An enthusiasts view of America’s Original Seaside Resort… by Meghan Kunz
There’s something about October — the weather, the sky, the colors, the foliage — that’s spellbinding. It’s almost tragic that it’s so short-lived. I adore the gray sky contrasting with the gold, red, and yellow foliage. I love the cooler air, jackets, corduroy, pumpkins, ghost stories, apple picking, and harvest time. It’s a month best spent in Cape May.
Seven years ago, my mother and I started visiting Cape May in October, having no idea what to expect. Our previous experience involved June trips complete with warm weather and a general seaside crush. Fast forward a couple of months to autumn and the town exhales a sigh of relief. Parking becomes manageable, restaurants are alive but the wait to be seated is not daunting, the shops offer many discounts, and the mood has shifted. The once open and airy seaside Victorian homes take on a darker, spookier ambiance (even without the Halloween décor).
There are so many reasons to take a trip to Cape May during the autumn months. A new event, Halloween Horror at the Physick Estate, has you face-to-face with the restless souls wandering the halls of the famed mansion. Enjoy this experience with your guide on Fridays, October 1 and 8, Saturdays, October 2 and 9, and Wednesdays October 6 and 13 (beginning at 6:45 and 8:30pm). On my sixth wedding anniversary, October 23, you can join Craig McManus (psychic medium and ghost investigator) on a MAC trolley ride to the Cape May Lighthouse as he recants his haunted findings. Ascend the darkened staircase of the lighthouse or stand idly exposed near the bottom. Choose wisely…
For a less eerie activity, mark your calendar for the Harvest Festival Crafts and Antiques Show on October 16 from 10am on the lawn of the Physick Estate.
The event that really sparks my interest is the Looking Glass Mystery Weekend “Cape May’s War of the Worlds” (October 29 and 30) where you look for clues to solve very unusual crimes. There’s also a recreation of the famous 1938 radio “invasion” and prizes for the best-dressed Martians and Earthlings. The Bedford Inn, The Carroll Villa, and The Queen Victoria Bed & Breakfast are all participating
There is also the Halloween Parade on October 24, commencing at Rotary Park. The parade ends at the Physick Estate (the hub for all spooky October activities) where the Halloween Party starts at 4pm. Then on October 31, take your little ones trick-or-treating on Washington Street Mall from 2-5pm for some goodies.
Happy Haunting in October!