It’s hard to balance keeping your children safe and wanting to enjoy the special parts of each season. With fall being a family favorite, we put together events that are low risk but will still allow you to celebrate. There’s still a lot to do and enjoy in Mercer!

Day of the Dead Workshops

Arts Council of Princeton

102 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, NJ 08542

When: Saturday, October 9th, October 16th, October 23rd & October 30th

Celebrate el Dia de los Muertos, “Day of the Dead” with the Arts Council of Princeton with their free outdoor workshops. Gather with family and friends to remember and honor those who have died by learning and creating new folk art crafts. You are welcome to bring old photos, trinkets, and artwork to include in your masterpieces, and afterward can display your work in their Day of the Dead Exhibition, which will run from November 6th-20th!

Ages 7+ and space is limited. Registration required! Details on each event date are here.

Day of the Dead Workshops display at Arts Council of Princeton

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Howell Farm Corn Maze

17 Valley Road, Hopewell Township, NJ 08530

Navigate through NJ’s largest and longest-running corn maze at Howell Farm! This 4-acre cornfield includes music, flags, maze games with hidden clues, a courtyard with pumpkins, a food tent, games, and more!

No picnicking is allowed on the property and tickets can be purchased online here.

An aerial view of Howell Farm Corn Maze

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Pumpkin Picking at Terhune Orchards

330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton, NJ 08540

You can go pumpkin picking daily here if you want, but their family fun fall weekends happen on the…well weekends. They include live music, pony rides, a hay bale maze, and a painting station to decorate your pumpkins after you pick the perfect one.

Join their Family Fun Fall Weekends by purchasing tickets on their website or at the gate (as long as capacity allows it. Details on their website:

A little girl in sunglasses with a pumpkin at terhune orchards

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Hiking at Baldpate Mountain Ted Stiles Preserve

28 Fiddlers Creek Road, Titusville, NJ

The best way to experience fall is to truly SEE it. Baldpate has over 12 miles of hiking if you go the entire loop, and it’ll have your family feeling fall in the air, the trees, and the view. It brings you to the highest point in Mercer County, which is a spectacular view of the changing leaves. If you snap some pics, tag us! We love sharing your adventures.

A woman and he dog Hiking at Baldpate Mountain Ted Stiles Preserve


Fall Music Series at Palmer Square

40 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ 08542

When: Every Saturday from 12 pm - 2 pm during October

Enjoy live music and entertainment while also enjoying the incredible boutique shops around Palmer Square. Be sure to stop by Thomas Sweet Chocolate Halloween's Village window display at 29 Palmer Square or stop by JaZams or The Bent Spoon for a sweet treat.

Fall Music on the Square

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Don’t forget to share your photos on social media with the #ExploreMercer hashtag!  

A great way to win some cash prizes for the upcoming holidays. The contest ends October 31, 2020. Details here.

Also, be sure to check out our top spots to see fall foliage around Mercer County here!