Do The Shore: October 16 to October 22


Scarecrow Alley at the Physick Estate
Continues Wednesday, Oct. 16
Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washinton Street, Cape May

Once again, the grounds of the Physick Estate will be transformed for a spooky Halloween, and Scarecrow Alley showcases homemade scarecrows — from the ghoulishly gruesome to the foolishly funny! Visit the Carriage House Gallery at the Physick Estate during hours of operation and cast your vote for your favorite scarecrow. Want to participate? Individuals, businesses, school classes and other groups are welcome to submit a scarecrow for display at Scarecrow Alley and maybe win a cool prize! Admission to Scarecrow Alley is FREE. For more information, visit or call (609) 884-5404.


Cape May Autumn Festival & Bird Show
Friday, Oct. 18 through Sunday, Oct. 20
Cape May Convention Hall, 714 Beach Ave., Cape May

Walk through the doors of Cape May Convention Hall next weekend and enter a world of discovery.  Even those with a casual interest in nature will find something of interest. The star of the show is Nature Nick with his collection of birds and beasts from around the world! Then check out a wide selection of binoculars, books, crafts, and more. You can also participate in a Monarch Butterfly tagging demonstration daily at noon. There will be free tote bags for the first 300 people every day and free face painting on Saturday and Sunday. Actually, the whole thing is FREE! For more information, contact Rene’ Buccinna at the Cape May Bird Observatory at 609-400-3852.


Halloween Parade & Dance Party
Friday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m.
45th Street to JFK Boulevard & Landis Avenue, Sea Isle City

The parade features a wide variety of eye-catching costumes, floats, musical entertainment and mascots. The Family Dance Party and Awards Ceremony will take place at the Excursion Park Band Shell immediately after the parade. The deadline to register for the Halloween Parade is Wednesday, Oct. 16. For more information, visit


Fabulous ‘50s & Beyond Celebration
Friday, Oct. 18 and Saturday, Oct. 19
Wildwoods Convention Center and Fox Park

Friday night features a Nifty ‘50s Dance Party with The Cameos at the Wildwoods Convention Center from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $16 plus tax per person. A free street fair will take place at Fox Park in Wildwood on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. featuring classic cars, food and craft vendors, a Doo Wop Bus Tour and live entertainment. In celebration of the 15th Anniversary of the Fabulous ‘50s & Beyond Weekend, the Saturday night concert in the Wildwoods Convention Center at 7 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.) is featuring The Miracles, Florence LaRue & The 5th Dimension, Sonny Turner, The Original Tymes and The Tee Tones. Tickets can be purchased at the Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce, (609) 729-4000 or through Ticketmaster at or (800) 745-3000. For more information, visit


Congress Fall Festival
Saturday, Oct. 19 at 12 p.m.
Congress Hall, 200 Congress Place, Cape May

Come one, come all to Congress Hall’s inaugural Fall Festival. Enjoy Brats and Beer Cheese Pretzels and Funnel Cakes to candy apples and Apple Cider Doughnuts. Grab a pint from the nearby beer tent, serving local brews and “adult” slushies by the firepit. Kids and kids at heart will have a blast playing all of the fall-themed carnival games and taking a ride on the Congress Hall Spook Express! Paint a pumpkin and get your face painted to look like a spooky goblin, pretty princess, or strong superhero. Then, grab a camera—our pumpkin-filled hay wagon will make the perfect spot for a family photo-op! After the sun goes down stick around for the nighttime screening of “Hocus Pocus” and s’mores on Congress Hall’s lawn.


28th Annual Pumpkin Festival & Share the Harvest Food Drive
Saturday, Oct. 19 at 10 a.m.
Historic Cold Spring Village, 720 Rt. 9, Cape May

It’s the spookiest time of the year at the Village! Celebrate all things Halloween and autumn at the 28th Annual Pumpkin Festival. This fun, free event will take place on the grounds of Historic Cold Spring Village on Saturday, October 19th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is presented by the Lower Township Rotary Club. Admission is FREE! Guests are encouraged to donate non-perishable goods to the ‘Share the Harvest’ Food Drive.


Trick or Treat on the Mall & Halloween Parade
Sunday, Oct. 20 at 12 p.m.
Downtown Cape May

From 12 to 2 p.m., trick or treat at the Washington Street Mall for free! Following trick-or-treating is Cape May’s 37th annual Halloween Parade. The Parade route begins at Perry Street and Carpenter Lane, proceeds down Carpenter Lane to Ocean Street, travels down Washington Street and ends at the Emlen Physick Estate. Parade registration is free and begins at 1:30 p.m. on the corner of Perry Street and the Washington Street Mall. Prizes will be awarded to all divisions at the conclusion of the parade at the Emlen Physick Estate. For more information, call (609) 884-9565 or visit