Halloween is coming, and Six Flags Great Adventure will offer thrills and chills at its month-long celebration, Fright Fest, which attracts thousands of thrill-seekers each year.
But if thrills aren't your thing, the Garden State still has plenty to offer. New Jersey has long been a microcosm of the diversity of America, and several stories in this issue highlight a few of the cultures that have thrived here.
The state's original inhabitants, the Lenape Indians, left their mark in several dozen towns - Hoboken, Totowa and Watchung, to name a few - whose names come from Indian phrases. Museums around the state highlight the proud traditions of the Native Americans from our area.
Other cultures have come to New Jersey from abroad. New Jersey's German-Americans still celebrate the customs of their ancestors' homeland in year-round events - including their country's most-known celebration, Oktoberfest, with music, dancing, drinks and food.
Speaking of food, there may not be a better way to immerse oneself in another culture than by partaking in their national delicacies. In this issue's Restaurant Spotlight, we sample some of the less-common Asian cuisines, including Malaysian, Thai and Indian.
But if visiting one of the profiled restaurants doesn't appeal to you, just flip through our Restaurant Guide containing hundreds of eateries serving any kind of food you could want, anywhere in the state.
Another way to celebrate the season is to learn a little about the countless historical events that have taken place in New Jersey. One of the most interesting and fun places to do so is at the Hunterdon County Courthouse in Flemington. Each fall, "The Trial of the Century" - the sensational story of the 1935 Charles Lindbergh court case - is re-enacted in the very courthouse where it took place.
Also in this issue, we present our first annual Gateway Guide Fall Arts supplement, highlighting the best in local and national artists, gallery openings, museums, and of course, theatre across the state.
And as always, our extensive Attractions list and Calendar of Events will keep you abreast of the goings on in the Garden State this season. When it comes to fall in New Jersey, New Jersey is certainly a state you'll love falling into!