Halloween is celebrated by kids of all ages, but after the sun sets there are more haunted and mystifying stories to tell. Take one of these ghost or cemetery tours that are definitely for the brave! Any tour that has a kid-friendly atmosphere is denoted as such.
Saturdays, Oct. 1 – Nov. 12
Jersey Shore Ghost Tours: Keyport
Take a lantern-lit tour along the waterfront to hear ghost stories of this Jersey Shore town.
Thursdays through Sundays, Oct. 6 – 30
Bordentown Haunted History Tour
Get the facts on notoriously mysterious town sites where many passers-by have experienced strange occurrences. The family-friendly route was recently updated to include new twists, turns and tales.
Fridays, Oct. 7 – Nov. 11
Jersey Shore Ghost Tours: Red Bank
Take a lantern-lit tour throughout the borough, starting at The Dublin House, where Red Bank’s most well-known ghost resides.
Kid-Friendly Ghost Hunt
Liberty Hall, Union
Kids in first through fifth grades can take a Ghost Hunt around the grounds. Explore the pet cemetery, learn about the ghost sightings at Liberty Hall, and the history of Halloween in New Jersey. End the day by listening to a story, having a snack, and making your own ghost friend to bring home!
Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 14 – 29
Princeton Ghost Tour
This tour through the historic Ivy League college town is more informative than scary. With the help of real ghost hunters, you’ll venture into the campus’s darkest corners with EMF meters, dowsing rods and more with hopes of interacting with the other side.
Life With the Afterlife
Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown
Paranormal investigator, author, podcaster and star of Kindred Spirits and Ghost Hunters Amy Bruni will tales from her countless hours hunting ghosts at America’s most haunted locations.
Ghost Investigation & Psychic Readings
Kuser Farm Mansion, Hamilton Twp.
Join Matt Cook and his team from Price Area Paranormal as they demonstrate ghost hunting techniques and equipment. They will have some experiences to share and will attempt to answer some of your paranormal questions. Psychic readings will be available during this event with Psychic Readings by Mandy.
Lantern Cemetery Tours
The Presbyterian Church of Westfield, Westfield
A young Charles Addams spent his time hanging out in Westfield’s oldest cemetery, The Presbyterian Church of Westfield’s Burial Grounds, so find out the allure during a lantern tour of these historic grounds.
Saturdays and Sundays, Oct. 15 – 23
East Brunswick Ghost Walk
This walk, hosted annually by the New Jersey Ghost Organization, will tell you all about East Brunswick’s local legends. Stroll the streets while real paranormal investigators share their secrets and experiences.
October 15 – 30
Hulda: The Other Legend of Sleepy Hollow
The Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow, Sleepy Hollow, NY
In this one-woman show, learn about Hulda of Bohemia, a woman who was originally shunned in Sleepy Hollow for being a witch, but later became a Revolutionary War hero. The tale is told from the perspective of Abby, an enslaved African girl who Hulda befriends at a time when both of them would have been forced to live on the edges of society.
Westfield Garden State Plaza, Paramus
During the weekly Sunday farmers market, you can meet the members of Ghostbuster NJ. See the decked out Ecto-1 and find out how to become a real Ghostbuster!
Spooky Stories by Candlelight
Crane House & Historic YWCA, Montclair
Spooky ghosts, unsolved murders, creepy cryptids, gruesome deaths — are you afraid of the dark? Guests will travel back in time using the Crane House & Historic YWCA as their guide as you explore ghastly tales from Montclair’s history on this candlelight tour.
This tour is actually open to ghost hunters of all ages. The excursion is jam-packed with local lore, fun facts and spooky entertainment. Hear tales of Prohibition-era whiskey bandits, the haunted Hotel Somerset and more from the ghosts (aka costumed actors) themselves.
October 28 – 29
The Spirits of Rahway: Lantern-Lit Cemetery Tour
Merchants and Drovers Tavern Museum, Rahway
Saturday – Sunday
This nighttime tour will showcase the sinister side of Rahway’s history. Guests will be escorted through the cemetery by their “Spirit Guide” who will relay 13 true stories of murder, tragic deaths and the unexplained goings-on within the cemetery gates.
Haunted Underground Mine Tour
Sterling Hill Mining Museum, Ogdensburg
Meet paranormal couple Cody Ray DesBiens and Satori Hawes, see their most haunted objects and hear about their origins. Then take a lantern-lit tour through the very haunted Sterling Hill Mine: 77 people died inside the mine over 90 years ago are they still around?
Rosedale Cemetery Walking Tour
Explore two miles of this 181-year-old Montclair cemetery on a guided tour. Visit some of the site’s most notable inhabitants and learn about the unique grave imagery of their era.