Festive Fall Activities in Hunterdon County


As the weather chills, leaves turn deeper shades of orange and red, the nights get longer and the days get shorter, and as Halloween nears, we find ourselves yearning to do more festive things that correspond with the seasons. Why not take a look around Hunterdon County for a sweet treat or some All-Hallows-Eve fun?

If you are looking for a quick scare or some hayride fun, Schaefer’s Farm, located at 1051 County Road 523, offers a scenic hayride during the day with a corn maze and a chance to feed animals. Admission is 12 dollars per person if you’re using a card and 10 dollars if using cash. At night, the hayride then transforms into the Farm of Horrors where you take a haunting walk through the corn maze, a haunted house, and a graveyard trying not to get spooked by the monsters hiding in the shadows. This family-run, Hunterdon County classic, fall and Halloween excursion is sure to have something for everyone, depending on the time of day.

If you’re on the hunt for a different place for some fall fun, Pumpkin Junction at Everitt Farm, located at 34 Toad Lane in Ringoes, offers a corn maze, wagon rides, a petting zoo, and — hence the name — a 600 acre pumpkin patch. With a small admissions fee of only 8 dollars, it’s worth every penny. This spooky event is adorned with fall-inspired decorations and goodies for sale, as well as food and drinks.

The Black River & Western Railroad, located either at the Flemington or Ringoes Station, offers a train ride to and from Pumpkin Junction if you’re so inclined to take it. Looking for a quick trip on the weekend? The train runs on Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets are 21 dollars for ages 12 and up and are available to purchase online. The train will take you out to the pumpkin patch and wait an hour while you pick your pumpkins before heading back to the initial station you came from. Going out in the pumpkin patch is a great way to add some classic fall family fun to your day!

If you’re leaning more towards some fall or Halloween foods, the Hunterdon Land Trust Farmers Market, located on Frenchton Flemington Road in Flemington, offers freshly prepared seasonal meals, bakery items, and produce. The farmers market is open every Sunday from 9 am to 1 pm. Not only is it a great chance to support our local farmer, but it also gets you a delicious bite to eat.

If you’re looking for a different kind of fall activity you can always turn to Melick’s Town Farm in Oldwick. The farm features apple orchards featuring just about every apple variety you could ask for. Not only can you pick apples but they also sell pre-picked apples, homemade goodies like apple cider and baked goods are made with their own apples! The orchard also features tractor wagon rides, a tractor tire playground for kids, a corn maze, goats, a picnic area, and 200 acres of land to explore.

Hunterdon County has an abundance of fall or Halloween activities. Whether you’re looking for a fright or a good bite to eat, you’ll still be supporting local businesses. So, try to take advantage of these autumn events before they go out of season, only to return next year!