Halloween, Holidays, and Summer! Here’s what’s going on NOW and what to Look Forward to in Cape May…

It’s a beautiful Friday here in Cape May, and we hope you’re as excited as we are for the weekend to begin! While out and about during your daily lives, we suspect you’ve been seeing Christmas decorations creeping in from all directions. We love the holiday season here at Homestead…but we’re not in the habit of rushing it along. Soon enough we will be decking the halls and planning for the Christmas parade…but for now…it’s Halloween weekend! Let’s talk about seasonal events and the continuation of autumn festivities…




This evening, Friday, October 27, 2017, Cape May Point State Park will be hosting a Halloween event. A “fun for the whole family” affair, participants are encouraged to come in costume and bring flashlights. There will be Halloween crafts, a live animal show, and trick or treating on the nature trail. What a fantastic way to begin this festive weekend. Don’t miss it!







We remind you that “Scarecrow Alley” continues on the grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate. Homemade scarecrows are on display, and you’ll have the chance to vote for your favorite. This event ends on Halloween, so this weekend is an ideal time to take a stroll on over and see it.







On Saturday, October 28th, the Cape May Zoo presents “Boo at the Zoo”. This annual event begins at 10-am and runs until 2 pm at the Cape May County Park, located just 11 miles north of Cape May. The FREE event is open to the public and visitors of all ages are invited to attend. Costumes are of course encouraged, and a costume contest will take place at 11 am. There will also be a entertainment, interactive games, and of course, candy!







We love our pets here at Homestead, so we’re excited that the Rusty Nail restaurant and beach bar has decided to hold their first annual Doggie Halloween Parade. The event will take place on Sunday, October 29th. Registration will begin at noon and end at 1 pm. The parade and subsequent judging will take place from 1 until 2 pm. So dress up your dog and head over for some fun. Numerous prizes will be awarded for the best costumes including the funniest, scariest, and best overall!







Cape May cottage rentalsCape May’s Mid Atlantic Center for the Arts has been hosting numerous “Halloween Happenings” through the course of October, and there are only a few more days to take advantage of these exciting events. One of the best ways to experience Cape May in any season is to enjoy a guided trolley tour, and Halloween is no exception! The Cape Mayhem tour is especially fun, as it centers upon an explanation of the traditions, beliefs, and mysteries of the fascinating Victorian Era…an era in which Cape May is deeply rooted.







Last but certainly not least, mark your calendars for Trick-or-Treating in Cape May. City wide trick or treating will take place on Halloween night, this Tuesday, October 31st from 5 to 7 pm. Culminate the season with this old fashioned tradition. The best part of Cape May trick or treating is that children can enjoy their treats while adults are awarded the bonus of a beautiful walking tour of the area. It makes for an event that can be enjoyed by the entire family.







Halloween will be coming to a close this week, but annual festivities remain well underway. Mark your calendars for these exciting happenings that are soon to come:

November 3rd- 5th: Sherlock Holmes Weekend (presented by Cape May MAC)

November 3rd: Fall Arts and Crafts Festival at Cape May Convention Hall

November 9th-12th: Exit Zero International Jazz Festival

November 17th-19th: Cape May Holiday Preview Weekend






As you enjoy these crisp and gorgeous autumn days, remember to be looking ahead to the summer. 2018 rental bookings are in full swing here at Homestead, and the way to beat the winter rush is to book now! Set your vacation plans in motion before the holidays and you’ll be able to relax this winter knowing that your first choice of vacation rental is secured.





We wish everyone a wonderful weekend and a safe, enjoyable Halloween.







Halloween Happenings, Harvests, and More!

mallfall2It’s midway through October, and at long last we are enjoying the true definition of “crisp” weather here in Cape May. After a September that felt far more like August, and an early October that provided us with much neededrain (but thankfully no hurricane), the days have now transitioned to the true autumn weather that we’ve all been waiting for. The air is cool and the sun warm. The nights are brisk and mornings tranquil. The scent of autumn is no longer faint; rather, it’s immediately noticeable when strolling outdoors in the morning, and it’s just beautiful. Here at Homestead, we have been overwhelmed by the excitement surrounding Cape May this fall. From the many who stopped to visit us at the recent West Cape May Lima Bean festival (despite the rain), to the multitudes that are visiting our office and reserving last minute rentals…thank you! We’ve been listening to you, and your love of Cape May in the fall is as vibrant as the transitioning foliage. So without further ado, here’s a bit of what’s happening around town for the remainder of October…




At this point in the fall season, we cannot ignore the fact that Halloween is on thehalloween-970134_960_720 horizon! There are many ways to enjoy the holiday around Cape May, and surely one of the best is “A Walk with the Ghost Writer” with Craig McManus. Cape May has long been touted as one of the most haunted places in the nation, and Mr. McManus will discuss this history further as the hour long walking tour winds its way through town. It’s a fun and unique way to experience Cape May as you likely never have before.




14650331_10207557529081151_8222742747919164919_nIf you prefer to keep your Halloween exploring to the daylight hours, we encourage you to visit Scarecrow Alley on the grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate, taking place now through October 31st. Various scarecrows will be showcased, and you’ll have an opportunity to vote for your favorite. Most of the scarecrows on display have been submitted via hometown sources, so this event is a great opportunity to view the creativity of local individuals, students, and businesses. There’s even an entry from Homestead’s very own Melissa Demusz as she presents “Sales Crow”. We’re impressed with Melissa’s creativity and wish her and all participants the best of luck!





Cape May is well known for its incomparable trolley tours of the historic district. The tours are a beautiful experience in all seasons. But at Halloween, a little something extra is offered with the opportunity to experience a “Cape Mayhem” trolley tour. This half-hour long tour presents with stories of the Victorian era that are stranger than fiction, and can be most appreciated against the backdrop of the Halloween landscape.









On Sunday, October 23rd at 1:30 pm, the place to be is Cape May’s annual Halloween parade! Presented by the City of Cape May, the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Cape May and Cape May MAC, the parade begins at Perry Street and culminates on the grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate.



Of course, it wouldn’t be Halloween without trick or treating! The first opportunity to do so takes place on the Washington Street Mall on Sunday, 10/23 from noon-2 pm (just prior to the parade). Trick or Treating will also take place in the City of Cape May on Monday, October 31st between 5 and 7 pm.



Cape May’s popular “Movies on the Beach” has concluded for the season, but The Young Entrepreneurs of Cape May and the City of Cape May are excited to present “Movies in the Park”. This event will take place on Friday, October 28th at 7:00 pm at the newly redesigned Cape May Rotary Park located at 400 Lafayette St. The event is FREE and the featured film will be Disney’s Hocus Pocus. Perfect for Halloween weekend!




birds-1407004_960_720In the flurry of Halloween and autumn related activities, don’t forget that this is the time of year for “peak” birding here in town, specifically in Cape May Point. On Friday, October 21st, be sure to visit the New Jersey Audubon Cape May Autumn Festival Bird Show. The show will take place at Cape May Convention Hall from 10 am through 5 pm. The 2016 Cape May Fall Birding Festival runs from Thursday, October 20th through Monday, October 24th, and the festival central will be at Cape May’s Grand Hotel.




From Halloween festivities to birding, ghost hunting to harvest festivals, it’s easy to see that there’s something going on for everyone in Cape May this fall. Once again, Homestead is very excited to see the positive response and demand for Cape May’s autumn activities, and we hope your trip to the area includes a visit to our office. We’re ready to help you locate your 2017 vacation rental, but we’re also your source for last minute fall and holiday getaways. We hope everyone continues to enjoy this wonderful season and we look forward to hearing from you soon!