Morris County is filled with fall fun! Plenty of things to do with the whole family – Halloween activities, harvest festivals, apple pressing, and more! Here is just a sample of events for the first two weeks in October. And many more to come to round out the month – see our calendar for details.
Friday, October 5th
Come to Main Street dressed in your favorite Halloween costume to capitalize on the promotions and savings at our various retailers! The night will be filled with spooky haunted tours of Boonton’s past ghosts! We hope you to see you there for a spooktacular evening!
Sunday, October 7th – Whippany Railway Museum
Celebrate the Fall Harvest & the Season of the Witch at the Whippany Railway Museum on Sunday, October 7, 2018 from 12:30 to 5:30 PM, rain or shine. Enjoy the “Pumpkin Market Place Crafts fair”, and relax onboard the “Pumpkinliner” train ride as it winds its way along the rails on a 35-minute round trip excursion. Fall & Halloween characters will roam the grounds for all to enjoy.
Sundays in October
Every Sunday from 4pm to 9pm through the end of October, Chef Thomas Ciszak and Chef Dennis Mathews welcome you to celebrate the arrival of the harvest with German inspired Oktoberfest dishes featuring veal schnitzel, pork shank, bratwurst, spätzle and more. In addition to the Oktoberfest faire, you will find our favorites from the Crab Cakes (Named Best Crab Cakes in New Jersey) to our Chili Cinnamon Chilean Sea Bass, vegetarian and gluten free options.
Select dates in October – Fosterfields Living Historical Farm
Tour the Foster family home, The Willows, to explore the unique death and mourning traditions of the Victorian period. Customs, now considered strange, influenced loved ones for months and years after the deceased had passed.
Fridays and Saturdays in October – Alstede Farms
Spend the night soaking in the moonlight at Alstede Farms. All included in admission, guests will traverse acres of scenic farmland in a tractor-drawn wagon ride, stop at a pumpkin patch, navigate the corn maze by flashlight and cozy up to a crackling bonfire while listening to live music. All guests will receive their choice of hot or cold apple cider and s’mores making kits will be available for purchase.
Daily through October
Guests will experience thrill and adventure as they carefully navigate a massive maze surrounded by 10-acres of corn fields. Younger guests can warm up to the excitement by experiencing a smaller, kiddie-sized corn maze. This year’s theme is Alstede Fresh, inspiring guests to live and eat healthy with local produce and farm fresh products.
October 13th & 14th
Featuring NBC Celebrity “Produce Pete” Pete Napolitano, the historic sounds of the American Revolution’s Fife and Drum as performed by New Jersey’s own “Colonial Musketeers Junior Fife and Drum Corp., Fun, Fall-Themed “Selfie” Photo Station, South Hills Pet Adoption & Pet Costume Contest, The Morris Music Men: Morris County’s Barbershop Chorus – and more!
Observe annual apple pressing on restored historic equipment and taste the fresh cider.
Guests can enjoy a Harvest Moon Wine Tasting on the farm at the Tomasello Winery Outdoor Wine Courtyard at Alstede Farms every Saturday. Samplings of delicious wines will be available while listening to live music in a beautiful outdoor setting on the farm.
October 13th – Hackettstown
Before Twilight and True Blood, only one vampire commanded “the children of the night.” In this blood-thirsty tale of unholy terror, Count Dracula slips into Victorian London with a cargo of his native Transylvanian soil – so he can rest between victims. The city seems helpless against his frightful power, and only one man, Dr. Van Helsing, can stop the carnage. But to do this, he must uncover the vampire’s lair and pierce his heart with a wooden stake. A potent and theatrical adaptation of Bram Stoker’s classic horror novel that is strongly faithful to the original. “The script crackles with a vigorous, at times pounding style… wonderfully theatrical… no less erotic than the novel, in fact, it comes across as more so.”