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If you’re looking for more than just a pumpkin patch, NJ railroads are boarding little monsters from all over the state this season. The Whippany Railway Museum, one of our annual faves, isn’t running their Halloween train this season, and their museum is closed due to COVID for the time being. The New Jersey Museum of Transportation at Allaire State Park, also usually offers a seasonal ride, but their dates for that are still TBA. But you can still take a ride on these other super fun pumpkin trains. Make sure to book your excursion in advance (there are limited tickets due to social distancing) and don’t forget your face masks.

Black River & Western Railroad Pumpkin Train

80 Stangl Road, Flemington
Hop aboard this train at Flemington Station and take a ride to Everitt Farms. Once you arrive at pumpkin junction, you’ll be able to explore their corn maze and do other farm activities. Your ticket includes the train ride and entry to the corn maze, expect to spend about 2.5 hours.
Details: Every Saturday and Sunday from October 10th to October 25. Trips depart at 10 am, 12:30, 2 and 3 pm.  $15/kids, $21/adults. Get tickets here.

Delaware River Railroad Excursions’ The Great Pumpkin Train

100 Elizabeth St., Phillipsburg
Take a ride on The Great Pumpkin Train, where you can chug along the beautiful Delaware River in the peak of fall. The Great Pumpkin Train will drop you off at the pumpkin patch, where you can pick your own pumpkin for free. While exploring all of the pumpkins, you can take in the beauty of the Carpentersville Lime Kilns (the oldest and largest in the state). If that’s not enough excitement for you, add on a trip to the Corn Maze. You can also visit the Ol’ Susquehanna Mine, which is filled with shiny treasures for you to bring home. You just have to find them first.
Details: Every Saturday and Sunday from October 10th to November 1st, trips at 11 am, 12:30, 2 and 3:30 pm.  $12/kids, $18/adults. Additional attractions $5/each. Get your tickets here.

DiDonato Fun Center’s Trick-or-Treat Train

1151 White Horse Pike, Hammonton
ALL-A-BOO this tot-friendly train on the Rolling Railway. This year, your family can enjoy its own private car on the train. Score some sweet treats at the Snack and Toy Cottage, find your way through the Halloween Hay Maze, and pick pumpkins at the pumpkin patch. All of the events included in your ticket will be outdoors this year, so your family can have fun safely. But if you’d like to venture indoors, you can add on galactic golf or bowling for some added fun.
Details: Oct. 9-12, 16-18, 23-25, Friday 4pm-8pm, Saturday 12pm-8pm, Sunday 12pm-6pm, Monday 12pm-4pm. $10.95/online, $12.95/door. Bowling and golf $5 Get your tickets here.