Halloween may be the star of the show this month, but there's plenty of other fun to be had in the days and weeks leading up to the big event. This month is jam-packed with fall fun, including harvest festivals and corn mazes, as well as live performances of kid favorites like The Rainbow Fish and The Wizard of Oz.
Also this month, you can meet the hard-shelled residents of Adventure Aquarium during the fourth annual Sea Turtle Awareness Weekend; dance the night away at Garden State Discovery Museum's Fairy Ball; and watch kites soar over the ocean at the LBI Fly International Kite Festival.
There are Halloween happenings aplenty, geared toward everyone from older kids to the littlest trick-or-treaters. Head down the shore for Boo at the Boardwalk, enjoy not-too-spooky fun at Goblins in the Garden in Camden, and don your black hat for Witch's Day Out in Smithville. Throughout the month, you can take the family for a ride on a Halloween train, check out a cool pumpkin display, and enjoy kid-friendly Halloween and fall fun at amusement parks like Diggerland and Storybook Land.
Read on for more than 20 of the best events this October for NJ kids. For even more ideas, check out our list of 40 Things We Can't Wait To Do with NJ Kids This Fall, and find fun that's just right for little ones in our roundup of the Best Fall Events for NJ Preschoolers. Be sure to check our Event Calendar often for new happenings added daily.