4 Festive Fall Events to Get You in the Halloween Spirit in Easton

The nonprofit Greater Easton Development Partnership (GEDP) and its programs have a full slate of fall events featuring pumpkin spice and everything nice. Check out these four festive events designed to bring the community together.

  1. West Ward Fall Fest: (3:30-6 p.m. Oct. 16, North 12th and Northampton Streets, alongside Paxinosa Elementary School, westwardeaston.org) The West Ward Community Initiative (WWCI) will host a West Ward Fall Fest featuring pumpkin carving, live music and family-friendly activities. Visitors can enjoy free apple nachos and apple cider.Porters’ Pub and Black & Blue will be selling chili (meat and vegetarian options) as well. This event is made possible through partnerships and assistance from the Easton Area Community Center, LIFE Church, Easton Police Department (EPD), Paxinosa School and the YMCA of Easton, Phillipsburg & Vicinity. Activities will be free of charge, including the pumpkin carving (one pumpkin per family while supplies last, kids under 18 must be supervised by an adult). The YMCA will host family activities and a cornhole tournament, and the EPD will hand out trick-or-treat bags with stickers, candy and glow sticks. Participants are asked to bring donations of gently used winter coats or clothing that Life Church will distribute later in the fall.
  2. Easton Pumpkin Party: (Noon-3 p.m. Oct. 17, Centre Square, advance tickets recommended, walk-ups will be accommodated if pumpkins are available, $7-includes pumpkin) GEDP’s Special Events & Promotions team will bring back the Easton Pumpkin Party this month. Participants can meet in Centre Square for pumpkin carving and face painting (fee). Once carved, pumpkins will be placed around the Centre Square fountain. Tickets are available at Shopdowntowneaston.com/easton-pumpkin-party.
  3. Easton Out Loud – Trick or Treat Edition: (5-9 p.m. Oct. 22, Downtown Easton, eastonoutloud.com) Easton Out Loud, presented by Highmark, will welcome families to walk around Downtown Easton in costume. Kids can trick or treat at participating shops. Visitors should pick up a passport at the Info Booth in Centre Square – get it stamped at 7+ shops and return it for a chance to win the quarterly Easton Out Loud prize drawing.
  4. Pumpkins & Pooches at Easton Farmers’ Market: (9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 30, Scott Park, eastonfarmersmarket.com) Easton Farmers’ Market, presented by Capital Blue, will host a new event celebrating all things fall. Families can participate in pumpkin painting and pumpkin crafts (9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) and trick-or-treat at vendor tents. Pups (and their masters) can wear their best Halloween attire and be part of a costume parade at 11:30 a.m. (Register at the Merch Tent – in advance starting Oct. 16, or on site day of parade). Prizes will be awarded for cutest, most glamorous, handsomest, funniest and best dog and owner duo. Guests can also enjoy live music featuring Neil Grover, and guest vendors Heart Beet Studios and Up Cycle Candles.

Where will all the scraps go from these pumpkin events? Easton Compost Program will divert jack-o-lantern ‘guts’ from the garbage to the compost heap. Volunteers are needed to help with this effort. Reach out to gardens@eastonpartnership.org for more information.