NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - It finally feels like fall, and Halloween is fast approaching, so grab your pumpkin-spice latte and check out some of the Fall-themed and spooky events happening around the Hub City.  (If you have any great upcoming events in New Brunswick, please email me at dmunoz@tapinto.net)

And here we go:

October 17

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The Yard @ College Avenue is hosting its annual Fall Festival from 2 to 6 p.m. at The Yard, 40 College Avenue. Lots of family fun is planned, including pumpkin picking, pumpkin painting, and live music, along with a food drive for Rutgers Against Hunger. Admission is free, but a donation of one canned good  is required to paint a pumpkin.

October 18

Traditional Irish folk music performed by Fiddle Uilleann Pipes is on the program at the First Reformed Church of New Brunswick at 9 Bayard Street, free lunch included! Doors open at 12:15 p.m and parking vouchers are available for the Church Street Parking Deck. This performance is part of the 2017 Fall Lunchtime Recital Series.

The Douglass Governing Council is holding the lecture “Women in War Conflict” from 8 to 10 p.m. at the Ludwig Center Lounge on Douglass Campus. Presentation by Dr. Dalia Fahmy, a Political Analyst and Senior Fellow at Center for Global Policy. Refreshments will be available. This lecture is part of the DGC’s Intersectional Feminism Conversation Series.

Support New Brunswick Tomorrow at its 6th annual “A Night of Comedy” Fundraiser at The Stress Factory, 90 Church Street. Dinner is at 6 p.m. and show starts 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $70 in advance and $75 at the door. There is a two item minimum. Featuring comedian Julia Scotti, a quarter-finalist on Season 11 of NBC’s America’s Got Talent. For tickets and more information, call Monica Reyes at 732-246-0603 or visit stressfactorycomedyclub.laughstub.com

October 19

Stuff Yer Face, located at 49 Easton Avenue, is celebrating its 40th anniversary of feeding hungry New Brunswick residents. Happy hour specials start 4 p.m. Come by for fun and giveaways, including commemorative glassware and t-shirts!

Student Peacemakers welcomes you to its first ever Monster Mash Acoustic Concert, 7 to 10 p.m. at Hidden Grounds Coffee, 4C Easton Avenue. Enjoy some coffee and tunes and buy some merchandise. $5 suggested donation at the door. All admission donations and merchandise proceeds will benefit the earthquake relief effort in Mexico.

October 20

RU Scared? Do you want to be? Stop by the Rutgers Barnes and Noble at 100 Somerset Street between 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. for the Reading Marathon: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark! Listen to a collection of spooky stories, along with scary illustrations and a live musical rendition of The Hearse Song. Free and open to the public. Come in, read, watch and listen and try some themed food and drink.

October 22

Families with young children will want to stop by the State Theatre New Jersey on 15 Livingston Avenue for a presentation of two classic tales from children’s illustrator Anita Jeram: Guess How Much I Love You and I Love My Little Storybook. One-hour performance at 1 and 4 p.m. More information at statetheatrenj.org

Laugh for a good cause! The 13th Annual Comedy Benefit for The Christina S. Walsh Breast Cancer Foundation will be at the Stress Factory, 90 Church Street. Doors and dinner are at 5 p.m. and show starts 7 p.m. Tickets are $45 in advance and include dinner, show and door prizes, with beverages and desserts available for purchase. All attendees must be at least 16 years old. More information at stressfactorycomedyclub.laughstub.com