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Frugal Family: Apple Picking, Hayrides and Halloween

There is plenty of fall fun to be had at local orchards and markets in Monmouth County.

Have you enjoyed the seasonal change in the weather? Fall is something special in Monmouth County. Farms and businesses around the area offer pumpkin picking, haunted hayrides, fall festivals and more. Keep your calendar ready, because in the coming weeks, we will have you busy from now until Thanksgiving!

  • 375 Route 34, Colts Neck
  • 4189 Route 9 North, Freehold

Halloween comes to life Brock Farms beginning in mid-September. Brock Farms unveiled its Halloween Impressions stores in both locations. Search for the perfect costumes, masks and Halloween decorations. Other activities include a pick your own pumpkin patch and haunted houses. The Colts Neck store offers face painting on Saturdays.

  • 178 Route 35 and Schanck Road, Holmdel

Are you interested in tasty and beautiful looking vegetables? Love to pick your own? Head over to A. Casola Farms for pumpkins, fall squash, gourds, corn stalks, okra, hay, straw, seasonal flowers and bedding plants.

If you have older kids who think they’re past the Halloween hoopla, A. Casola Farms is offering nighttime haunted hayrides and pumpkin picking on Fridays and Saturdays in October. (We bet your teens will find a haunted hayride plenty spooky in the dark.) For more information, call 732-332-1533 or visit their Web site.

  • 300 Route 33, Freehold

The perfect pie and seasonal apple cider donuts are within your reach at Wemrock Orchards. In the fall, enjoy pumpkin picking and then, head over to their country store for a large selection of jams and jellies, local honey, pickled vegetables, and more. Call 732-431-2668 for more information.

Eastmont Orchards

  • 169 Route 537, Colts Neck

Fall in Monmouth County means its apple picking time. Eastmont Orchards offers over a dozen varieties of apples. You can also pick your own pumpkins, gourds and squash. Eastmont Orchards is open 9 am. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday from now until October, weather permitting. Call 732-542-5404 to find out what varieties are available and to check on weather conditions.

  • 1 Harrison Avenue, Little Silver

Sickles Market will hold its fall festival on Saturday, Oct. 15; Sunday, Oct. 16; Saturday, Oct. 22; and Sunday, Oct. 23. The event will feature face painting, pumpkin painting, kid’s coloring and more. For more information, call 732-741-9563.

mhssalum September 21, 2011 at 06:55 PM
There is one more I'd like to share...Apple Fest at Poricy Park! It's on Sunday, October 16, 2:00pm-4:00pm.
Jacklyn Corley (Editor) September 22, 2011 at 12:08 AM
Thanks for posting that event!
Mary Grant September 22, 2011 at 05:19 PM
Here is another FUN family event that is FREE! Tom Chapin is performing at The Lincroft Village Green on Sunday, OCT. 2 at 2 pm.

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