Low-Scare Halloween Attractions for Kids in NJ
These not-so-spooky celebrations are perfect for the youngest kids (and most chicken grown-ups) in your coven.
Photo courtesy of Hershey Park
Not sure your preschooler is quite ready for the Haunted Hollow? We get it, and so do these spots, where you and your little guys can get a tiny taste of the holiday (more silly than spooky) while the rest of the family gets the real deal.
1 Alstede Farms Ln., Chester
Take in a harvest moon hayride and wander through a nighttime corn maze with the kids. If you can manage it, steer clear of the weekend crowds and go apple or pumpkin picking after school. Don’t miss out on the apple cider donut ice cream or the all-you-can-eat pumpkin pancake breakfast on October 29.
330 Cold Soil Rd., Princeton
Head to Terhune Orchards for some seasonal celebrating including live music, freshly baked goods, pick-your-own apples and pumpkins, pony
and tractor rides and more. Little adventurers can try the corn or spiderweb mazes. Admission is $8, children under 3 are free. Don't miss the grown-up treats while you're there: free wine samples!
186 Ridgedale Ave., Florham Park
Halo's for Angels is a non-profit that helps families enduring tragedy. The organization's Halloween event features a Family Fun Festival during the day with face painting, games, prizes, music, pumpkin picking and more. Head back at night with the bravest members of your family for the Enter If You Dare attraction. $10 admission.
155 Fresh Ponds Rd., East Brunswick
Bring your little monsters to the farm for some fall fun any weekend this month. Admission is free, but you’ll have to pay extra to take a hayride to the pick-your-own pumpkin patch, explore the children’s corn maze or hop on the back of a pony. Stop by the market for some freshly-baked treats and fall décor.
56 Main St., Clinton
If you’re looking for a horror-free Halloween attraction, this kid-friendly village will give your little ghouls just the right amount of fright. Enjoy a hayride, donuts and some cider while you watch for the paranormal at this allegedly haunted landmark. Adults can visit the Haunted Village for a real scare sans-kids, too. $10 to join the haunt.
100 W. Hersheypark Dr., Hershey, PA
Your 12-and-unders can show off their costumes at the Trick-or-Treat Trail and get tons of sweets all over the park. They’ll collect goodies at Chocolate World, ZooAmerica and more. Hop on any of 13 coasters, and the really brave ones can try Hershey Park in the Dark, where they’ll experience heart-stopping coasters with the lights out. Creatures of the Night is a nighttime flashlight tour of ZooAmerica that animal lovers of all ages will love. One-day admission starts at $38 for guests 9 and up, $28 for little ones.
931 Stony Hill Rd., Yardley, PA
This family-friendly event is perfect for those who love wagon rides, pumpkin patches, giant jumping pillows, Peanuts-themed corn mazes, inflatables, pedal go-carts and so much more. If your kids aren’t ready for big scares, Barn of Horror, Jr. and Alien Invasion, Jr. are milder versions of these late-night HorrorFest staples. $10 on weekdays, $16 on weekends.
3 Circle Dr., Robbinsville
Are you ready to find the Great Pumpkin? This farm has tons to explore: wagon rides, games and pumpkin picking for the kiddos. Come through on select days for Halloween egg hunts on the farm, where the kids can show off their costumes while searching for fang-tastic hidden treats. Indulge in some apple cider, seasonal donuts or pumpkin pies—your sweet tooth will thank you. Free, $7 for egg hunt.
100 Sesame Rd., Langhorne, PA
The Count’s kid-friendly Halloween Spooktacular is all fun without the fright. Your little ones will love Halloween shows like Who Said Boo?! and the Not-Too-Spooky Howl-O-Ween Radio Show. Don’t miss the Neighborhood Street Party Halloween Parade with 10 seasonal floats, music, trick-or-treating and their fave characters. There’s even a magical nighttime parade with tons of Halloween lighting. Tickets start at $45 when purchased online.
831 Windsor-Perrineville Rd., East Windsor
At night, this venue is filled with screams from the Field of Terror Haunted House, but during the day it’s a spook-free zone. Enjoy a free hayride and pick your own pumpkins for 49 cents a pound. Visit the shop for cider, fruits and veggies, plus pick up some fall decorations to get into the Halloween spirit. Pay for what you pick.
10 Tranquility Farms Ln., Allamuchy
Take a turn at the Pumpkin Launcher or new Corn Cannon. Play pumpkin tic-tac-toe, grab a ride on the cow train or go on the bounce pillow. Perfect for a fall day out, this party has plenty of picnic tables for lunch, so grab a burger, hot dog or pulled pork sandwich to chow down on. A $10 Fall Fun Pass gives you access to all activities.
120 West Main St., Tuckerton
This sea-themed Halloween adventure features spooky pirates that wander the boardwalk. There are tons of scare-free activities for the little ones including a pumpkin patch, games and magic show. If you’re feeling brave, catch a ride on the haunted hayride through the woods. Admission is $10, ages 5 and under free, hayride $5.
400 Rahway Ave., Woodbridge
Sneak in a history lesson at Parker Press Park with the little ones on this spooky ghost tour. You’ll meet ghosts from the Revolutionary War and other early American settlers as they tell stories from back in the day. Arrive earlier if you have younger guests coming because the tours get scarier the darker and later it gets. $8 a person.