Fall Foliage, Harvest Activities & Halloween Events

Celebrate autumn with these seasonal attractions and activities in New Jersey.
  • Fall foliage in New Jersey

Fall Colors

Starting in late September, New Jersey’s landscape begins to shift from vivid green to dazzling yellow and orange, and there are so many ways to enjoy the transformation. Take in the spectacular fall foliage and crisp air with a hike, or mountain bike ride on the forested trails that lattice across New Jersey’s national and state parks. Travel through the rural countryside and past small towns along the way with a drive along a scenic byway, such as the 42-mile Palisades Interstate Parkway, which offers breathtaking views at Palisade Interstate Park. Or, go on a self-guided fall colors tour around the state to see the leaves at the peak of their color change throughout the season.

Harvest Activities

With charming farmland and sprawling orchards throughout the Garden State, harvest season means corn mazes and hayrides, apple picking and pumpkin patches. Stop by a farm stand to pick up a jug of freshly-pressed apple cider or a batch of pumpkin butter. Go on a hike through a nature preserve or wetlands area, such as Cape May Bird Observatory, to watch birds in migration, or find a nearby wildlife management area for hunting waterfowl, wild turkey, bear, deer and more. Discover even more fall activities in New Jersey.

2016 Halloween Events

October 20-22:
Haunted Seaport (Tuckerton)

October 22:
Boo-at-the-Zoo (Bridgeton)
Cape May Halloween Parade (Cape May)

October 28:
Dracula – The Atlantic City Ballet (Lakewood)
Halloween Spooktacular! (Florham Park)

October 29:

Annual Halloween Costume Party (Frenchtown)
Children’s Haunted House (National Park)
Fright Night at the Phil (Toms River)
Zombie Walk (Smithville)

October 29-30:
Children’s Halloween Fest (Voorhees)

October 30:
60th Annual Halloween Parade (Mays Landing)
Hallo-Wheaton (Millville)
Halloween Parade (Milford)
Witches Day (Smithville)

October 31:
Halloween Trunk or Treat Block Party (North Wildwood)
Somerville Spooktacular (Somerville)
Hometown Halloween (Washington)
Trick or Treat Downtown (Summit)

See more upcoming events in the New Jersey events calendar.