mcps thompson park pumpkin paintPHOTO: Pumpkin painting will once again be part of Thompson Park Day.  This year’s celebration will be held at Thompson Park, Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday, October 19.

LINCROFT, NJ - From scarecrow contests to kids’ races, Thompson Park Day celebrates the season with traditional autumn activities in a beautiful park setting. Held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, October 19 at Thompson Park, Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, Thompson Park Day is the quintessential fall festival. Free activities include a corn maze, canoeing on Marlu Lake (weather permitting), pottery demonstrations, kids’ races, pie-eating contest, archery, entertainment and more. Activities requiring registration and/or a fee are pumpkin painting, a rock climbing wall, wagon rides, rides and ceramics.

A scarecrow contest will be held from 11a.m.-4:30 p.m. 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.  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 Monmouth County’s Open Space, Parks, and Recreation agency.