No scary Halloween is complete without a trip to Six Flags Fright Fest in Jackson (through Nov. 3). There’s plenty of gore to explore with your teens and brave 12-and-unders, thanks to terrifying haunted mazes, creepy live shows, all-over scare zones and the classic Great Adventure thrill rides you know and love—but this time, you’ll be in the dark! Keep an eye out while walking around the park; ghouls will be lurking around every corner.
Brave Mullica Hill’s Night of Terror at Creamy Acres Farm (through Nov. 2) for four old-school, walkthrough, scary Halloween haunts, plus a haunted paintball hayride chock-full of zombies. New this year is The Harvest, an homage to the Jersey Devil. Take on cornfields, swamps and more while keeping an eye out for creatures and the winged legend himself. If you’re afraid of creepy dolls or killer clowns, beware Dark Dreams: This funhouse is inspired by your biggest fears.
On weekends through October 27, hit the shore for R and J Farm’s Cornfield of Terror in Egg Harbor City. Navigate a dark corn maze haunted by a local farmer who went missing in the stalks years ago. If you’re not up for a flashlight-led adventure, hit a non-scary corn maze and watch a movie by the bonfire instead. By day, hop a hayride to the pumpkin patch.
Brighton Asylum in Passaic (through Nov. 2) is notorious for horrifying actors, movie quality special effects and breathtaking jump scares. New this year are four add-on attractions, including The Twitching Hour, a guided paranormal hunt in the most haunted parts of the asylum; The Hack Shack, an axe throwing room, and FractVRe, a virtual reality motion simulated experience. The escape rooms run the gamut from breaking out of a haunted hotel room to dismantling a chemical bomb.
13th Hour Haunted House in Wharton (through Nov. 2) is rooted in the legend of the Haydens, who moved to the area in the ’70s and gained a reputation for bizarre and suspicious behavior. After a hurricane tore their farmhouse to the ground, locals were shocked to find rusty cages, bloodstained floors and mysterious drug bottles. Go on a nightmarish journey through John Hayden’s old torture chambers, or try your luck in one of five chilling escape rooms.
Bane Haunted House has been called one of the most scary Halloween walkthrough experiences in the country. After a decade of screams and scares in Livingston, Bane packed up its monster makeup and relocated to Hell’s Kitchen in NYC. It’s still, of course, well worth the trip: Run for your life in the haunted house (through Nov. 10), and keep an eye out for the reopening of the year-round escape rooms.