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Union County Announces Fall 2019 Parks and Recreation Department Programs

Union County, NJ — The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders wishes to remind residents about the many exciting programs coming up during the Department of Parks and Recreation’s Fall 2019 season.

“Union County has a variety of events for residents of all ages, allowing them to experience and enjoy our parks system,” said Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski. “The Freeholder Board is proud to support these cultural, artistic and musical experiences for our families and residents.”

The Fall 2019 season includes:

Rockin’ the Reservation

Residents are invited to visit the Watchung Reservation on Sunday, September 29th from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This event features live music and hands-on, family-friendly activities. Rockin’ the Reservation is filled with fun for everyone and includes art demonstrations, interactive art and music, pony rides, petting zoo, food trucks, scarecrow building, multicultural dancing, and more. Admission is $5 per person, and attendees age 7 and under are admitted for free (additional fees are charged for some activities).

Hayrides and Campfires

Come join the fun this fall as Union County presents the annual Hayrides and Campfires in Warinanco Park and the Watchung Reservation. Hayrides and Campfires include folk songs around the campfire, hot chocolate and marshmallows toasted over the fire. Events are weather permitting.

Dates and locations for Hayrides and Campfires are: 

Warinanco Park, Roselle

  • Friday, October 4th – 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.


Trailside Nature & Science Center, Mountainside

  • Sunday, October 6th – 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Friday, October 11th – 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 13th – 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Friday, October 18th – 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. 

Advanced ticket sales begin September 4th (Online & In-person)

  • In-County: $6.00
  • Out-of-County: $12.00

Four Centuries in a Weekend

As a part of the Four Centuries in a Weekend series of events, residents will have an opportunity on Sunday, October 19 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. to explore The Deserted Village/Glenside Park, rain or shine! Take guided and self-guided tours, meet five people who built, owned or worked in this village, take hay rides, talk to an archaeologist, do some apple cider pressing, enjoy some old-fashioned children’s games, & shop in the General Store. This event is FREE and open to the public.

Haunted Hayrides

There will be several Haunted Hayrides through the Deserted Village of Feltville in the Watchung Reservation just in time for Halloween! Imagine visiting a whole village of haunted houses and meeting the ghosts of people who actually lived there.

Haunted Hayrides will be held on:

  • Friday, October 25 – 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 26 – 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 27 – 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
  • Rain date – Monday, October 28th

The total program experience lasts about one hour. The program is intended for adults and children age 6 and older. Strollers cannot be accommodated. Tickets are sold for rides at specific times as noted on your ticket.

Advanced ticket sales begin September 17 

  • In-County: $8.00
  • Out-of-County: $16.00

Pumpkin Sail at Lower Echo Lake Park

Bring your carved jack-o-lantern to Echo Lake Park the day after Halloween and join others for Great Pumpkin Sail on Friday, November 1 from 5:15 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Watch as your pumpkin is put on a float on the lake. There will be a campfire sing along and residents can enjoy hot chocolate and marshmallows. Rain date is Saturday, November 2, also from 5:15 PM to 9:30 PM.

Advanced ticket sales begin October 2. (Online & In-person) 

  • In-County: $12.00 per family of six (6)
  • Out-of-County: $16.00 per family of six (6)

For more details on ticket prices, locations, dates and times, and additional information on activities in Union County Parks visit or call the Parks Department at 908-527-4900.

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