Get ready to get spooked—did you know the Garden State is full of mysterious historical hauntings? Yup, whether they are real or urban legends, you can find out on one of the ghost tours in NJ in historic towns with a few inexplicable, actively spirited spots. Learn about the haunted history of Bernardsville, Asbury Park, and Cape May, where you can use your imagination (and perhaps see a ghostly apparition) while you hear about the mysterious ghosts and their stories. Scroll down for these ominous tours, many of which are open to all ages (though some have scary extras that might not be suitable for littles), but if you want something more family-friendly, check out other ways to celebrate Halloween in NJ too. (featured photo credit: Cape May MAC)
(Note: It’s always best to check ahead for in-person events)
North Jersey Ghost Tours
14th Annual Woodbridge Ghost Walk
Meet the famous and infamous residents that reside on the streets of Downtown Woodbridge where you will meet the Diva of Darkness, Mistress of Madness, and a few others along the way. This walking tour is family-friendly, but don’t let that fool you—these mysterious characters can still give you a chill.
Cost: $15; strollers are free
Tanzman Park, Pearl St, Woodbridge, NJ 08776
The Proprietary House – A Haunted Lantern Walk
Take a ghostly tour throughout history. Included is a tour of St. Peter’s Graveyard, learn about Perth Amboy’s past, and there will be hot cider and sweets too.
149 Kearny Ave., Perth Amboy, NJ, and Kearny, NJ
Central Jersey Ghost Tours
Allaire Historical Village Night of Frights
October 14, 15, 21, 22
When looking for ghost tours in NJ, why not see Allaire Village at night and experience storytelling at the Chapel, a special night out at the Blacksmith Shop, the Manager’s House with fortune-telling for your entertainment, Mr. Allaire’s Macabre House, and the Carriage House with legendary spirits.
Cost: adults are $15, children are $10
4265 Atlantic Ave., Farmingdale, NJ 07727
Haunted History Tour Bordentown
Various dates in October and Fridays during the year
Learn about the haunting history tales of Bordentown with the Clara Barton Route and the Hilltop Route. This tour is family-friendly, and the ghost stories and paranormal experiences retell legends and historical events reported in Bordentown throughout the centuries.
Cost: $20 for adults, $15 for kids
Old Town Pub, 135 Farnsoworth Ave., Bordentown, NJ 08505
Meet the Famous Diva of Darkness, Mistress of Madness, Keeper of the Crypts, and Ghost Writer for Haunted History Productions, Miss Cookie. Take a stroll down Main Street Somerville and learn about the Prohibition era, whiskey bandits, the haunted Hotel Somerset, dance legend Ruth St. Denis, and the Hall-Mills trial of the century. This tour is appropriate for all ages.
Cost: Choose your departure time slot. $20 in advance, $25 on-site, and children in strollers are free
Starbucks at 145 W. Main St, Somerville, NJ 08876
Jersey Shore Ghost Tours
Fridays and Saturdays
Choose a tour in Red Bank or Keyport and explore the ghost stories of Monmouth County. Learn about the pirates and rumrunners in Keyport, the ghost of the Dublin House in Red Bank, or book a private tour. Cost: $15 for adults, $13 for kids
8 Main Street, Keyport, NJ 07735, or 30 Monmouth Street, Red Bank, NJ 07701
Paranormal Tower – Ghosts and Legends Downtown Tour
Set up a private tour
You’ll uncover secrets of the Jersey Shore with a lantern-led walk through Asbury Park’s historic downtown district. As you walk through, you’ll visit a ghastly crime scene and uncover the truth behind some of New Jersey’s most infamous ghosts. All tours feature local legend, history, and results from Paranormal BC hands-on ghost-hunting expeditions.
Cost: $120-$150 for private tours
621 Cookman Ave., Asbury Park, NJ 07712
South Jersey Ghost Tours
Atlantic City Ghost Tour
Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays in October, then daily year-round
Explore the Warner Theatre, which opened at the end of the roaring 20s, learn at the floating man in Caesar’s Atlantic City, or hear more about the pre-Civil War history at Bally’s.
Cost: From $11
Rainforest Cafe, 2201 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Cold Spring Village
Select Fridays and Saturdays
Whether you are looking for Ghoul Spring Village or the Ghost Walk, there are family-friendly options for both in Cape May.
720 US 9, Cape May, NJ 08204
Ghost Capers Haunted Cape May Ghost Tour
Multiple dates in October
Learn about the stories behind closed doors in the historic homes and hotels of Cape May. This tour is focused on history, not horror so bring the whole family.
700 Washington Street, Cape May, NJ 08204
Ghosts of Cape May by MAC
Various tours and dates
Explore the supernatural history of Cape May with a ghoulish menu of some of the best and most interactive ghost tours in NJ. Try the Ghost of Cape May Trolley Tour if you want to sit back and listen to spooky stories on a scenic trolley. Fans of Hocus Pocus? Discover Cape May’s witchy Spellbound Sisters during the Phantoms of the Physick Estate: The Spellbound Sisters, a dramatic play that unfolds within the mysterious Physick Estate. Or take the Spirits and Oddities Trolley Tour around to a look at the macabre side of Victorian Cape May.
Cost: Prices vary per tour
Cape May, NJ 08204
Ghost Tour of Ocean City
Walk by candlelight while listening to tales of the unknown and folklore of the shore on the Ghost Tour of Ocean City. The Ghost Tour is based on the book Ghost Stories of Ocean City.
Cost: $18 for adults, $12 for ages 4-12
The corner of 9th Street and Asbury Ave., Ocean City, NJ 08226
Historical Society of Haddonfield Haunted Walking Tours
Fridays and Saturdays in October
These haunted walking tours throughout October show a haunted side to the charming town of Haddonfield. The popular walking tours are based on a Haunted Haddonfield series of books, with stories and legends about haunted sites throughout the town.
Cost: $15 for adults and $10 for kids 12 and under
343 Kings Highway East, Haddonfield, NJ 08033
Historical Society of Moorestown Living History and Ghost Tour
October 14-15, 21-22, 28-29
Take an October evening stroll to learn about Moorestown’s history, mystery, and ghosts. This year’s tour is interactive with local historical figures such as Alice Paul, the Women’s Rights Activists John Woolman, and the Abolitionists Thomas Moore, Edward Harris, and the Marquis de Lafayette.
Cost: $15 for adults, $12 for historical society members and senior citizens, $10 for students, and 6 and under are free
12 High Street, Moorestown, NJ 08057
Mount Holly Tours
Select Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays in October
Mount Holly has both options, whether you are looking for a historical walking tour or a haunted history tour. Families are welcome; ghost stories retell local legends and historical events.
128 High Street, Mount Holly, NJ 08060
Walk with the Ghosts Burlington
October 25-26, rain date of November 1-2
Stroll through one of the State’s oldest cemeteries and down historic Wood Street to listen and watch ghosts from America’s past tell their stories, including witches, pirates, and other legends.
Cost: Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for seniors, and $5 for children at the Anchor (or in advance from City Hall or the Library Co. of Burlington)
High Street, Burlington, NJ 08016
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