School-age kids can enjoy storytimes and cool crafts at the Cotsen Children's Library's "To Be Continued" series. Photo courtesy of the library
School-age kids can enjoy storytimes and cool crafts at the Cotsen Children's Library's "To Be Continued" series. Photo courtesy of the library

75+ Free Things To Do with New Jersey Kids in October

No tricks here, just treats: we've rounded up more than 75 (!) 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 free harvest festivals, including the Hoboken Harvest FestivalPierfest 5th Annual Fall FestivalDunellen HarvestFestHarvest Homecoming at the Frazee House, and many more.

Check out admission-free pumpkin spectaculars like Pumpkin Fest 2019, the South Jersey Pumpkin Show Festival, and the 28th Annual Pumpkin Festival. And of course, 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 parades in Ocean City and Toms River.

Read on for this month's picks! For more free and low-cost fun, check out our Event Calendar, as well as our Fall Fun Guide for New Jersey Kids and more Free Halloween events.


Barnes & Noble
112 Eisenhower Parkway
Livingston, NJ 07039

Pottery Barn Kids- various locations
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Cotsen Children's Library at Princeton University Library
1 Washington Rd
Princeton, NJ 08544

Watchung Booksellers
54 Fairfield St.
Montclair, NJ 07042

Barnes & Noble East Brunswick
753 Rt 18 Brunswick Square
East Brunswick, NJ

Rutgers Landscape & Nursery
1051 US Hwy 202
Ringoes, NJ 08551

Hoboken Hisorical Musem
1301 Hudson St.
Hoboken, NJ 07030

Cotsen Children's Library at Princeton University Library
1 Washington Rd
Princeton, NJ 08544

Lovin' Oven
62a Trenton Ave
Frenchtown, NJ 08825

NJ Forest Service Nursery
370 East Veterans Hwy
Jackson, NJ 08527

Robertsville Vol. Fire Company #1
94 Route 520 Between Tennent Rd & Route 9
Morganville, NJ 07751

Lincoln Park
Lincoln Park
Jersey City, NJ 07304

The Gateway Family YMCA
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Hoboken Historical Museum
1301 Hudson St.
Hoboken, NJ 07030

215 Market St
Saddle Brook, NJ 07663

Downtown Somerville
Division Street
Somerville, NJ 08876

Downtown Scotch Plains
Park Avenue
Scotch Plains, NJ 07076

Pier Village
50 Chelsea Ave
Long Branch, NJ 07740

Verona Town Square
600 Bloomfield Avenue
Verona, NJ 07044

Cotsen Children's Library at Princeton University Library
1 Washington Rd
Princeton, NJ 08544

Barnes & Noble
44 Brick Plaza
Brick, NJ 08723

Museum of Early Trades & Crafts
9 Main Street
Madison, NJ 07940

East Rutherford Park Avenue
Park Avenue
East Rutherford , NJ 07073

Various beaches in Ship Bottom and Surf City
Long Beach Island, NJ 08008

Sussex County Fairgrounds
37 Plains Road
Augusta, NJ 07822

Salem County Fairgrounds
735 Harding Hwy
Woodstown, NJ 08098

Hightstown Business District
Hightstown, NJ 08520

Gloucester Premium Outlets
100 Premium Outlet Dr.
Blackwood, NJ 08012

Millburn Fire Department
459 Essex Street
Millburn, NJ 07041

Presbyterian Parish House
65 South St.
Morristown, NJ 07960

Psycho Trail
311 Harrison Ave
Blackwood, NJ 08012

Washington Park
North Washington Avenue
Dunellen , NJ 08812

Delicious Orchards
320 Route 34 South
Colts Neck, NJ 07722

Macculloch Hall Historical Museum
45 MacCulloch Avenue
Morristown, NJ 07960

Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center
1501 Glasstown Road
Millville, NJ 08332

Downtown Cranford
Cranford, NJ 07016

Village Green
356 Broad Street
Summit, NJ 07901

45th to 40th St. & Landis Ave.
Sea Isle City, NJ 08243

Seton Hall University
400 South Orange Avenue
South Orange, NJ 07079

New Jersey State Museum
205 West State St.
Trenton, NJ 08608

Pier A Park
100 Sinatra Drive
Hoboken, NJ 07030

Jenkinson's Boardwalk
Ocean Avenue
Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742

Westfield Train Station
South Avenue
Westfield, NJ 07090

Downtown Chatsworth
Chatsworth, NJ 08019

Historic Cold Spring Village
720 Rt 9 South
Cape May, NJ

Frazee House
1451 Raritan Road
Scotch Plains, NJ 07076

Historic Smithville Village
615 E Moss Mill Rd.
Smithville , NJ 08205

Tulpehaking Nature Center
157 Westcott Ave
Hamilton, NJ 08619

New Jersey State Museum
205 West State Street
Trenton, NJ 08608

Thompson Park
805 Newman Springs Rd.
Lincroft, NJ 07738

Perry Street and Carpenter Lane
Cape May, NJ

Marty's Place Senior Dog Sanctuary
118 Route 526
Upper Freehold , NJ 08501

6th Street & Asbury Avenue
Ocean City, NJ 08223

Presby Memorial Iris Gardens
474 Upper Mountain Ave.
Upper Montclair, NJ 07043

Cape May County Zoo
707 Route 9 North
Cape May Court House, NJ 08210

Historic Smithville Village
615 E Moss Mill Rd.
Smithville, NJ 08205

various Union locations
Union, NJ 07033

Brookdale Park Dog Park
Grove Street
Montclair, NJ

Montclair Brewery
101 Walnut Street
Montclair, NJ 07042

Wheaton Arts & Cultural Center
1501 Glasstown Road
Millville, NJ 08332

Veteran's Memorial Park
Continental Ave
River Edge, NJ 07646

Bernardsville Train Station
Route 202 & Depot Sq Lot 1
Bernardsville, NJ 07924

Olde New Jersey Avenue betwen 2nd and Walnut Ave
North Wildwood, NJ

Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center
1501 Glasstown Road
Millville, NJ 08332

Springfield Avenue
Providence, NJ 07974

Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA
1340 Martine Avenue
Scotch Plains, NJ 07076

Toms River Shopping Centre
corner of Rt. 37 & Rt. 166 (Main St.)
Tom's River, NJ 08753

Downtown Somerville
Main Street and Division Street
Somerville, NJ 08876

Downtown Morristown
Morristown, NJ 07960

Emlen Physick Estate
1048 Washington St.
Cape May, NJ 08204

New Glassboro Town Square
220 Rowan Boulevard
Glassboro , NJ

Fanwood Memorial Library
5 Forest Road
Fanwood, NJ 07023

Montville Community Park Amphitheater
Montville, NJ 07045