Great for the youngest in your brood, these fright-free events offer lots of fun without the scares.
The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular
Sesame Place, Langhorne, PA
Kids can come in costume on select dates (from September 18 to November 7), and see their favorite Sesame Street characters dressed up for the occasion. There are shows and street party parades where kids get to do the “Jack-O-Lantern Jump!” A Not-Too-Spooky Halloween Drive-Thru (September 28-October 28) has new décor and millions of lights. Guests stay in their cars and pass through 11 zones featuring favorite characters.
Wagner Farm Arboretum, Warren
This year’s Brite Nites events will feature an elaborate display of hand-carved and LED-lit pumpkins and will be drive-through, not walk-through. Tickets for the October 14-16 weekend must be purchased in advance.
Spooky Season at American Dream
The shopping and entertainment complex is getting a Halloween facelift. From October 8-31, visit Nickelodeon Universe for the Boo-Niverse celebration, with costumed meet-and-greets and a Monster Mash. American Dream’s trick or treat (October 25-31) will feature a two-story candy chute, their spooky skate (October 29-31) will have spooky tunes on their ice rink. And don’t miss the 50+ foot inflatable spider from October 19-31.
Westfield was home to Charles Addams, creator of The Addams Family, and that’s a big reason to celebrate. Throughout October, the town gets its Halloween on with everything from an art exhibit and wicked window decorations to a lantern sail and masquerade ball. You can even see the house that inspired the show, but only from the outside since it’s private property.
Great Pumpkin Fest
Dorney Park, Allentown, PA
Dorney Park gets spooky after dark, but during the day its filled with family-friendly Halloween fun with Peanuts characters dressed in costumes. Snoopy and pals will be on hand for meet-and-greets, and there is live music, activities, costume contests, dance parties and more, plus lots of cute kiddie rides.
Jack O’Lantern Experience
Skylands Stadium, Augusta
Take a 45-minute walk around the stadium to see more than 6,000 hand-carved jack o’lanterns. Once you’ve finished, chill with s’mores, hot cider, cocoa and treats at the fall festival. There’s also a Ferris wheel, carousel, live music and a craft beer selection.
DiDonato’s Family Fun Center, Hammonton
This outdoor goblin-friendly Halloween town has tricks, treats and surprises for the kids with a rolling railway train ride. Afterwards, climb on the hay maze, pick a pumpkin from the patch, play on the racing slide and meet the local witch.
The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze
Van Cortlandt Manor, Croton-on-Hudson
The beloved sell-out pumpkin event is back and features thousands of hand-carved jack o’lanterns that light up the night. While in the Hudson Valley, stop at Washington Irving’s Home and learn about the legend of Sleepy Hollow. The blaze also has a second location on Long Island.
LEGOLAND New York, Goshen
The newly-opened theme park is celebrating Halloween with a Brick-or-Treat extravaganza every Saturday and Sunday in October from 3-6 pm. There will be Halloween shows, dance parties, parades, costume contests and trick-or-treating.
Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson
Six Flags is downright terrifying for Fright Fest at night, but during the day there are some fun family thrills for the season. The kids can walk the sweet Pumpkin Patch Lane, and grab candy on the trick-or-treat trail, and show off their moves at a Spooktacular Dance Party. If they are feeling a bit brave, they can listen to some stories from a local witch.
Halloween-Themed Monster Coaster
Camelback Resort, Tannersville, PA
The mountain coaster gets a seasonal makeover starting September 25, and you’ll cruise down the mountain along with some spooky creatures. If you stay overnight at Camelback, you’ll be treated to magic shows, pumpkin carving and a treat trail throughout October.
Celebrate Fall Festival
Reeves-Reed Arboretum, Summit
On October 17, the arboretum will host a fall celebration with a Spooky Trail featuring crafts, games, music, treats and goats.
Coney Island’s Halloween Harvest
Luna Park, Coney Island, NY
Riding the Cyclone is the scariest part of this park’s seasonal fun. Starting September 25, the park starts kicks off its Halloween Harvest with trick-or-treating, costumed characters and pumpkin carving stations.