It’s Pumpkin Time!

It’s October now, and you know what that means—it’s Halloween time! For some people, once October hits, it’s all about fall and Halloween. But for others, they’ve already been in that mode since September! Most stores have all their fall and Halloween Themed items out for a month already. It’s a time where the Pillsbury cookies with pumpkins and ghosts start popping up. 

There are so many places near Monmouth University that are ready for horror nights for guests. Six Flags Fright Fest is open throughout the whole month of October. You get to ride your favorite rides and get the thrill of horror throughout the night. 

C. Casola Farms in Marlboro is ready for people to come ride their four haunted attractions. They have the Haunted Hayride of Terror, in which you get on a hayride with other people and take a ride through the woods of New Jersey with people and sounds coming out at you. They also have a 3D Haunted Barn, which is a walkthrough of a barn with, as their website states, “creatures cling to the wall with fangs and have their claws waiting for their next victim to come along.” Lastly, they have the Marlboro zombie breakout, where you shoot zombies in an army truck with paintball guns mounted to the sides of them. 

While those places talked about above are haunted Halloween activities, there are also non-haunted activities right around Monmouth! Happy Day Farms, located in Manalapan, New Jersey is a great farm ready for the fall season. They have pumpkin and zinnias picking, sunflower fields, and “pumpkin-vile”, their pumpkin photo ops rooms. 

Another farm that offers similar activities is Red Wagon Farm. also in Manalapan, NJ. Red Wagon Farm has over 100 varieties of pumpkins where you can pick off the vine! The farm also has hay rides, pony rides, and a walk through their enormous corn maze, as their website 


When the leaves start falling and turning orange, the weather starts to get a little chilly out, all you want to do is cozy up and watch your favorite Halloween movie. Nursing student Alexa Cammarano has very fond opinions of Halloween and what she does during this month. Cammarano lives on campus, and she said she had her dorm decorated for Halloween and fall weeks ago. She loves dressing up in a costume every year and going out with her friends and looking at everyone else’s costumes. 

Jordanna Ciaravino, who is also a nursing student, loves this as well. Every year, Ciaravino goes pumpkin picking with her family right before Halloween. A tradition that Cammarano does every year with her family and friends is attending Nightmare at Gravity Hill in Jackson, New Jersey. Nightmare at Gravity Hill is a horror seeking walkthrough that lasts 35 minutes with a dozen different haunted scenes with people spread out on five acres. As their website says, “Our amazing, haunted walkthrough will change the way you sleep at night… or make sure you never sleep again!” 

Whether you like horror or a cozier activity, there’s something for everyone to get into the spooky season. You get to wear whatever you want and be whoever you want for one day.