We know, we know THIS year you promise you will not sneak the Twix bars out of your kids’ Halloween candy stash and blame it on their siblings. But in order to even have the choice, you’ve got to make sure kids get the good candy in their trick or treat haul. Your neighborhood is great but if you’re an overachiever, or if you just want your kids to have a few more reasons to wear their costumes, check out some of the best places to trick or treat in Bergen County.
Outlets at Bergen Town Center
Break out those costumes a few days early and head over to the Halloween Fun Day to be held on Saturday, October 27th from 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm. There’ll be a costume contest, mini-pumpkin decorating and entertainment for the kids. And parents can take turns supervising and doing a little pre-holiday shopping. Then head back on Halloween for some safe indoor trick or treating. Kids can grab a treat from any of the mall retailers who display the Safe Trick or Treat sign. Then you can grab dinner on your way home. Trick or treating is from 3:30 pm – 7:30 pm on Wednesday, October 31st.
Westfield Garden State Plaza
One mall not enough for you? Then stop by Westfield Garden State Plaza for mall wide trick or treating from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm on October 31st. Over 80 retailers will be participating which should make for more than enough candy that your kid won’t notice one or two missing Milky Ways. Take a break from all that candy getting with the free Mad Science Spooktacular event from 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm in the event space, level 2 by Macy’s and Ruby Tuesday’s. Gasp and groan as the Mad Scientists make freaky fog, floating eyeballs, creepy crawlers and more.
Are you of the “bigger is always better” philosophy, especially when it’s candy bars we’re talking about? Then hit up the Rio Vista section of Alpine for mansions decorated for the holiday and handing out movie-sized treats. Been there done that? Litchfield Way is the up and coming Alpine spot which brings Halloween in a big way. From haunted mansion themed houses (well, actual mansions) to over the top sweets, you can spend hours on this fun block.
Van Saun Park/Bergen County Zoo
At Zoo Boo, hop on the Erie Express train ride for a friendly ride during the day, or a haunted, spine-tingling loop around the zoo at night. Then gather for ghost stories, have fun trick-or-treating and watch a magic show during this two-day event. Friday, October 26th and Saturday, October 27th. Tickets go on sale on October 2nd. $6/per person. 2 and under are free.
Traffic is rare in the “hidden” Cotswald section of Tenafly, making it the perfect spot for little ones who like to run door to door for hours. (Inness Rd., Engle Street, Tenafly)
Families have a terrifyingly good time in River Vale, where the streets are closed to through traffic. Even though the legend "Candyman" passed away this year, his family will be following his tradition of making Halloween extra fun for the kids with over the top candybars and treats. Lucky sleuths will be rewarded with an entire bag of full-sized candy bars. (Barr Ct., Faletti Way and Faletti Circle, River Vale, NJ)
If you’re looking for over-the-top décor, from the super-scary to tot-friendly characters, Clinton Place is a must-stop. And when you tire of walking the streets, you can always hit one of the nearby malls for more tricks and treats—or dinner. (Clinton Place, Hackensack)
Nyack is pulling out all the stops this Halloween with a month long celebration that includes: Evenings with Edgar Allan Poe, a house and lawn decorating contest, a screening of Dracula with a live organ, The Amazing Kreskin and a Ghost Hunt. Then on October 27th, join in the largest Halloween bash outside of the Village with the Nyack Halloween Parade, Trick or Treat Trail, and all-day music festival. Trick or treating begins in the business district at 2:00 pm and the parade steps off at 5:30. Then continue the fun at the family-friendly Monster Mash sponsored by the Nyack Center.
Head back to the Upper Nyack (North of Main Street on Broadway) a few days later for closed off streets, decorated homes and all the candy you can carry. Save time for screams at the annual South Nyack Firehouse haunted house. Festivities start at 3:00 pm on October 31st.
Start your Halloween celebration on Saturday, October 27th with the annual Halloween Haunted Harvest, sponsored by the Ridgewood Chamber of Commerce. First stop, Van Neste Square for a hay maze, haunted graveyard, parade and a meet and greet with the “good witch”. Then grab a map and start trick or treating. Highlights of the day include a $10 dance class sponsored by Art of Motion at which you and your little zombie can learn the Thriller dance and free meals for kids at The Office Bar & Grill. Festivities run from noon until 3:00 pm.
Then make a stop at the famous (infamous?) Stewart Family’s Halloween Maze. Visit during the day for maze cracking fun. Or visit at night if you like your mazes with a side of scream.
It’s fall and it’s Halloween so why not (monster) mash the two together and get the Fall-o-Ween Spectacular in the Fort Lee Business district on Main Street. Take an early trick or treat stroll on Saturday, October 27thand collect your first haul from participating merchants. Then stick around to shop and dine. Hours are 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm.
Mahwah’s Annual Halloween Trunk or Treat Event and Costume Parade, will be held on Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 3:00 pm. Located outside the Senior Center, in the rear parking lot of the Mahwah Municipal Building, 475 Corporate Drive, in Mahwah, residents are welcome to bring their decorated car and join members from the Mahwah Police, Fire, Ambulance and DPW and their vehicles for the fun. And make sure your kid comes in costume. The Costume Parade can’t be missed. Festivities begin at 3 p.m. Cars distributing candy should arrive between 2 – 2:30 p.m.
Show up at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, October 31st and take your place in the Halloween parade. Then stick around for the trunk or treat to be held immediately following the parade behind Borough Hall. And what Halloween night is complete without a Haunted House? Nightmares courtesy of the NAHS class of 2020. Parade starts from the corner of Bergen Ave and Ridge Road.
Want to really drill down and know which houses are giving out the goods and which are busts? Check out Next Door's Treat Map, run by the site that is the go to social media for neighborhoods, which already boasts 115K neighborhoods and is perfect for the kids who want to max out Halloween.