Pumpkin Carving Events in New Jersey
The kids are excitedly preparing for Halloween, with visions of candy, costumes and pumpkins dancing in their heads. New Jersey is home to many wonderful pumpkin-themed events this season, everything from elaborate pumpkin exhibits to carving competitions to good old-fashioned pumpkin picking and decorating. Read on for our top picks and check out the Mommy Poppins NJ Halloween Guide for more fun events.
The Giant Pumpkin Carve (Woodstown)
September 27, 4-9pm
This awesome annual event brings both amateur and professional artists together to transform giant pumpkins into spectacular works of art. Visitors can vote for their favorite pumpkins in multiple categories. Other events include a straw maze, crafts, kids’ costume contest, hayrides and music. All proceeds from the event benefit Meals on Wheels of Salem County. Admission is $7 per person and free for children 5 and under.
Blackwood Pumpkin Festival (Blackwood)
October 5, 11am-4pm (Rain date: October 12)
Thousands of local families flock to this festival every year to celebrate fall's arrival with pumpkin painting, hayrides, scarecrow making, face painting and more. The festival features four stages of live entertainment, delicious food and competitions including house decorating, pumpkin carving, costume contest and youth talent show. Admission and parking are free.
Pumpkin Carving at MAM (Montclair)
October 24, 6-8pm
Montclair Art Museum is hosting a festive night of Halloween fun—show off your artistic side by carving and decorating your very own pumpkin. All pumpkins, art supplies and carving tools will be provided. Kids are invited to dress in their Halloween costumes and refreshments will be available. Tickets are $25 for nonmember families and $20 for member families; they can be purchased in advance on the website or at MAM.
Pumpkin Patch Day at Liberty Hall Museum (Union)
October 25, 10am-5pm (Rain date: October 26)
There’s plenty of seasonal fun for the family at Liberty Hall Museum. This historic home, built in 1772 and once home to NJ’s first elected governor, is hosting Pumpkin Patch Day on October 25th. Bring the kids for a day full of pumpkin picking, hayrides and special crafts including pumpkin carving and painting. The program costs $6 for adults, $12 for kids and is free for children under three. There is an additional charge to purchase pumpkins. Reservations are suggested.
The Great Pumpkin Sail (Mountainside)
November 1 at 5:15pm, 6:45pm or 8:15pm (Rain date: November 2)
Watch as hundreds of carved pumpkins float along Echo Lake in an illuminated display. This annual tradition invites families to say farewell to Halloween by casting their jack-o-lanterns on to the water. The evening's festivities include live entertainment and refreshments. Tickets must be purchased in advance and they sell out fast--please call in advance to check availability. $12 per family (up to six people) for in-county residents, $16 per family for out-of-county residents.
Still hankering for more pumpkin-themed adventures? The Great Jack O’ Lantern Blaze, the granddaddy of all pumpkin carving events, takes place in Croton-on-Hudson, NY and is definitely worth the trek. Read all about it on the NY site here.