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

Nickelodeon Boo-niverse at American Dream The theme park goes from thrilling to chilling as it welcomes Halloween fun all month long. Meet characters in their costumes, go on a trick or treat scavenger hunt or take a spooky skate on the ice. Be sure to check out the Boo-loon display featuring a 50-foot spider. 1 American Dream Way, East Rutherford, Nickelodeon Boo-niverse open October 8-October 31, Trick or Treat open October 25-October 31, Spooky Skate open October 29-October 31, Boo-loon open October 19-October 31

 

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 Friday October 1-Sunday November 7

 

Sesame Place The Count's Halloween Spooktacular and Not-Too-Spooky Halloween Drive-Thru By car or by foot, there is tons of kid-friendly Halloween happenings around Sesame Place. Their Halloween Spooktacular features a Halloween Dance Party, Costume Contest, not-too-spooky performances, trick-or-treating and more. Or, enjoy the spirit of the holiday from your car as you drive through millions of lights plus visits to Abby's Pumpkin Patch and Cookie Monster's Treat Fleet. Sesame Place, 100 Sesame Road, Langhorne, PA, Spooktacular open now through November 7, Drive-Thru open through October 27

 

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 medieval castle and signs of the zodiac. Then watch a star show in the Pumpkin Planetarium before heading home with visions of pumpkins dancing in your head. 525 S. Riverside, Croton-on-Hudson, open now through Sunday November 21

 

Pumpkin Picking and Pumpking Decorating at Abma's Farm Abma’s Farm is the place to be for kid-friendly fall and Halloween fun. Hop on a hayride for pumpkin picking at the pumpkin patch daily, which also includes access to their petting zoo. Pumpkin decorating is available October 12th and October 19th, where kids can get in on the DIY pumpkin fun. 700 Lawlins Rd., Wyckoff, Hayrides & Pumpkin Picking and Pumpkin Decorating tickets sold separately

 

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

 

Ort Farms Fall Festival and Boo Bash Whether you visit during the week or on a weekend, this super spacious farms has plenty of fun for the family. Activities include visits with the animals, pony-train-hay-monster truck rides, a corn maze and plenty more. Visit the farm on Halloween Day for their Boo Bash, which is an all-out costume party and trick-or-treating event. Ort Farms, 25 Bartley Road, Long Valley, activities available at different times throughout the week

 

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 two-day event. 216 Forest Ave, Paramus. Saturday October 30th, 10 am-5 pm, Sunday October 31st, 10 am-5 pm. Tickets go on sale on Tuesday October 5th

 

Scarecrows & Pumpkins 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, puppet parades and live Halloween performances. New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx, open now through Sunday October 31

 

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 2-Sunday October 31

 

Brite Nites, Wagner Farm Arboretum More than 1,000 hand-carved and LED-lit pumpkins are aglow at this drive-thru display. New themes and special effects for 2021. 197 Mountain Ave., Warren, open Thursdays-Saturdays starting October 7-October 30, 6:45-9:45

 

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 tale of Ichabod Crane, the Headless Horseman and all the other characters in this unforgettable tale. 381 N. Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, Fridays-Sundays through Sunday October 31

 

Six Flags Fright Fest Silly by day, spooky by night, Fright Fest is back this year with new attractions for all ages. Visit their haunted attractions, such as The Lab or Xpedition Dino: Survival, both new in 2021, take in a live (or undead) scary show or hop on a monster-themed ride. Littler ghouls can visit the Trick or Treat trail, have a friendly monster dance party or listen to stories at the Witch's Brew. 1 Six Flags Blvd., Jackson Township, Open now through Sunday October 31, 5-11pm weeknights, 11 am-midnight weekends

 

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 6, times vary by day

 

Pure Terror Scream Park, Monroe, NY Pure Terror Scream Park is really ten terrifying experiences in one. Enter the Terror in the Woods and hope you make it out alive. Walk through the clown’s mouth and into Twisted Terror Under the Big Top with even more 3D scares for 2021, then take yourself to church, like no church you've ever seen before in Desecration. Prepare for the ultimate scare with the brand new Woods of the Dead haunted house. 299 Museum Village Road, Monroe, NY, open Fridays-Sundays through October 31, 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 31, 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, 7-10:30 pm (closes at 9:30 on Sundays)

 

Headless Horseman Hayrides & Haunted Houses This number 1 nightmare brings a haunted walking trail plus nine attractions, including The Haunting of Pumpkin Jack, new for 2021. 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. Headless Horseman Hayrides & Haunted Houses, 778 Broadway, Route 9W, Ulster Park, NY, open Fridays-Sundays through October 31

 
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