It’s officially scary season, and if you’re looking for a serious fright factor, these haunted houses and haunted hayrides in NJ won’t disappoint. From farms that turn to terror at night to the eerie remains of an actual asylum, the creepy and downright scary exist in all corners of the state. Ready to feel the chills and thrills of a spine-tingling encounter? Scroll down for the most terrifying experiences this season. (Warning: Haunted hayrides and houses are nightmarishly scary and have mature themes, so best to leave younger kids at home when you visit).
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Note: Many haunted hayrides in NJ and other attractions require advance tickets, masks, reservations, and other COVID-19 safety precautions. Be sure to call before you go for the most current guidelines.
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Here are 11 haunted hayrides and haunted attractions in NJ to visit this October
Field of Terror
Field of Terror was born from the legend of a farmer who wanted to create human life, so he crossed his vegetation with the genetics of the townspeople. This creepy haunted farm in NJ has five attractions, and you can pick and choose how many you’d like to do. Be on the lookout for zombies and the sketchy characters in the Killer Kornfield, the Karnival, the Haunted Hayride to Terror Town, Timmery Manor, and the Creepy Carnival Paintball Ride.
Weekends and select Thursday nights September 24-October 31 (online ticket purchases are recommended.)
831 Windsor Perrineville Road, East Windsor
Nightmare at Gravity Hill
You may not sleep well after an evening walking the haunted trails at Gravity Hill, where cars have been inexplicably pulled uphill against the forces of gravity. Experience the strange phenomena documented in Weird NJ and various YouTube videos. You can explore an abandoned ghost town, its graveyard, and haunted fields over a five-acre journey, but you won’t be alone—watch out for the terrifying zombies, ghouls, and clowns who reside here.
Fridays and Saturdays until October 30
Cicconi Farms, 1005 Farmingdale Road, Jackson
In the 1940s, the Brighton warehouses were actual facilities that institutionalized people, so you’ll be walking (and screaming) your way through a re-creation of the real asylum—yikes. You’ll travel through The Tunnel, where you “fight” zombies, journey through The Bleeding Grounds, the old staff quarters, and then check into The Asylum, which will transport you back to the institution’s mysterious origins. New this year is the Portal, where you’ll enter into Brighton’s long-forgotten subway system, as well as add-on attractions like ax throwing, an escape room, and a virtual reality experience.
Weekends and select Thursdays October 1-November 6
2 Brighton Avenue, Passaic
Night of Terror at Creamy Acre Farms
Creamy Acre Farms pulls out all the stops for a truly terrifying experience with attractions like Dark Dreams, The Ride of Terror, and Haunted Paintball Hayride. With a haunted house that preys on your every phobia (rats, dentist drills, attack dogs, and more) and one of the scariest haunted hayrides in NJ filled with zombies, killer clowns, and chainsaw-wielding monsters—you’ll be on the edge of your seat the entire time.
Fridays and Saturdays October 1-30 (tickets must be purchased in advance online)
448 Lincoln Mill Road, Mullica Hill
Six Flags Great Adventure Fright Fest
Though this haunted attraction has a cute Halloween feel at day (and is perfect for littles), it’s terrifying as the sun goes down. The park features five “scare zones,” including Lady of the Lake Cemetery, Clown Town, and the brand new Venom Gulch. There is also heart-pounding live entertainment and haunted mazes with their own unique stories and special effects. If the fast-paced rides aren’t enough to thrill you, having ghoulish creatures, mutants, and clowns pop out at you certainly will give you the creeps.
Weekends until October 31 (reservations must be made in advance online)
1 Six Flags Boulevard, Jackson
Farm of Horrors
Make your way through 200 acres of haunted attractions, starting with the Hayride of Horror, which comes with unexpected twists and turns and a whole lot of screaming your head off. Next up is the Trail of Terror, where you’ll come across a haunted graveyard and walk (quickly) among the living dead. Try not to get lost in the Massacre Maize, which is rumored to be haunted by an ancient tribe of carnival zombies, before traveling through the final attraction—the Carnevil of Chaos.
Weekends September 25-October 31
1051 County Road 523, Flemington, NJ
Scare Farm is said to have been cursed since the early 1800s, as legends are told of young men and farmers unknowingly committing dreadful crimes during the Harvest Moon. Creepy Hollow takes you through a haunted trail where you don’t know what’s human or haunted. The Slay Ride (one of the creepiest haunted hayrides in NJ) introduces you to the three Slay Brothers who cultivated the land and killed anyone associated with it. Paranoia Trails takes you through a haunted walk in a cornfield, allegedly planted on sacred burial grounds—watch your back!
Weekends September 24-October 31
120 South Branch Road, Hillsborough
Pantophobia Haunted Attraction
With a theme of “The Revenge of Cyrus Grain,” this haunted hayride offers all the thrills and chills as you ride past greenhouses, open fields, and an abandoned ridge while watching as Cyrus Grain terrorizes everyone who visits his family’s land. Before the ride, catch the five-minute pre-show and the opportunity to take pictures with the actors.
Weekends October 1-31
156 Summit Avenue, Montvale
Haunted History Tour
If you’re looking for something a little more kid-friendly, this tour reveals all the unsightly secrets of Bordentown. As guides lead you down unexplored paths under the light of the moon, you’ll hear spine-chilling stories about ghost encounters. No worries about hidden creatures or gore here—the spookiest part is knowing you’re standing right where a paranormal meeting once occurred.
Fridays in September, Weekends October 1-31
135 Farnsworth Avenue, Bordentown
Bloodshed Farms Drive-Thru
You don’t get out of the car for this scary scene, but that doesn’t mean it’s not terrifying. As you drive by, you’ll see horrific displays, special effects, and creepy characters from your window. For an even more horrifying experience, upgrade to the “Psycho Pass”—it drenches your car in blood, goo, and other scary objects and lets the actors get up close with you if you dare.
Weekends October 1-31
2919 Route 206, Columbus
13th Hour Haunted House
The mention of the 13th hour refers to the supernatural, and your experience at this haunted house is sure to send chills down your spine. Weave your way through three haunted houses—The House of Nightmares, The Attic, and The Darkside, which you navigate through in darkness, surrounded by live actors and animatronics. And our favorite? Haunted Hatchets where you can go hatchet-throwing with a haunted twist. On October 31, the attraction issues a unique challenge, for only the bravest of them all: Try to make it through the first two haunted houses with nothing but a candle to light your way.
Weekends September 24-October 31
105 West Dewey Avenue, Wharton