Celebrate Halloween In New Jersey With These 9 Fun Activities

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With Halloween in New Jersey on the horizon, it’s prime time to shift into all things spooky (like a haunted hayride in NJ or visiting a haunted house.) With that said, Halloween may still be a little strange this year, but there are plenty of scary and not-so-scary Halloween events around New Jersey this fall. Read on for places you can get into the Halloween spirit with the whole family.

Featured Photo Credit: @skylandsstadium

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Family-Friendly Things To Do For Halloween in New Jersey

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A day of Halloween fun for all ages at Six Flags Great Adventure. Photo Credit: Six Flags Great Adventure

Six Flags Fright Fest
Get into the spooky spirit with your little ones at Six Flags Great Adventure with Thrills by Day, a family-friendly experience from 2PM to 6PM including Scarecrow Street, Pumpkin Patch Lane, Cornstalk National Park, Trick-or-Treat Trail, and more. Belt out your favorite tunes at Scary-oke and show off your moves at the Spooktacular Dance Party. Things get a lot creepier at night with haunted attractions like Wicked Woods, Blood Shed, and the Manor. You can also enjoy scary shows like the Arrival Ghoul Parade, the Awakening, and the Frightworks fireworks show set to a Halloween soundtrack.
September 10 through October 31
Tickets start at $30
Six Flags Great Adventure
1 Six Flags Blvd
Jackson Township, NJ 08527

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Your littles won’t believe their eyes as you walk through the magical Skylands Stadium Jack O’Lantern Experience in Augusta. Photo Credit: @skylandsstadium

Skylands Jack O’Lantern Experience
Experience a little Halloween magic as you take a 45-minute walk through this festive and beautifully lit pumpkin patch. Over 6,000 carved and blazing Jack-O-Lanterns will be on display with spectacular visuals, making it one of the best Halloween events in NJ. Extend the night’s festivities with a fall fest, carnival, and beer garden.
October 1 through November 7
$19-34 per ticket; free for kids under 36 inches
Skylands Stadium
94 Championship Place
Augusta, NJ 07822

Boo at the Zoo 
This isn’t in NJ, but it’s worth the trip across the Hudson to NY to be a part of the Bronx Zoo’s annual Halloween tradition. Be sure to dress in your Halloween best and head over to see their Pumpkin Trail, with hundreds of expertly carved pumpkins. After that, check out the Extinct Animal Graveyard, full of animals that are no longer with us (and learn how to prevent it from happening to other animals in the future). Keep the party going with a Magic and Mind Reading Show, Costume Parade, Candy Trail, and the Wildlife Witch’s Super Scary Halloween Show.
Saturdays and Sundays October 2-31
$30-40 per ticket, members are free
2300 Southern Boulevard
Bronx, NY 10460
AddamsFest 2021
It wouldn’t be Halloween in New Jersey with getting the family in the kooky and spooky spirit of The Addams Family. Celebrate the oddest family around at the fourth annual AdamsFest in Westfield (the former home of cartoonist Charles Addams) all month long. Look out for events like Morticia and Gomez’s Mask-erade Ball, Dudley’s Drive-In, Family Fun Day, and more. And don’t miss the return of the Haunt Your House Contest and Wicked Windows.
Events are happening all October long.
Ticket prices vary depending on the event
Westfield, NJ 08205
Brite Nites 2021
Head to Warren for Wagner Farm Arboretum’s drive-thru Halloween event, showcasing an elaborate display of creatively hand-carved and lighted pumpkins. New special effects and themes, including a Barnegat Lighthouse display, have been added in 2021. Buy your ticket in advance online, and enjoy a contactless experience from the safety of your car.
Weekends October 7-31
$35 per carload
197 Mountain Avenue
Warren, NJ 07059
Haunted Hayrides and Haunted Attractions for Halloween in NJ
Haunted Hike at Martin’s Brook Park
For a spooktacular evening, hike along a haunted trail at Martin’s Brook Park in Summit. If you have little ones, opt for the 6 to 7 PM time slot, which is a little less scary. From 7 to 8 PM, get ready to scream, as characters hidden along the trail jump out when you least expect it. Free treats and cider will be your reward when you make it to the end of the hike.
October 15, 6-7PM or 7-8PM
$5 suggested donation
Butler Parkway by the Carter House
Summit, NJ 07901

The Haunted Woods of Old Bridge
If you’re looking for some more spooky things to do in NJ this Halloween, try traveling down a three-acre wooded path in Old Bridge. Look out for haunted displays and creepy performers who will make a dark walk in the already terrifying woods even more frightful. This attraction benefits the Old Bridge Food Bank, so you can do good while having a scary good time.
Weekends October 13-31
The entry fee is one nonperishable food item per person, to be donated to a food bank
75 Spring Hill Road

Old Bridge, NJ 08857

Shaefer Farms Farm of Horrors 2021 
Known as “Flemington New Jersey’s Most Terrifying Halloween Event,” you’ll spend 45 minutes making your way through Schaefer Farm’s 200+ acres of haunted farmland, newly designed to accommodate for social distancing. Start with their Hair Raising Hayride to the middle of nowhere, then take a treacherous trek through their Trail of Terror and MassAcre Maize, right into your final destination, the Carnevil of Chaos. Warning: This is a high scare and startling experience, so it’s not recommended for kids 13 and under.
Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays September 25 through November 6
$35-$50 per ticket
Schaefer Farms
1051 County Road 523
Flemington, NJ 08822 
Scare Farm at Norz Hill Farm
Get ready to be seriously spooked at Scare Farm this October, a farm home to a cursed legend that’s 250 years old. With three attractions for the price of one, this experience, featuring the Creepy Hollow, Paranoia Walking Trails, and The Slayride-Hayride, is for kids and adults who are into horrifying things.
Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays September 24 through October 31
$25-$40 per ticket
120 South Branch Rd
Hillsborough, NJ 08844 

How do you plan to celebrate Halloween in New Jersey this year?

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About Author

Athena is a former nursery school teacher turned marketing wizard at NJMOM, who lives for fashion and globetrotting. As an aunt to 9 little humans, she loves finding cool new activities to do together that will keep everyone smiling. On any given weekend day, you can find Athena eating all the Greek food at her fave local NJ restaurant, Local Greek, in Princeton. Which, not so ironically, is owned by her big fat Greek family.

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