that will be in full swing on October 1 with the Fall Craft Show
and Art in the Park. Local artists
will demonstrate painting, pottery,
woodworking and textile crafts and
sell their work (adult admission $2;
children free). The Fall Flea Market follows
on October 8 (adults $1; children free).
Twice each fall, Allaire Village hosts An
Evening With Edgar Allan Poe, a live reading of
the 19th-century author’s most macabre works.
Presented by Helen McKenna-U; inside the
Allaire chapel, this spine-chilling event is set for
September 30 and October 1 ($20).
On October 7 and 8, the village will host the
interactive retelling of the classic folktale The
Legend of Sleepy Hollow. The story will be
brought to life by versatile Philadelphia-based
actor Neill Hartley, along with members of the
audience, who are invited to participate ($20).
The Haunted Hayrides and Haunted Vil-
lage event—October 14 to 15 and 21 to 22—is
a di;erent kind of interactive performance.
Ghosts, ghouls and monsters will fill the haunted
village as you tour Allaire home, set out on a
haunted hayride and meander around the village
grounds (adults $15; children $10.)
The 19th Century All Hallows
Eve event— 11 ;;- 4 ;; on October
30—will feature costumed perform-
ers in live demonstrations at Allaire’s
13 historic buildings. Cooks will make
soup over an open hearth, while the
blacksmith molds iron into nails, tongs and
black roses. A puppeteer will share fables on
the village green, and visitors can join in with
apple-cider pressing or try their hand at hoop
trundling, an old-timey game.
To celebrate in true Halloween fashion,
children can dress up and march in the annual
costume parade (prizes are awarded). Kids can
also stomp through the pumpkin patch at the old
Carriage House; enjoy a tractor, wagon or train
ride around the village grounds; or take part in
the candy-corn guess at the bakery. The village’s
antique steam train will be running, and tours of
the Allaire home will take place throughout the
day (adults $5; children $3).
Besides the seasonal events, Allaire State
Park o;ers more than 20 miles of trails for hiking,
biking and horseback riding. The park’s campground has 45 tent and trailer sites, four yurts,
six shelters and six group campsites. For more
information, visit allairevillage.org.
View From the Top
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lighthouses on New
Jersey’s coastline in
just two days. It sounds
like a manageable feat.
After all, it’s just 1,304
steps. But there’s a
reason they call this
the Lighthouse Chal-
lenge. The two-day
marathon of driving
and climbing requires
nearly 250 total miles
of travel from light-
house to lighthouse.
And, of course, for
every step up, you
must climb down.
Still, on the third
weekend of October,
hundreds of intrepid
souls set out each year
on this journey along
New Jersey’s shoreline.
For history bu;s, it’s
a chance to delight
in our state’s rich
maritime history. For
the rest of us, it’s an
opportunity for brag-
ging rights and some
The challenge, now
in its 17th year, attracts
visitors from throughout New Jersey and
across the nation, says
Nanci Coughlin, chair
of the Lighthouse
Challenge of New
and clothing to home decor,
candles and quilts.
Sat, 11 ;;- 9 ;;, Sun, 11 ;;- 6 ;;.
Virtua Total Turf Experience, 614
Lambs Road, Pitman
Harvest Food Truck &
Award-winning food trucks
will serve their celebrated
fare amid the landscape of
Alba Vineyard. The event
features live music and wine
tastings (additional cost).
Noon to 5 ;;. Adults, $10;
children aged 13 to 20, $5; 12 and
under, free. Alba Vineyard, 269
Riegelsville Warren Glen Road,
Live like the Vikings did at
this festival recreating a
legendary Nordic harvest
celebration. Enjoy Nordic
foods, artisan vendors and
presentations about Viking
culture. Norsewind Band
will be returning as well as
singer Kellianna Girouard.
This year’s theme is “
Alfheim,” meaning homeland
of the elves.
11: 30 ;; to 4: 30 ;;. Adults, $3;
seniors and children, $2; under 12,
free. Vernon Nordic House, 233
Route 94, Vernon
Rise Of the
A pathway of 5,000 hand-carved, illuminated pumpkins sets the scene for this
festival of fall art. Rise will
feature life-sized dinosaurs,
dragons, safari animals and
popular characters created
from pumpkins. Visitors can
watch artists create the displays at live carving stations.
10 ;;-10: 30 ;;. Advance tickets
required. Kids and seniors, $22;
adults, $26. Meado wlands Exposition Center, 355 Plaza Drive,
Secaucus ( therise.org)
Enjoy cider donuts and
miniature golf with fellow
ghouls. Come in your
spookiest costume and
enjoy scary storytelling,
nighttime hayrides and a
Park Ranger-guided hike.
4-9 ;; (rain date: October 31).
$10 per family; $8 for a golfing
pair. Colonial Park Putting
Course, 156 Mettlers Road, Somerset ( somersetcountyparks.org)
and Lauren Yobs
Racing against time to complete NJ’s
Lighthouse Challenge. By Lauren Bowers
Abigail Degnan of
Jersey City, left, gets into
the spirit of All Hallows
Eve. Right, from left:
Volunteers Aria, Alyssa,
Sharon and Maddie in
period garb reflecting
life in autumn 1836.
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