Things to Do in Bergen County Week of September 27

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We rounded up the best things to do in Bergen County and beyond on our weekend PLAYlist!
 
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Why: Zoo trick-or-treating, magic shows and the eerie express train at this hugely popular event. 
When: Friday October 26, 6-9 pm-Saturday October 27 10 am-2 pm or 6-9 pm, tickets go on Sale Tuesday October 2, 9 am at the Bergen County Zoo, tickets sell out quickly, $6.
Where: Bergen County Zoo, 216 Forest Ave., Paramus

Events Not To Miss:
 
Why: Search for dino surprises after dark, then gather around the campfire for songs and s’mores.
When: Fridays and Saturdays, September 28-October 27, 7-9:30 pm, $24
Where: Field Station Dinosaurs, 40 Fort Lee Road, Leonia
 
Why: Movie night includes a hay wagon ride, pumpkin picking and farm fun.
When: Fridays September 28 and October 5, 5:30 pm, $16
Where: Demarest Farms, 244 Wierimus Road, Hillsdale
 
Why: Rides and food trucks, animals and entertainment, arts and crafts, plus fireworks Saturday night.
When: Friday September 28, 6-9 pm, Saturday September 29, 10 am-10 pm, Sunday September 30, 10 am-8 pm
Where: Van Saun County Park, 216 Forest Ave., Paramus
Why: Acrobats, clowns and a human canonball entertain the whole family.
When: Friday September 28-Monday October 8, Saturdays and Sundays, 2 pm, 5 pm, 8 pm, Mondays-Fridays, 7:30 pm, kids/$20, adults/$40
Where: Westfield Garden State Plaza, One Garden State Plaza, Paramus
Why: Solve a murder case while dining on a four-course dinner during a hilarious adult night out.
When: Saturday September 29 and Friday October 26, 6-9 pm, $67.95
Where: DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton Hotel Fort Lee-George Washington Bridge, 2117 Route 4
Eastbound, Fort Lee
 
 

 
 
Why: Hop on a hayride to pick a perfect pumpkin and enjoy cider and donuts.
When: Saturdays starting September 29-October 27, 10:30 am-4 pm, $5
Where: Abmas Farm, 700 Lawlins Road, Wyckoff
Why: Seasonal German food and drinks, plus live music.
When: Saturday September 29, 4-10 pm, adults/$5
Where: American Legion Hall, 399 Broad Ave., Leonia
 
Why: Tons of family fun from crafts and rides, to ponies and pumpkins.
When: Saturday September 29, 10 am-4:30 pm
Where: Wyckoff Municipal Field, 340 Franklin Ave., Wyckoff
 
Why: Check out cool rides plus games and food.
When: Saturday September 29, 11 am-4 pm
Where: St. Mary’s Church, 20 Legion Place, Closter
 
Why: BYO flannel shirt and jeans and they’ll supply the rest.
When: Saturday September 29, 11 am-3 pm, $10
Where: Abma’s Farm, 700 Lawlins Road, Wyckoff
 
Why: Remember loved ones with this fun walk or run, with kids activities, music and raffles.
When: Sunday September 30, 11 am
Where: Overpeck County Park, 199 Challenger Road, Ridgefield
 
Why: Classic and exotic rides for the car enthusiast.
When: Sunday September 30, 9 am-1 pm
Where: Westfield Garden State Plaza, 1 Garden State Plaza, Paramus
 
Why: Something for everyone from kids activities and food trucks to vendors and a beer garden.
When: Sunday September 30, 1-6 pm
Where: Memorial Field, 343 Prospect Ave., Oradell
 
Why: The Saved by the Bell actress and TV host signs her new book Pull Up A Chair.
When: Tuesday October 2, 6 pm
Where: Bookends, 211 E. Ridgewood Ave., Ridgewood
Why: The singer-songwriter and fashion maven signs her new book, Just Jessie.
When: Tuesday October 2, 7 pm
Where: Books and Greetings, 271G Livingston Street, Northvale
Why: Tour the school, sample classes and meet the staff.
When: Lower School: Wednesday October 3, 9-11 am; Middle and Upper School: Wednesday October 3, 7-9 pm
Where: Dwight-Englewood School, 315 E Palisade Ave., Englewood
 
Why: Shop for cupcakes to support comfort zone camp.
When: Daily, Mondays, 10 am-6 pm, Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 am-9 pm, Sundays 12-7 pm, single cupcake/$2.95, 6 pack/$17.70
Where: Cupcakes by Carousel, 192 E Ridgewood Ave., Ridgewood
 
Why: Feed the animals, run through the corn maze or explore the haunted greenhouse.
When: Open weekends through Sunday October 28, 10 am-5 pm, $15 wristbands plus add-ons available
Where: Lupardi’s Nursery, 75 Blanch Ave., Closter
 
Why: Get Halloween-ready with pumpkin picking and enjoy fall treats at the market.
When: Weekdays 3-5 pm, Weekends 10 am-4 pm through October 31, $4 hayride
Where: Secor Farms, 85 Airmont Ave., Mahwah
 
Why: Get in the fall spirit with hay rides, a corn box and adventure playground.
When: Open through Monday November 5, Weekends 9 am-4:30 pm, Weekdays 3-4:30 pm, $7
Where: Demarest Farms, 244 Wierimus Road, Hillsdale
 
Why: Press your own apple cider in this cider making 101.
When: Sundays through October 28, 12:30-1:30 pm, 2-3 pm, 3:30-4:30 pm, member/$5, non-member/$10
Where: Tenafly Nature Center, 313 Hudson Avenue, Tenafly
 
Why: Take a hay wagon to the orchard and enjoy a petting zoo, crooked house village and more fall fun.
When: Open through Monday October 22, 9 am-4:30 pm, $7
Where: Demarest Farms, 244 Wierimus Road, Hillsdale
 
Why: Have a roaring good time with the dinos.
When: Open through Sunday November 11, 10 am-5 pm, $16.75
Where: Field Station Dinosaurs, 40 Fort Lee Road, Leonia
 
 
 
If you’re heading out of Bergen:
 
Why: Because truffles and cake make the perfect day in NYC.
When: Saturday September 29, 11 am-3 pm and 4-8 pm-Sunday September 30, 10 am-2 pm and 3-7 pm, $25 or family four pack/$64
Where: Wyndham New Yorker Hotel, 481 8th Ave., NYC
 
What: The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze
Why: Thousands of hand-carved jack o’lanterns on display, plus plenty of pumpkin-themed activities.
When: Friday September 28-Sunday September 30, Thursday October 4-Wednesday October 31, Thursday November 1-4, 7-11, 15-17, 23-24, kids/$16 (Friday-Saturday, $20) adults/$22 (Friday-Saturday $27), check schedule to reserve time
Where: Van Cortlandt Manor, 525 S Riverside, Croton-on-Hudson
 
Why: Activities for the whole fam from canoeing and nature games to pumpking picking.
When: Saturday September 29, 11 am-4 pm
Where: Essex County Environmental Center, 621 Eagle Rock Ave., Roseland
 
Why: Immerse yourself in Latina American culture with salsa dancing and Dia de los Muertos face painting.
When: Saturday September 29, 12-6 pm, donations welcome
Where: 60 Woodland Road, Maplewood
 
Why: Local artists, food trucks and live music.
When: Saturday September 29-Sunday September 30, 1-6 pm
Where: Goffle Brook Park, 794 Lafayette Ave., Hawthorne
 
Why: Hop on a train to pick pumpkins, and enjoy a wagon ride, corn maze and more farm activities.
When: Weekends beginning Saturday September 29-Sunday October 28, 10 am, 12:30 pm, 3 pm, ages 3-11/$14, ages 12 and up/$19
Where: Black River & Western Railroad, Flemington Station, 80 Stangl Road, Flemington
 
Why: All aboard for a scenic ride to the pumpkin patch.
When: Saturday September 29-Sunday October 28, 11 am, 12:30 pm, 2 pm, 3:30 pm, kids/$12, adults/$18
Where: Delaware River Railroad Excursions, 99 Elizabeth Street, Phillipsburg
 
Why: Enjoy the zoo -- plus food and drinks -- under the stars.
When: Saturday September 29, 6-9 pm, $60
Where: Essex County Turtle Back Zoo, 560 Northfield Ave., West Orange
 
Why: Get spooked with a haunted pirate hayride, animal graveyard and animal treats.
When: Weekends starting Saturday September 29-Sunday October 28, kids/$26.95, adults/$36.95
Where: Bronx Zoo, 2300 Southern Blvd., Bronx
 
Why: Celebrate fall with food trucks, music and kid’s entertainment.
When: Sunday September 30, 11 am-4 pm
Where: Memorial Park, 401 Passaic Ave., Nutley
 
Why: Explore hundreds of scarecrows and pumpkins, watch pumpkin carving demos and visit with slithering creatures.
When: Open through Wednesday October 31, 10 am-6 pm, kids/$12, adults/$28
Where: New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx
 
Why: Tons of live music, activities and for kids and adults.
When: Sunday September 30, 11 am-6 pm
Where: Washington St. between Observer Hwy. & 7th St., Hoboken
Why: Swifties: Step inside the life of the hugely popular singer, who hand-picked personal photos, videos and lyrics for display.
When: Open daily through October 19, 11 am-6 pm, kids/$7, adults/$10
Where: GRAMMY Museum Experience, Prudential Center, 165 Mulberry Street, Newark
 
Why: Food and craft vendors, plus games and live music.
When: Open weekends through Sunday October 28, 2-10 pm Saturdays, 12-8 pm Sundays.
Where: Harborside, 3 Second Street, Jersey City
 
Why: Get lost in the webby maze filled with puzzles and spider facts.
When: Open through Wednesday October 31, 10 am-4 pm
Where: Liberty Science Center, Liberty State Park, 222 Jersey City Blvd., Jersey City
Why: This huge fall festival brings hayrides, pony rides, races and carnival rides.
When: Through Sunday November 4, 10 am-6 pm, $12
Where: Heaven Hill Farm, 451 State Route 94, Vernon
 
Why: Fall fun on the farm brings huges mazes, hayrides and gemstone mining.
When: Open through Sunday November 11, 10 am-5 pm, $6.99-$16.99
Where: Stony Hill Farms, 15 North Road, Chester
 
Why: Explore the giant corn maze, take a wagon ride to the orchard and get down to live music.
When: Open through November 11, 9 am-5 pm, $12.99
Where: Alstede Farms, 1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester
 
Why: Visit this sweeeeeet wonderland of tasty delights, brought to life through art installations.
When: Opens through Thursday November 15, 10 am-8:30 pm, kids/$26, adults/$34
Where: Candytopia @ Penn Plaza, 145 W 32nd Street, NYC
 
What: Stone Barns Center Weekend Admission
Why: Farm activities from meeting pigs and bees to collecting eggs.
When: Saturdays and Sundays, 10 am-5 pm, $22
Where: Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture, 630 Bedford Road, Pocantico Hills
 
What: The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular
Why: Not-too-spooky Halloween shows, a festive parade and dance parties to get into the Halloween spirit.
When: Weekends through Sunday October 28, Fridays 4-8 pm, Saturdays 10 am-8 pm, Sundays 10 am-6 pm, $70, online/$49
Where: Sesame Place, 100 Sesame Road, Langhorne, PA
 
Upcoming:
 
Why: Stories, games and refreshments with three Disney princesses.
When: Saturday October 6, 11 am-12:30 pm, $15
Where: Gerry’s Place, 595 Broadway, Norwood
Why: Ages 3.5 to adult can perform for industry pros and audition for talent agents.
When: Sunday October 7, 2 pm, $20 for JCC member, $25 public in advance; $25 JCC members, $30 public day of, contact Hagit at 201-408-1493 for details
Where: Kaplen JCC on the Palisades, 411 E Clinton Ave., Tenafly
Why: Visit a number of eateries for food and wine tastings and live music.
When: Sunday October 7, 1-3 pm, students/$10, adults/$15
Where: Select businesses, Leonia
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