Terror on the Boardwalk
Your biggest fears come alive at Morey’s Piers’ annual Halloween event, for six nights of spooky fun. Experience dark and creepy incarnations of classic boardwalk rides, a haunted Ghost Ship, twisted freak show, plus two new scary attractions along the beach. Oct. 14-15, 21-22, 28-29 at Mariner’s Landing, 3501 Boardwalk, Wildwood (609)522-3900, MoreysPiers.com, $30, $10 for season pass holders
Have that second glass of wine. Or third. At the Cape May Wine Festival, you’re allowed to indulge. Join more than 20 local New Jersey wineries—and fellow wine enthusiasts— to sample 300 award-winning wines during this two-day festival by the Garden State Wine Growers Association. Oct. 8-9, noon-5 p.m. at Cape May Lewes Ferry Terminal, 1200 Lincoln Blvd., Cape May, (609) 588-0085, NewJerseyWines.com, $25, $40 for two-day pass
For the ninth year running, the Seaport Museum brings Halloween fun with a Jersey Shore feel. Wander the phragmites maze (no corn here), take a Black Pearl pirate boat tour or haunted forest hayride, and endure scares along the boardwalk. For those who enjoy less frightening affairs, seasonal treats and pumpkin picking are included too. Oct. 21-22 and 28-29, 6 p.m. at Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen's Museum, 120 West Main Street, Tuckerton, (609) 296-8868, TuckertonSeaport.org, $5-10
King of Clams
Are you a Manhattan or a New England kind of person? You’ll have the answer after sampling dozens of clam chowders at Chowderfest Weekend, where local restaurants sling their best red and white soups, with unlimited tastes included in your admission price. Check out the merchants’ mart and kids’ entertainment before heading to Sunday’s 23rd annual Chowder Cookoff Classic, held rain or shine. Oct. 1-2, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. at Taylor Avenue Ballfield, 265 W. Ninth St., Beach Haven, (609) 494-721, VisitLBIRegion.com, $50 for VIP access, $20 regular admission, $10 for kids
Take a trip back to when the Cadillac and drive-in movie reigned, with 50’s teen idol Bobby Rydell performing some of his classic hits at the Hilton. Oct. 8, 8 p.m. at the Hilton, Boston Ave. and The Boardwalk, (609)-347-7111, ACHCasinoResort.com, $30
Nine-time Grammy winner and R&B songwriter Natalie Cole performs in concert in advance of her second book release, “Love Brought Me Back.” Oct. 15, 9 p.m. at Caesar’s Circus Maximus Theater, 2100 Pacific Ave., (800) 745-3000 CaesarsAC.com, $60-85
Stop playing air guitar alone at home—rock out at the HoB with fellow Jane’s Addiction fans, just days after the launch of their new album “The Great Escape Artist.” Oct. 21, 8 p.m. at the House of Blues, 801 Boardwalk Ave., (609) 343-4000, HouseOfBlues.com, $42.50 - 62.50
Frank Sinatra Jr.
Classic Jersey singer, songwriter and producer Frank Sinatra Jr. continually proves he’s not just the son of Ole’ Blue Eyes, playing songs off his album “That Face!” and more. Oct. 28, 8 p.m. at The Music Box at the Borgata, 1 Borgata Way, (609) 317-1000 , TheBorgata.com, $25-35
Published (and copyrighted) in South Jersey Magazine, Volume 8, Issue 7 (October, 2011).
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