When night falls, the spirits emerge – do you have what it takes to get past them without losing your voice from screaming? If you enjoy being frightened, these haunted hayrides are the perfect Halloween attraction. Use discretion when bringing your kids and check any age restrictions enforced at each event (some make you sign a waiver in advance). When you enter these seemingly harmless by day farms at night do so at your own risk!
C. Casola Farms
131 S. Main St., Marlboro
Fridays and Saturdays, Sept. 24 – Oct. 29; every Sunday in October; Halloween (Oct. 31)
Haunted Hayride of Terror takes you into the back woods of NJ. Watch out for shadows and listen for the cries of victims. While visiting (that’s if you can leave), there is also a 3D Haunted Barn, The Living Maze and Marlboro Zombie Breakout.
65 River Rd., Montville (use entrance on Vreeland Avenue)
Weekends in September and October, 10 am – 6 pm
Are you brave enough to withstand terrorizing and deranged monsters and farm town freaks? This terrifying ride is not recommended for children 10 and under.
Creamy Acres Farm
448 Lincoln Mill Rd., Mullica Hill
Fridays and Saturdays, Sept. 30 – Oct. 29 (closed Sundays)
Can you survive this Night of Terror? The massive 100-acre park is inhabited by zombies, attack dogs, chainsaw-wielding maniacs and killer clowns. But the most unique attraction is the Haunted Paintball Hayride, which is exactly what it sounds like: visitors climb aboard a wagon and use man-mounted paintball guns to defend the crew.
1 – 4 pm Oct. 16
Freehold has an entire month of activities planned, like a jack-o’-lantern contest, costume parade and house decorating, but the real thrills are at the haunted house and the haunted hayride. Roll through the streets of the borough and enjoy live Halloween-inspired scenes while being spooked by haunters along the way. There will be characters such as zombie cheerleaders, or horror movie characters who chase the wagon with chainsaws. While some scenes are scarier than others, it’s still designed to entertain the whole family.
Norz Hill Farm
120 S. Branch Rd., Hillsborough
Beginning Sept. 24
The Scare Farm can drive a family to madness and terror. Once the sun goes down, you’ll meet the three brothers who cultivated the land – but who also harvested the souls of many associated with the farm. Climb aboard and take a trip through strange, twisted and tragic events that play out in the darkness. If the Slay Ride doesn’t give you nightmares, then check out Creepy Hollow to wander through the fields or try to get out of the Paranoia.
1051 Route 523, Flemington
Weekends, Sept. 24 – Oct. 30
The Farm of Horrors unveils itself with four horrifying attractions. The Hayride of Horror is a “hair-raising good time.” You start in a straw-covered wagon but then you get unexpected thrills, chills, twists and turns. The hayride leaves you at the entrance for the Trail of Terror where you will visit the walking dead while watching out for open graves. When you’re out of the graveyard you’ll get back on the wagon for a trip to MassAcre Maize. This is no ordinary corn maze – here, you’ll be running for your life! Finally, see if you can survive the CarnEvil of Chaos.
Sleepy Hollow Haunted Acres
881 Highland Rd., Newtown, PA
Venture into the hollow, where you will encounter crypts and catacombs and an expansive cemetery. In the field you’ll find the ruins of a bewitched village.