Fun and Frightful Halloween Events Around NJ and Beyond

Sure, trick or treating may be focused on 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 scary spirit, from family-friendly days spent among pumpkins to Halloween haunts that are not for the faint of heart. Grab your boo crew, and trick or treat yourself to some scary or not-so-scary fun at these spooktacular spots for celebrating Halloween.  



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


Fall Hayrides & Pumpkin Picking at Secor Farms Weekend hayrides and pumpkin picking is on tap at Secor Farms, which also has different areas of the farm set up for fall fun. Pop your head through a photo stand-in and say cheese, then pick your perfect pumpkin by taking a hayride or browsing their selection on the field. Be sure to leave for fall treats like apple cider donuts and candy apples. Secor Farms, 85 Airmont Ave., Mahwah, open through Tuesday October 31


Pumpkin World, Clover Stadium, Pomona New to the Rockland County area, this walk-through jack-o'-lantern experience features more than 5,000 carved, lit pumpkins at the baseball stadium, along with fun character displays. Once you've finished exploring, you head into Pumpkin Village for food and drinks, carving competitions, music, and more festivities. There's even an augmented reality scavenger hunt if you're feeling up to the task. Be sure to bring your camera for Insta-worthy shots of the pumpkins and you. Clover Stadium, 1 Phil Tisi Way, Pomona, open through Tuesday October 31


Pumpkin Picking & Hayrides at Stokes Farm The small local farm is gearing up for Halloween with its annual hayrides to the pumpkin patch. Hop on the scenic ride that takes you to a large patch, where you can stay for up to two hours, so you can find your perfect pumpkin match. While you're there bring a picnic lunch to enjoy the view, or pick up some treats at the store to enjoy in the fields — and at home. Stokes Farm, 23 Dewolf Rd., Old Tappan, open now through Saturday October 28, check schedule for daily times


Fall Fun at Lupardi's Nursery There are plenty of pumpkins to bring home your perfect pick, along with all-day family fun. Hop on a hayride to take a mini tour, or enjoy one of the many activities like mastering the corn maze scavenger hunt, heading down the tree house slide, feeding the animals, and of course, enjoying a donut — or two, we won't judge. Grab your pumpkins big and small, and enjoy this fun fest. 75 Blanch Ave., Closter, open through Sunday October 29


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 5


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 November 5


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 2023 twirling pumpkin ferris wheel and circus sideshow. 525 S. Riverside, Croton-on-Hudson, open now through Saturday November 19


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 through Sunday October 29


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 29


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. If you prefer more of a scare, grab your tix for the haunted night train with scary frights. 216 Forest Ave, Paramus. Friday October 20-Sunday October 22


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 November 12


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. You can also visit the zoo's brand new Pumpkin Nights experience to explore the lit-up pumpkin trail and see live carving demos. Bronx Zoo, 2300 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, open now through Sunday 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 Tuesday 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 29, 11 am-10 pm



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 4, 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. Expect new scenes and characters for this season. DePiero's Farmstand & Greenhouses, 156 Summit Ave., Montvale, open Fridays-Sundays through Saturday November 4, 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 Monster Midway, new for 2023. 299 Museum Village Road, Monroe, NY, open Fridays-Sundays through October 29, 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 29, 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 Thursdays-Sundays, Halloween, and November 4, times vary by night


Headless Horseman Hayrides & Haunted Houses This number 1 nightmare brings a haunted walking trail plus ten attractions, including The Crow's Claw, new for 2023. 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 7 and October 21 from 11:30 am-2:30 pm. Headless Horseman Hayrides & Haunted Houses, 778 Broadway, Route 9W, Ulster Park, NY, open Fridays-Sundays through October 29, times vary

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