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The Best Unconventional Halloween Events in NJ

The latest update for NJ’s Most Unconventional Halloween Events is written by Lindsay Podolak.

WWhile trick-or-treating and costume parades are traditional Halloween favorites, there are many unique holiday events throughout New Jersey offering Halloween enthusiasts the chance for outside-the-box celebrations. Zombies, ghosts and even the family dog are spicing up this year’s unconventional Halloween roster.

If you’re ready for something a little different this Halloween, check out these unconventional festivities.

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North Jersey

Brighton Asylum

Brighton Asylum

Where: Brighton Asylum, 2 Brighton Avenue, Passaic
When: Through November 2
Price: Package prices start at $25
Details: For a limited time each year, the Brighton Asylum opens its doors to give you the scariest experience of your life! Tour the grounds and interact with scare actors or sign up for “The Twitching Hour,” if you dare. In that paranormal experience, it’s just the guests, a guide, and some flashlights as you hunt for ghosts in the asylum after it’s closed down for the night. There are also escape rooms if you’re up for the challenge! Tickets routinely sell out, so purchase yours online before making the trip there.
Why I like it: This haunted locale is famous…celebs like Tamron Hall from The Today Show and actor James Franco are fans.
More info: Visit the website or you can give them a call.

Stranger Things: Escape!

Where: John Fell House, 475 Franklin Turnpike, Allendale
When: October 18, 19, 25, & 26 at 6:00, 7:00, 8:00 & 9:00 pm
Price: $25 for adults; $20 for students and senior citizens
Details: This is not your typical theater experience, but rather an immersive “moving play,” where you interact with the cast in your favorite scenes. This year’s production is based on the hit show Stranger Things and takes place in Hawkins, Indiana circa 1984. Parking and check-in for your tour is located at the Archer United Methodist Church in Allendale.
Why I like it: Not only do you get to watch a fun performance, you get to tour the grounds of the historic John Fell House while you do it!
More info: Visit the website website or you can give them a call.

Central Jersey

Woodbridge Ghost Walk Girls Dressed as Ghosts

Woodbridge Haunted Ghost Tours

Where: Parker Press Park, 400 Rahway Ave, Woodbridge
When: October 12 & 19. The first tour is at 6:30 pm, then every 15 minutes until 9:00 pm
Price: $8 (strollers are free)
Details: Take a walk on the haunted side, as costumed guides lead participants through the spirit-filled past of New Jersey’s oldest chartered settlement. One may encounter the ghosts of famous and infamous local residents along the way, including New Jersey’s first European settlers, Revolutionary War heroes and members of Victorian society. New this year: food trucks, craft vendors, a tarot card reader and fun photo opportunities!
Why I like it: Come 15 minutes before your tour time to enjoy the pre-show, which includes exciting characters and photo opportunities. All proceeds benefit local charities.
More info: Visit the website or you can give them a call.

The Great Pumpkin Sail

Where: Echo Lake Park, Park Drive, Mountainside
When: November 1 from 5:15 pm – 9:30 pm
Price: $12 for Union County families of 6, $16 for out-of-county families of 6
Details: Wondering what to do with all those leftover jack-o-lanterns? Well, if you want to do something unconventional, then let them set sail at Echo Lake Park the day after Halloween. This event is quite a spectacle, as the glowing jack-o-lanterns float on the lake. The evening also includes campfire songs with hot chocolate and marshmallows.
Why I like it: This is a nice, relaxing way to spend the evening of November 1 as the kids recover from their sugar binge.
More info: Visit the website or you can give them a call.

Jersey Shore

Dog in Bride of Frankenstein Halloween Costume for unconventional event

Boo at the Boardwalk

Where: Jenkinson’s Boardwalk, 300 Ocean Avenue, Point Pleasant Beach
When: October 19, 20, 26 and 27 from noon to 4:00 pm
Price: Free
Details: Get your fill of post-summer Jersey shore fun when Jenkinson’s Boardwalk gets decked out for Halloween. Festivities include trick-or-treating, crafts, games, a pumpkin patch, a pumpkin derby, a beach maze, underwater pumpkin carving and more. Attendees are encouraged to come in costume!
Why I like it: What better time to enjoy a stroll on the boardwalk than fall – the weather is cooler and the summer vacationers have all gone home.
More info: Visit the website or you can give them a call.

Howl-O-Ween Family Fest

Where: Marty’s Place Senior Dog Sanctuary, 118 Route 526, Upper Freehold Township
When: October 19 from noon to 4:00 pm
Price: $5 admission, free for children under 6
Details: Bring the whole family (even your pooch!) along to the third annual Howl-O-Ween Family Fest, with live music, food vendors and a spooky good time. Enter your dog in the canine costume contest or the Ruff Mudder obstacle course. Take a hayride with the kids and play fall-inspired games and activities. Rain date is October 20.
Why I like it: All proceeds benefit this unique establishment that provides a home for senior dogs in need.
More info: Visit the website or you can give them a call.

Tuckerton Haunted Seaport

Where: Tuckerton Seaport, 120 West Main Street, Tuckerton
When: October 17, 18, 19 & 20 from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Price: $10 for adults, $5 for children 5-12, free for both kids under 5 and Seaport members
Details: The normally peaceful seaport gets ghostly for four nights in late October, with appearances by The Jersey Devil, along with long-lost pirates and sea captains. But don’t let that description scare you, the event is actually family-friendly with a haunted hayride, crafts, stories and pumpkin slime on tap.
Why I like it: The expanded kids’ activity area will have non-scary unconventional activities like a make your own trick-or-treat bag, pumpkin coloring, a hay bale maze and a Halloween Dance Party!
More info: Visit the website or you can give them a call.

South Jersey

Halloween Event at Saraha Sams

Monster Splash

Where: Sahara Sam’s Oasis, 535 North Route 73, West Berlin
When: October 4, 11, 18 & 25 from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Price: $32.99 per person or free for season passholders
Details: Groove along to your favorite Halloween tunes as you enjoy all the splashtastic fun that Sahara Sam’s has to offer! Contests and giveaways as well as a foam party are all included in the price of admission.
Why I like it: The kids will love getting some unconventional post-summer pool time; of course, you’ll be excited at how tired they’ll be after an afternoon in the water!
More info: Visit the website or you can give them a call.

Psycho Trail Home Haunt

Where: 311 Harrison Avenue, Blackwood
When: October 12, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27 & 31 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Price: Free admission, donations welcomed
Details: Tour this creepy haunted house that will leave you shaking in your boots. Bleeding bodies, undead zombies and ghoulish monsters will be hiding around every corner. Enter if you dare! All proceeds go to local charity The Unforgotten Haven.
Why I like it: Both Sunday nights (October 20 and 27) are designated “kid nights,” which means no scary actors jumping out during your tour and shorter open hours (7:00 to 8:30 pm).
More info: Visit the website or you can give them a call.

Photos (in Order) Courtesy:
Brighton Asylum / Facebook
Woodbridge Ghost Walk / Facebook
Marty’s Place / Facebook
Sahara Sam’s / Website