Hello Autumn! It’s that time of the year again when the leaves are changing, the weather is amazing, and you can grab a hot pumpkin coffee and a sweater and check out this list of all the great Fall events happening in a town near you.
Halloween House Ocean County (Toms River) at the Ocean County Mall on Hooper Avenue. This event is ongoing throughout October and is available at multiple days and times, and you won’t want to miss the Halloween fun for all ages! Get all the details and purchase your tickets online here, or call 732-244-8200.
October 5: Fall Concert Series (Downtown Freehold) takes place from 7:30pm to 9:30pm on East Main Street at the Hall of Records. Come and enjoy an evening of upbeat and entertaining music. This is a free event for everyone. For more information click here, or call 732-333-0094.
October 7: Annual Oktoberfest (Asbury Park) will be happening at the Asbury Festhalle and Biergarten on Lake Avenue from 4pm until midnight. Come and enjoy live music, food, and beer complemented by Munich-style tents on the roof top. This event is for adults 21+ only. Learn more here, or call 732-997-8767.
Fall Outdoor Antique and Flea Market (Ocean Township) will take place from 9am-3pm at the Historical Museum on Deal Road. This event is free admission. Find out more information here, or call 732-531-2136.
Fall Harvest Festival (Ocean Grove) starts at 10am and runs until 4pm at Auditorium Square Park on Main Avenue. The event will be held rain or shine, and is free to attend. There will be an arts and crafts show, and live music as well. There will also be parking and a shuttle at Midtown Community Elementary School on Rt. 33 in Neptune. Get more information by calling 732-774-1391 or click here.
Fall Taste of Highlands at Huddy Park, from 12pm-5pm. Enjoy five hours of delicious food samplings and cocktails from nearly 20 restaurants and retailers. Tickets cost $45 and can be purchased here, which also includes free parking and a map of participating establishments. To get more information click here or call 732-291-4713.
October 9: Stafford Fall Wine & Harvest Festival (Manahawkin) takes place from 12pm-5pm at Heritage Train Park on West Bay Avenue. Don’t miss this great event for adults 21+ to learn about and sample wines created by some of New Jersey’s leading wineries. Enjoy live music, and be sure to get in line for some tasty eats from the food trucks. You’ll also want to bring your own chairs or blankets. Tickets are $20 in advance, or $25 at the gate. For more information call 732-991-1672 or click here.
Flavor of Freehold takes place at 10 East Main Street from 5:30pm-8pm. Get ready to take a tour of Downtown Freehold with your event passport, and sample signature treats from different establishments and shops. Tickets are $20 each, and you can find out more about the evening and purchase tickets online here. Be sure to support this event as proceeds go toward preventing substance abuse. Questions? Call 732-333-0094.
Downtown Toms River’s Scarecrow Walk begins, and runs through October 31st. The streets will be lined with scarecrows for this annual event. For two weeks, the public is invited to visit and vote on their favorite. Participating businesses will have ballots for voting. Just look for the Scarecrow Walk poster in their window. Learn more here, or call 732-341-8738.
October 14: Family Halloween Movie Night (Downtown Freehold) starts at 7pm with a showing of Ghostbusters at the Hall of Records on East Main Street. This event is free to attend. Get more details by calling 732-333-0094 or click here.
Ocean Grove Vintage Car Show from 10am-3pm on Main Avenue. The event will be held rain or shine. A canned good or $5 donation is preferred to attend this event, and all proceeds will benefit St. Paul’s Food Pantry. There will be live music throughout the day as well. Find out more here, or call 732-774-1391.
Brick Fall Fest at Windward Beach Park from 1pm-7pm. Fall Fest is a family friendly event that features food trucks, games, hatchet throwing, rides, fire pits, a cornhole tournament, and much more! The event concludes with a fireworks display and is free to attend. Call 732-262-1000 or visit https://www.bricktownship.net/ for additional details.
Fall Fireworks Festival (Pt. Pleasant) will be taking place from 5pm-9pm at Riverfront Park on River Road. There will be music, activities, food vendors, and fireworks will begin at dusk. Get more information.
October 16: The American Cancer Society’s Annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk (Pt. Pleasant Beach) begins at 10am. Come join our team, The First Financial Fighters or donate online to this important cause. Learn more here, or call 732-820-7075. Every little bit helps – Think Pink!
Howl-O-Ween Familyfest and K-9 Costume Contest (Upper Freehold) will be happening from 12pm-5pm at Marty’s Place Senior Dog Sanctuary, located at 118 Rt. 526. There will be a 50/50 raffle, vendors, food trucks, and live music. For the dogs, there will be pet photos, a ghost walk, a dog friendly hayride, puppuccino drinks, a costume contest, and more! General admission is $5 each, kids under 6 are free. Learn more here, or call 609-259-1278.
Fall Festival and Outdoor Movie (Barnegat) from 11am to 7pm, located at the field across from the firehouse at 14 Birdsall St. The event features food trucks, children’s inflatables, live music, craft vendors, fire pits and a showing of Hocus Pocus on the lawn at dusk. Admission is $10 for adults, children are free. Call 609-698-0080 ext.130 or click here for more information.
October 23: Lakewood PBA Auto Show will take place from 9am-2pm at the Blue Claws Stadium. Pre-registration to attend is $10, or $15 on the day of the car show. Find out more details here.
October 26: Halloween Ladies Night at the Mathis House (Toms River) on 600 Main Street at 6pm. This is an opportunity to get dressed in your best costume for a special Halloween-themed evening of tea, dinner, contests and shopping. Tickets cost $25 per person to attend. Get more information by calling 732-818-7580 or you can learn more here.
October 29 & 30: Jenkinson’s Boo at the Boardwalk (Pt. Pleasant) from 12-4pm each day. There will be crafts, face painting, a beach maze, underwater pumpkin carving, some kiddie rides & more! Call 732-892-0600 or click here to learn more.
October 31: Toms River Volunteer Fire Company’s Annual Halloween Parade begins at 7pm. The parade route begins at the Toms River Shopping Center on the corner of Highland Parkway and Rt. 166 and travels down Main Street turning left onto Washington Street ending at the corner of Washington Street and Hooper Avenue. Registration is from 8am to 4pm on the day of the parade at the firehouse, 26 Robbins St. You can find out more by calling 732-341-0144 or visiting their Facebook page.
We hope you all enjoy Autumn and have a safe and happy Halloween!