October is packed with Halloween traditions from costume parades, ghost storytelling, to haunted houses, haunted train rides and haunted forests and all sorts of spooky events. Many new attractions are waiting and you will find tons of fun for the entire family.
11th ANNUAL HAUNTED FOREST (North Jersey)
Tenafly Nature Center, 313 Hudson Ave, Tenafly 201-568-6093
Entertaining, education, and not so scary fun. Arrive early when it’s still light and meet live forest creatures; come late when it’s dark and see how they adapt to the environment around them. Tours every 15 minutes, starting at 4pm, last tour is 6:15. Oct 24 - 25.
HEADLESS HORSEMAN (New York)
Children’s Day “A Tiny Taste of Terror” Ulster Park, 845-339-2666
The park tones down its scare level, offering a daylight hayride with a friendly storyteller telling scary tales. A walk through our corn maze, haunted gardens, country games, face painting, and entertainment make this the perfect outing for families with young children. Oct 10 & Oct 24, 12- 3:30pm. www.headlesshorseman.com/schedule.
THE GREAT JACK O’LANTERN BLAZE
639 Bedford Rd, Pocantico Hills, NY914-631-8200
There will be over 7,000 hand-crafted carved pumpkins on display that you will be able to see throughout Oct and Nov. They invite everyone, big and small, to come gawk at the pumpkins, take pictures and share the experi-ence. Visit the largest display of pumpkins outside NJ and you are sure to find something fascinating. Oct. 2 - 4, 9 - 12, 15 - 18, 21 - 31st and Nov. 1, 5 - 8, 13 - 15
NJ KIDS HALLOWEEN PARTY & COAT DRIVE (North Jersey)
Paramus Park Mall. 700 Paramus Park, Paramus. Oct 15, 10:30am-12:30pm.
Kids wear your Halloween Costume for trick or treating, prizes, give-aways and interactive fun. North Court inside near Tommy’s Pizza. Bring your gently used coats!
SPOOKY SPOOKTACULAR HALLOWEEN AT IPLAY AMERICA (Central Jersey)
110 Schanck Rd Freehold, 732-577-8200.
iPlay America in Freehold will transform this October to iPlay America”s Spooky Spooktacular Halloween! All month long starting October 2nd-November 1st experience a Halloween event like no other in Central NJ. This family friendly event features OVER 50 live show performances, Trick or Treat Trail, decorations and Halloween themed activities for all.
19TH CENTURY ALL HALLOW’S EVE AT ALLAIRE VILLAGE (Central Jersey)
4263 Atlantic Avenue Farmingdale
What IS the origin of the Jack O’Lantern? Why early traditions! Free pumpkins (limited), Storytelling, Children’s Games, Tractor and Wagon Rides and More! A COSTUME Parade with prizes for children under 12. Oct 11, 12 - 4 pm
ALLAIRE STATE PARK HAUNTED HALLOWEEN HAYRIDES (Central Jersey)
4263 Atlantic Avenue Farmingdale - Rides depart every 15 minutes, heading through the woods, then into Historic Village at Allaire for a spooky visit. Purchase tickets in advance. Oct 16, 17, 23, 24 6PM-9:30 PM
HALLOWEEN IN HERSHEY (PA)
Hershey Park, 100 Hershey Park Dr, Hershey PA
Frightful fun. Hershey Park in the Dark! Creatures of the Night. Select weekends in Oct.
BRITE NIGHTS at Wagner Farm Arboretum (North Jersey)
197 Mountain Avenue, Warren, 908-350-7383
See over 1,500 intricately carved and lighted pumpkins lining the garden paths. Enjoy the spooky Haunted House showcase with zombies. Oct 16-18 & Oct 23-25, 6:45–8PM
ANNUAL HOWELL LIVING HISTORY CORN MAZE & PUMPKIN CARVE (South Jersey)
70 Wooden’s Lane, Titusville
Gather your flock and hatch your plan of escape to find your way out of New Jersey’s longest running corn maze. Hidden in the 4 acres of our 2015 “Don’t be Chicken” maze are clues to help you complete your game board. The aMAZing Pumpkin Carve Weekend. See 50 pumkins carved by local artists. Oct 9 – 11.
HAUNTED SEAPORT (South Jersey)
120 West Main St, Tuckerton, 609-296-8868
Hayrides, entertainment and a non-scary pumpkin patch for the little ones. Oct 22, 23, 24, 6pm – 9pm
THE HAUNTED WOODS (Central Jersey)
75 Springhill Road, Old Bridge. Benefits Old Bridge Food Bank. Walk through haunted woods filled with displays, lights, sound, and live actors lurking about. Admission is free but food donations appreciated. Oct 16-18, 23–25, 30. 7-9pm.
WOODBRIDGE GHOST WALK (Central Jersey)
400 Rahway Ave, Woodbridge, 732-738-6022
This historical NJ Halloween event is a fun and fascinating 40 minute guided tour into the spirit filled past of NJ’s oldest charted settlement with costumed characters of European settlers, Revolutionary War heroes, members of Victorian society and much more! Tours leave every 15 minutes, 6:30-9pm. Oct 10 &17.
GHOST TOUR AT LIBERTY HALL MUSEUM (North Jersey)
1003 Morris Ave, Union. 908-527-0400
Join us for a spine-tingling tour of Liberty Hall Museum, after hours! Museum staff will share their own paranormal experiences with you before embarking on a guided, candlelit tour of the museum. Perhaps you’ll even come away with your own ghost stories! Reservations required by Oct 17. 7-9pm. 7pm tour for younger children