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Halloween and Fall Foliage Train Rides for New Jersey Kids

Halloween and hayrides go hand in hand, but if you really want to up your game this year, take a trip on a Halloween train! If you have a junior conductor in your family, don't miss out on one of these four seasonal NJ railway adventures—plus one across the Delaware in Pennsylvania.

From spooky to scenic, these rides offer a unique bit of fall fun for the whole family: passengers can take a seat in a vintage caboose, travel through gorgeous fall foliage, visit a pumpkin patch, and even trick-or-treat onboard. After the ride, round out the day with autumn activities like corn mazes, crafts, and a costume party.

Check out our NJ Fall Fun Guide for even more seasonal family fun around the state.

Weekend Fun: Civil War Weekend, PlayDay South Orange, Fall Fests

On this mid-September weekend, get ready to jump into fall like a big pile of leaves. Make room on your calendar for seasonal favorites like Terhune's Family Fall Fun Weekends, corn mazes at Alstede Farms and Stony Hill Farms, and the spooky, pre-Halloween Fright Fest at Six Flags Great Adventure.

Take advantage of end-of-summer, almost-fall temperatures when you bask in seaside adventures at the Wind & Sea Festival, old-fashioned fun at Fall Harvest Fest, and an all-night celebration at Family Overnight Campfire Festival. Plus, don't miss local festivals like Jersey City's All About Downtown Street Fair, PlayDay South Orange, Fanny Wood Day Street Fair, and Bridgewater's Community Day Featuring Touch-a-Truck & Dog Day.

Check out our Fall Fun Guide for NJ Kids for more options for family fun, including 40 Free Things To Do with New Jersey Kids in September. And look to our September GoList and event calendar for a complete listing of happenings this weekend and beyond.

Apple Recipes to Make with Kids: Making the Most of Apple Picking Adventures

What do with all those apples? Whether we've plucked our bounty from an orchard or market, there comes a time each fall when we feel like we'll never make a dent in our fall harvest. That's why we at Mommy Poppins decided to pull together our favorite family recipes for using up all that red, green, and gold goodness. After you've checked out an apple picking spot in Boston, New YorkPhiladelphia, Los AngelesNew Jersey, Westchester, or Connecticut, set aside a cozy morning or afternoon to prepare one or two of these family-friendly treats with your little sous-chefs.

20+ Fun-Filled Fall Day Trips for New Jersey Families

Leaves are crunching underfoot, a chill is in the air, and the smell of pumpkin spice is everywhere, so it must be autumn in New Jersey—a perfect time for family day trips. We've got the lowdown on the best corn mazes, foliage tours, harvest festivals, and pick-your-own farms in the state. So grab a sweater and a mug of hot cider and head out with the family for an amazing fall day trip. And don't miss our Fall Fun Guide for even more family outings. 

50+ Fall Events for New Jersey Preschoolers

If your preschoolers are bursting with energy in the fall, we present you with 50+ ways to keep them busy with oodles of seasonal fun. The new season brings with it some awesome outdoor festivals, corn mazes, train rides, touch-a-trucks, and more for the 5-and-under set! 

Catch big names at preschool-friendly performances of Peppa Pig, Sesame Street Live, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Disney On Ice, and A Charlie Brown Christmas. Or head outside with your little ones to enjoy the beautiful weather and colors at events like the Great Pumpkin Train Ride, Giant Corn Maze AdventuresGreat Pumpkin Festival, and Hefty Harvest & Scary Scarecrows.

Plus, get in the Halloween spirit at non-spooky events such as Boo at the Boardwalk and Trick-or-Treat Weekend at Storybook Land.

Read on for the full list of fun fall events for little ones in New Jersey. And don't forget to check out our Fall Fun Guide and Event Calendar to find even more great things to do this season!

Amazing Corn Mazes at Family-Friendly New Jersey Farms

Get ready… get set… get lost in an amazing New Jersey corn maze! The Garden State is home to oodles of spectacular corn mazes, ranging from massive 10-acre labyrinths to simpler, child-friendly courses, including hay bale mazes just right for toddlers and preschoolers. Games, clues, and even techie bonuses enhance many of the more elaborate maze experiences. Got a tween or teen? Check out courses that are open after hours for a nighttime and sometimes spooky adventure.

Many of these 16 corn mazes we've rounded up are day trip–worthy on their own, but you'll also likely find apple and pumpkin picking options, hayrides, and even fall festivals, plus petting zoos in some instances. So get out your fall to-do list, and navigate your way through one of these great New Jersey corn mazes. Check out our Fall Fun Guide for NJ Kids to find even more ways to enjoy the crisp autumn days.

Weekend Fun: WILD Outdoor Expo, Hefty Harvest, FunFest

What's on this weekend's menu? How about Greek delights, delicious seafood, and tons of pre-fall fun. Greek food is in abundance at both St. Demetrios Greek Festival and Flemington Opa! Greek Festival, while aquatic fare is on tap at the Atlantic City Seafood Festival. With fall just around the corner, enjoy some outdoor time at the New Jersey WILD Outdoor Expo and the 16th Annual Insect Festival, plus seasonal favorite Hefty Harvest & Scary Scarecrows.

Grandma and Grandpa are the big stars on Sunday, which is Grandparents' Day. Treat them to an Excursion Train Ride, a celebration at Warinanco Park, or a stroll through a fair in downtown Red Bank or the Princeton Airport.

Check out our Fall Fun Guide for NJ Kids for more options for family fun, including 40 Things We Can't Wait to Do with NJ Kids This Fall. And look to our September GoList and event calendar for a complete listing of happenings this weekend and beyond.

52 School Lunch Ideas for Lunches Kids Will Actually Eat

Chances are that by now you've had some healthy, well-packed lunches delivered back into your hands virtually untouched at the school end of the day. There should be a special name for the heartbreak one endures at the words "I told you I hate peanut-butter and jelly," when not only is this the first you're hearing of it, but you spent extra money on organic jelly and freshly ground peanut butter. And if not PBJ, then what? Well, we've got 52 answers to that question!

40 Things We Can't Wait to Do with NJ Kids This Fall

 What’s not to love about fall? The cool autumn air, brilliantly colored leaves, apples, pumpkins, Halloween... the list goes on and on. Once fall begins, I always find that my calendar is bursting with activities, from pumpkin picking to harvest festivals and everything Halloween. Get outside and take advantage of all of the seasonal fun our Garden State has to offer. Here are 40 fantastic fall activities to enjoy with your family.

Looking for more? Check out our NJ Fall Fun Guide, which we'll continue to update throughout the season.

September GoList: The Best Things To Do With NJ Kids This Month

Help the kids ease their back-to-school blues with some excellent events happening throughout NJ in September. From early fall fun to awesome animal encounters, we've hand-picked more than 20 of our favorite things to do this month. You can visit  African penguins or hang with friendly alpacas, sing along with princesses, ride a pumpkin train, have a sleepover on a farm, and so much more. 

For even more September fun, look to our roundup of September Fairs and Festivals and the best places to pick your own apples, and find a great selection of after-school activities in our Guide to Classes and Enrichment Programs for NJ Kids. Don't forget to check out our Event Calendar for a complete listing of happenings this month and beyond. 

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