*** Updated: September 30, 2010 *** From haunted hayrides to holiday parades, there’s plenty of ghoulish activities for the family to enjoy around the Garden State this Halloween season, according to Nancy Byrne, executive director of the New Jersey Office of Travel & Tourism
“Halloween is a time when many indoor and outdoor attractions convert their operations to celebrate this colorful autumn holiday,” said Byrne.
The following is a sampling of the festivities occurring around the state:
Experience the “thrills by day, chills by night” of Six Flags Great Adventure’s Frightfest in Jackson in Ocean County. October 8 through October 31, 2010, visitors can roam the haunted midways to encounter the spooky sites at the 140-acre “scream park.” [Info]
Try the Haunted Barn and Hayride at Scarecrow Hollow at 335 Quinton Hancocks Bridge Road in Salem from September 25th through October 31st, 2010. Trek through tall corn stalks and find the clues to crack this year’s quiz trail “A-Maze-In Space”. Or enjoy hay wagon rides, pick-your-own pumpkins, and a tricycle maze for the little ones. [Info]
From October 15th to the 29th, 2010, visit the Haunted Village at the Red Mill Museum Village in Clinton to hear stories of the historic Red Mill come alive with the eerie sights and sounds of Halloween. [Info]
On Saturday, October 24th, you can pick your favorite gourd at Pumpkin Patch Weekend at the Liberty Hall Museum in Union. This family-oriented Halloween celebration takes place on the 23-acre grounds of historic Liberty Hall where participants can carve pumpkins, make scarecrows and maybe even catch a glimpse of the Jersey Devil himself. [Info]
Visit the Haunted Seaport at Tuckerton Seaport at 120 West Main Street in Tuckerton, October 22nd and 23rd for plenty of waterfront hauntings and storytelling. Guests of all ages are welcome to partake in the festivities, which pirates and sea captains long lost at sea, hayrides, refreshments and a pumpkin patch! You can also come back for more fun on Friday, October the 29th for the Enchanted Forest Masquerade Party. The event will feature an entire evening of ghoulish dancing and fun. There will be refreshments, contests, door prizes and Jersey Devil cocktails. The price is $30.00 per person or $50.00 per couple. [Info]
On October 29th, the Arts Council of Princeton will sponsor the Annual Hometown Halloween Parade to be led by the Princeton University Band. The parade will pass by Palmer Square where the festivities will continue on the Green in front of the historic Nassau Inn. [Info]
The 2nd largest Halloween parade in the world and the oldest one that I know of takes place each year in Toms River. Join the Toms River Fire Co. #1 Halloween Parade, Main Street on Saturday, October 30th for lots of family fun. “From simple masks to full blown articulated fire-breathing floats Toms River New Jersey has become the Halloween Capitol of the Universe!” [Info]
For a howling good time, visit the Camden’s Children’s Garden 3 Riverside Drive, Camden on October 24th and 25th for Goblins in the Garden. There will be plenty of spooky fun including costumes, crafts, a haunted train, haunted maze, fortuneteller and Halloween treats! You can also come back for some safe Trick or Treating on Halloween night, October 31, 2009. [Info]
Join in a Halloween tradition in LBI at Barnegat Lighthouse State Park on Friday, October 29th for a Bonfire and Spooky-Story Storytelling from 6:30-8:00pm. call 609 494 9196 for more information or see the Ocean County Government website. [Info] On that same night, you can visit the Meadowledge Family Spooky Campfire at Meadowledge Park at 550 East Bay Avenue. You’ll need to register for this one so you might want to call 609-698-0080 ext. 130 or go to: [Info] . You can also drop in on a Halloween Party and Murder Mystery Show at the Engleside Inn. Information: 609-492-9477 or go to [Info]
Also make a trip to one of the strangest attractions in New Jersey, the bug museum called Insectropolis in Toms River for the Boo at the Zoo with Scooby Doo event and help them find the Sacred Gold Beetle. Read more on their site. ——- Saturday October 16, 2010 — ——— [Info]
For information on other activities and attractions, contact the New Jersey Office of Travel & Tourism, at 609-292-2470; or check the website at www.visitnj.org.
Source: The New Jersey Department of Travel and Tourism. This article has been reworked and updated with current information. Please check with the original website noted in the listing for the latest news from each event and to confirm dates and times. If you find anything that you think we should add to this list, let us know by leaving a comment below. The original article was published on October 14, 2004.