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Halloween Attractions in NJ

Whether you're a family of scaredy cats or daredevils, NJ has a Halloween attraction just right for your crew.


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Scare Factor: Low

Have some not-so-frightening fun with the little ones (and wimpy adults) in your brood.

Alstede Farm’s Harvest Moon Hayride

1 Alstede Farms Ln., Chester
908-879-7198, alstedefarms.com

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.

Brick or Treat

LEGOLAND Discovery Centers 
39 Fitzgerald St., Yonkers, NY
Plymouth Meeting Mall, 500 W. Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting, PA
legolanddiscoverycenter.com

Little builders everywhere should make the trip to Westchester or Philadelphia one weekend in October for some bloody awesome LEGO activities. Take in the seasonal decorations, try your luck in the brick-or-treat scavenger hunt, make your own LEGO masterpieces, and more. Don't forget to make your mark by leaving a construction behind in the LEGO pumpkin patch. Buy tix in advance to make sure you don't miss out.

Fall Family Fun Weekends

330 Cold Soil Rd., Princeton
609-924-2310, terhuneorchards.com

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!

Fright Factor

186 Ridgedale Ave., Florham Park
973-845-9636, halosforangelsinc.org

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.

Giamarese Fall Harvest Weekends

155 Fresh Ponds Rd., East Brunswick
732-821-9494, giamaresefarm.com

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.

Happy Haunt at Red Mill Museum

56 Main St., Clinton
908-735-4101, theredmill.org

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.

PumpkinFest at Shady Brook Farm

931 Stony Hill Rd., Yardley, PA
215-968-1670, shadybrookfarm.com

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.

Pumpkin Festival at Oasis Family Farm

3 Circle Dr., Robbinsville
609-259-7300, oasisfamilyfarm.com

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.

Sunshine Acres

831 Windsor-Perrineville Rd., East Windsor
609-758-7817, fieldofterror.com

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.

Tranquility Farms Fall Fest

10 Tranquility Farms Ln., Allamuchy
908-979-0303; tranquillityfarmsnj.com

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.

Tuckerton Haunted Seaport

120 West Main St., Tuckerton
609-296-8868, tuckertonseaport.org

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.

The Woodbridge Ghost Walk

400 Rahway Ave., Woodbridge
732-738-6022, hauntedhistoryproductions.com

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.

Scare Factor: Medium

Come for a good scare that won’t give you nightmares. 

PHOTO COURTESY TERHUNE ORCHARDS

A. Casola Farm’s FallFest

178 NJ-34, Holmdel
732-332-1533, acasolafarms.com

This locale’s season-long celebration is family-friendly by day and spooky by night. Little ones can get their fill of pony rides, a petting zoo, pumpkin picking and wild west shows while older kids can come at dusk for a scary hayride to the Haunted Greenhouse, House of Horror and Corn Walk of Terror. Brand new this year is the Travis County Junkyard, a treacherous place patrolled by Leatherface. Don’t miss out on the Halloween shop and Amish baked goods. $30 for all four nighttime attractions.

Oasis Island of Terror

3 Circle Dr., Robbinsville
609-259-7300, oasisislandofterror.com

Take your coven for pumpkins, egg hunts and a maze by day, but bring your older kids to experience after-dark attractions like a mile-long haunted trail with monsters and terrors around every bend. After-dark fun is recommended for kids 12 and up. $25 a person.

Scared in Jersey

Exit 116 & Garden State Parkway, Holmdel
800-745-3000, scaredinjersey.com

Learn the legend of the Jersey Devil through multiple attractions at “Scared in Jersey” — if you dare. The Devil’s legend has inspired multiple scare-tastic attractions: The Devil’s Midway, where guests can engage in conversation with the Devil’s victims, buy food and scary merchandise. The Pine Barrens Maze, where guests travel a windy path guarded by large pine trees and haunted by 18th century ghosts... and the devil himself. Old Mother Leeds’ Cottage, a theater attraction where visitors can watch the Jersey Devil ghastly entrance into this world in his mother’s cottage. Tickets are $25/person and the event is recommended for ages 10 and up.

Schaefers Farm Frightfest

1051 Flemington Whitehouse Rd., Flemington
908-782-2705, schaefersfrightfest.com

This frightfest will “scare the yell out of you.” It starts with a 45-minute spooky hayride to the middle of nowhere where you're dropped off for a treacherous trek through the Trail of Terror. You and the kids will have to go through the MassAcre Maize before heading to your last stop: the Carnival of Chaos. Scream through all three attractions for $30. Kids must be 10 or older.

Zombie Hayrides at Brookhollow’s Barnyard

301 Rockaway Valley Rd., Boonton Township
201-400-4505, brookhollowsbarnyard.com

This new attraction is a super unique Halloween adventure, featuring both a hayride and paintball. For 15 minutes, you’ll be able to shoot at zombie targets from the safety of your seat. Get there early to hang with the undead, who are said to have quite a sense of humor despite their terrifying appearance. $12 for 200 paintballs.

Scare Factor: High

These attractions are no joke! Prepare for spine-chilling scares you'll lose sleep over. 

The Bane Haunted House

630 West Mount Pleasant Ave., Livingston
973-369-7677, banehauntedhouse.com

This is believed to be the scariest house in NJ. And it's sure to play into your biggest and worst fears. It’s completely interactive, so watch out for the 70+ actors who want to hear you scream! Try Bane Escape, where you’ll follow the clues of a homicidal maniac to escape his wrath. You must be at least 13 for the escape room. Younger kids need to be accompanied by an adult. $22 per person, $35 for the escape room.

Bloodshed Farms Fear Fest

2919 Rte. 206, Columbus
609-251-6707, bloodshedfarmsfearfest.com

The four attractions on site include Clownophobia, a traveling funhouse staffed by local asylum patients; The Trail of Terror, a winding path with a haunted manor and cannibals; Hellsgate Asylum, an old halfway house with tons of inpatients; and The Last Ride, a haunted hayride unlike any you’ve ever been on. If that’s not enough scare for you, purchase a ticket to The Blood Shed, a haunted house that you have to enter completely alone (friends watch you freak via night vision cameras). Stop by the Camper Escape Room to try fleeing in 15 minutes before the madman returns. Combo tickets for all four attractions are $30, Blood Shed tickets are an extra $13.

Brighton Asylum

2 Brighton Ave., Passaic
201-716-2827, brightonasylum.com

Brighton Asylum was once a facility for violent mentally ill patients in the 1940s. After closing down in 1952, it recently reopened in 2011 as a haunted attraction filled with special effects and animatronics (and maybe real ghosts, too?) that’ll leave you with recurring nightmares. Be warned: It's dubbed one of the “scariest places on Earth,” so brace yourself to be horrified out of your wits. Tickets start at $25 for one attraction.

Cornfield of Terror

723 W. Herschel St., Egg Harbor City
609-593-6180, cornfieldofterror.com

Make sure your shoes are tied because you’ll be running for your life at this terrorizing attraction. The Cornfield of Terror is a creepy twist on the classic fall favorite with something terrifying looming around each and every stalk. Recommended for ages 10 and up. $14 a ticket.

Dracula’s Domain

569 Monmouth Rd., Jackson
732-928-0393, draculasdomain.com

Travel through 66 haunted acres of woods on a hayride that’ll keep you on the edge of your seat for the whole 40 minutes. Afterwards, walk through Psycho Path, a terrifying trail overrun with monsters. $15 per attraction.

Photo courtesy of Haunted Scarehouse
 

Haunted Scarehouse

105 W. Dewey Ave., Wharton
862-244-4454, hauntedscarehouse.com

It takes guts to survive this two-floor walk-through horror house with chainsaws, prisoners and ghouls galore (pictured). Walk (or run) through the torture chambers, cells and funhouses created by madman John Hayden. This is the best time of year to visit Haunted Escape, too, because escape rooms are staffed with undead actors who help you in your clue hunting. Tickets are $28 for the walkthrough, $43 for VIP and $29 for each escape room.

Nightmare at Gravity Hill

1005 Farmingdale Rd., Jackson
732-703-4198, nightmareatgravityhill.com

Gravity Hill at Cicconi Farms is a NJ phenomenon where cars are known to roll uphill and defy gravity. Spooky, right? Nightmare at Gravity Hill will give you more than a few legit scares as you explore the abandoned Ghost Town, Graveyard and Haunted Fields affected by the curse. This event is not recommended for children under 14; those younger need to be accompanied by an adult. General admission is $23, cash only.

Pantophobia

53 Craig Rd., Montvale
805-666-1699, pantophobia.com

Cyrus Grain has returned and he’s busy haunting DiPiero’s Farmstand because his farm has been developed. Hop on a wagon (it holds 20 “victims” at a time) where you'll be trapped until it returns. Tickets are $25. Not recommended for kids under 10.

Scary Rotten Farms

151 Brick Blvd., Brick Township
732-477-0606, scaryrottenfarms.com

Your biggest nightmares will be your new reality at this crazy-scary attraction. Choose your fate by entering either the Chaotic Carnival of Chaos or Blackened the Plague, where you'll need to dodge violently ill apocalypse survivors. Each attraction is $18 or you can get both for $30. Kids under 13 should stay home unless they're feeling really brave and accompanied by an adult.

Halloween at the Parks

These amusement parks are awesome in the fall when they get super spookified just in time for Halloween. Visit for a range of tricks, treats and scares. 

Dorney Park

3830 Dorney Park Rd., Allentown, PA
610-395-3724, dorneypark.com

Little ones will have a blast at The Great Pumpkin Fest, which has tons of Peanuts characters, kids activities and not-so-scary Halloween shows. Let them play with the Monster Foam machine before painting a pumpkin, pedaling a mini-tractor and exploring Linus’ pumpkin patch and bale maze. After the sun sets, the older kids can start with a haunted maze like Tourist Trap, where they’ll venture through an 1800s motel and discover why guests are disappearing. Then they can visit a scare zone, such as CarnEvil or Cut Throat Island. Be sure to take in a live stage show or ride the Demon Drop before heading home. Tickets start at $42.

Hershey Park

100 W. Hersheypark Dr., Hershey, PA
717-534-3900, hersheypark.com

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.

Sesame Place

100 Sesame Rd., Langhorne, PA
215-702-3566, sesameplace.com

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.

PHOTO COURTESY OF SIX FLAGS GREAT ADVENTURE

Six Flags Great Adventure

1 Six Flags Blvd., Jackson
732-928-2000, sixflags.com/greatadventure

This New Jersey staple (pictured) is chock-full of haunts by day and spine-chilling horrors by night. The five relentless scare zones put you face-to-face with evil at every turn, much like the seven disorienting mazes. New attractions this year include Unleashed!, a cirque show performance put on by undead steampunk acrobats, and Lady of the Lake Graveyard, a cemetery haunted by a woman who was seduced and killed by the Jersey Devil. Daily admission starts at $56.99. Some attractions have additional fees.

 

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