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Waretown Lake and Recreation Area

10/12, 10/13
20th Annual Waretown Haunted Hayride

7pm - 10pm
20 Min. tractor ride around the "Haunted" Waretown Lake
Food and beverages will be available for purchase.


It's The Great Pumpkin

6pm - 8pm
For one night only! The Bug Museum is hosting  a Peanuts-themed event for everyone in the family  to enjoy. View the movie and explore the spooky  museum as you walk a treat trail. Activities, crafts,  and special guests along the way will make this
family-friendly event a unique and fun experience  for ALL AGES. Advanced tickets are recommended.
Movie Showings at 6:15pm & 7pm

The Jay & Linda Grunin Arts Center
@ Ocean County College

A Tribute to the Beatles

The British are ready to invade
the Grunin Center!  "Yesterday -The Las Vegas Beatles Show" brings to  life the music of the bestselling band of all time with  a live performance by "Yesterday," the premier Beatles  tribute band.

The Rainbow Fish

3pm, 6pm
The Rainbow Fish will enchant even the  youngest child with his silver scales and  heart of gold in a new adaptation of Marcus  Pfizer's award-winning books about the  beautiful fish who learned to share his most  prized possession.

10/18 - 10/21, 10/26 - 10/28
Almost, Maine 

Welcome to Almost, Maine, a place that's so far north,  it's almost not in the United States. It's almost in Canada.  One cold, clear, winter night, as the northern lights hover  in the star- filled sky above, the residents of Almost,  Maine, find themselves falling in and out of love in  unexpected and hilarious ways.

Garden State Philharmonic presents
Discovering Debussy 

Discovering the music of Debussy and those he inspired,  the Garden State Philharmonic will honor the centennial  year of Claude Debussy through his sublime symphonic  poem Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faune as well as what  has been touted the "most beautiful piece ever written",  Clair de lune.

Exit 82 Theatre Co.
Downtown Toms River

10/12 - 10/28
Little Shop of Horrors

Enjoy the performance of a deviously delicious  Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical,  Little Shop Of Horrors that has devoured the  hearts of theatre goers for over 30 years.

Manahawkin Lake Park

10/13, 10/14
Stafford Township
Fall Harvest Festival

Noon - 5pm
Bring the whole family for a weekend of fall  activities to kick off the start of the season,  in conjunction with the Fall Wine Festival  at Manahawkin Lake Park on the same weekend,  hayrides, craft vendors, scarecrow making, pumpkin  picking, the Halloween Parade, the Costume Contest  and the JalapeƱo Eating Contest on Saturday. Then,  on Sunday for the classic car show, MORE wine,  MORE craft vendors, MORE food and live entertainment  by Ridgemont High with the best of the 80's!

Wells Mills County Park

24th Annual
Pine Barrens Jamboree

10am - 4:30pm
Take part in celebrating the
people, traditions  and rich history of the NJ Pine Barrens, listen  to the sounds of the Pines from famous local  musicians from Albert Music Hall perform.  Take a scenic paddle around Wells Mills Lake,  go on a nature walk, sit in on a demonstration  or slide show, or browse over 40 exhibitors  both commercial and non-profit. There will be  opportunities to purchase locally created arts & crafts.

Veterans' Memorial Park

Beach Haven Fall Festival

11am - 5pm
Fall food, wines, and beer, petting zoo,  pie eating contest, apple pie baking contest,  face painting, live music, fall and holiday  merchandise and more! Marty and the  Martians will play live!

Mathis Veterans Memorial Park

Food Trucks & Craft Beer

Food Trucks on the Waterfront is back  again this year and is better than ever! This year  they boast a brand new name for the event and  will not only be featuring usual Food Trucks and  Vendors but also a selection of different local beers!

Windward Beach Park


2pm -7pm
FallFest is a family-friendly event that will   feature nearly twenty food trucks from the
Jersey Shore Gourmet Food Truck Group.   In addition, there will be a Beer/Wine Garden   for guest 21 and over, games, inflatables, a maze,   fire pits and more. The event will end with a   spectacular fireworks show! There will also be   Bean Bag Toss Tournament. You must pre-register online.

Island Heights Volunteer Fire Co. 1


11am - 6pm
Fall event for the whole family. Food trucks  kids zone, live entertainment by "THE TOP  HATS" Gary Nokes plus a performance by  John Cash tribute band/ Big River Band a nd a few craft vendors will be on held as  well as a beer garden!

Jersey Coast Shark Anglers

10/13 - 11/30
JCSA 2018 Fall Catch and Release Striper Marathon

October 13th - November 30th 2018   Fish your way - Private Boat, Head Boat,   Kayak or Surf! Prizes based on First 200  Anglers! $5000.00 in prize money!  1st- $2500,  2nd- $1500,  3rd- $1000.

Bayfront Philadelphia and Washington Avenues

Food Trucks & Football

11am - 5pm
Enjoy an array of food trucks and live
streamed football on the bay! This is the
perfect family fall outing in Lavallette.
There will be activities for kids of all ages
& tailgating games for adults. 
$5 for Adults & Kids are Free!

Seaside Heights Boardwalk

Seaside Half Marathon, 5K
& the Seaside Challenge 

5K: 8am
Half Marathon: 9am
A great fast and flat 2-loop course starts and
finishes at The Sawmill on the Boardwalk.  Register at  or

Trick-Or-Treat Street and Howl-O-Ween 

Noon - 5pm
Free admission, prizes, fun for everyone  including pumpkin decorating, dog parade  and kids' costume parade, trick or treating
among local businesses.

The Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen's Museum

10/18 - 10/21
Haunted Seaport

6pm - 9pm
Visit Tuckerton Seaport, if you dare, for  a frightastic adventure known in local lore  as Haunted Seaport. Pirates and Sea Captains  long lost at sea will stroll the Seaport's boardwalk for a night of screams. Climb aboard a hayride for a ghostly howling good time. 

Downtown Toms River

Harvest Arts Festival

11:30am - 5pm
The Harvest Arts Festival combines a street  festival with a Juried Art Show! Artists will  have their work on display for judging and  will also have work available for purchase.  Washington Street will be full of food trucks,
merchandise vendors, and a beer & wine garden  hosted by Toms River Volunteer Fire Co. #1. Live entertainment will be provided by XL Jazz Band, ShoreShot x Ewald, & Katfish Lucy.  There will be free games and prizes as well as free pumpkin painting for the kids.

Manasquan Inlet

Manasquan Inlet Intercoastal Tug

Noon - 4pm
This brand-new event will feature a series   of tugs of war heats over the Inlet with a   1200-plus foot rope. Teams of 25-plus will   be set on both sides, representing each town.  Each side of the Inlet will include their   own party atmosphere with live music,   food vendors, craft vendors, and more.

Laurita Winery

10/20, 10/21
OktoberFEST &
Food Trucks

Sat.: 11am - 9pm
Sun.: 11am - 8pm
Don't miss this Fall fun OktoberFEST  Laurita Style!! Food trucks galore,   three bands a day and lots of family activities!  Firepits! Fireworks Saturday evening!

Jenkinson's Boardwalk

10/20, 10/21, 10/27, 10/28
Boo at the Boardwalk

Noon - 4pm
Trick-or-Treating, Crafts, Games, Pumpkin   Patch, Beach Maze, Underwater Pumpkin   Carving, Perky's Pumpkin Derby and more!  NEW for 2018! For the first time, the Amusement   Park will be OPEN during Boo (limited rides)!

Barnegat Lighthouse State Park
Tucker's Island Lighthouse

10/20, 10/21
Lighthouse Challenge 2018

Climb to the top of the Barnegat Lighthouse  & the Tucker's Island Lighthouse  during the Lighthouse Challenge  of New Jersey! A fun weekend  to explore and help raise funds for  the continued preservation, education  and restoration of these historic structures.  A Fall Weekend of Family Fun!

Jersey Shore Pirate Adventures

10/20, 10/21
Pirate Pete's
Pumpkin Patch

10am - 5pm
Paint your own Pumpkin in Pirate  Pete's Pumpkin Patch which will be  decked out in Halloween and Pirate Decorations to  delight all ages. Pumpkins will be provided for each child in your party!! for FREE with a full price admission. 

Casino Pier

Casino Pier's Fall Festival

Noon - 3pm
FREE and FUN for all! Come dressed in  your best Halloween Costume! There will be  a contest! Fun games and of course winners  win prizes! Join the fun and start your  Halloween and Fall fun with us at Casino Pier!

Six Flags Great Adventure

Medieval Times
Knight Demonstration

10:30am - 5pm
Sword Fight and more Medieval Fun! Gather around Main Street for a royally  good time! Knights, the Queen, and the  Lord Marshall will be on site from Medieval  Times for photo opportunities, Q&A sessions,  giveaways, and of course, a duel

New Egypt Speedway

6th Annual All Star Cup Shootout, Northeast Wingless Sprint Cars 

Havens Homestead

Fall Fest

10am - 2pm
Scarecrow contest, games for children, face painting, cider and mums for sale, homemade jams and jellies, bake sale, specials in Lizzie Herbert Gift Shop, & Tours of Museum. 

RWJ Barnabas Health Arena
@ Toms River High School North

Jersey Shore Maker Fest

10am - 4pm
For the past three years, Makerfest has brought  together over 250 makers and 10,000 participants  from the tri-state area to engage in hands on  experiences that are a mixture of technology &  nature, art & science, ideas & materials. Thanks  to partners that include schools, colleges, community organizations, museums, tech companies, local artists, and our good friends at the Grunin Foundation, it's FREE. For details and to register, visit our website.

Surflight Theatre

Rockabilly Legends

In their newest show, Todd Meredith &
The Rave-Ons take you back to the birth
place of rock & roll. Starting with the king
of rock & roll, Elvis Presley, the band pays
tribute to rock & roll's founders. Audience members will sing along to songs by all their favorite 50's artists like Chuck Berry, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Bill Haley and The Comets, The Everly Brothers, and of course, Buddy Holly. By the end of the show, they will learn how all these great performers from the 50's inspired and spawned the best pop/rock band of all time, The Beatles.

Strand Center for the Arts

Dracula the
Atlantic City Ballet 

Based on Bram Stoker's 1897 classic gothic  horror story, The Atlantic City Ballet's  choreographer Phyllis Papa's Dracula mixes  romance and passion with horror and pain.  Taking place in 16th century Europe, this original ballet,  complete with sensuous costumes, theatrical sets  and a gripping score, has become one of the biggest hits in  Atlantic City Ballet's 34-year history.

RWJBarnabas Health Arena
Formerly Pine Belt Arena

Felix Cavaliere &
Gene Cornish's RASCALS
w/  Special Guest on Drums, Carmine Appice

Felix Cavaliere and Gene Cornish cite the  fans and love of their timeless songs as   reasons for collaboration. Rock & Roll   Hall of Fame Inductees, Grammy Hall of Fame, Vocal Group Hall of Fame members and Songwriter Hall of Fame, The Rascals are widely considered the best 'blue-eyed soul' group to come out of the 1960s and their music the soundtrack of a generation.

All of LBI

Now thru Dec. 9
64th Annual LBI
Surf Fishing Classic

Started in 1954, the Long Beach Island (LBI)  Surf Fishing Classic is one the nation's oldest  and most recognized surf casting tournaments,  providing an eight-week contest for beach angler  who fish for striped bass and bluefish along the shores of LBI.

Spooktacular Halloween Attractions!

Six Flags Great Adventure

Fri., Sat., & Sun. thru 10/29
& 10/8, 10/30, & 10/31

Enjoy thrills for the whole family during  the day, and a frightening evening of fun  after the sun goes down. Beware there is no place to hide!   This  year they're introducing five new, never-before-offered  experiences. 

Cicconi Farms

Fri., Sat., & Sun. thru 11/3

Nightmare at Gravity Hill Haunted Trail  

As you enter the gates of the adjacent haunted  fields of Gravity Hill, the nightmare begins...  45 minutes of spine chilling walkable haunted  trails and creepy themes and adventures...  This not a hayride where you can hide from  the creatures of the night!

Scary Rotten Farms

Thurs., Fri., Sat., & Sun. thru 10/28 & 10/30 & 10/31

Scary Rotten Farms
Haunted Experience

Twisted Tales
Sinister Sneed's Chaotic Carnival of Chaos
Blackened: The Plague
SnEeD iS wAiTiNg! PrEvIeW wEeKeNd... HeLp Us GeT uP tO sPeEd... BuY tHe MeGa CoMbO tIcKeT FoR aLL 3 HaUnTs ...Go ThrOuGh ThE hAuNtS, HeLp Us WiTh OuR aCtOrS AnD kEeP yOuR TiCkEt AnD cOmE BaCk AgAiN AnY TiME tHiS SeAsOn!!!!!

Dracula's Domain

Fri., Sat. & Sun.
thru 10/28

Dracula's Domain

If you dare, hop onboard a Haunted Hayride that runs thru 66 haunted acres deep in the bowels of NJ's Pine Barrens. Continue the adventure with a walk thru the Psycho Path and the Dead End Corn Maze. 

The Dark Carnival
@ Blackbeard's Grave

Fri., Sat. & Sun. thru 10/28

The Dark Carnival

The Dark Carnival is a circus based haunted  attraction. Encounter live actors as you travel  through the haunted maze. The Dark Carnival presents MIND TERRORS. A mind blowing series of attractions that will attack your senses, terrify the mind, and mask the difference between the real and the unknown.

Downtown Toms River Scarecrow Walk

10/28 thru 11/1

Downtown Toms River
Scarecrow Walk

The Scarecrows will be displayed all along  Washington and Main Streets! Scarecrow judging  will be done by popular vote beginning October 16.  The public can only vote once. Ballots will be available  in participating businesses in Downtown Toms River.  Just look for the Scarecrow Walk Poster. Public voting  takes place between October 16 - November 1, 2018.

Fall Farm Fun!

Krowicki's Farm Market & Greenhouse
New Egypt

Hallock's U-Pick Farm
New Egypt
609-758-8847, Hallock'sUPickFarm

Sat. & Sun.
Emery's Farm
New Egypt
609-758-8514, Emery'sBerryPatch

Sat. & Sun.
Dewolf's U-Pick Farm
New Egypt
609-758-6288, Dewolf'sUPickFarm

Tues. - Sun.
Silverton Farms
Toms River
732-244-2621, SilvertonFarms

Wed. - Sun. & Mon. Oct. 8
Argos Farm Market
 Forked River
609-693-3513, ArgosFarmMarket

Supported in part by a grant from the NJ State
Dept.  Division of Travel and Tourism

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Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders:

Director,  Gerry P. Little
Deputy Director, John C. Bartlett, Jr
Virginia E. Haines
John P. Kelly
Joseph H. Vicari, Liaison to Tourism