Halloween Attractions in NJ
Whether your looking for a fright-free afternoon or a super scary night at an amusement park, we're bringing you the best Halloween events in NJ. Don't miss out!
Scare Factor: Low
What to Expect: Not sure your little ones are ready for the big league hauntings on Halloween? We totally understand—and so do plenty of places around New Jersey that have not-so-scary fun for the tots or wimpy adults in your brood.
Alstede Farm’s Harvest Moon Hayride and Corn Maze
1 Alstede Farms Ln., Chester
Take in the fall scenery on this farm’s fright-free hayride, corn maze and nighttime pumpkin picking excursion on October 11 from 6-10 pm (BYO flashlights). Then roast s’mores and drink cider around the fire. There are also animals for kids to play with and ice cream to eat! Call for cost.
The Bane Haunted House
630 West Mount Pleasant Ave., Livingston
Though this haunted house is the real deal for adults and bigger kids, they’ve kept the little ones in the mix with their “Happily Haunted” attraction. When the zombies are sleeping between 3 and 5 pm, children 12 and under accompanied by an adult can get a flashlight guided tour through the haunted house. $8 per person.
Field of Terror
831 Windsor-Perrineville Rd., East Windsor
While adults and big kids in your group get scared silly in the “Killer Kornfield,” take little ones for nighttime pumpkin picking or a walk through the flashlight maze so they can get in on the fun too. There’s also daytime pumpkin picking, free hayrides and corn maze strolls on the property’s “Sunshine Acres” if they aren’t ready to be out at night. Pumpkin costs depend on size.
116 South Branch Rd. Hillsborough
Take preschoolers to this night time, spook-free corn maze, pumpkin patch, haybale maze and farm to see the animals. The maze is $7 per person.
10 Tranquility Farms Ln., Andover
This scare-free farm, with hayrides to the pumpkin field, a hauntless corn maze, a kids’ fun tent, a playground, a cow train and a petting zoo, is just the thing to do with your tots on the weekends beginning September 27. New to this year’s fall fest is homemade ice cream. $10 per child for all activities.
586 South Middlebush Rd., Somerset
A fun, frightless Halloween activity for the 2-to-5 crowd, Snyder’s Farm Fall Festival, which runs every weekend through late October, features a wooden train, pumpkin bowling, a potato sack slide, a corn maze, hayrides and a lot more toddler-style fun. $10 per child; no credit cards accepted.
120 W. Main St., Tuckerton
Though the main attraction, (a haunted seaport), is suitably spooky for older kids, there’s a scare-free pumpkin patch perfect for the younger set. Crafts, stories, games and other no-haunt activities keep the little ones busy. $8 per person.
The Woodbridge Ghost Walk
Parker Press Park, Rahway Ave., Woodbridge
This historical Halloween tour is a trip back in time, where you and the kids can see “real ghosts” come to life on October 10 and 17 at 9:30 pm. (Raindate is October 18). Bring easily spooked kids to the earlier walks since real-life zombies join the strolls as the evening goes on.
$6 per person.
Scare Factor: Medium
What to Expect: Some scares and a few spooky characters, but no one chasing you and plenty of places to cower—er, we mean hide—perfect for beginner Halloween enthusiasts.
Horse Sleigh Farms Fall Festival
438 State Rd. 57 West, Washington
This nighttime hayride takes a slight detour from the family-friendly daytime path on weekends in October. Drive by the farm’s real cemetery with 100-year-old gravestones. Just make sure not to bring any old souls back with you. There’s also an eight-acre corn maze filled with creepy monsters who watch you through the stalks as you make your journey. $7 per person for the hayride; $17 for the corn maze; $20 for the combo.
Windsor Farms Haunted Hayride
1202 Windsor Edinburg Rd., Princeton Junction
Get mildly spooked as you roll through a field teaming with witches, goblins and ghosts on Friday and Saturday nights in October. Apple cider and funnel cake wait for you at the end of the ride. $17 per person; kids ages 5-12 must be accompanied by an adult.
The Historic Village at Allaire
4263 Atlantic Ave., Farmingdale
Cruise through Mr. Allaire’s “Haunted House,” take a spin on a family-friendly hayride or walk through the historic village itself to meet a gypsy fortune-teller, watch Edgar Allen Poe reenactments and hear a Halloween storyteller on October 16, 17, 23 and 24 at 6:30 pm. $10-15 per person.
569 Monmouth Rd., Jackson
Travel through 60 acres of woods filled with vampires on this haunted hayride. If you make it through alive, test your luck on “Psycho’s Path,” with goblins, ghouls, monsters and demons hiding at every twist and turn. All ages. $18 per person for the hayride; $12 per person
for Pyscho’s Path; $25 for a combo ticket.
Scare Factor: High
What to Expect: Thrills and chills sure to keep you up at night in the best way. Not for the faint of heart!
300 West Grand Ave., Montvale
Revisit the paralyzing fear of watching horror films as a kid at this “Hollyweird”-themed zombie hayride and walk, created with movie sets you’ll recognize and special effects sure to terrify. Don’t miss “Zombiescape,” October 22 and 29, where each person gets five flags and then runs for their life towards the finish line while being chased by ravenous zombies! Once your flags are gone (they represent your health), the zombies win, so bring your running shoes. $25 per person for the hayride; $40 per person for the hayride and trail walk; $30 per person for Zombiescape.
Bloodshed Farms Fear Fest
2919 Rte. 206, Columbus
This once scenic South Jersey farm is now home to “Hell’s Gate Prison” (an abandoned jail filled with evil inmates), the “Trail of Horror,” a scare walk that takes you to the site of the fictional murders that took place on-site and a haunted hayride. American Horror Story: Freakshow fans can get up close and personal with terrifying clowns at the “Fun House of Fear.” $25 for a four-attraction combo pass.
The Bane Haunted House
630 West Mount Pleasant Ave., Livingston
Get a group of four teammates together and battle zombies in a real-life, interactive walk complete with paintball guns at “Apocalypse NJ.” If that’s not enough of a scare, head to the haunted house and learn the story behind the grisly (but fictional) murder of the Bane family Thursday through Sunday nights all month. $22 per person at the door of the haunted house; $25-40 for Apocalypse NJ.
Creamy Acres Farm Night of Terror
488 Lincoln Hill Rd., Mullica Hill
The scare spot that won HGTV’s Scariest Haunted Houses’ top honors in 2012 re-opened. Start with the “Frozen Tundra,” a pitch-black scare walk through narrow passages with winter beasts lurking at every turn, or brave the “Slaughter Cave,” filled with deranged, torture-hungry lunatics. Serious thrill-seekers can also continue on to the 3-D fun house, corn maze, hayride of terror or zombie-themed haunted house. Ages 13 and up. Prices vary.
Field of Terror Haunted House and Hayride
831 Windsor Perrineville Rd., East Windsor
Head to this 120-acre farm to see what’s become of Farmer Franks’ victims in the “Killer Kornfield” or “Unknown Farm,” where the torture took place. Dare to enter the “Dementia 3-D Haunted House,” full of the creatures he exposed to toxic chemicals or try the zombie-themed hayride. Ages 10 and up. Prices vary.
C. Casola Farms
131 South Main St., Marlboro
Want to really feel like you’re on The Walking Dead? Take out escaped zombies from the nearby psychiatric hospital with paintball guns at the “Marlboro Zombie Breakout.” And if that’s not enough, try to survive the 3-D “Haunted House” (don’t get left behind), “Hayride of Terror,” “Living Corn Maze” or “Haunted Wooded Trail.” Hayride, barn, trail and maze combo, $40 per person; $25 per person for paintball.
105 West Dewey Ave., Wharton
Go back 40 years in time to witness the horrific acts that took place in this two-story farmhouse in “The House of Nightmares” and “The Attic.” Expect serious scares—this attraction won Haunt Hunters’ scariest haunted house award last year for the most original and innovative attraction. Open weekends and some Thursdays. Ages 8 and up. $25 per person.
Scary Rotten Farms
151 Brick Blvd., Brick Township
Sinister Sheed’s “Chaotic Carnival of Chaos” features the helpless souls of clowns and other circus performers enslaved by the diabolical ringmaster. There’s also “Inbred and Nearly Dead,” an outdoor spook walk through a former campsite in which many campers have mysteriously gone missing. For kids ages 13 and up. $15 per person for each attraction; $25 for combo.
2 Brighton Ave., Passaic
See if you can survive new attractions like “The Tunnel”—the long forgotten underground pathway system filled with former patients—or solve your way out of “Dead Escape,”a timed hunt for clues that will lead you away from the “biters” at this year-round haunted house. Ages 10 and up. $25 per person; extra $5 for the Dead Escape.
Six Flags Great Adventure
1 Six Flags Blvd., Jackson
During the day, Looney Tunes characters get gussied up in cute costumes and hand out goodies along the trick-or-treat trail to kids under 12. After 6 pm, Fright Fest kicks in—spooky fog covers the ground and monsters appear from every corner. The creepy manor takes haunted houses up a notch, with its terrifying asylum and spine-tingling “Total Darkness” rooms. Tickets start at $69.99 for adults; kids under 48” are $42.99; children under two are free. Open weekends through November.
3830 Dorney Park Rd., Allentown, PA
With the new Peanuts movie arriving in theaters, kids will be psyched to meet costumed Snoopy and try the hay mazes and pumpkin picking. After 7 pm, bring the under-13 set home, and let the big kids freak out at the “Haunt,” which features a new Chamber of Horrors Wax museum, “The Blackout”—a totally dark maze frequented by roving zombies—and a brand new scare zone called “CarnEvil,” filled with the creepiest clowns you can imagine. Tickets start at $44.
100 Sesame Rd., Langhorne, PA
The scariest monster you’ll see here is Elmo at The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular. There’s a maze (where you can help Abby find her missing wand), a rubber duckie costume party, a daily Halloween parade and a not-so-spooky hayride. Special events are on tap each weekend, from Zoe’s Monster Mash Dance Party to The Count’s Halloween Party. Tickets are $65 per person (you’ll get a free second day you can use through the end of the calendar year).
Hershey Park (Hershey, PA)
100 West Hershey Park Dr., Hershey, PA
The roller coasters here become “ghosters” through October as the track lights stay off for extra thrills. During the day, kids can trick-or-treat for lots and lots of (what else?) chocolate! And if everyone’s up for a nighttime adventure, bring flashlights for a tour through ZooAmerica to see the Creatures of the Night. Tickets are $35 for adults; $24 for children 3–8; kids under two are free. Open for Halloween starting October 16.
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