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7:00 am

Boat and Kayak Rentals at Manasquan Reservoir

October 17 @ 7:00 am - 6:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 am on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until October 31, 2020

Monmouth County Parks NJ United States
$14.54

Details about and the schedule for boat and kayak rentals on the Manasquan Reservoir.

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8:00 am

Lighthouse Challenge at Tuckerton Seaport

October 17 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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One event on October 18, 2020 at 8:00 am

Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen’s Museum 120 West Main Street
Tuckerton, NJ 08087 United States
$3

Lighthouse enthusiasts can visit every lighthouse in New Jersey over this exciting two day event (Note: Night climbs are available at the Absecon, Cape May and Tuckerton Seaport lighthouses). For more information on the Lighthouse Challenge, please visit the Lighthouse Challenge of NJ website:

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Cape May Outdoor Fitness Classes

October 17 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 8:00 am on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until October 31, 2020

Cape May (See Description) Cape May, NJ United States
$5

Cape May Recreation is now offering beach yoga and Zumba at Rotary Park.   Beach yoga for all levels takes place Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings at 8:00 am on the beach behind Convention Hall located at 714 Beach Avenue. Classes are $5 cash. Class size is limited to 50 participants and all...

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Downtown Toms River Scarecrow Walk

October 17 @ 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 8:00 am, repeating until October 31, 2020

Downtown Toms River, Washington Street
Toms River, NJ 08753 United States
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Free

The Scarecrow Walk returns to Downtown Toms River for the 5th Year! The streets will be lined with this crazy cast of characters! Come downtown to pick the winners - VOTE for your favorite! Scarecrows will be on display along Washington Street from October 13 - October 31, 2020.  Participating shops will have ballots.  Just look...

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Branchville Scarecrow Stroll

October 17 @ 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 8:00 am, repeating until October 31, 2020

Broad Street Books, 1 Mill Street
Branchville, NJ United States
Free

Branchville Borough Historical Society and Broad Street Books are hosting the 5th Annual Branchville Scarecrow Contest! 5th Annual #BranchvilleScarecrowContest Rules: Must use a REAL PUMPKIN for the head! Please keep it family friendly! Must be a Branchville Resident or Branchville Business. Call ‪973-948-2840‬ if you are a #Branchville resident in need of a scarecrow frame...

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Vineland Scarecrow Display

October 17 @ 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 8:00 am, repeating until October 31, 2020

Landis Ave. Vineland, NJ United States
Free

Main Street Vineland is again planning two downtown major events for the Halloween season—a month-long Scarecrow Challenge on The Ave contest and a Pumpkin Patch Party on Saturday, October 31. The Scarecrow Challenge on The Ave is returning this year, again in partnership with the Vineland Board of Education. All Vineland public and private schools,...

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Ewing Green Team Scarecrow Contest

October 17 @ 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 8:00 am, repeating until October 29, 2020

Senior and Community Center – Ewing Ewing, NJ United States
Free

Mayor Bert Steinmann, the Ewing Green Team, Ewing Arts Commission and Art Has No Boundaries are pleased to announce that our 2nd All Around Town Scarecrow Scavenger Hunt is now open. 49 Ewing local businesses, civic groups, organizations, schools and residents have signed up to create and display their very own scarecrows!  We invite you to join the hunt and test your hometown knowledge...

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Keyport Scarecrow Contest

October 17 @ 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 8:00 am, repeating until October 23, 2020

Keyport Public Library NJ United States
Free

The Friends of the Keyport Public Library present: Keyport’s 6th Annual Scarecrow Contest! Yes, it’s that time again to get super creative in the making of Keyport’s Best Scarecrow! Prizes to the winners! Generously sponsored by the Keyport Bayfront Business Cooperative . SCHEDULE: Drop Off Finished Scarecrows at the Library - Friday, October 16, 2020...

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South Plainfield Scarecrow Festival

October 17 @ 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 8:00 am, repeating until November 2, 2020

South Plainfield Borough Hall, 2480 Plainfield Ave
South Plainfield, NJ United States
Free

Thursday, October 8 - Monday, November 2 The scarecrows will be on display on the Front Lawn of Borough Hall until November 2. The displays will be fun for everyone!   For more information about this event, please visit the link listed here or the event organizer listed in the organizer area of this event...

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Hackettstown Scarecrow Stroll

October 17 @ 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 8:00 am, repeating until November 8, 2020

Main St- Hackettstown, Main St
Hackettstown, NJ United States
Free

October 12th – November 8th ~ There is NO theme this year! The Hackettstown Business Improvement District in partnership with WRNJ Radio, will hold the 8th Annual Scarecrow Contest. The  HKTWN BID businesses will be displaying Scarecrows around town. This year, the BID again invites visitors and residents to take a Scarecrow Selfie, and submit...

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Vernon Scarecrow Displays

October 17 @ 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 8:00 am, repeating until October 29, 2020

Vernon Township, 36 Maple Grange Rd
Vernon, NJ United States
Free

Scarecrows will be on display in Vernon from Friday, October 16 until Thursday, October 29.

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10:00 am

ONLINE Art for Families at Princeton University Art Museum

October 17 @ 10:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Saturday, repeating until December 12, 2020

ONLINE EVENT NJ United States
Free

Are you missing our Saturday Art for Families activities at the Museum? They are now offering online projects you can complete with children at home using materials on hand. Schedule: September 5 - Kente Cloth September 12 - Remington's Horses September 19 - Josef Albers's Colorful Compositions September 26 - Spanish Knights October 3 -...

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Fosterfields Living Historical Farm Drive Thru Tours

October 17 @ 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
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An event every day that begins at 10:00 am, repeating until October 30, 2020

Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, 73 Kahdena Rd
Morris Township, NJ United States
$10

Fosterfields Living Historical Farm Drive Thru Tours See Fosterfields Living Historical Farm like never before! Take a drive-thru tour of the farm from the comfort and safety of your vehicle!   See your favorite Fosterfields animals including Hobbes, the retired Belgian draft horse, sheep, including our newest Shropshire breed, the Jersey cows, and of course, Carl...

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Scarecrow Alley at the Physick Estate

October 17 @ 10:00 am - 8:45 pm
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An event every day that begins at 10:00 am, repeating until November 7, 2020

Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St
Cape May, NJ 08204 United States
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Free

October 9 - November 7, 2020 at the Emlen Physick Estate The grounds of Cape May’s original haunted house, the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., have been transformed for the spooky season. Scarecrow Alley is a highlight of the Estate’s Halloween decorations. Walk the grounds and vote for your favorite ghoulishly gruesome or foolishly...

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Ventnor City Fall Fun Day

October 17 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Newport Ave. – Ventnor City, Newport & Atlantic Aves.
Ventnor City, NJ United States
Free

Saturday, October 17 -10:00 am - 5:00 pm Fall Fun Day on Newport Avenue Beach featuring crafters, food trucks, sing-a-long karaoke from 2 to 4 p.m. and Hocus Pocus on the beach at 4 p.m.  Visitors must maintain social distancing and wear masks when needed.

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11:00 am

Haunted Seaport at the Tuckerton Seaport

October 17 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Sunday, Monday and Saturday, repeating until October 31, 2020

Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen’s Museum 120 West Main Street
Tuckerton, NJ 08087 United States
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$12.50

Details about the Tuckerton Seaport's annual Halloween event, the Haunted Seaport with scary and nonscary activities.

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How much are the Tuckerton Seaport Halloween Boat Rides?

Halloween Boat Rides at the Tuckerton Seaport

October 17 @ 11:00 am - 11:50 am
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Sunday, Monday and Saturday, repeating until October 26, 2020

An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Sunday, Monday and Saturday, repeating until October 26, 2020

An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Sunday, Monday and Saturday, repeating until October 31, 2020

An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Sunday, Monday and Saturday, repeating indefinitely

An event every week that begins at 3:00 pm on Sunday, Monday and Saturday, repeating until October 31, 2020

An event every week that begins at 4:00 pm on Sunday, Monday and Saturday, repeating until October 31, 2020

One event on October 17, 2020 at 5:00 pm

Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen’s Museum 120 West Main Street
Tuckerton, NJ 08087 United States
$12.50

Details about the Tuckerton Seaport Halloween boat rides, a new Halloween event in Tuckerton, New Jersey.

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1:00 pm

Free Admission Days at The West Milford Museum

October 17 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Saturday, repeating until November 21, 2020

West Milford Museum, 1477 Union Valley Road
West Milford, NJ United States
Free

Situated in the heart of the New Jersey Highlands, the Township of West Milford offers a welcome respite from the hectic pace of the metropolitan area. The WEST MILFORD MUSEUM site is located in the center of this large Township, at 1477 UNION VALLEY ROAD, and contains numerous records of the Township's development through the...

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Double Trouble State Park Village Tours and Table Talks

October 17 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Saturday, repeating until October 17, 2020

An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Thursday, repeating until October 29, 2020

Double Trouble State Park, 581 Pinewald Keswick Road
Bayville, NJ 08721 United States
Free

Seasons of Change Hike - Saturdays: Thursdays from 10:00 am - 11:30 am Join for a 2 mile guided hike on relatively flat, sandy ground as we walk the nature trail to see the changing colors of the fall foliage. Starts outside the restroom building. No registration necessary. Held weather permitting. Masks required for when...

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5:00 pm

How much are the Tuckerton Seaport Halloween Boat Rides?

Halloween Boat Rides at the Tuckerton Seaport

October 17 @ 5:00 pm - 5:50 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:00 pm on Sunday, Monday and Saturday, repeating until October 26, 2020

An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Sunday, Monday and Saturday, repeating until October 26, 2020

An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Sunday, Monday and Saturday, repeating until October 31, 2020

An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Sunday, Monday and Saturday, repeating indefinitely

An event every week that begins at 3:00 pm on Sunday, Monday and Saturday, repeating until October 31, 2020

An event every week that begins at 4:00 pm on Sunday, Monday and Saturday, repeating until October 31, 2020

One event on October 17, 2020 at 5:00 pm

Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen’s Museum 120 West Main Street
Tuckerton, NJ 08087 United States
$12.50

Details about the Tuckerton Seaport Halloween boat rides, a new Halloween event in Tuckerton, New Jersey.

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5:30 pm

Outdoor Dining and Family Programming at Imagine That in Florham Park

October 17 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:30 pm on Friday and Saturday, repeating until October 24, 2020

Imagine That, 4 Vreeland Road
Florham Park, NJ 07932 United States
$6 – $60

Imagine That has transformed out parking lot into an outdoor entertainment arena and place 6 ft x 8 ft turf squares all 6 feet apart from one another. Dates: Every Friday and Saturday through October 24 Admission: $60 for one turf square that fits up to 6 people. There is a full commercial kitchen where...

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7:00 pm

Drive In Movies in Vineland at the Delsea Drive In

October 17 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Sunday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until October 18, 2020

Delsea Drive In Movie Theatre, 2203 South Delsea Drive
Vineland, NJ 08360 United States
$11

Details about the Delsea Drive In movie schedule.

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Drive In Movies in Holmdel at Bell Works

October 17 @ 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Sunday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until October 22, 2020

Bell Works – Holmdel, 101 Crawfords Corner Rd
Holmdel, NJ 07733 United States
$25

Details and schedule for the Drive In Movies in Holmdel at Bell Works.

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Ghostly Campfire Tales at The Hancock House

October 17 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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One event on October 17, 2020 at 7:00 pm

Hancock House, 3 Front St
Hancocks Bridge, NJ 08038 United States
Free

Ghostly Campfire Tales 2020 Friday, October 16 & Saturday, October 17 Sessions at 7:00 pm & 9:00 pm Raindates: Friday, October 23 &/or Saturday, October 24 This is a free outside event, please dress accordingly. Bring your own cider or hot beverage to enjoy - blankets are encouraged!  Please wear a mask and practice social...

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