15 Kid-Friendly Festivals: October 19-21


This weekend stroll the spooky boardwalk at the Haunted Seaport in Tuckerton, enjoy great views of the NYC Skyline of Pier A Park at the Harvest Festival in Hoboken, or hop on the haunted hayride at Haunted Allaire! in Wall Township.

Psst! Don’t forget to hashtag #NJMOM and tag @njmom and your little cuties could be featured in our next photo round-up.

Here are 15 kid-friendly festivals around New Jersey:

Haunted Seaport
October 18-21, 6PM – 9PM
If you’re looking to combine your love of the water and the spookiness of Halloween, bring your family to Tuckerton Seaport for some screams. Stroll the boardwalk for haunts from pirates and seamen lost at sea or hop on a haunted hayride through the Haunted Woods. Bonus: there’s a non-scary family fun area with crafts, games, pumpkin slime, treats, and a dance party. The non-scary area is open Thursday through Saturday.
Tuckerton Seaport
Tuckerton, NJ 
Cost: $10, Kids 5-12 $5, under 5 free

Dinosaurs After Dark
October 19 – 20, 7PM – 9:30PM
Dinosaurs After Dark is ready to take you back to prehistoric times with the lovely creatures we call dinosaurs. A Dinosaur Wrangler will lead the way along the Field Station’s spooky trails while you hunt for the T-Rex that has gotten loose! Your kids will love the musical puppet show and smores and hot chocloate to end the night.
Overpeck County Park
Leonia, NJ
Cost: $24

Hoboken Harvest Festival
October 20, 11AM – 3PM
A full day of family fun featuring hay rides, a hay maze, pony rides, a petting zoo, a moonwalk, face painting, pumpkin painting, balloon art, soccer, dance and gymnastic demos, and live music. Celebrate the harvest with all of these fun fall activities and plenty of food for you to enjoy in beautiful Pier A Park. A great view of the NYC skyline.
Pier A Park, 1st St. & Sinatra Dr., 
Hoboken, NJ
Cost: free

DiDonato’s Trick or Treat Train
October 20 – 21, 27 – 28, 1PM – 6PM
Your little ghouls and goblins will love this train ride that’s geared towards the entire family. Each ticket receives a train ride through little-goblin friendly Halloween town, face painting, a hay maze, pumpkin patch, bowling, and a free round of 3D indoor glow-in-the-dark mini golf.
DiDonato Family Fun Center
Hammonton, NJ
Cost: $12.95

4th Annual Highlands Zombie Parade
October 20, 2PM
Walk around the Highlands as a zombie with your family. Get dressed up, do your own special effects makeup(or buy a makeup package), and you’re ready to go. Get ready to scare the bystanders of this town! Costume contests will take place at Veterans Park following the parade.
Huddy Park
Highlands, NJ
Cost: free, pre-registration required

Haunted Allaire! Haunted Hayrides & Village
October 19-20, 26-27 6PM-9PM
Visit ghosts, ghouls, and goblins in the Historic Allaire Village with your ticket to this event. This haunted hayride is built for everyone, with over 20 haunting “scene” to scare your socks off.  From the woods to the village, Allaire is going all out for Halloween with storytelling at the Chapel, a night out at the Blacksmith shop, Mr. Allaire’s House with a haunted house theme, and so much more.
The Historical Village at Allaire
Wall Township, NJ
Cost: $10-$15

Health-in-Mind Fest
October 20, 10AM – 3PM
There’s fun for the whole family at the Health-in-Mind Fest in Red Bank. You’ll enjoy complementary classes, workshops, and healing experiences and “Let’s Play” experiences and craft hour for the kids. This event features group meditation, Reiki, massage therapy, crystal bowl meditation, yoga, vendors to shop, health conscious food trucks, prizes, and workshops for teens.
NJ Center for the Healing Arts
Red Bank, NJ
Cost: $0-$15

Princeton Fall Fest
October 21, 12PM – 3PM
Downtown Princeton is gorgeous, relaxing, and kid-friendly so make sure you make it to the city’s Fall Fest. Your family will love the fall festival food, hanging out on Palmer Square, treats, and visits from Princton’s best food vendors. #NJMOMHack: The first 200 attendees will receive a complementary Palmer Square shopping bag filled with specials offers and a guide to “Treats” around the square.
Palmer Square
Princeton, NJ
Cost: free

Aquatic Experience
October 19 -21
This weekend, you can learn about underwater life and all it entails at the Aquatic Experience. While there’s a more educational spin on this expo, you and the little ones can enjoy a variety of attractions like water exhibits and displays, a kids aquarium contest, touch tanks, and a Win a Betta Fish Toss. Still looking for a good Halloween spook? Head over to the “Live Shark Encounter” where a diver will speak about sharks from within the tank.
Meadowlands Exposition Center
Secaucus, NJ
Cost: $15 per day, $10 per day children 6-12

Freehold Spooktacular Monster Mash
October 20, 6PM – 8PM
Head over to Boro Hall in Freehold for a Spooktacular Monster Mash. You’ll be monster mashin’ all night long with music, games, fun food, face painting, and a Jack-O-Lantern contest with prizes. What are you dressing up as this year?
Hall of Records
Freehold, NJ
Cost: free

Barn Fest
October 20, 10AM – 4PM
How about a relaxing day on the farm? Celebrate fall at Barn Fest in Germania with arts, crafts, and alpacas. This community event features 25 local artisans and crafters, plenty of grub, baked goods, coffee, and live music.
Silver Fox Farm Alpacas
Germania, NJ
Cost: free

Paw Dazzle Pet Parade and Costume Contest
October 20, 11AM – 2PM
What little kid doesn’t want to see dogs dressed up for a costume contest? Right? Bring the fam to the Paw Dazzle Pet Parade and costume contest for all the four-legged friends you can imagine. This event features the parade, costume contest, prizes, raffles, and tons of pooches looking for good homes. All proceeds will benefit Atlantic County Canines.
615 E Moss Mill Rd.
Absecon, NJ
Cost: $5

Boo at the Boardwalk
October 20-21, 27-28, 12PM – 4PM
Boo at the Boardwalk is designed to make Halloween fun for the whole family. This event features trick-or-treat, crafts, games, a pumpkin patch, a beach maze, underwater pumpkin carve, a pumpkin derby, and amusement rides. Stick around for the Howl-O-Ween Dog Costume Contest on Sunday.
Jenkinson’s Boardwalk
Point Pleasant, NJ
Cost: free

Freehold Food Fest
October 21, 12PM –  5PM
This year, Freehold Food Fest is going to the dogs – literally. This year’s event will benefit the SPCA of Monmouth County with a day of NJ’s top-rated food trucks, local vendors, a beer garden, and live music. Stop into IPlay America to keep the fun going.
Iplay America, 110 Schanck Rd, 
Freehold, NJ

Your First Mud Run
October 21, 11AM – 2PM
Your First Mud Run is the only mud run/obstacle course designed so adults and kids can run together. Each course includes 8 – 12 obstacles for all ages to tackle. It’s perfect for the entire family and for first-timers too!
Community Arts Center
East Brunswick, NJ
Cost: $47.50

Psst! Don’t forget to hashtag #NJMOM and tag @njmom and your little cuties could be featured in our next photo round-up.


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Erika is a yogi, writer, coffee enthusiast, and world traveler. If she's not at the beach or chasing the sunset, she's looking for the best iced coffee she can find and planning her next adventure. Her favorite NJ spots include The Saint, Island Heights, and Lava Java House.