Things to Do on a Budget in Monmouth & Ocean Counties this October 2020

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 outdoor and socially distant fall and Halloween activities. Check out these free or inexpensive events happening in a town near you!

Monmouth & Ocean’s Best Pumpkin Picking and Fall Outdoor Activity Spots!

  • Casola Farms (Holmdel) – Open 7 days a week from 8am to 7pm for hayrides, pumpkin picking, farm animals, a Halloween shop, fall plants/décor, wild west show, bakery and food! There is also a corn maze available every Saturday through 10/31. For the adults 21+, every weekend there is a wine tasting from 10am-6pm at Fox Hollow Vineyards.
  • Argos Farm (Forked River) – The farm has plenty of fall country fun activities such as a hay mountain, cow train, double hay slide, pedal carts, tractor rides, corn maze, pig races, farm market, pumpkin picking, and more. The pre-purchasing of tickets for activities online is recommended. Hours are Monday-Friday from 1-6pm, and 10am to 6pm on weekends.
  • Battleview Orchards (Freehold)Open everyday from 9am-6pm except closed Tuesdays. Pick your own apples and pumpkins, stop by the country store for pies, apple cider donuts and fresh apple cider!
  • Bullock Farms (Cream Ridge) – Open Friday through Sunday from 10am to 5pm. Take a 25 minute hayride, pick some pumpkins, explore the corn maze, check out some farm animals, and kids get their very own kids maze and fall play/activity area.
  • Eastmont Orchards (Colts Neck) – Open Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm and weekends from 9am to 6pm. There are 9 different types of apples to pick currently in season! You can also pick your own pumpkins.
  • Emery’s Farm (New Egypt) – Open daily from 9am-6pm for pumpkin picking, hayrides, corn mazes and more. Famous pies are fresh baked daily, as well as jellies, preserves, and spreads are available for purchase.
  • Hallock’s U-Pick Farm (New Egypt) – Stop by the farm market, and pick some pumpkins (as well as other vegetables). Open weekdays from 7am-7pm and weekends from 7am-5pm.
  • Happy Day Farm (Manalapan) – Don’t miss the Farm Festival and Pumpkin Picking Event at Happy Day Farm through 10/25! Hours are Friday through Sunday from 10am-5pm. Over 30 different activities are available for the whole family – including a corn maze, pumpkin bowling, and giant Jenga. There is also a concession stand available to purchase refreshments. Visitors are required to purchase tickets online in advance.
  • Wemrock Orchards (Freehold) – Pumpkin picking is available on weekends from 10am-5pm, as well as a 15 minute hayride, 5 acre corn maze, munchkin fun patch, bakery full of fall treats and Jersey fresh produce.

All October: Sunflower Festival at Holland Ridge Farms (Cream Ridge) from 9am-6pm. Tickets must be purchased in advance online for your selected date. Wander through towering rows of sunflowers to pick and bring home! Prices vary depending upon your selected day of the week. Click here for more information and to purchase admission tickets online. *No refunds, purchased tickets are for your chosen date and will be available rain or shine.

October 9-12: Pier Village Fall Sidewalk Sale from 11am to 8pm (Long Branch). You won’t want to miss a Columbus Day Weekend filled with outdoor shopping! There’s sure to be incredible deals and fabulous finds. Learn more here.

October 10: Allaire Village Fall Flea Market from 8am to 2pm (Wall). Hunt for bargains among vintage treasures, books, artwork, handmade items, crafts, and more. Admission is $3 per person. The general store, bakery and gourmet food truck will also be open. Find out more here.

October 17 & 18: Allaire Music Jamboree from 11am to 4pm (Wall). Join in the fun at Allaire Village’s fall music jamboree! Local NJ bands will perform bluegrass and folk music outside. There will be multiple stages and sessions throughout the weekend. Artist tables will also be available. Food and beverages will be available for purchase at the Allaire Bakery and Food Trucks. Pre-purchased tickets are required. Adults are $8 each and kids ages 4-12 are $4 each. Learn more here.

October 24: Hocus Pocus Outdoor Movie at 6pm (Barnegat). Bring in the Halloween season with a classic family outdoor movie at the Elizabeth Edwards School Football Field (North Main St, Barnegat Township). Free admission, and don’t forget a blanket and chairs! Call 609-698-0080 ext. 12 for details.

October 24 & 25: Long Branch Fall Bazaar from 2-7pm. Shop small and celebrate fall! Don’t miss artisan vendors, craft beer, a costume contest, food, Halloween goodie bags, fall selfie stations, live DJs, and fun – outdoors both days at the Whitechapel Projects. Get more information here.

October 29: Witches Night Out from 5:30-9pm (Allentown). Join in this wicked fun night with a Halloween scavenger hunt, tarot card readers, palm readers, a witches hat contest, refreshments and more! Tickets can be purchased at Bruno’s One Sweet Ride. Details are available here.

October 31: Halloween at Allaire Village from 11am to 4pm (Wall). Come and experience a family friendly Halloween with spooky storytelling, a children’s costume parade, scavenger hunt, fortune telling, kids’ activities, historic demonstrations, and tours of Allaire’s historic homes. Adults are $8.95 each and kids 4-12 are $4.95 each. Buy tickets online here.

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

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

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.