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NJ Halloween: One Great Guide to Halloween in New Jersey

The Best of NJ guide to Halloween includes all of our Halloween features, events and contests. This annual tradition is our comprehensive breakdown built to offer our readers the best of Halloween in New Jersey! The ghoulish guide includes Halloween parades, trunk or treat events, trick-or-treat events, haunted attractions, hayrides, pumpkin patch events, dances, concerts, scavenger hunts, fall festivals, and even a ghoul school.

For the more courageous NJ residents, our Haunted Attractions feature is a must-see. (You can find even more haunted content here, as well.) If you’re looking for a more general autumn guide, be sure to also check out our Fall in New Jersey Feature for more seasonal events and editorial content.

Featured Halloween Stories

An Inside Look at Smarties, One of NJ’s Sweetest Companies

For a toy company, the busiest time of year is the holiday shopping season leading up to Christmas. But for a candy company, it’s Halloween. This especially holds true for Smarties Candy Company, manufacturer of the iconic candy, Smarties. As it turns out, half of all of Smarties Candy Co.’s production takes place in New Jersey…

The Best Halloween Home Decor in Five Simple Steps

If walking around town like a bloody zombie or hissing with vampire fangs doesn’t sound like your idea of Halloween humor, don’t hang up that trick-or-treat bag just yet; whether you are planning a ghoulish party or hosting a family fright night, we’ve got some tips on how you can still amp up this year’s fear factor…

Halloween Costume Tips for 2017’s Most Popular Characters

Every Halloween, children love to select their costumes based off the year’s most popular characters. In anticipation of this year’s costume selections, Best of NJ is making predictions for what characters will be most popular, and offering costuming tips on how to join the fun. Here’s a list of scene-stealing costumes…

NJ Vocabulary: What is Mischief Night?

A night completely devoted to running around your neighborhood and wreaking havoc? Mark this one down under things New Jersey does better than any other state. That may or may not be because New Jersey is the only state that celebrates Mischief Night, but we’ll take it. According to this survey, this date means nothing to most of America…

NJ’s Most Unconventional Halloween Events

While 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…

The Best Places for Pumpkin Picking in New Jersey

There is nothing more important during the Halloween Season than choosing the perfect pumpkin. Whether you’re looking for small sugar pumpkins to paint, or a large round one that will be easy to carve, there is likely a farm with a great pumpkin picking patch nearby. This time of year, many New Jersey farms also feature fun, family-friendly activities…

The Best Halloween Events for Families in NJ

Filling the calendar with Halloween events has become a big part of the season. But with so many interesting attractions going on in New Jersey, it can be hard to choose which ones to attend with your family. To help, we’ve put together a list of some of the state’s most popular destinations, all of which are offering Halloween-themed events…

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The Pros (and Cons) of Trunk or Treating

Halloween season is finally here — and for kids, that means candy, candy and more candy. But if you’re a parent or a guardian, that means making decisions. Perhaps the biggest question is this: Are you a trick or treater…or a trunk or treater? If you’re not quite sure which way to go, we’ve got you covered…

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Spooky & Sweet Halloween Cocktails

Halloween is one of the most exciting times of the year. According to a 2015 survey by the National Retail Federation, more than 157 million people plan to celebrate the spooky day, generating sales of nearly $7 billion in the United States alone. And it’s no wonder: With the costumes and late-night reveling, Halloween offers a chance to feel like a kid again…

Halloween: Mother Hands Out Candy to Little Girl Witch

8 Creative Last-Minute Halloween Costumes for Kids

Halloween may fall on a Monday this year but that doesn’t mean kids can’t still enjoy the candy-filled festivities! If you’re a “last minute” type of parent and still need a costume for your young ones, don’t worry! Here’s a list of easy-to-assemble Halloween costumes that are also unique and creative…

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Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns Debuts in NJ

Pumpkins are invading New Jersey this Halloween! Head to the Meadowlands Exposition Center from October 27-30 to see 5,000 illuminated and intricately carved pumpkins. Talented artists are hard at work creating fabulous displays to delight visitors as part of New Jersey’s first RISE of the Jack O’Lanterns event…

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7 Easy Steps for Creating an Awesome Halloween Display

Halloween rivals Christmas these days when it comes to celebrations and decorations. One of the best ways to get festive and attract trick-or-treaters is to create a boo-tiful lawn display. You don’t even have to break the bank! Check out these helpful, easy tips for creating an awesome Halloween display…

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The Best Haunted Houses for Halloween

There is no denying that New Jersey does Halloween right. From north to south, farms transform into the campgrounds of our nightmares. Abandoned buildings are inhabited by the insane! Demons run wild and pop out at you from every dark corner! And zombies take over the state! Get ready for a fully immersive night of hair-raising terror…

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Is Halloween the New Christmas?

Last October, as I was simultaneously turning a nine-year-old boy into a clown, pouring bags of candy into a bottomless plastic cauldron and putting the finishing touches on our Jack-O’-Lantern, I came to a startling realization. This once-simple holiday had taken on the manic fever pitch of the Christmas season…

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Ghosts of the Jersey Shore

The Jersey Shore is more than surf, sand, and suntans. It also has a haunted past that few know about that’s well worth exploring. If you’re looking for a getaway that’s a little bit out of the ordinary, and are interested in things not of this world, then you will definitely want to explore our top three haunted places of the Jersey Shore…

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Is Halloween Getting Too Scary?

Years ago, if you really wanted to have a hair-raising Halloween, you’d bring home a movie of the always-menacing Freddy Kreuger. But now it seems you only have to peek outside your door to get a good scare. Many revelers are replacing their skeletons and gravestones with scenes straight out of an emergency room or a coroner’s office…

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Show Your Jersey Pride with NJ-Themed Halloween Costumes

Halloween is fast approaching, and with it comes the opportunity to step into the shoes (or hooves) of a one-of-a-kind New Jersey icon. Stuck on an idea? These DIY costumes will help you show your Jersey pride on All Hallows’ Eve. And parents, all costumes are even cuter in miniature form – in case your toddler likes to jam out to some Springsteen…

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10 Ways to Keep your Kids Safe on Halloween

Halloween has finally arrived, and your little monsters have been planning their costumes for months. But before the trick-or-treating commences, you need to take a few safety precautions. Why? “Halloween ranks right up there next to New Year’s Eve and July Fourth as the holiday that results in the most injuries,” says Dr. Steven Kairys…

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Best Local Wine to Drink with Your Kid’s Stolen Halloween Candy

The last of the evening’s ghosts and goblins have retired to their beds, exhausted from trick-or-treating. Your child’s bounty sits on the kitchen table, a plastic pumpkin bursting with fruity candies, tart chewy taffies and chocolate treats that tempt you to sneak just a taste. Surely, the kids won’t miss a few pieces, you rationalize…

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NJ Haunted Houses to Scare you Silly

Those who love to be terrified, get ready to scream: It’s haunted house season in New Jersey! The people who run the houses of horror around the state are putting the finishing touches on their creations before they invite this year’s victims guests inside. Among the people responsible for adding nightmare fuel to the season is Jennifer Condron…

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The Best Halloween Parades in New Jersey

Halloween seems to arrive a little bit earlier in NJ with each passing year. It’s almost become an entire season unto itself, as all sorts of weird things begin to happen; zombies roam the streets, ghosts rise up out of graveyards and witches and skeletons (literally) hang out in your neighbor’s yard all in preparation for a great march down Main Street…

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Where to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse in NJ

Love ’em or hate ’em, zombies are everywhere. Figuratively speaking, of course. But they are, indeed, everywhere; they’re on TV (with hits like The Walking Dead and iZombie), they’re regularly starring in movies and they even took over South Jersey for an afternoon (thanks to the annual Asbury Park Zombie Walk). Is this the zombie apocalypse?

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Where to Find NJ’s Best Pumpkin Treats

It’s finally fall! It’s that time of year when folks across New Jersey can indulge in all things pumpkin. From lattes and desserts to unique pumpkin-flavored specialties, New Jersey eateries are breaking out their best pumpkin recipes to welcome the start of Autumn. Take a bite out of fall with one of these delicious pumpkin treats…


Dan Bergstein’s Haunted NJ Series

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The Seabrook-Wilson House

The house creaks with footsteps of long dead souls. A female phantom appears, clutching her crying baby and vanishes. In the shadows creeps a devil-worshiping sea captain. A ghostly child peers out from the second story window. In the basement lurks a famous blood-thirsty pirate. This is the Seabrook-Wilson House…

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Clinton Road

You don’t need a ticket. You don’t need special permission from the historical society or even a crowbar or steel-toed boots to explore one of the most haunted places in the country. To experience the ten miles of terror of that is Clinton Road, you need only a car full of gas and a belly full of courage…

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The Overbrook Asylum

It’s off-limits, dangerous and smells of rotting basements. So what makes the old Essex County Hospital of Cedar Grove — aka, Overbrook Asylum or “The Bin” — so intriguing? “Hollywood would be hard-pressed to make a fake asylum as eerie as Overbrook,” said photographer and Antiquity Echoes co-author Rusty Tagliareni…

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The Jersey Devil

You undoubtedly know the name, even if you don’t know the legend. The Jersey Devil has become one of the icons of the Garden State, and there are regular sightings of the malformed demon throughout the area. While experts and skeptics argue over the creature’s existence, Best of NJ is uncovering the truth behind the monster…

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Cape May’s Ghostly Hotspots

During the summer, Cape May is a place of sun and relaxation, but many vacationers don’t realize they’re actually sleeping with ghosts — hundreds of ghosts. Cape May, NJ is not only the most haunted town in the state, it may be the most haunted place in the country, with real spooky hotels…

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Ghost Hunting in Princeton

Princeton University has produced world leaders, top business professionals and every type of genius. And when these brilliant men and women pass away, they often come back to a place they loved, making the university and surrounding town one of New Jersey’s hottest ghost haunts…


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