Out of the ordinary...
Visit the Absecon Lighthouse to hear the true ghost stories that prompted a visit from SyFy's Ghost Hunters!
Historic Cold Spring Village, Cape May
Historic Cold Spring Village, Cape May
Ghost Host by Hamilton Twp. Historical Society,
Cape May Lighthouse
The 1859 Cape May Lighthouse has a frightfully lonely visage at night — the perfect setting for the ghostly tales unearthed by famous psychic medium and Cape May ghostwriter Craig McManus. Your guide on the Ghosts of the Lighthouse Trolley Tour will share McManus’s findings as you travel through West Cape May and end at the Lighthouse for a night climb to the top. Hear about lonely maids who continue to wander inns, ghostly pirates still desperately digging for treasure, and more. Offered Oct. 7 at 8:15 p.m. and Oct. 8 at 8 p.m.; offered Saturdays Oct. 14-28 at 8 p.m. Tours leave from Washington Street Mall (except for Oct. 14, 21 and 28 tours which leave from the Physick Estate). Admission is $22 adults, $14 children (ages 3-12).
Fall Arts & Craft Show
Saturday, Nov. 4
Dozens of vendors come to Cape May to sell hand-made novelties and crafts including seasonal decorations, gift items and more during the Fall Arts & Crafts Show, on Saturday, Nov. 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Cape May Convention Hall, Beach Avenue at Stockton Place. Admission is $2.
The Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC) is a multifaceted not-for-profit organization committed to promoting the preservation, interpretation, and cultural enrichment of the Cape May region for its residents and visitors. MAC membership is open to all. For information about MAC’s year-round schedule of tours, festivals, and special events, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278, or visit MAC’s Web site at www.capemaymac.org. For information about restaurants, accommodations and shopping, call the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Cape May at 609-884-5508. For information about historic accommodations, contact Cape May Historic Accommodations at www.capemaylodging.com.
We are quickly approaching the most beautiful time of the year! Leaves are changing, into brilliant colors and hues, children are settled back into their schools, and families are ready to make some lasting memories together with autumn activities. Road trips are simply one of the best ways to enjoy the beauty of autumn. There are many spectacular places to visit, but Cape May, New Jersey, stands out for its’ uniqueness. Cape May is the very first seaside resort in the United States, and is filled with historical beauty and splendor.
This area, of the Jersey shore, is a charming family destination filled with Victorian architecture. There are countless attractions to visit, and an abundance of family activities to select. Perhaps your family would enjoy taking a mini boat cruise to view whale watching, bird sanctuaries, or even salt marshes.
Birch Grove Park
Burton Ave., Northfield
Shady Brook Farm
5800 White Horse Pike, Egg Harbor
R &J Farm of Galloway
723 W. Herschel St., Egg Harbor
*Free movies under the stars
Sahl's Father Son Farm
420 W. Pestalozzi St., Galloway
324 S Mannheim Ave, Egg Harbor
“Autumn in Cape May!”
Fall Family Fun at the Farm...
Emlen Physick Estate
1048 Washington St.
Dozens of skeletons, ghosts and spooky characters beckon from a spectacular Dept. 56 Halloween Display inside the front porch of Cape May’s “original haunted house,” the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate.
Come see this unusual collection of creepy figures daily in October from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.
Around this time of the year, Halloween festivities add to the variety and uniqueness of this beautiful, and quite charming, environment. A typical day, during Autumn, can range from visits to the haunted Emlen Physick estate, climbing the newly refaced Cape May Lighthouse, and experiencing a wide variety of fully narrated trolley tours. Ghost tours, both walking and trolley based, will truly get you thinking!
Seaside spirits stir up ghostly appetites in Victorian Cape May during Halloween Happenings, sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC), throughout October. Get into the “spirit” this season with Halloween-themed tours and events including ghost trolley tours, spooky tours of Cape May’s original haunted house, the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate, teas with notorious characters such as Lizzie Borden, Typhoid Mary and The Bride of Frankenstein, murder mystery dinners, a séance at the Physick Estate with medium Craig McManus, and much more.
-- Thomas Daus
Harvest Crafts & Collectibles Show at the Cape May Convention Hall
Crafters and collectibles dealers from throughout the region display and sell their wares during the Harvest Crafts & Collectibles Show indoors at the lovely Cape May Convention Hall, Beach Avenue at Stockton Place, on Saturday, Oct. 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $2.
Cornfield of Terror
R and J Farm
723 W. Herschel St.,
Terror in the JunkyardRide
353 Zion Rd, EHT
Phantoms of the Physick Estate: What Happens After Dark
Are you brave enough to tour Dr. Physick’s house after dark? Strange things have been seen, heard and done here in the evening hours. Let your guide open a portal to the past and see what mysteries await. The What Happens After Dark Tour is offered Fridays, Oct. 13, 20 and 27 and Saturdays, Oct. 14, 21 and 28 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. $15 adults, $12 for children (ages 3-12).
The grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate, have been taken over by spooky, scary and silly characters for Scarecrow Alley. Enjoy the scarecrow creations contributed by members of the community, local organizations and businesses, families and MAC staff, and vote for your favorites from Oct. 6 through Oct. 31. Join in the fun and create your own scarecrow! Stakes and straw are provided.
Trick or Treat at the Physick Estate
On All Hallows Eve, Tuesday, Oct. 31 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. there are spooky characters waiting to give treats to all brave youngsters on the porch of Cape May’s original haunted house. Trick or Treat is free to all children.
Phantoms of the Physick Estate: The Mourning Hours
Step into the 19th century where mourning rituals mixed superstition with necessity. Experience the unexpected on this 30-minute guided tour through the Emlen Physick Estate, appropriate for all ages. Offered Saturdays, Oct. 14, 21, 28 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. $12 adults, $8 children (ages 3-12).
Admission to the grounds is free.
Autumn Crafts & Collectibles Show
Enjoy the fall season with your family at the beautiful Emlen Physick Estate, on Saturday, Sept. 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Crafters and collectibles dealers from throughout the region display and sell their wares on the lush estate lawn. The day also includes hands-on activities and games for children. Admission and parking are free, with a charge for some activities.
Victorian Weekend Crafts & Collectibles Show
Crafters and collectibles dealers from throughout the region display and sell their wares on the lawn of the Emlen Physick Estate on Sunday, Oct. 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free and free parking is available.
What was that shadow? Was it the undead of Cape May’s past wandering their beloved haunts? You might scoff, you might shudder, but rest assured — on board the Ghosts of Cape May Trolley Tour with an experienced guide, you will begin to wonder what’s beyond as you hear tales of many hauntings unearthed in Cape May by famous psychic medium and Cape May ghostwriter – Craig McManus. Offered nightly through Oct. 9, Wednesday and weekend evenings in October; times vary. Tours leave from Washington Street Mall (except for Oct. 13-14, 20-21 and 27-28 tours, which leave from the Physick Estate). Admission is $12 adults, $8 children (ages 3-12).
Headless photography? Electric corsets? Coffin torpedoes? Hear about some of the strange beliefs, superstitions and oddities from the late 19th century — the Victorian era — during Cape Mayhem Trolley Tour, an evening trolley tour through the gas lit streets of Cape May. Offered Fridays, Oct. 6-27; Saturdays, Oct. 7-28 and Sundays, Oct. 8-15 at various times. (Tours leave from Washington Street Mall except for Oct. 13-14, Oct. 20-21 and Oct. 27-28 tours which leave from the Physick Estate). Admission is $12 adults, $8 children (ages 3-12).
Get into the spirit of things on a trolley tour past some of Cape May’s regal Victorian residences, reputed to host more than the living, during the Historic Haunts Combo Tour. Then it’s a guided tour of the historic (some say haunted) 1879 Emlen Physick Estate, where you'll learn about Victorian spiritualism and modern ghost hunting techniques. Offered Wednesdays, Oct. 4-25, Friday-Sunday, Oct. 6-8 and Tuesday, Oct. 31 at 7:15 p.m. Admission is $22 adults, $14 children (ages 3-12). For those who prefer just the house tour, the Historic Haunts House Tour is available separately on these evenings at 7:45 p.m. Admission is $12 adults, $8 children (ages 3-12).