NJ railroads are boarding little monsters from all over the state this season. Take your coven to one of these seasonal trains for Halloween-themed fun they’ll never forget.
19th Annual Pumpkin Festival
Whippany Railway Museum
1 Railroad Plaza, Whippany
Take in all the autumnal beauty of the Whippanong Valley aboard the Pumpkinliner train. Grab a seat in an antique caboose, snap pics with scarecrows and pumpkins, shop the Pumpkin Marketplace Crafts Fair, check out vintage tractors and visit the not-too-scary haunted house. Head back on October 20 for a ride on the Halloween Express; the kids can come in costumes and collect treats onboard.
Details: Sunday Oct. 6, 12:30-5 pm. Trains leave every 45 minutes starting at 12:30 pm. $11-14/kids; $16-19/adults
Delaware River Railroad Excursions’ The Great Pumpkin Train
100 Elizabeth St., Phillipsburg
Honor the Peanuts gang by hopping aboard this famously-named engine. Ride all the way to the pumpkin patch that’s gorgeously arranged in front of the century-old Carpentersville Lime Kilns (they’re the biggest and oldest in NJ). Take in river-side views, try your luck in the corn maze or explore the Ol’ Susquehanna Mine, where the kids can pan for gems. Chill in one of the two picnic groves with the fam before heading home.
Details: Every Saturday-Sunday Oct. 6-28, trips at 11 am, 12:30, 2 and 3:30 pm. $12/kids, $18/adults. Additional attractions $5/each.
DiDonato Fun Center’s Trick-or-Treat Train
1151 White Horse Pike, Hammonton
ALL-A-BOO this tot-friendly train on the Rolling Railway. Kiddies will score some sweets a little early this year on this ride through the Halloween village, plus will venture through a hay maze, get their faces painted and search for the perfect jack-o’-lantern base in the pumpkin patch. After, feel free to explore the center’s bowling alley or galactic golf.
Details: Saturdays and Sundays Oct. 5-27, 12-6 pm. $12.95/online, $14.60/door
New Jersey Museum of Transportation at Allaire State Park
4265 Atlantic Ave., Wall Twp.
This is for the mini-daredevils in your crew, because it gets scarier than a ride to the pumpkin patch. Explore the haunted woods as trick-or-treaters have done for decades. You’ll even get to walk through a portion of the trail, if you dare. While you’re there, visit Allaire’s haunted village (dates TBA) before hopping back on the parkway. You’ll get to hop on a hayride, sip hot apple cider at the bakery and peruse the general store for a seasonal trinket.
Details: Fridays and Saturdays Oct. 11-26, trips start at 7:30 pm and leave every half-hour. $7.50/each.