Free in October: 55+ Things To Do in New Jersey with Kids

Meet fireman, police officers, and EMTs at Mission Gratitude's Touch-A-Truck event. Photo courtesy Pediatric Dental Associates of Randolph
Meet fireman, police officers, and EMTs at Mission Gratitude's Touch-A-Truck event. Photo courtesy Pediatric Dental Associates of Randolph

No tricks here, just treats: We've rounded up more than 55 FREE events for NJ kids and families in October. Save your money for candy and costumes, and load up on dozens of no-cost events every day of the month. Food, crafts, and fall fun are on tap at harvest festivals, including the Dunellen HarvestFest and Hoboken Harvest Festival, plus community fairs like Scotch Plains Day and Seton Hall Weekend.

October comes to a close with the main event of the season: Halloween. Throw on those costumes and head over to FREE celebrations, including trunk-or-treats in Wildwood and Glassboro and annual favorites like Cape May's Boo at the Zoo.

Read on for this month's gratis picks! For more FREE and low-cost fun, check out our Family Activity Calendar, as well as our Fall Fun Guide for New Jersey Kids and Halloween Events and Guide for NJ Kids.

Subscribe to our newsletters to get stories like this delivered directly to your inbox.

Places featured in this article:


Pediatric Dental Associates of Randolph

Historic Cold Spring Village

Princeton Public Library

Wells Mills County Park

Downtown Chatsworth

Noyes Arts Garage at Stockton University

Jefferson School Parking Lot

Barnegat Public Dock

The Whitechapel Projects

Sussex County Fairgrounds

Downtown Morristown

Montville Community Park Amphitheater
There & Back: The Journey to Vietnam and Home
New Jersey Vietnam Veteran Memorial Foundation - 10:00 AM
Festival of Trees
Morven Museum & Garden - 10:00 AM
Playtime at the Library
Ramsey Free Public Library - 11:00 AM
Smithsonian Spark!Lab
Morris Museum - 12:00 PM
Newark Winter Village
Mulberry Commons - 3:00 PM
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides