There are tons of low-scare Halloween treats to take advantage of in and around NJ. On October 6, hit Whippany Railway Museum’s 19th Annual Pumpkin Festival for fall foliage, a craft market, antique tractors and a not-so-scary haunted house. Be sure to book seats on the Pumpkinliner train for a ride along the historic Whippanong Trail.
Help Halos for Angels, which supports families when they need it most, by attending Fright Factor’s Kid Friendly Fear in Florham Park, which boasts face painting, kiddie tours, pumpkin picking, music, games and more (Sat.-Sun., Oct. 6-28). By night, this event makes a sinister transformation, so leave the scaredy cats at home.
From October 17-20, make a splash at Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen’s Museum for Haunted Seaport. While phantom pirates and the Jersey Devil roam the boardwalk, take the kids to the Family Fun Activity Area for games, stories and crafts. Brave a hayride through the Haunted Woods if you dare.
Nature lovers can get up close and personal with night critters at Nocturnal Neighbors: Bats! at Reeves-Reed Arboretum in Summit on October 25. Take a hike, munch on s’mores by a campfire and learn how bats got their eerie reputation at this low-scare Halloween activity.
Squeeze in some creepy history at the Miller-Cory House Museum’s Halloween Hocus Pocus in Westfield (Oct. 26). Ages 3 and up can meet costumed greeters at the colonial farmhouse before decorating cupcakes, trying a scavenger hunt and crafting.
Bloodthirsty for more learning? Celebrate National Chemistry Week at Morris Museum’s Halloween Fun! in Morristown (Oct. 26). Get your fill of spooky science (think melting witches, floating eyeballs and more), costumes, crafts and a treat-filled scavenger hunt.
LEGOLAND’s Brick or Treat in Westchester and Philadelphia (select dates Oct. 17-Nov. 2) feature a Halloween-themed building activity. Snap some photos, explore the transformed haunted MINILAND, try your luck in the scavenger hunt and more. New this year is Hidden Side (through Oct. 27), which lets builders explore LEGO sets with an immersive ghost hunting app a la Pokémon GO (they can catch ’em all!).
Through November 3, make a trip to Sesame Place in Langhorne, PA for The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular. Soar on amusement rides, watch shows and hit the Neighborhood Street Party Halloween Parade for trick-or-treating, music and costumes.
Dorney Park’s The Great Pumpkin Fest in Allentown, PA is hosting Peanuts-inspired attractions like Charlie Brown’s Craft Corner, Linus’ Hay Bale Maze and Peppermint Patty’s Petting Zoo, plus trick-or-treating and a costume contest through November 3. If you’ve got older kids, stay after dark for some scarier attractions.