mcps thompson park dayPHOTO: Child enjoys a “spooktacular” time at Thompson Park Day.

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 16 at Thompson Park, Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, Thompson Park Day is the quintessential fall festival. Free activities include canoeing on Marlu Lake (weather permitting), kids’ races, pie-eating contests, entertainment, square dancing and more. Activities requiring registration and/or a fee are pumpkin painting, a rock climbing wall, rolling video games, wagon rides, rides and ceramics. 

A scarecrow contest will be held from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Entries are $10 in advance or $12 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