Get ready to celebrate autumn as the Jefferson Township Recreation Department hosts its annual Fall Festival at Camp Jefferson, 81 Weldon Road on Saturday, October 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This event and all activities are free to the public except where noted.

Confirmed entertainment will include music by DJ Earl Heller of Sound Solutions (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.), Wallaby Tales’ Eyes of the Wild live Creepy-Crawly animal show (11:30 a.m.), Wil Shaw’s Juggling performance (10:30 a.m.), Tweedles’ Balloon Artistry (noon to 3 p.m.), Freedom Fields Farms’ Pony Rides and Petting Zoo (10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.), and a two-lane Inflatable Slide and the Monsters Inc. Bouncer Inflatable Activity (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.).  There will also be daytime hayrides, a fall coloring activity, pumpkin decorating, pumpkin picking in the Pumpkin Patch, and the Camp Jefferson Corn Maze.

Children picking pumpkins in the pumpkin patch. (Photo: Kalen Luciano)

The BD&W Model Train Club display will be open to the public, and there will be a Guess the Weight of the Pumpkin Contest and a Candy Corn Contest. Representatives from the NJ Forest Fire Service and Smoky Bear, Jefferson Township Office of Emergency Management, the Jefferson Rescue Squad, Morris County School of Technology-Health Services Academy, and Jefferson Township Police Department-Community Services Division will be present with information.  There will be a special appearance by Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer!

Refreshments will be available for purchase throughout the day with proceeds to benefit Operation Camp Jefferson, a scholarship fund set up for families in need so their children can have a summer day camp experience next year.

Members of the Jefferson Township Middle School Student Council and Red Cross Club will be volunteering at the refreshment table, and Student Council members will be selling Gertrude Hawk chocolate bars to benefit their community programs, including food drives and toy drives.

There will be a night-time haunted hayride (nominal fee) throughout the spooky Camp Jefferson grounds during the Haunted House activities, with proceeds benefiting the Jefferson Teen Scene program.

Visitors getting seated for their turn on the Haunted Hayride, note that some of the passengers brought their own chainsaws and bats. (Photo: Ulla Vinkman)

When approaching Camp Jefferson, please follow the directions of the volunteer parking attendants.  Continuous shuttle service for overflow parking will be provided by the Township Recreation Department’s Camp Jefferson bus and a Dial-A-Ride van to and from off-site parking locations at the Board of Education’s Central Offices Building at 31 Route 181 and at Ellen T. Briggs Elementary School, 1 Jefferson Drive (off Espanong Road), both in Lake Hopatcong.  

The Recreation Department will be accepting non-perishable food items, paper products, toiletries, and household cleaning product donations for the local pantries throughout the day’s events.

Call the Recreation Department at 973-663-8404 x4 or x5 for information about its Fall Festival events; log on to, Departments, Recreation;  or e-mail

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