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It’s that time of year again! If you love autumn like we do, you’ve been thinking about it since the hottest days of August. The crisp, cool air surrounds us as we reach for sweaters and enjoy the colorful leaves. The pumpkins are on our porches and suddenly we feel the need to bake breads, cookies and homemade treats. To keep that mood going, grab your calendar. Here are some fall events happening in and around Jersey City this year.

Fall Events Around Jersey City

Once again, Jersey City is a great location for activities to reflect the season. There are plenty of kid-friendly Bring the kiddos along to these spots this month.

  • JC Harvest Festival – On Saturday October 13 head to City Hall Plaza for pumpkin decorating, music and kid-friendly fun.
  • Demarest Farms events – Throughout fall, Demarest Farms offers countless activities to celebrate fall, no matter what your age. From pumpkin picking to haunted orchards, there’s tons to choose from. Or just stock up on all things fall-related like blooming mums and freshly-picked apples.
  • Family Halloween Bash – This Halloween evening, bring the kids to The Newark Ave. Pedestrian Mall for a spookily good time. Enjoy face painting, music and candy.
  • After the Harvest Wine & Food Event – On Saturday October 27, call a babysitter and get ready to taste some amazing dishes paired with wine. The Culinary Arts Institute at Hudson County Community College, the Cultural and Heritage Affairs/Tourism Development team and members of the Garden State Wine Growers Association will come together to present this delicious event.


Halloween has changed over the years. Certainly the holiday’s origins were not kid-friendly, but many communities now promote alternatives to traditional trick or treating. Halloween parties, parades and “trunk or treat” events are more common. Still, parents and guardians should take a look at updated safety measures to ensure the little ones don’t get a real scare.

  • First, choose bright or colorful costumes and apply reflective tape if going outside in the evening.
  • Make sure all masks have large openings for eyes and nose/mouth.
  • Use non-toxic makeup and be sure to test on a small area of skin before applying.
  • Choose costumes that are flame resistant
  • An adult needs to check all candy or food before children eat it.
  • Finally, for kids who do go trick or treating, remind them to never ever enter a stranger’s house. Stay in a group and close to a trusted adult.


Enjoy all of what the area has to offer this year with fall events. If you’re moved to entertain guests, put on some spooky sounds and impress them with a trendy Halloween costume. Or you may just want to sit back and enjoy the changing views with something sweet and a cup of tea.