and vendors, crafters, carousel and Kiddie Corner. Info


Gloucester County 4-H Fall Fest & Trunk or Treat

Saturday, October 1, 2016: Lots of Games and Activities. Hayrides, Haunted House and More! Trunk or Treat. Only $10.00 per car! Info


Merchantville Music Fest

Saturday, October 1, 2016: Join in October 1, 2016 (rain date Oct 8th) from 5-10pm for great food, great music, & an all around great time. BYOB event. No bottles or hard liquor. Info


Blackwood Pumpkin Festival

Sunday, October 2, 2016: Activities include pumpkin painting, hayrides,amusement rides, Scarecrow making, bounce houses, a pumpkin carving contest, face painting, a costume contest, talent contest and more. Info


Walk of Fear

Friday, October 7, 2016: Prepare for the walk of your life and experience the fright as you descend into a twisted maze of Bamboo Horror. Feel the Fear. It’s like being in a Horror …

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Rowan University Homecoming Block Party

Friday, October 7, 2016: Come out to the annual Homecoming Block Party to enjoy delicious food, music, and fun from around the world as we celebrate the Proflympics! Info


Spooky Ghosts: Handbuilding Clay

Friday, October 7, 2016: Join in this fun clay project that celebrates Halloween. Pre-made clay forms will be available for students to manipulate and add their own, personal touch. Limit one ghost per person. …


27th Annual Pedricktown Day

Saturday, October 8, 2016: Helicopter Rides, "Back in the Day" Car Show, Craft Show, Antiques & Collectibles, Raffles, & Wine Tasting and more! Most kid's activities are free, and amusement rides are only a dollar! Info

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Apple Festival at Kirby’s Mill

Saturday, October 8, 2016: Apples are returning again in October to Kirby’s Mill. Come enjoy apple products, apple cider, cider donuts and much more. There will be over 100 craft booths, food, demonstrations, music, children’s …

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Autumn In Moorestown Festival

Saturday, October 8, 2016: From fine arts and crafts to antique and classic cars, scarecrows and pumpkin painting - Moorestown's Main Street business district will be alive with activities for all ages and interests. Info


Medford Scarecrow Contest

Saturday, October 8, 2016: This is a family friendly event. Scarecrows can be humorous, lovable, whimsical but not frightening or distasteful. Contest open to all ages. Info

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Barrington Harvest Festival

Saturday, October 8, 2016: Over 175 craft & food vendors, classic car show & live entertainment! Beer garden. Inflatable bounce houses, petting zoo, pony rides and more! Also the BBQ contest will be returning this year! …


Pennsauken Harvest Festival

Saturday, October 8, 2016: There is something for the whole family to enjoy. Food, Music, Games, Prizes, Kids Activities and More! Info

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Strawbridge PTA Fall Fair & Auction

Saturday, October 8, 2016: Fun for the whole family! Delicious foods , Classic fair games and activities, Live entertainment and a Huge indoor auction! Info

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Scarecrow Making at Springdale Farms

Saturday, October 8, 2016: Learn how to make a scarecrow of your very own. They provide the tools, ropes, hay, stockings and instructions. You simply need to provide yourself and the clothing you wish to …

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The Witches Ball

Saturday, October 8, 2016: This free outdoor event is a one of a kind opportunity for adults to dress up and be whoever and whatever they want! Be elaborate, be imaginative and be different! Music, art …


Freedom Center for Wildlife Oktoberfest

Saturday, October 8, 2016: Come enjoy some craft beer and authentic German cuisine. You’ll also have the chance to meet some of the animal ambassadors, participate in a tricky tray auction, and take a free brewery …


Mullica Hill Ghost Walk

Saturday, October 8, 2016: Join the Harrison Township Historical Society for the ever-popular Ghost Walk. Explore Mullica Hill's haunted history as you walk past the historic houses and public buildings along Main Street during the …

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Haunted Hike for Hunger

Friday, October 14, 2016: A NJ folk lore-inspired, night time trail hike. Bring non-perishable food items to donate. Please pre- register at www.llbean.com/marlton. Limit 20 participants.


Westville Fall Festival

Saturday, October 15, 2016: The Fall Festival includes crafters, food vendors, live music, a classic/custom car show, and a beer garden. Info

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Bordentown RiverFest

Saturday, October 15, 2016: Bordentown RiverFest - huge beer garden, live music, food, crafts, wine and more! Website


Fall Foat Festival

Sunday, October 16, 2016: Paddle on the Rancocas Creek for free and view the Autumn colors as you leisurely glide in the water. Spend the entire day at the park for food, entertainment and …

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Croft Farm Harvest Festival

Sunday, October 16, 2016: Harvest Festival attendees will celebrate their community spirit by sampling a variety of “tricks” and “treats” from the Cherry Hill area. Crafts and food are available for purchase. Info

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Halloween Bash at PAWS Farm Nature Center

Friday, October 21, 2016: This family-friendly Halloween event features a crafts, games, a “spooky maze”, haunted house (not gory), and costume parade with prizes. Info

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Fall Friday Family Fun Fest!

Friday, October 21, 2016: Fire Pit! Make your own S'mores! Make a Fall Craft with the Family. Corn Maze by Flashlight! Dance Party ~ Duffield's Style! Dance the night away under the stars! Info


Walk to End Alzheimer's

Saturday, October 22, 2016: All funds raised through Walk to End Alzheimer's further the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer's Association. Info

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Stratford Fall Festival

Saturday, October 22, 2016: Free Admission & Parking. Rides ($10 wristband), games, food galore, entertainment on 2 stages, face & pumpkin painting, Over 145 vendors, animal shows and animal adoptions and much, much more! Fun …

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Winslow Township’s Fire Prevention & Halloween Festival

Saturday, October 22, 2016: Hayrides, Fire Apparatus, Demonstrations, Equipment Displays, Dress in Costume, Free Activities & Special Guest Appearance! Info

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Cooper River Distillers Fall Festival

Saturday, October 22, 2016: Live Music from The River Bones starting at 5:30pm – Delicious Fall Cocktails – Halloween Costume Contest – More Info Coming!

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Woodbury Trunk or Treat

Saturday, October 22, 2016: Trunk or Treat has children trick-or-treat from car to car instead of house to house. Also includes games, activities, refreshments, best trunk contests and best costumes. Info

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Cinnaminson Trunk or Treat

Saturday, October 22, 2016: Trunk or Treat returns to Cinnaminson this fall. The third edition of the event will take place on Saturday night, Oct. 22, at Wood Park. Info

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