Weekend Events at the Jersey Shore
From the Wounded Warrior Parade to All Hallows' Eve...here are some of the great events you may want to attend!Friday and Saturday (7:30 pm): An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe at the Historic Village at Allaire. Limited seating available. Tickets are $15. Spooky, dramatic readings. www.allairevillage.org/tickets
Friday and Saturday, (3- midnight Friday, 11 am - midnight Saturday): Operation Halloween and Zombie Outbreak in Barnegat, at the Joseph A. Citta Scout Camp, 229 Brookville Rd. With a ghost tour and haunted hayrides. Visit www.operationhalloween.zombieoutbreak.org
Saturday (beginning at 9 am): The Wounded Warrior Parade steps off at the Justice Complex on West Veterans Highway in Jackson at ends at the Central Jersey Rifle and Pistol Club on Stump Tavern Road. Come out and give veterans who bear the scars of battle a rousing cheer. Vets from Iraq, Afghanistan, Vietnam, Korea and World War Two are taking part.
Saturday 10 am - 4 pm: The Pine Barrens Jamboree at Wells Mills County Park in Waretown. Bluegrass music, Piney Vittles, the Four-H petting zoo, canoe trips, nature walks and crafts.
Saturday (8 am - 3 pm): Fall flea market at Allaire Village. $1 adults, children under 12 free. Vendors will be selling goods of all kinds- collectibles, plants, new, used, and everything in-between. Food vendors, too. www.allairevillage.org
Friday and Saturday (5 pm - 8 pm): Boo at the Zoo at Insectropolis. Get creepy at the bug museum. Includes an interactive mystery plus the characters from Scooby Doo in this spooky tour and exhibit. Groups will embark on the mystery tours every 10 - 15 minutes. Admission is $8 per person, and advance tickets are recommended. www.insectropolis.com
Sunday (Noon - 4 pm): All Hallows' Eve. A day of family friendly, spooky fun at Allaire Village. Paint a pumpkin, participate in a costume parade, learn some new recipes, hearth cooking demonstrations, 19th century games, tour the buildings, Halloween stories, and more. Admission is $5. www.allairevillage.org
Sunday, 11 am - 5 pm: Thompson Park Day in Middletown/Lincroft. A full day of family fun with worm races, archery, 4D movie theatre experience, video game truck, snake shows, children's races, scarecrow contest, Little Rockers performing and so much more!
Sunday, 11 am: Bees for All Seasons at Barlows Flower Farm in Sea Girt, which has a working bee hive that makes honey. Join their beekeeper as he takes you on a tour to see the hive, teach you about honey bees and what they do for the fall and winter. Honey tasting as well as a bee related craft at the end of class. Registration required. Ages 4 & up. $8.
Sunday 1 pm - 4 pm: Finding Nemo at Jenkinsons Aquarium in Pt. Beach. Go on a scavenger hunt around the acquarium and see how many of Nemo's friends you can find. With a surprise at the end! (Included with the price of admission.)
Pumpkin and Apple Picking with a Halloween Theme:
Atlantic Farms in Wall/Manasquan: Daily in October 9 am - 6 pm. Pumpkin picking, hay rides, a corn maze, and a petting farm ($2) with sheep, goats, llama, cows, donkeys, and miniature horses. You can also purchase bags of carrots and corn to feed the animals.
A. Casola Farms, Holmdel: Daily in October, 9 am - 6 pm; weekends til 5 pm. Pumpkin picking, pony rides, hayrides, a petting zoo, a giant corn maze and a Wild West show. Hot apple cider and homemade apple pies. (And ask them about the scariest nighttime haunted hayride around!)
Eastmont Orchards, Colts Neck: Apple picking (Golden Delicious, Red Rome, Arkansas Black, Braeburn, Fuji, and Yellow Newtown). Apples are $1.29 per pound (cash or check only). Pumpkin picking, too. Daily 9 am - 5 pm. Weekends til 6 pm.
Twin Pond Farms, Howell: Weekends in October, 9 am - 6 pm.Pumpkin bowling, pumpkin ring toss, moon bounce, hay wagon rides, and a one-of-a-kind corn house. A corn maze and tiny tots hay bale maze too. Each activity is about $4. Some activities open daily.
Battleview Orchards in Marlboro: Pumpkin picking, apple picking (Red Rome, Braeburn, Fuji, Granny Smith, Stayman Winesap, Jonogold, Empire, Golden Delicious and more). And hayrides on the weekends. Apple and pumpkin picking daily 10 am - 5 pm; hayrides weekends only 10 am - 4 pm.
(For more, go to www.hulafrog.com)