Celebrate Halloween In New Jersey With These 20 Fun Activities


With Halloween in New Jersey on the horizon, it’s prime time to shift into all things spooky—but if you’ve got littles or kids who don’t like the fear factor, there are plenty of not-so-scary Halloween events around New Jersey where kids can celebrate all month (and wear their costumes). Read on for places you can get into the Halloween spirit with the whole family. And if you are looking for more of a scare, you can find plenty of bone-tingling spooks at one of the haunted houses or hayrides in NJ. (featured photo credit: @skylandsstadium)

Family-Friendly Things To Do For Halloween in New Jersey

North Jersey Halloween Activities

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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
Now-November 5
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.
Skylands Stadium, 94 Championship Place, Augusta, NJ 07822

Dinosaurs After Dark
Fridays and Saturdays, October 6-28
Explore a mysterious prehistoric world while there is a T-Rex on the loose. Take a Tyrannosaurus Hunt down darkened trails and find surprises along the way. There’s also a nighttime offering of shows, games, songs, and s’mores.
3 Overpeck Park Driveway Leonia, NJ 07605 

Gardens Aglow Presby Memorial Iris
October 20 at 6 PM
Enjoy the gardens at dusk as they come to life with artfully carved jack-o-lanterns supplied by local high school art departments. Everyone can sip on cider at sunset while watching the gardens glow and then check out the entertainment, including a mad science show.
474 Upper Mountain Ave., Upper Montclair, NJ 07043

Halloween Light Show at Demarest Farms
Now-October 31
See the largest light show in NJ on a guided drive-through tour of brilliant Halloween light displays. Stop by the farm to enjoy goodies from the market and warm up by the fire pits with make-your-own s’mores and hot cocoa.
244 Wierimus Road, Hillsdale, NJ 07642

Haunted Wild West Fest
Now-October 29

Pick your scene at Wild West City during their Haunted Wild West Fest. During the day, watch the live-action shows, explore museums in the town, view historical demonstrations, and get a hole-in-one in miniature golf. At night, the scene gets scarier and includes a haunted train ride.
50 Lackawanna Drive, Stanhope, NJ 07874

Turtle Back Zoo Howl-O-Ween
October 31 at 4 PM
Have a sweet time at Turtle Back Zoo. Visit candy stations, watch shows, see stilt walkers, and don’t forget your Halloween costume and reusable candy bag.
560 Northfield Ave., West Orange, NJ 07052

Whippany Railway Museum
Rides are available on October 1, 8, and 15, rain or shine
Climb aboard a train at the Whippany Railway Museum to admire the changing leaves. Littles can dress in Halloween costumes as you ride past the reds, yellows, and oranges and enjoy the chilly weather. After the ride, kids can visit the pumpkin patch, pick out the perfect-sized pumpkin, and get a carving kit for free.
1 Railroad Plaza, Whippany, NJ 07981

Central Jersey Halloween Activities

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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 Boo Fest
Now-October 31
Get into the spooky spirit with your little ones at Six Flags Great Adventure with Boo Fest by Day, a family-friendly experience including Scarecrow Street, 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 much creepier at night (recommended for ages 13 and up) at Fright Fest with haunted attractions like Big Top Terror, Blood Shed, and The Manor. 
Six Flags Great Adventure, 1 Six Flags Blvd., Jackson Township, NJ 08527

AddamsFest 2023
Events are all October long
It wouldn’t be Halloween in New Jersey without getting the family in the kooky and spooky spirit of The Addams Family. Celebrate the oddest family around at the annual AdamsFest in Westfield (the former home of cartoonist Charles Addams) all month long. Look for events like the Addams Family House on Mindowaskin Pond, Family Fun Day, Costume Contest, Pet Parade, and more. And don’t miss the return of the Haunt Your House Contest and the Wicked Windows of Westfield.
Westfield, NJ 08205
Boo at the Boardwalk
October 21, 22, 28, 29 at 12 PM
Get that costume ready and head to Jenkinson’s Boardwalk for a beach maze, kiddie rides, crafts, face painting, and underwater pumpkin carving (included with general aquarium admission). 
300 Ocean Ave., Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742
iPlay America’s Trick or Treat Around the Park
October 27 at 5 PM
Head to iPlay America for a free night of spooktacular fun, including the Trick or Treat Trail, a costume contest, raffle giveaways, and photos with the fam.
iPlay America, 110 Schank Road, Freehold, NJ 07728

South Jersey Halloween Activities

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The Diggerfest Fall Festival is the perfect way to get in a Halloween mood. Photo Credit: Diggerland USA

Diggerfest Fall Festival
Now-weekends in October

Pumpkins are starting to pop up all over Diggerland, USA. Enjoy hayrides, live music, carnival games, pumpkin decorating, fall parades, and more.
100 Pineadge Drive, West Berlin, NJ 08091

Cape May Boo at the Zoo
October 28 at 10 AM
Have your kids put on their costumes and head to the zoo for a free event, where they can spend time at the craft station, play games, collect candy, and watch the entertainment. Make sure you stop by to say hi to the animals and climb aboard the pirate ship. There will be a costume contest, too.
Cape May County Park, 707 North Route 9, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Train at DiDonato’s
Now-October 29

Take a train ride through a kid-friendly Halloween Town, try the Halloween corn maze, or pick a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch. Don’t miss the giant slide, inflatable obstacle course, photo ops, and more.
1151 S White Horse Pike, Hammonton, NJ 08037

Historic Cold Spring Village- Ghoul Spring Village
October 20-21 at 5:30 PM

It’s a family-friendly walk-thru for all ages. See Cold Spring Village turn into a haunted trail and have some Halloween fun in New Jersey.
720 US 9, Cape May, NJ 08204

Physick Estate Halloween Events
Now through October 31

Trick or Treat in Scarecrow Alley, head to the Halloween Craft and Collectibles Show, or see the Department 56 Halloween exhibit at the Physick Estate this Halloween.
1048 Washington Street, Cape May, NJ 08204

Storybook Land Trick or Treat Weekends
October 21, 22, 28, and 29
Dress up in your Halloween best and get ready to collect treats throughout the park. Littles will love hopping on the fun rides in their costumes and gathering goodies with special Trick or Treat bags (included with admission).
6415 Black Horse Pike (Routes 40/322), Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234

Halloween Activities Near New Jersey

Halloween Legoland

The Monster Security Checkpoint is a fun way to kick off Brick-or-Treat at LEGOLAND® New York Resort. Photo taken at LEGOLAND New York

Brick-or-Treat LEGOLAND New York Resort
Now through October 29
Head over the state border to this theme park for a bricktastic Halloween celebration. Watch a new show line-up, snap photos with new and exclusive LEGO® characters, collect candy, and hop on rides at their new Monster Party Halloween event. 
1 Legoland Blvd., Goshen, NY 10924

Boo at the Zoo 
Saturdays and Sundays, Now-October 29, including October 9
It’s worth the trip across the Hudson for the Bronx Zoo’s annual Halloween tradition. Be sure to dress in your Halloween best and hit the Pumpkin Trail with hundreds of expertly carved pumpkins. After that, check out the Extinct Animal Graveyard, a learning experience on how to prevent extinction. Keep the party going with a Magic and Mind Reading Show, Costume Parade, Candy Trail, and the Wildlife Witch’s Super Scary Halloween Show.
2300 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY 10460

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

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