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It’s that time of year to get out to all the Fall Festivals and smell everything pumpkin spice. This is my favorite time of the year to watch and photograph the colorful changing of the leaves and go hiking. For kids, it’s time for pumpkin picking, corn mazes, hayrides, and Trick or Treating. Well, those are my favorites for me too. I love going to festivals and going through the corn mazes and decorating for the season.
I have been to many of the fall festivals listed and they are great for all ages to visit. Before visiting the following, be sure to check their website. Some events require tickets to be purchased before entry due to limiting the space of people attending. Follow the CDC rules they have in place for the event. Bring a mask just in case, even if you are fully vaccinated. Check prices, weekdays, and weekend prices may be different. Wear comfortable shoes. Some events have picnic areas where you are allowed to bring your own food.
A few festivals are being held from September to the early part of November. During this time of year, it’s great to get out in nature and go hiking and see the beautiful Fall Foliage. Visit your local farms to support and enjoy the festivals that they have.
Von Thun Farms- Washington, NJ
I don’t know who enjoyed the festival more, me or the kids. We had a great time at the Von Thun Farms located at 438 NJ-57, Washington, NJ 07882. I purchased tickets online. They had so many activities and it was also a great place to take beautiful fall photos.
We spent over 2 hours on the farm. From going through the corn maze, picked apples, shooting corn, and so much more. The kids were tired after we left and before the season ends we will return again.
Happy Day Farm Manalapan Township, NJ
Farm Hours + Entry Fall Harvest season is now open Saturdays & Sundays, plus Fridays in October. Advance ticket purchase is required to enter. September 11th to October 31st, 10 am to 5 pm. Last entry at 4 pm sharp. Fall Harvest admission is required to enter. Tickets are non-refundable (no exceptions).
On-site farm purchases are cash only.
New Jersey Fairs and Festivals
Ralston Cider Mill
STONY HILL FARM
15 North Rd. Chester, NJ https://stonyhillfarms.com/maze-fun-park/things-to-do/
DONALDSON FARM (Events all Year)
358 Allen Road, Hackettstown, New Jersey 07840, Phone: 908-852- 9122
Haunted Houses and Pumpkin Displays
The following events are for people who like haunted houses, spending the day at a farm with apple picking, pig races, carnivals rides, hayrides, corn mazes, and pumpkin picking. If these are things you enjoy, then you will have your calendar filled with fun days to come! Let’s not forget about our furry friends.
Most places DO NOT allow pets. Please call and check before heading to an event. I have seen people turned away because they did not know. I listed a few events for your fur babies. https://www.bringfido.com/event/state/new_jersey/
WAGNER FARM ARBORETUM
197 Mountain Ave, Warren, NJ
Wagner Farm Arboretum’s spectacular Halloween-themed “Brite Nites” event, showcasing an elaborate display of intricately & creatively hand-carved and lighted pumpkins. Timed tickets must be purchased in advance and ticket info will follow at a later date
Check their website for any changes!
HAUNTED RED MILL MUSEUM
56 Main Street Clinton, NJ 08809 Phone: 908.735.4101
HEAVEN HILL FARM GREAT PUMPKIN FESTIVAL
Tickets must be purchased online, in advance, utilizing timeslots. Please note: tickets become available 24 hours in advance. Entry to Fall Harvest is only guaranteed with the purchase of an advanced ticket. We cannot guarantee entry for walk-in guests. (Please: To Keep Our Friendly Farm Animals Safe, We Ask That You Kindly Leave Your Furry Dog Friends Home)
THE GREAT JACK O’LATERN BLAZE
September-November Van Cortlandt Manor 525 S Riverside, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520
Brighton Asylum is located at the REAR of:
2 Brighton Ave Passaic, NJ 07055 (border of Clifton)
Hotline – (201) 716-2827
PLEASE READ! https://brightonasylum.com/know-before-you-go/
AMERICAN DREAM MALL AT THE MEADOWLANDS OPEN October 1
1 American Dream Way | East Rutherford, NJ | 07073