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Top Five Things to Do In New Jersey This Week – October 6-12

Among all the fun things to do in New Jersey this week, there are a number of unique events that you’ll want to check out. From literary events to historical events to prehistoric technologies, Things To Do In New Jersey has the scoop on all of the great events happening around the state. There are even a few “bonus” events this week as there are several Halloween activities happening at Allaire State Park. They all sounded so cool, I couldn’t just mention one! Here are the top five things to do in New Jersey this week…

1. Collingswood Book Festival
October 11
Haddon Avenue
Collingswood, New Jersey

The Collingswood Book Festival is the longest-running, largest literary event in the Delaware Valley. More than six blocks of Haddon Avenue will be filled with nationally-recognized authors of books for adults and children (including New Jersey authors Dan Gutman, Margie Gelbwasser, Yvonne Ventresca, Natalie Zaman, Charlotte Bennardo, Marcie Aboff, Daryl Cobb, Traci Dunham, Alison Ashley Formento, Denise Dowling Mortensen, Lyn Sirota, and Nancy Viau), as well as booksellers and vendors of book-related merchandise and crafts, poetry readings, storytellers, workshops, exhibitors, lots of things to do for kids in the Loompaland Kid Zone, and live entertainment for all ages. All events are free.

2. Mullica Hill Ghost Walk
October 11
Blueplate Restaurant
47 S. Main Street
Mullica Hill, New Jersey
Tickets $7/person (free for children in strollers)

Join the Harrison Township Historical Society for our ever-popular Ghost Walk. Explore Mullica Hill’s haunted history as you walk past the historic houses and public buildings along Main Street during the 1 and 1/2-hour guided tour.

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The Historic Brook Theater is one of the many locations open to the public during Somerset County’s Weekend Journey Through The Past. | Photo credit: Jerrye & Roy Klotz, MD via Wikimedia Commons

3. Somerset County Weekend Journey Through The Past
October 11-12
20 Grove Street
Somerville, New Jersey
Saturday: 10am-5pm / Sunday: 12pm-4pm

More than 2 dozen historic sites countywide will be open free to visitors featuring tours, history interpretations, exhibitions, programs, arts and more. Held Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm and Sunday from Noon – 4 pm.


4. Celebrate Halloween at Allaire State Park!

There are several things to do at Allaire State Park this weekend for those looking to celebrate Halloween.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow:
An Interactive Adaptation of the Classic Ghost Story
October 10-11
Historic Allaire Village Chapel
Allaire State Park
4263 Atlantic Avenue
Farmingdale, New Jersey
Fee: $15 (advance ticket purchase recommended)

Celebrate Halloween with a dramatic rendition of Washington Irving’s classic ghost story, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” performed by Neill Hartley. Watch as Ichabod interacts with his students, leads the congregation in song and dancing with his love Katrina Van Tassel, and takes his fateful journey home where he meets the Headless Horseman! Seating is limited to 100 for each performance, so advanced purchase is recommended. Visit Allaire Village online (or call 732-919-3500) for more information and to purchase tickets.

Haunted Halloween Express
Pine Creek Railroad at NJ Museum of Transportation
Allaire State Park
4265 Atlantic Avenue
Wall Township, New Jersey
7:30pm – 9:30pm – every half hour (weather permitting)
Fee: $7.50 – purchase tickets at the train station

The Haunted Halloween Express has been an annual Halloween tradition at Allaire State Park for decades. Enjoy a spooky nighttime ride and walk through the haunted woods of Allaire State Park. This event runs every weekend up until Halloween. Visit Pine Creek Railroad online or call (732-938-5524) for more information.

19th Century All Hallows Eve
Historic Allaire Village
Allaire State Park
4263 Atlantic Avenue
Farmingdale, New Jersey
10am – 4pm
Fee: $5 per person (Under 6 free)

Visit Historic Allaire Village this Sunday for an old-fashioned All Hallows Eve celebration. This event will feature things to do for all ages including a costume parade with prizes for children under age 12, face painting, wagon rides, puppet shows, cider pressing demonstrations, children’s games and town ball (a predecessor to baseball) at Gardner’s Cottage, 19th century cooking demonstrations, storytelling in the Carriage House, pumpkin painting (free pumpkins – limited quantity- 1st come/1st serve), and arts and crafts activities.

5. Primitive Technologies Weekend
October 11-12
Washington Crossing State Park – Nature Center
355 Washington Crossing-Pennington Road
Titusville, New Jersey
Noon – 4:30 pm
Free for all ages

Archaeologists, flint knappers, and primitive technologists from throughout the region will be on hand at this unique event, demonstrating and discussing primitive skills used by local Native Americans and indigenous people across the globe in prehistoric times. Stone tool-making, edible and useful plants, atlatl throwing, primitive weapon construction, and more will all be a part of this fun and educational event for all ages.