Pumpkin spice is in the air and the leaves are beginning to change colors! Fall has officially begun, so let’s kick off the season Jersey Shore-style! The month of October is filled with fun, family-friendly events happening in and around the Jersey Shore. We’re talking about apple and pumpkin picking, haunted hay rides and houses, and even Oktoberfests! There’s plenty to do in our communities from the beaches to the farms and everything in between.
Here are ShoreTV New Jersey’s top 18 fall fun picks in October 2018 to get you feeling spooky and thinking pumpkin spice!
- New Jersey’s Apple Festival
Who doesn’t love live entertainment, fresh apple cider and donuts? You’ll find all of this to do at New Jersey’s Apple Festival in Manalapan along a 13-acre pumpkin patch!
When: October 28, 2018 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Where: Happy Day Farm, 77 Iron Ore Rd., Manalapan Township, NJ 07726
- Casola Farms Haunted Attractions
Some people say they see and hear things that come alive in this haunted hayride into the back woods of New Jersey… Check it out if you dare!
When: October 5, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – November 7, 2018 @ 10:00 pm
Where: Casola Farms, 131 S Main St., Marlboro Township, NJ 07746
- Annual Asbury Park Zombie Walk
This Asbury Park walk holds the record for the World’s largest gathering of Zombies! Spend the day enjoying festivities and music, and end the day with fireworks!
When: October 6, 2018 @ 4:00 pm
Where Convention Hall, 1300 Ocean Ave., Asbury Park, NJ 07712
- Zombie Prom
If dressing up like a zombie is your thing, you can dance the night away at prom for zombies in Beach Haven!
When: October 13, 2018 @ 2:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Where: Surflight Theater, 201 Engleside Ave., Beach Haven, NJ 08008
- Haunted Seaport
It’s no secret that Tuckerton Seaport in known for it’s fright-astic adventure! You may even see pirates and sea captains stroll the Seaport’s boardwalk during this haunted adventure!
When: October 18, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Where: Tuckerton Seaport, 120 W Main St., Tuckerton, NJ 08087
- Highlands Annual Zombie Parade
If you enjoy spooky tunes, a costume contest, and a pub crawl– the Highlands Annual Zombie Parade is the spot for you!
When: October 20, 2018 @ 10:00 am
Where: Huddy Park, 301 Shore Dr., Highlands, NJ 07732
- Atlantic Highlands Halloween Parade
Celebrate Halloween Jersey Shore style and enjoy all the great fun the Atlantic Highlands Halloween Parade has to offer!
When: October 27, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Where: 1st Ave Atlantic Highlands, NJ 07716
- Ocean Grove Halloween Parade
What’s more fun then dressing up for Halloween with your pets? At the Ocean Grove Halloween Parade prizes will be given out to the best dressed pooches!
When: October 27, 2018 @ 12:00 pm
Where: Fireman’s Park, Mt. Hermon Way, Ocean Grove, NJ 07756
- Sandy Hook Spooky Walk
Check out the moonlight walk around Historic Fort Hancock! You may even see a ghost.
When: October 27, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Where: Sandy Hook, 18 Hartshorne Dr., Highlands, NJ 07732
- Long Branch Fall Festival & Pooch Parade
Bring your pooches to the Long Branch Fall Festival and Pooch Parade! There will be crafts, activities, and even bouncy rides!
When: October 27, 2018 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Where: West End Park, Brighton Ave., Long Branch, NJ 07740
- Thompson Park Day
Talk about total family fun! At Thompson Park Day in Lincroft, it’s a fun fall day with pumpkin painting, wagon rides, and so much more.
When: October 14, 2018 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Where: Thompson Park, 805 Newman Springs Rd., Lincroft, NJ 07738
- Harvest Art Festival
Come have some family fun and rock out to the area’s best local bands! The Harvest Art Festival is an event that you won’t want to miss with games, food, pumpkin decorating, and even a scarecrow contest.
When: October 20, 2018 @ 11:30 am – 5:00 pm
Where: Down town Toms River, Washington St., Toms River, NJ 08753
- Fall Block Party and Fireworks Spectacular
Heading further south, if you love great food, crafters, music, and fireworks, you won’t want to miss the Fall Block Party and Fireworks Spectacular in Ocean City.
When: October 6m 2018 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Where: Downtown Ocean City, 3160 Asbury Ave., Ocean City, NJ 088226
- Asbury Park “Halloweekend” Pub Crawl 2018
The “zombies” will be out exploring for the annual “Halloweekend” pub crawl!
When: October 27, 2018 4:00 pm – October 28, 2018 1:00 am
Where: Asbury Ale House and other venues, 531 Cookman Ave., Asbury Park, NJ 07712
- Belmar Octoberfest
The Belmar Octoberfest is one you won’t want to miss. This event features a German Beer Garden, food vendors, live German music, and fun for all ages!
When: October 7, 2018 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Where: Downtown Belmar, Main St. Belmar, NJ
- Oktoberfest Food Truck Event at Laurita Winery
Grab your friends and family and explore 25 food trucks, free vineyard wagon rides, fireworks, and wine!
When: October 20, 2018 @ 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Where: Laurita Winery, 35 Archertown Rd., New Egypt, NJ 08533
- Oktoberfest in Atlantic Highlands
The 17th annual Oktoberfest in Atlantic Highlands just might be the best one yet! Enjoy the children’s activities, food, craft beer, live music, dancing, and so much more!
When: October 6, 2018 @ 2:00 pm- 9:00 pm
Where: Veterans Park, Shrewsbury Ave., Highlands, NJ 07732
- Pumpkin Fest
The Pumpkin Fest is a family-friendly event that has live music, games, and so much more!
When: October 8, 2018 @ 11:00 am- 4:00 pm
Where: Delicious Orchards, 320 NJ-34, Colts Neck, NJ 07722
These are only a peek at all the fun Fall events happening in and around the Jersey Shore! Share with us below your favorite Jersey Shore area Fall events. And a reminder to check out things to do daily all year long in and around the Jersey Shore on the ShoreTV New Jersey events calendar.
There’s so much to do in this part of the state…and that’s why ShoreTV New Jersey loves to call this area HOME.
Post in our comments section below events you think our ShoreTV New Jersey friends need to check out!
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ShoreTV New Jersey Guest Blogger: Taylor Vitolo