Do you know what happens to a beach town at the jersey shore, after tourists have gone home? When Long Beach Island becomes a “ghost town” each October, LBI entertainment brings in Halloween. Experience the festivals, hayrides, the bonfires, and try to avoid the Jersey Devil with LBI entertainment for Halloween!
LBI Entertainment for Halloween
Peak-season beach days are over. The summer heat has turned into the fall chill, and popular forms of LBI entertainment like Chowder Fest and LBI Fly International Kite Festival have passed. Does this mean LBI turns into a ghost town? Not technically, but there are some spook-tacular events ahead to draw crowds and put people right into the Halloween spirit!
Saturday, October 22: LBI Entertainment for the whole family!
Beach Haven’s Fall Festival at Veteran’s Park from 11am- 5pm will bring the community together for a full day of family friendly fun. Like all good fall festivals, local food vendors will be in attendance ready to break you of your beach body. You can work off those yummy calories participating in the town-wide line dancing video shoot, which will film here and be used as promo material for the town. If you’re camera shy, you can still shake off your calories dancing to the live bands scheduled to perform. For those who want to take a whack at competitive eating, sign up for the pie-eating contest. And for the kids, there will be pumpkin painting, pony rides, and a petting zoo. There are other fun things to do for the whole family at the Fall Festival.
In close connection to the Fall Festival is Long Beach Island Historical Association’s (LBIHA) Ghost Fest from 12pm- 4pm at the museum (Engleside Ave & Beach Ave). Proceed with caution as this event features a visit from the real live Jersey Devil. Bwah ha ha ha! Call LBIHA at 609-492-0700 for more details.
Once the festivals tear down, you can have a quick rest before heading up to Barnegat Lighthouse State Park for a night climb and campfire from 7pm- 9pm. The Friends of Barnegat Lighthouse State Park organization hosts this event several times a year to encourage education of the lighthouse and show off the lighthouse’s scenic nighttime views of LBI. Being that this night climb is so close to Halloween, come prepared (and early since space is limited) with a ghost story to share around the campfire. Cozy up with your favorite cuddle buddy.
Saturday, October 29: LBI Entertainment for kids
Surf City Police Department and Volunteer Fire Department are putting on their second annual Trunk-or-Treat event at the Surf City Firehouse from 6pm-8pm. This free event gives the safe and protected trick-or-treat experience to youngsters with peace-of-mind for parents, as all the “trunks” are registered participants to the event. For more information, go to Facebook to see Surf City’s Trick or Treat event.
The haunted landscape of the moonlit beach is perfect for late October LBI Entertainment
With the potential of ghosts and goblins (or princesses and superheroes) roaming the island this time of year, you’ll want to have a safe place to check-in for the night like Spray Beach Hotel or Mariner Inn. Both are located on the quiet north side of Beach Haven so you will be close to all of the activities but far enough from the nightlife to get a good night’s sleep.
Be sure to check out LBI entertainment for Halloween!