Numerous Fall Activities Abound Close to the Grand Meridia

The fall season offers plenty of festivals, back-to-school activities, and spooky fun

If there’s one season that parents look forward to each year, it’s the fall. Children are once again forced to go to school, giving parents a much-needed break. However, fall is always anticipated in New England as the green of spring and summer transforms into the golden yellow, red, and brown of fall. The air gets a special little nip that’s invigorating, especially while enjoying a mug of warm cider at night. Fall also brings a slew of seasonal activities, and fortunately for the residents of the Grand Meridia in Rahway, New Jersey, many of them can be found close at hand.

Fall is always a special time of year for the 29,451 inhabitants of Rahway. (1) Of course, fall means the start of football season for the local schools, not to mention all the other extracurricular activities that go on as well. The once empty halls of the four elementary schools, Rahway 7th & 8th Grade Academy, and Rahway High School once again echo with the voices of children.

Rahway is known for its commitment to art and culture, and this continues in the fall season. Residents of the Grand Meridia are looking forward to the Rahway Culture Crawl on September 22nd. (2) This event features a full day of interactive art, film, music, live performances, video, sculpture, spoken word, and unique vendors. Organizers expect this year’s show to be even bigger than the more than 100 exhibits and performances spread across 60 venues of last year. The 8th Annual Amazing Rahway Race also takes place during this event, in which competing teams engage in a fun scavenger hunt spread across the festival.

A number of festivals and street fairs take place during the fall. Those living at the Grand Meridia can easily attend quite a few such events that lie in close proximity to the luxurious apartment complex. The nearby Warinanco Sports Center hosts the Warinanco Fall Festival on October 6th and 7th. (3) This festival features many classic activities for the entire family to enjoy, such as sack races, pumpkin carving, apple bobbing, and carnival games. Needless to say, there’s also a bunch of hearty food, live music, and hot cider.

The street fair for nearby Fanwood takes place on September 16th, kicking off with a car show. There are lots of arts and crafts on sale from the over one hundred vendors. Children will be entertained by the various kiddie rides, petting zoo, and rock climbing wall. There are also numerous contests, such as bubble gum-blowing and water balloons, as well as pretzel, pizza, and ice cream sundae eating contests. Another street fair can be found in New Providence on October 28th. The entire downtown essentially becomes a street party with live music, arts and crafts, lots of food, and activities for children.

Jessica Abreu of the Grand Meridia says, “While I love the summer, fall is just magical. There’s nothing like seeing all the leaves change color and having an excuse to put on a sweater, cuddle with somebody, and sip hot cider at night. There are plenty of fall activities that our residents enjoy, such as the local street fairs and festivals that practically every community puts on. The Warinanco Sports Center is having a great fall festival, but I’m really looking forward to their ice skating on Halloween night.

A major hub for things to do during the fall is the Union County Performing Arts Center. Rent, the Broadway musical, is playing there until mid-September. For fans of progressive rock, there’s the three-day Progstock that takes place October 5th through the 7th. Halloween does take center stage at the center once October rolls around. The story of Frankenstein will be showcased in a play on October 14th, and the classic The Phantom of the Opera starring Lon Chaney will be shown on October 16th. The stories of Edgar Allan Poe will be told on October 19th in Nightfall. One aspect of the season that those living at the Grand Meridia really look forward to is seeing the Hamilton Stage of the Union County Performing Arts Center be transformed into a haunted theater. From October 26th through Halloween, you can enjoy the spooky thrills of this haunted house, and one of the best parts is that there’s a kid-friendly version that takes place on October 27th. Now parents don’t have to worry about their very young children getting nightmares. Even better is that once the kid-friendly creepy tour is over, there’s an hour-long family musical called The Real Witches of Halloween Hill that they can enjoy.” (4)

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4) Quote from Jessica Abreu of Grand Meridia