Halloween Events in New Jersey and Beyond

Double Double, Toil and Trouble, Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble, Tongue of Dog by Pricking of my Thumbs some amazing NJ Halloween Fun this way comes. Never fear, All Hallowed Mamas, the Bergen Mama Halloween Events guide is here!

NOT SO SCARY

The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze, Van Cortlandt Manor (Croton-on-the-Hudson, NY)

This “always-sell-out” walk-through Halloween experience at Van Cortlandt Manor features over 7,000 illuminated jack o’ lanterns on a historic 18th century riverside landscape. Wander through the Pumpkin Promenade and then over the Pumpkin Zee Bridge where you may spot the Sea Serpent surfacing next to the Croton River, then top it off with hot cider and treats from the Café Blaze.  (September 30 - November 13 / Tickets start at $22, under 3 is free / Click here for more details)

Zoo Boo at the Bergen County Zoo, Van Saun Park (Paramus, NJ)

Jump on the Eerie Express train ride for a spine-tingling loop around the zoo, gather for ghost stories, have fun trick-or-treating, then watch a magic show during the Bergen County Zoo’s two-day event. (October 21 - 22 / Tickets available on CommunityPass and by mail / Click here for more details)

Tenafly Nature Center’s Not-So-Scary Sensory Safari (Tenafly, NJ)

Tour the nature center and accompanying trails and see live animals in this “safari” meant to be educational, fun and ... not too scary. (October 15 - 16  from 4 - 6:15pm, with tours starting every 15 minutes / Tickets are $11 for members, $16 non-members, kids under 2 are free / Click here for more details)

New York Botanical Garden’s Scarecrows & Pumpkins (Bronx, NY)

Meander through 50 friendly scarecrows set among rare and unusual pumpkins and gourds, plus live critters in the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden or attend their special Giant Pumpkin Weekend and check out monstrous pumpkins from around the country - some weighing in at over 2000 lbs! (Weekends through October 30 / Adults $20, children 2-12 $8, kids under 2 are free / Click here for more details)

Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns at the Meadowlands (East Rutherford, NJ)

Debuting for the first time in Northern NJ, Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns features 5,000 hand-carved, illuminated pumpkins, including favorite Disney and Peanuts characters, set to music. (Thursday, October 27 - Sunday, October 30 / Adults $26, children 3-12, $22 / Click here for more details)

 

The Glow: A Jack O’ Lantern Experience at Monmouth Park Racetrack (Monmouth, NJ)

Picture thousands of carved, illuminated pumpkins along your path and hanging from up above. Brave guests can toil around the pumpkin graveyard while others will be entertained by the rock star and character carvings - including some current political notables! (Weekends through October / Prices start at $16 / Click here for more details)

Bronx Boo at the Zoo: 13 Days of Halloween (Bronx, NY)

Put on your costume and head to the Bronx Zoo for their 13 Days of Halloween, featuring walks through illuminated hand carved jack o’lantern creatures and a hay maze, then wander over to the elaborate and intricate pumpkin carvings, with differing themes each week. Trick-or-Treat stations are scattered throughout to serve your minis' cravings. (Weekends through October 30 / Tickets can be purchased online, pricing starts at $23.95, children under 2 free / Click here for more details)

Halloweenie at Fresh & Fancy Farms (New Milford, NJ)

Pizza fresh from the oven, gourmet hot dogs, pumpkin decorating and fall crafts galore round out the day at this New Milford farm, great for the whole family. (Saturday October 29 from 12-3pm / Click here for more details).

 

KINDA SCARY

Liberty Science Center (Jersey City, NJ)

Between wizarding workshops and pumpkin explorations for your inquisitive little ones to the Zombie Chamber and Doom Zoo for fearless tweens and teens, there is something for the whole fam at LSC this month - even a Halloween-themed camp-in for those who want to linger 'til dawn. (Throughout October / Click here for more details)

Scarecrow Nights at New York Botanical Gardens (Bronx, NY)

NYBG gets eerie after dark when visitors armed with ConEd flashlights first tour scarecrows, pumpkins and gourds and then continue beyond the Adventure Garden to the Wetland Trail for an evening experience filled with haunting tales told by live characters set amongst chilling sculptures. (Select weekend evenings in October, / Adults $25 / Click here for more details)

Glen Rock Central School’s Annual Haunted House (Glen Rock, NJ)

A town tradition for many years, kids of all ages love this spooky walk through their school transformed into a haunted house. (October 21 - 22, 6-9pm / Click here for more details)

 

 

REALLY SCARY

Brighton Asylum (Passaic, NJ)

Wanna be scared? Like really scared? Run into creepy creatures while walking through The Asylum, where legend has it former insane patients still roam the halls, and descend in an old elevator to The Tunnel where more horrors await. Set in over 13,000 sq ft of pure terror, this attraction is not for the faint of heart (pregnant visitors are advised to consult their doctors first!) (Through November 13 / Tickets start at $25 / Click here for more details)

Pure Terror Scream Park (Monroe, NY)

Said to hold the Guinness Book of World Records for the ‘longest horror attraction’ get ready for this ‘extreme’ haunting experience. Get ready to spend some serious scary time at the six haunted attractions which include The Crypt, Plague and Terror Under the Big Top. (Through October 24 / Tickets start at $41 / Click for more details)

The Red Mill Haunted Village (Clinton, NJ)

A family favorite for 26 years, the Haunted Village, set on 9 acres, features a cast of over 50 live actors and state-of-the-art sound and visual effects meant to SCARE. This year’s disorienting, spinning hallway known as "The Vortex" is also not to be missed. Younger ones can visit their PG version called “Happy Hauntings” which aims to be startle free and takes place during daylight hours. (Select weekends through October / Adults $30 / Click here for more details)

The Horseman’s Hollow at the Philipsburg Manor (Sleepy Hollow, NY)

What says scary like Sleepy Hollow and the Headless Horseman? Walk through their trail haunted by the Horseman, with creatures lurking in the shadows and special effects in full force. Enter Ichabod’s Schoolhouse maze then end up in in the lair of the Horseman. (Weekends through October / Tickets start at $20 and must be bought in advance / Click here for more details)

Six Flags Great Adventure Fright Fest (Jackson, NJ)

Scary clowns, (yes we just said that,) mazes, live characters and shows are all part of Six Flags bigger-than-ever 2016 Fright Fest. They’ve added more walking zombies and a virtual reality experience too - creating even more terror. (Weekends through October 31 / Click here for more details)

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