LINCROFT, NJ - From scarecrows to kids’ races, Thompson Park Day celebrates the season with traditional autumn activities in a beautiful park setting. Held from 11am to 5pm on Sunday, October 20 at Thompson Park, Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, Thompson Park Day is the quintessential fall festival. Free activities include a mini maze, canoeing on Marlu Lake (weather permitting), pottery demonstrations, kids’ races, kids’ zone, entertainment, Zany Zombies, and more. Activities requiring one ticket ($2 per ticket) include pumpkin painting, grab & go ceramics, a climbing wall, wagon rides, mini golf, rides, archery, rock n’ roll racing, and a video game trailer. Fired Up Ceramics in the Creative Arts Center will required five tickets.

A scarecrow contest will be held from 11am-4pm. Entries are $10 in advance or $15 the day of event. The Friends of the Parks will hold their annual “Strut Your Mutt” doggie costume contest as well. Applications and details for both the scarecrow and “Strut Your Mutt” contests are available online at

To learn more about Thompson Park Day or other Park System activities, please visit or call the Park System at 732-842-4000. For persons with hearing impairment, the Park System TTY/TDD number is 711. The Monmouth County Park System, created in 1960 by the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, is MonmouthCounty’s Open Space, Parks, and Recreation agency.