When your little ones are small, Halloween is all about dressing up, parties and candy. But as kids get into the pre-teen and teenage years, scary attractions hold the most appeal. New Jersey Haunted Houses has rated some of the spookiest experiences including haunted houses, creepy corn trails and hair-raising hayrides so you can be sure to know before you go whether your child will love it…or spent the rest of October running into your bed with nightmares!
While many haunted attractions are on hiatus until next year due to COVID-19, the following are all ready to welcome guests. Just be sure to check the websites for advance tickets as these tend to sell out fast and obey all rules and restrictions, or else!
Scare Farm at Norz Hill Farm Hillsborough, NJ
Rated: Very scary, for ages 13 and up
This attraction has three exciting thrills including two haunted corn trails and a haunted hayride, aptly called the Slay Ride. Due to COVID all three attractions, Creepy Hollow (read the scary backstory on the farm’s website), Paranoia Walking Trails (beware – they are on sacred burial grounds) and The Slay Ride – Hayride where madness rules the land will be one continuous attraction for one price, which varies by date. Be forewarned that there will be strobe lights, tight spaces to crawl through and “insane cast members.”
Farm of Horrors at Schaefer’s Farm Flemington, NJ
Rated: Scary, not recommended for kids under 13
Walk through 200 acres of fright during 45 of the scariest minutes of your life! The scares begin with a haunted hayride that will “scare the YELL out of you”! You’ll then take a trek through the “Trail of Terror,” and then be forced to find your way back through the MassAcre Maize. The final nightmare is the Carnevil of Chaos. Tickets start at $35 for all four attractions.
Sleepy Hollow Haunted Acres Newtown, PA
Rated: Very scary
If abandoned gardens and crypts are your thing, this scary place should be at the top of your list. You’ll first venture into The Hollow, where you’ll encounter crypts and catacombs and an expansive cemetery. In The Field you’ll find the ruins of a bewitched village. Tickets start at $24 for both attractions and must be purchased in advance online in order to guarantee entry.
Scary Rotten Farms Brick, NJ
Rated: Very scary, Not recommended for under age 13
This farm has three scary attractions including Sinister Sneed’s Chaotic Carnival of Chaos. Blackened The Plague experience may hit scarily close to home as townspeople suffer high fevers and become delusional and violent. Each attraction is $18, two for $30 or all three for $40. A VIP package for $50 lets you skip the line.
Casola Farms Haunted Attractions Marlboro, NJ
Rated: Very scary, ages 8 and up
Here you’ll find terrifying attractions including Haunted Hayride of Terror, a haunted hayride through the backwoods of New Jersey, 3D Haunted Barn where images will be stuck forever in your mind and Marlboro Zombie Breakout where you ride in an army truck and shoot psychotic zombies with a paintball gun! Do all three attractions for $45 or purchase tickets individually for each.
Field of Terror East Windsor, NJ
Billed as New Jersey’s Largest Haunted Attraction Farm, here you’ll find the Killer Kornfield, the Haunted Hayride to Terror Town, Timmery Manor and the Creepy Carnival Paintball Ride. (There’s also a family friendly flashlight maze for those looking for something that is not scary.) Do all four scary attractions for $45 or purchase tickets for each experience. Tickets must be purchased online in advance.
Bane Haunted House New York, NY
Rated: Very scary, recommended for 12 and over
This terrifying haunted house plays on your fears: claustrophobia, separation anxiety and…clowns. They pride themselves on not using animatronics, but rather, 100+ actors ready to scare the pants off you for a spine-chilling experience. You may need to spin around, crawl and jump to get through the experience. You will be separated from your party during the experience so if you don’t like it, this is not for you! General admission starts at $35 and online purchase is recommended.
Brighton Asylum: The Bleeding Grounds Passaic, NJ
Rated: Very scary, not recommended for children under 10
This walk-through dark attraction with live actors is sure to scare you. Try Brighton Asylum, The Bleeding Grounds, the scary staff quarters of the asylum and Port9l, a forgotten subway system. General admission begins at $35.99
Night of Terror at Creamy Acres Mullica Hill, NJ
Rated: Very scary, not recommended for under 13
There are four haunted attractions here plus the Haunted Paintball Ride which sounds both messy and scary! The Harvest experience will take you through a cornfield and swamps with scares around every turn while the hallways of Dark Dreams will awaken your deepest fears. Tickets are $35 for all four attractions online and advance purchase is recommended to guarantee entry.
13th Hour Haunted House Wharton, NJ
Rated: Very scary, not recommended for under 8
This haunted house (formerly called the Haunted Scarehouse) features two floors of jaw-dropping entertainment with rooms decorated like movie sets to enhance the thrills. There are special effects inside and also escape rooms on the premises for more entertainment. Tickets start at $35 a person for all three haunts. All attractions are indoors.
Six Flags Hallowfest, Jackson, NJ
Rated: While not rated by New Jersey Haunted Houses, after dark, the amusement park is definitely scary and not recommended for children under 10.
The amusement park’s annual Fright Fest has been replaced this year due to COVID, with touchless and socially distanced scares as part of their Hallowfest. Brave your way through Mama’s Farm, Wicked Woods or Apocalypse, their haunted outdoor mazes filled with evil creatures. Or try the Reflections of the Dead indoor maze, filled with mirrors and special effects scares.