Fun and Frightful Halloween Events Around NJ and Beyond

Sure, trick or treating may be catered to the kids, but one thing's for sure. Halloween fun is most definitely for everyone. And the good news is there are plenty of ways to get into the spooky spirit, from family-friendly boos to Halloween haunts that are not for the faint of heart. Grab your little or big boo, and trick or treat yourself to some scary or not-so-scary fun at these spooktacular spots for celebrating Halloween.  

 

NOT SO SCARY

Halloween Light Show at Demarest Farms For safe and spook-free festive fun, take a drive through this Halloween light display -- the largest of its kind in NJ. Enjoy 32 acres of Halloween-themed lights from the comfort of your car, then stop at the farm for baked goods and s'mores. 244 Wierimus Rd., Hillsdale, open daily through October 31

 

Skylands Stadium Jack O’Lantern Experience, Augusta, NJ This popular walk-through experience is back after its successful opening run last year, and better than before. More than 6,000 Jack O'Lanterns will light up the stadium along the 45-minute walk. When you're done, enjoy their fall festival filled with cider, s'mores, rides, pumpkin picking, music and more. Skylands Stadium, 94 Championship Place, Augusta, open through Sunday November 6

 

Sesame Place The Count's Halloween Spooktacular There are tons of kid-friendly Halloween happenings around Sesame Place, perfect for the littlest ones. Their Halloween Spooktacular features a Halloween Dance Party, Costume Contest, not-too-spooky performances, Scarecrow Scavenger Hunt, trick-or-treating and more. Sesame Place, 100 Sesame Road, Langhorne, PA, Spooktacular open now through Sunday September 6

 

Great Jack O Lantern Blaze The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze is guaranteed to sell out, so grab your tickets soon. Walk along Pumpkin Promenade on Van Cortlandt Manor and the surrounding historic 18th century landscape and marvel at the Jack O’Lantern Statue of Liberty, dinosaurs, the Pumpkin Zee Bridge and the all new for 2022 animated "Jack" Smith Shop plus glowing bees. 525 S. Riverside, Croton-on-Hudson, open now through Sunday November 21

 

The Great Pumpkin Train, Phillipsburg, NJ Hop aboard a vintage steam engine train and take the 90 minute, round trip ride to the pumpkin patch. Along the way, try out the corn maze or explore the Susquehanna Mine (additional charges apply). Everyone gets to pick a pumpkin on this scenic trip. Delaware River Railroad Excursions, 100 Elizabeth St., Phillipsburg, open weekends starting October 2-October 31

 

Pumpkin Trains, Black River & Western Railroad, Climb aboard for a scenic train ride to Everitt Farms at Pumpkin Junction. While at the farm, you’ll find a corn maze, wagon ride, pumpkin picking, corn box activities and games. Black River & Western Railroad, departs Flemington Station, 80 Stangl Rd., Flemington, open now through Sunday October 24

 

Zoo Boo, Bergen County Zoo, Van Saun Park, At Zoo Boo, hop on the Erie Express train ride for a friendly ride. Then have fun trick-or-treating in the zoo and enjoy a not-too-spooky mad science show plus other activities during this three-day event. 216 Forest Ave, Paramus. Friday October 21-Sunday October 23. Tickets go on sale on Monday October 3rd at 9 am.

 

Fall-O-Ween at New York Botanical Gardens It's a total Halloween takeover at NYBG, where gourds, pumpkins and silly scarecrows of all shapes and sizes fill the children's adventure garden. Visit on the weekends for pumpkin carving demos, pumpkin parades and spooky pumpkin garden nights. New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx, open now through Sunday October 30

 

Haunt O'Ween More than 200,000 square feet of family-friendly fun includes thousands of pumpkins, trick-or-treating in the Town of Haunt O' Ween, immersive lit tunnels and thrilling rides. Kids can go wild in the interactive Halloween playground or take in a live performance – just some of the spook-free thrills throughout the 9 thematic spots. Opens Friday September 30-Monday October 31, 101 Crawfords Corner Rd., Holmdel 

 

Boo at the Zoo, Bronx Zoo For all the animal lovers, the Bronx Zoo Boo at the Zoo is sure to be your Halloween go-to. Magic shows, a spider maze, pumpkin trail, Halloween shows, extinct animal graveyard, candy trail and costume parade are just some of the activities heading your way. Bronx Zoo, 2300 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, open Saturday October 1-Sunday October 30

 

Brite Nites, Wagner Farm Arboretum More than 1,000 hand-carved and LED-lit pumpkins are aglow at this drive-thru/walk-thru display. Plus, there are new themes and special effects to look out for 2022. 197 Mountain Ave., Warren, open Thursdays-Saturdays starting October 13-October 29

 

Home of the “Legend” Join master storyteller Jonathan Kruk as he offers a 45-minute dramatic performance of Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Organ music enhances this performance of Ichabod Crane, the Headless Horseman and all the other characters in this unforgettable tale. 381 N. Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, Fridays-Sundays plus Halloween through Monday October 31

 

Six Flags Boo Fest/Fright Fest Silly by day, spooky by night, Boo Fest for Kids and Fright Fest for the older ones is back this year with new attractions for all ages. Visit their haunted houses, rides in the dark and scare zones for frightful nights. Littler ghouls can visit the Trick or Treat trail, have a friendly monster dance party or visit Cornstalk National Park. 1 Six Flags Blvd., Jackson Township, Open now through Sunday October 30, 11 am-10 pm

 

SCARY

Brighton Asylum, Brighton Industrial Complex Legend has it that hundreds of inmates lost their minds amidst the harsh living conditions and grotesque medical experiments conducted at the Brighton Asylumin the 1940s. Now you can visit and see the place where insane patients still roam the halls and descend in an old elevator to The Tunnel where more horrors await. This attraction is not for the faint of heart. 2 Brighton Avenue, Passaic, open Fridays-Sundays (and select Thursdays) through October 31 plus November 5, times vary by day

 

Pantophobia Haunted Attraction Bergen County's own Halloween frights land in Montvale, where the Legend of Cyrus Grain takes over as Cyrus will do whatever it takes to keep trespasser's off his family's land. Hop on a haunted hayride for this outdoor attraction, if you dare. DePiero's Farmstand & Greenhouses, 156 Summit Ave., Montvale, open Fridays-Sundays through October 31, times vary by day

 

Pure Terror Scream Park, Monroe, NY Pure Terror Scream Park is really ten terrifying experiences in one. Come face to face with vampires as you venture through The Crypt, explore haunted cemetaries and woods, or grab a hand and hold on tight as you walk through Bedlam State Asylum, new for 2022. 299 Museum Village Road, Monroe, NY, open Fridays-Sundays through October 30, times vary by night

 

Scare Farm, Hillsborough Three attractions for the price of one on this “terrorized” piece of land. Explore the fields of Creepy Hollow where creepy scarecrows and more spooks await, take a haunted hayride, aka The Slayride, and check out Paranoia where “Everyone really is out to get you.” 120 South Branch Rd., Hillsborough, open Fridays-Sundays through October 30, times vary by night

 

The 13th Hour Haunted House Step inside a haunted house, throw glow-in-the-dark hatchets or solve clues in the private escape room at these three spooky attractions. Each is filled with special effects, live actors movie-quality sets for a riveting and fully immersive experience. 105 W Dewey Ave., Wharton, open Fridays-Sundays and Halloween through October 31, times vary by night

 

Headless Horseman Hayrides & Haunted Houses This number 1 nightmare brings a haunted walking trail plus ten attractions, including The Horesman's Night of the Shadows, new for 2022. Talk a walk through the Horseman's Trail to find Pumpkin Jack, and come face-to-face with the Headless Horseman if you dare. This popular event is only for the bravest souls. Bonus! The park becomes more family-friendly on children's days, October 8th and October 22 from 11:30 am-4 pm. Headless Horseman Hayrides & Haunted Houses, 778 Broadway, Route 9W, Ulster Park, NY, open Fridays-Sundays through October 30, times vary

 
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