1. Pumpkin Patch, Beer Garden & Food Trucks at Pier 13
After that amazing massage at Health in Hands Hoboken, how about taking a 4-minute walk to a family-friendly beer garden with drink specials for every budget, food trucks for every palate, water sports for your everyday adventure, and stunning views of the New York City Skyline for everyone to love? Yes, you can experience all this and more at Pier 13. Extending into the Hudson River, Pier 13 brings the backyard atmosphere to you, and this fall the “backyard” becomes a pumpkin patch until Sunday, October 15 or 22nd at 10pm the last day of Pier 13’s season, weather permitting.
2. Fall Family Fun Day at Hoboken Historical Museum
Just a stone’s throw away from our Hoboken Spa location (literally a 2-minute walk around the corner), is the Hoboken Historical Museum, housed inside one of the oldest buildings on Hoboken’s waterfront known as the Shipyard. This museum collects and exhibits artifacts that celebrate Hoboken’s history while offering tours and educational community programs as well as art and cultural events. One free event for the season is Fall Family Fun Day on Sunday afternoon, October 15 from 12-4pm, designed to encourage and engage the creative crafter inside all of us—just in time for Halloween—with games and live music too.
3. Hoboken Harvest Festival at Pier A Park
With a bike path, playground, plenty of benches and grassy space to lounge, have a picnic and reflect while taking in the marvelous view of Manhattan, Pier A Park is a prime Hoboken location for relaxation and play. On Saturday, October 21 from 11am – 3pm, you can do all that and more at the Hoboken Harvest Festival, featuring free activities including pumpkin and face painting, hayrides and pony rides, a petting zoo, music, balloons—and Puffy the Dragon.
While not located in Hoboken’s Hudson County, Demarest Farms is well-worth the approximately 35-minute drive, headed northwest from Health In Hands Hoboken, into Hillsdale, Bergen County, New Jersey. Since 1886, this farm has harvested produce of the finest quality and today’s specialties include a salad bar, gourmet delicatessens, bakery, ice cream parlor and homemade donuts. Every autumn, this local farmstead becomes an apple orchard and pumpkin patch offering days and times to Pick Your Own (PYO) plump pumpkins to carve and juicy apples to eat off the tree and slice into pies. Come Friday evenings, October 13 and 20, for the family fun of Pumpkin Picking and Movie Night where you can watch The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin, take a tractor-pulled hayride, check out the petting zoos, corn box and adventure playground all while sipping hot apple cider.
5. Hoboken Ragamuffin Parade and Costume Contest
And finally, right outside our Hoboken Spa doors on Tuesday, October 31—All Hollow’s Eve, aka Halloween—you can put on your funniest, scariest or most elaborate costume and join the march of the Hoboken Ragamuffin Parade and Costume Contest. To participate, meet at Washington between 13th and 14th Streets at 3:15pm. Otherwise, simply enjoy the ghoulish parade full of floats, festivities and live local music performances, followed by the costume contest at 4:30pm.