Yes, it's the spookiest month of the year--and October is also chock-full of fun family activities all over our great state! Forget that door-to-door treat-trolling and try something different this year: take your family to an NJ zoo. It's always an enjoyable way to spend a family day, but add some candy, costumes and fun activities and your little NJ ghouls will be having a blast in no time! And don't forget to check out our Halloween Activities Guide.
For those who like a good fright, check out some of NJ's best haunted establishments. There are plenty of night-time haunts to please the older kids, some creepy walking tours to see a (possibly) haunted town, a scaredy-cat amusement park and even a few scare-free zones where kids can just trick or treat. For more creepy/fun choices, check out our NJ Halloween Guide. and sign up for our emails to get more Halloween and family activity ideas each week!
Here comes Fall! As much as I love summer, I find myself looking forward to this season's arrival more and more every year. The cooler weather, crunching of leaves underfoot and pumpkin-flavored everything are all highlights of the season. And let’s not forget Halloween! New Jersey has many wonderful fairs and festivals for your family to enjoy this autumn—grab the kids (and a jacket) and check out these great fall events coming to a town near you.
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.
There’s a sudden crispness to the air, the kids have gone back to school and our thoughts have turned to Fall, a beautiful time to get out and about in New Jersey. Looking for some autumnal activities? How about pumpkin picking? Hey, they don’t call this the Garden State for nothing! There are plenty of fantastic farms in NJ with activities from hay rides to corn mazes to pumpkin painting to birthday parties. Here’s a list of our favorite New Jersey pumpkin picking farms. Looking for other yummy fall fun? Try our post on Fun Fall Harvest Festivals in NJ. And don't forget to sign up for our emails to get more Halloween and family activities each week.
Boo! Halloween and hayrides go hand-in-hand, but you may not have heard of a Halloween train. Adding a creepy factor to a train ride really enhances the whole spooky vibe of Halloween. Throughout New Jersey, various railroads can take your entire family on an adventure. Read below for some great ones; some are scary, some just take you to a pumpkin farm but, regardless, these trains bring on the fun. For more spooktacular events, check out our Halloween Activities Guide. and sign up for our emails to get more Halloween and family activity ideas each week.
It can be difficult to explain the events of September 11, 2001 to our children; they're still hard for us to fully grasp. As we near the 14th anniversary of the day that changed our country forever, here are some helpful ways to commemorate with your family. Visit a memorial site or exhibit, volunteer together, read a book to younger kids to help them understand or visit the 9/11 Memorial in downtown NYC. There are many ways to mark the day together.
Star light, star bright… Mommy, I want to see the stars tonight! If you have a little Galileo on your hands, fear not. New Jersey is home to a myriad of majestic outdoor star gazing locations, as well as many public observatories and, yes, even astronomy clubs for the truly dedicated. With the proper equipment, information and planning, your family will get an up-close look at planets, star clusters and the Moon. Happy star-gazing, NJ!
Summer is touted as the best season to enjoy the great outdoors, with its barbecues, pool parties and sunshine. But I personally think autumn is the perfect time to venture outside - the air is crisp and the leaves are changing to vibrant hues of yellow, red and orange. We're at that sweet spot of the year where the heat has subsided but temperatures aren't cold enough to keep us indoors. You can pick pumpkins, star gaze, or head to an NJ park to look at the brilliant fall foliage.
Sure, it may feel like the only place to "Go" this month is school, but there are actually some really fun New Jersey events in September that you might not want to miss. As always, we've chosen our favorites, so shake off the back-to-school blues and get your little fliers inside a real cockpit, listen to masterstorytellers, or munch on some apple fun. And for even more September fun, check out our post on September Fairs and Festivals.
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