Things to Do on a Budget in Monmouth & Ocean Counties this October 2019

It’s officially fall – and October is one of the best and most beautiful weather months in New Jersey. Get the family ready for an action-packed month filled with fun fall and Halloween activities. Check out these free or inexpensive events happening in a town near you!

October 5:

Holmdel Harvest Fest from 12-9pm at Bayonet Farm. Join the 7th Annual Harvest Fest on Middletown Road, which includes food vendors, crafters, beer/wine in the Red Barn, wagon rides, pony rides, inflatables, a Ferris Wheel, carousel, touch-a-truck, live music and more! Parking is $10 per car. Find out more here.

Matawan Day and Fall Festival from 12-5pm on Main Street. Don’t miss this annual event in which thousands of people make their way down Main Street in Matawan to visit over 120 booths and tables of crafters/artisans, retailers, food vendors, local restaurants,  professionals, and non-profit organizations who are ready to showcase their products and services. Learn more here.

Asbury Park Zombie Walk from 4-8pm at Convention Hall. You won’t want to miss the world’s largest gathering of zombies! There will be music and festivities along the boardwalk and a “blood red” fireworks show along the ocean front. Get the details here.

October 6:

Sunflower Festival at Holland Ridge Farm (Cream Ridge) from 9am-6pm. Wander through towering rows of sunflowers, stroll through the barns, visit the animals, and check out the museum and Holland Shop. Same day adult tickets are $12 each, $10 for seniors, $8 for children 3-12, and kids under 3 are free. Discounted tickets are available for purchase online in advance. See more information here.

Pierfest Annual Fall Festival (Long Branch) from 12-5pm. There will be face painting, inflatables, a photo booth, fun bus, vendors, crafters, live music, and great food & drinks from surrounding restaurants. Rain date will be October 13th. Find out more at http://www.pierfest.com/

October 11: Haunted Theater at Brookdale Community College (Lincroft) from 7-10:30pm. Celebrating 17 years of scares, Brookdale Performing Arts Center’s Haunted Theater is locally regarded as one of the scariest Halloween attractions in Monmouth County. This indoor, self-guided walk through haunted house maze – features pitch black zones and special effects, all contained within the walls of the Performing Arts Center. Find out additional details at http://brookdalehauntedtheater.com/

October 12: Fall Afternoon Tea at 600 Main Bed and Breakfast (Toms River) from 12-4pm. Welcome the fall season with a five course afternoon tea and tours of the Victorian Historic Mathis House. Cost per person is $37 and includes soup, salad, scones, tea sandwiches, desserts, and favorite fall gourmet teas (pumpkin spice, harvest glow, and cinnabon). Register here.

October 12 & 13:

Jersey Shore Cake and Cookie Convention from 10-4pm at Convention Hall (Asbury Park). A place where professionals and hobbyists can shop hard to find supplies, learn new techniques, meet face to face with cake and cookie idols, all while having fun and meeting new sweet friends. Hosted by Shore Cake Supply, this event will be bustling with nationwide supply vendors, live free demonstrations, competitions, hands on classes and so much more! Find out more information here.

Allentown Fall Festival from 10am-5pm. There will be crafters, a civil war re-enactment, classic car show, live entertainment, a petting zoo, contests, kids’ activities, and great food! A shuttle bus will be available leaving from Allentown High School. Learn more here.

October 14: Pumpkin Fest at Delicious Orchards in Colts Neck from 11am-4pm. Come spend your Columbus Day off at a fun-filled family event featuring crafts, games, live music, local food samples, and an antique tractor display. Get more information here.

October 15 & 16: Flavor of Freehold from 5:30-8pm on Main Street in Downtown Freehold. Don’t miss this unique tour of Downtown Freehold’s restaurants, bars, and shops. Walk from place to place with your event passport, and receive signature samples from some of Freehold’s most well-loved establishments. The cost to attend is $20 per person. Learn more and purchase your tickets here.

October 18 & 19: Haunted Allaire from 6-9:30pm at Allaire Village (Wall). Don’t miss the haunted village and hayride tour of Allaire State Park. This year features a new route along with 20 different scary scenes, plus visit the grounds and see scary storytelling, stop into the bakery and check out the haunted food truck. Advanced ticket purchase is required – adults are $15 each, children 12 and under are $10 each. Learn more and reserve your spot today!

October 19: Fall Movie Series at Pier Village (Long Branch) from 6-8:30pm. Don’t miss this showing of the Goonies in the outdoor cinema on Festival Plaza! Bring your favorite beach chair and blanket and relax under the stars. Find out more here.

October 19 & 20: Boo at the Boardwalk (Pt. Pleasant) from 12-4pm. There will be trick or treating, crafts, games, a pumpkin patch, a beach maze, pumpkin carving, rides, and more! Find out the details here or call 732.892.0600

October 20: Thompson Park Day (Lincroft) from 11am-5pm. You won’t want to miss this family-friendly autumn event! There will be a costume contest for dogs, pumpkin painting, wagon rides, entertainment, races, food vendors, ceramics, pottery, archery, canoeing, climbing wall, games, contests and more! Free admission and free parking. Learn more here.

October 25: Mad Science Halloween at the Monmouth Museum (Lincroft) from 6-7pm. This presentation will have you gasping and laughing at the Mad Scientist’s peculiar and chilling science experiments. Through a mixture of science and magic, children will see a paper spider turn into a real spider. Watch as the wicked witch melts right before your eyes! Find out how an eyeball floats in the air, then make bubbling potions and fearsome fog, experience melting witches and even edible spider webs (cotton candy)! All will have an evening of gruesome goodness and fun. Find out more here.

October 26: Halloween PJ Party at Robert J. Novins Planetarium (Ocean County College, Toms River) from 12-1:30pm. Come in your favorite Halloween costume or Halloween PJs for a not-super-spooky good time! Learn about the planets, moon, and stars in October’s night sky. Listen to stories of monsters, heroes, and princesses in the stars. Sing along to Halloween themed laser songs, and make a special Halloween themed craft before the show. Cost is $10 for all ticket levels ages 3 and up. Find out more here.

October 26 & 27: Not So Haunted Wine Fest at 4JG’s Vineyard (Colts Neck) from 12-5pm. The spells are friendly and the brews are delicious! Must be age 21+ in order to drink alcoholic beverages. Learn more about the wine walk weekend here.

October 27: Bullock Farms Fall Fest (Cream Ridge) from 10am-6pm. There will be hay rides, live music, food, pumpkin picking, a corn maze, flower walk, barnyard animals, facepainting, a balloon artist, farm yard lawn games, a straw bale slide mountain, tractor tire jungle, and more!  Kids under 2 are free. Find out more information here.

 

Things to Do on a Budget in Monmouth & Ocean Counties this November 2018

It’s time to kick off the start of the holiday season and there are so many great things to do with family and friends in the upcoming weeks to celebrate this special time of year! Check out our list of free or inexpensive activities happening this month in a town near you. We hope you have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

November 2 – 4: Allaire Village’s Stocking Stuffer Sale (Wall). The Allaire Auxiliary has been hard at work all year long making handcrafted items! Everything from ornaments to scarves, decorations, and more will be available for holiday gift purchases. There will also be a hand-sewn quilt raffle. The sale takes place from 10am-3pm on 11/2 and 11/3, and from 12pm-3pm on 11/4. Learn more here, or call 732-919-3500.

November 3: Thanks4Giving Plunge (Asbury Park) is featuring your chance to take a chilly dip in the Atlantic Ocean to benefit 25,000 Special Olympics athletes in NJ. The fundraiser begins at 11am with registration, and the plunge starts at 1pm on the Asbury Park Boardwalk (Grand Arcade of Convention Hall). Register online and learn more here.

Awesome Autumn Fun at Jakes Branch Park (Beachwood) from 1-4pm. Celebrate the Fall season with a hayride through nature trails, Fall games, paint a pumpkin, enjoy hot apple cider, make crafts, and there will be a petting zoo for kids. Get more information by calling 732-281-2750 or visit http://www.oceancountyparks.org/

November 9: Thanksgiving Paint Party at Mama Bear’s Play Café (Holmdel) from 6:30-9pm. Create a “give thanks” painting on an 11×14 canvas. There will be holiday music, trivia, and prizes too! Cost to attend is $30, and tickets can be purchased online here. The registration fee includes paint supplies and holiday confections.

November 10: Fall Craft Show (Eatontown) at Ft. Monmouth Recreation Area from 9am-1pm.  Shop for those special gifts from 50+ unique, quality craft vendors just in time for the holidays! Free admission and parking.  For more information, call 732-542-1642, ext. 31 or click here.

November 10 & 11: Fall Finale Food Truck Festival at Laurita Winery (New Egypt). Don’t miss the finale to the Laurita food truck season! There will be food trucks galore, family activities, and fireworks on Saturday night. Firepits will also be available all weekend, and live bands will be playing as well. Admission is $8 per person, and those under age 21 are free. Discounted tickets are available online at www.lauritawinery.com or call 609-758-8000 for more details.

November 21: Bake Sale at Allaire State Park (Wall) from 10:30am to 2:30pm. The Historic Village at Allaire’s Bakery will be hosting a Holiday Bake Sale for the Thanksgiving Season. Pre-order your favorite crumb cake or tea bread to bring home to your family or a loved one.  Baked goods must be pre-ordered and are available for pickup on November 21st  between 10:30am-2:30pm. Learn more and pre-order your baked goods here or call 732-919-3500.

November 22: Ice at the Pier (Pier Village, Long Branch) begins for the winter season from 4-9pm. From Thanksgiving to Presidents Day, visitors lace up their skates and twirl away by-the-sea at Pier Village’s iconic Ice Rink. Here you’ll find residents and visitors alike skating in the heart of Pier Village’s beautifully decorated community, exciting shops and restaurants. Adult skating price is $14, kids and seniors are $10, and skate rentals are $4. Learn more here.

November 28: Jersey Shore Premium Outlets Tree Lighting (Tinton Falls) from 5-7pm at Sand Castle Court. Help count down to the lighting of the tree with special visitors including Elsa and Olaf from Frozen. Children can enjoy complimentary face painting, hot chocolate, music, a dance performance, DJ and more.  At 6pm everyone can help welcome Santa as he makes his grand entrance from the North Pole! This event is free to attend. Learn more here.

November 29: Holiday Wreath Workshop at The Creativity Lab (Main St., Belmar) from 6-8pm. Get in the holiday spirit by making your own handmade fresh holiday wreath with Amber & Earth! The cost is $40 to participate, and you’ll get fresh winter greens, floral wire, a wreath frame and more. Don’t forget to bring a pair of garden shears and the event is also BYOB. Learn more and register here.

 

Things to Do on a Budget in Monmouth & Ocean Counties this October 2018

It’s officially fall – and October is one of the best and most beautiful weather months in New Jersey. Get the family ready for an action-packed month filled with fun fall and Halloween activities. Check out these free or inexpensive events happening in a town near you!

October 5: Scary Rotten Farms in Brick (Brick Blvd) is holding haunted tours every Friday and Saturday in October starting at 7pm. Don’t miss the carnival of chaos, haunt combo packages and more. Call 732-477-0606 for information or visit http://scaryrottenfarms.com/index.shtml to purchase tickets online.

October 6:

Allaire Village Fall Craft Market, Wall. From 10am to 4pm, artisans and crafters line the winding paths of Allaire’s historic village. Over 70 craft and art vendors, with food service (including the Allaire Bakery), general store, children’s games on the village green, and historic buildings will be open with various blacksmith, tinsmith, carpentry, leather-making, and other interactive demonstrations. $3 per adult (Children 12 and under are free), and FREE Parking! Learn more here, or call 732-919-3500.

Ocean Grove Fall Harvest Festival and Craft Show. From 10am-4pm on Main Avenue, Pilgrim Pathway, and Auditorium Square Park (rain or shine), you’ll see over 90 arts and crafts vendors, sidewalk sales, pony rides, live music, pumpkin painting, and a variety of food.  Learn more by calling 732-774-1391 or at https://www.oceangrovenj.com/

Asbury Park Zombie Walk. From 4-8pm at Convention Hall, don’t miss the largest gathering of zombies in the world! You’ll also enjoy festivities, music along the boardwalk, and a blood red fireworks show along the oceanfront. To start the festive day even earlier, participate in the zombie costume contest on the boardwalk at 3pm to win cash prizes. Learn more by clicking here.

October 7:

Belmar Octoberfest. From 11am-5pm on Main Street and 8th Avenue in Belmar, you’ll get to experience antiques and crafts for sale, performers, a pumpkin decorating contest, a local food court, pony rides, and a kid’s obstacle course and games. Learn more at http://www.visitbelmarnj.com/ or call 732-681-3700 ext. 214

Pier Fest 2018, Long Branch. From 12-5pm in Pier Village, experience live music, vendors, crafters, kids’ activities (inflatables and the fun bus), delicious food, and more. The event will be held rain or shine. See more details at http://www.pierfest.com/ or call 732-245-0412.

October 13: Matawan Day and Fall Festival. On Main Street in Matawan from 12-5pm you’ll see over 120 crafters/artisans, retailers, food vendors, and non-profit organizations. Rain date will be October 14th from 12-5pm. For more information call 732-290-1125 or visit this link.

October 19, 20, 26, 27: Haunted Allaire, Wall. From 6-9:30pm, don’t miss Haunted Allaire Village’s spooky hayrides, story telling, ghost hunting and more! Adult tickets are $15 each and kids up to age 12 are $10 each. Advanced ticket purchase is required. Buy tickets online here or call 732-919-3500 for more information.

October 20:

A Taste of Spring Lake Kitchen Tour. Don’t miss this self-guided tour experiencing the charm of Spring Lake! Sample delicious cuisine from local top chefs. Get inspired by the creative talents of interior designers and stores. The tour takes place between 10:30am-3pm, rain or shine and is a fundraiser for the HW Mountz Elementary School PTA. This event always sells out, so be sure to purchase your tickets in advance at https://www.springlakekitchentour.com/

Boo at the Boardwalk (Jenkinson’s, Pt. Pleasant) from noon to 4pm. Don’t miss trick or treating, crafts, games, a pumpkin patch, beach maze, pumpkin derby and more! Call 732-892-0600 for details or click here. *Additional dates are 10/21, 10/27, and 10/28 also from noon to 4pm.

Oktoberfest at Laurita Winery (New Egypt) from 11am-9pm. There will be food trucks galore, three bands, firepits, family activities, and fireworks at night! $8 per person admission, and under 21 are free. Purchase tickets online at www.lauritawinery.com or call 609-758-8000.

October 27:

Sandy Hook Spooky Walk from 7-9pm at Gateway National Park. Get into the Halloween spirit with a moonlight walk around Historic Fort Hancock, where ghosts have been known to linger. After the walk, participants can gather at Littoral Society headquarters for cider and fall snacks. Call 732-291-0055 for more information and to reserve a spot, or click here.

Trunk or Treat in Ocean County Park (Lakewood) begins at 7pm. Individuals, businesses and non-profit groups decorate trunks for trick or treating in the park. This is a free community event. Prizes will be awarded for the best decorated trunk and for the best costumes. Call 732-506-5122 for details or visit www.oceancountyparks.org

October 28: Long Branch Fall Festival and Pooch Parade. Don’t miss crafters, kids’ costumes and activities, bouncy rides, a costumed pooch parade and more from 11am-4pm in Pier Village. Free admission. Learn more here or call 732-222-0400.