Do Something: More fall festivals, Halloween events taking place this weekend

Find an event for the whole family to enjoy in this week’s “Do Something” feature.

Fall festivals and Halloween-themed events are all the rage around the Philadelphia region this weekend. Find an event for your family to enjoy in today’s Do Something.

In Mt. Laurel

  • Locals join in the fight against suicide at the second annual Burlington County “Out of the Darkness” community walk for suicide prevention on Oct. 21 at Laurel Acres Park, 1045 S. Church St. in Mt. Laurel. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to noon, in partnership with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Those interested in learning more, registering or donating online can do so at www.afsp.org/burlingtonco.
  • Paws Discovery Farm will hold its “Paws Happily Haunted Halloween” event on Friday, Oct. 20 and Saturday, Oct. 21, from 6 to 9 p.m. each day. As Paws Discovery Farm celebrates all things Halloween, children of all ages are invited to stop by and enjoy “spook-tacular” stories, games, music, dancing, costumes, snacks, animal encounters and more. For more information, visit www.pawsdiscoveryfarm.com or call (856) 778–8795. Paws Discovery Farm is located at 1105 Hainesport-Mt. Laurel Road, Mt. Laurel, NJ, 08054.

Around South Jersey

  • The seventh annual Berlin Fall Fest will take place along West Broad Avenue in Berlin Borough on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Guests can enjoy a variety of activities, including a car show, crafters, music, pumpkin painting, sumo wrestling competition, food trucks and more. The event is free to attend. For more information, contact Andy or Julia Robel (856) 701–8157 or robelfamily0214@yahoo.com.
  • The first Taste of Cherry Hill is coming to Cherry Hill High School East this weekend. The event will take place on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. in the high school’s cafeteria. Numerous local eateries will be giving out samples of their best dishes. Admission on the day of the event is $12 for adults and $7 for kids 12 and under. Proceeds will go toward the Cherry Hill Food Pantry. Visit www.cherryhillfoodpantry.com/taste-of-cherry-hill for more information.
  • Haddonfield’s third annual Police and Community Day will take place at Borough Hall on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will include police, fire, EMS and swat vehicles on display, a K-9 demonstration, bike safety rodeo, food, music, entertainment and more. The event is free to attend. Visit www.downtownhaddonfield.com/news-entries/102317-police-community-day for more information.

At the Jersey Shore

  • Octoberfest will arrive in Sea Isle City on Saturday. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Excursion Park, located at 40th Street and Pleasure Avenue. The event includes hay rides on the beach, a pie baking contest, moon bounces for the kids, pumpkin painting, music, games and more. The event is free to attend and will be held, rain or shine. Visit www.seaislechamber.com/events/octoberfest.aspx for more information.
  • Halloween arrives early in Cape May this weekend. Cape May’s annual Halloween Parade will take place on Sunday with registration beginning at 1:30 p.m. on the corner of Perry Street and Washington Street. The parade will begin at Perry Street and Carpenter Lane, proceed down Carpenter Lane to Ocean Street, travels down Washington Street and ends at the Emlen Physick Estate located at 1048 Washington Street. Prizes will be awarded in different age groups at the end of the parade. There will also be trick or treating from noon to 2 p.m. at the Washington Street Mall. For more information, visit www.discovercapemaynj.com/events/halloween-parade.

In Philadelphia

  • Apple lovers will want to be at the Woodford Mansion in Philadelphia on Saturday for the ninth annual Community Apple Festival. The event takes place from noon to 2 p.m. at the mansion, 2300 North 33rd Street in Philadelphia. There will be a slew of activities for visitors of all ages to enjoy, including cider making, apple tasting, pumpkin painting, games, music, refreshments, orchard tours and more. The event is free to attend. Visit www.facebook.com/events/280035702498550 for more information.
  • Walk for a good cause at Citizens Bank Park on Saturday. The 2017 Autism Speaks Walk Philadelphia will take place from 8:30 a.m. to noon. The walk is the largest autism fundraising event dedicate to improving the lives of people with autism. The event will include lots of activities, including crafts and games for kids leading up to the walk at 10 a.m. Participants can register and donate at the registration tent on the day of the event. Visit http://act.autismspeaks.org/site/TR/Walk/GreaterPhiladelphia?fr_id=3022&pg=entry for more information or to sign up.

To see more events taking place in Philadelphia this weekend, visit www.philadelphiaweekly.com.