Fall Pumpkin Festivals in New Jersey

by Steven J. Miller

Fall pumpkin festivals include several activities that are sure to provide enjoyment to all manner of groups, from families to groups of friends, looking for entertainment. Attendees can visit pumpkin patches, make arts and crafts, watch various live performances, and participate in haunted houses or corn mazes.

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South Jersey Pumpkin Show

The South Jersey Pumpkin Show (sjpumpkinshow.com) occurs on the first or second weekend in October each year in South Egg Harbor, New Jersey. The event includes over 100 artisans, live bands, food, parades, pumpkin patches and rides for the kids. The event is help rain or shine, and the event hosts recommend purchasing tickets in advance due to limited space. At the time of publication, tickets run $2 per person and kids under 4 get in free.

Burjan's Pumpkin Festival

Burjan's Farm (burjansfarm.com) hosts a pumpkin festival that runs each weekend from September to October in Flemington, New Jersey. The farm provides a great opportunity for participants that can't commit to specific festival dates. The festival features a wide assortment of food, from snacks like popcorn, pretzels and chips to main courses involving hot dogs, ribs and chili. The hayrides are extensive and last for 20 to 30 minutes through the beautiful countryside, ending in the pumpkin patch and allowing you to select your own pumpkins. Burjan's Pumpkin Festival also has a 12-acre corn maze for you to get lost in and spend the day finding your way out.

Pumpkin Patches

Regardless of your location, the Pumpkin Directory (thepumpkindirectory.com) has links to pumpkin patches nearby. The website offers basic information and links to each pumpkin patch offering. Some of the pumpkin patches offer much more than just pumpkins for picking. Check area pumpkin patches for corn mazes, pumpkin carving contests and hayrides, as well as other family-friendly activities.

NYC Parks Pumpkin Festival

The New York City Parks Department sponsors this pumpkin festival each year on the last Saturday before Halloween in October. This event occurs in coordination with several vendors and companies in Central Park. All of the attractions are free, but bring money for food and merchandise. Some of the highlights of this festival include the Circus Berzerkus Haunted House offered each year. Additionally, you can participate in pumpkin decorating, face painting and earn prizes by competing in trivia and dressing up as a scarecrow for their scarecrow competition. The event also offers hayrides and marionette shows to entertain audiences during their stay. While not technically in New Jersey, it's only a short drive away and is considered the largest pumpkin festival in the region.

About the Author

Steven Miller graduated with a master's degree in 2010. He writes for several companies including Lowe's and IBM. He also works with local schools to create community gardens and learn environmentally responsible gardening. An avid gardener for 15 years, his experience includes organic gardening, ornamental plants and do-it-yourself home projects.

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