thompson park pumpkinPHOTO:  Pumpkin painting will once again be part of Thompson Park Day.

LINCROFT, NJ –  Looking to get into the autumn spirit? Head over to Thompson Park Day and enjoy pumpkin painting, wagon rides, a Scarecrow Contest and so much more.  Held at Thompson Park, Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday, October 18, this event offers fun for the whole family.   Free activities for the day include canoeing on Marlu Lake (weather permitting), kids’ races, a corn maze, disc golf, mini-golf, pie-eating contests, and entertainment. 

Other free offerings include the Meet the Mustangs, Dash for Cash, Zany Zombies and Discover Walnford.  Activities requiring two tickets are pumpkin painting, wagon rides, inflatable rides, archery, Turbo Tubs and Turbo Twister.  Activities requiring additional tickets are the Bungee Trampoline (3 tickets), Grab & Go Ceramics (3 tickets) and Fired Up Ceramics (10 tickets). Each ticket is $1.

The Scarecrow Contest runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.   Contestants are asked to bring a face and clothing for their scarecrow while the Park System provides framing and stuffing. Prizes will be awarded. Day of event registration is available for $12 on a first-come, first-served basis.   The Friends of the Parks will once again hold their annual Strut Your Mutt doggie costume contest. Details for both the Scarecrow Contest 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.