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 and activities this year.
Dinosaurs after Dark
Where: Field Station Dinosaurs, Overpeck County Park, Henry Hoebel area, Leonia
When: Friday and Saturday nights, Sept. 29 to Oct. 28
Details: Chase after a missing T-Rex by lantern light, sing by campfire about the chills you experience with the Dinosaur Troubadour and enjoy a guided tour of Field Station Dinosaurs at night. Dinosaurs after Dark is a unique family experience that promises to be as educational as it is enjoyable.
More info: Visit fieldstationdinosaurs.com or call 855-999-9010
Where: Liberty Science Center, 222 Jersey City Blvd., Jersey City
When: Oct. 20
Details: This is your chance to spend the night at Liberty Science Center and partake in “spooky activities and experiments.” The activities available include measuring animal skulls to determine which has the best sense of smell, learning about brains and other organs, and trying to get through a maze that puts you face-to-face with various spider species. There’s also a “Wizard Workshop” where apprentice witches and wizards can learn how to brew potions.
More info: Visit lsc.org or call 201-253-1310
Where: Turtle Back Zoo, 560 Northfield Ave., West Orange
When: Oct. 31 from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Details: During Turtle Back Zoo’s Howl-O-Ween event, visitors can go on the Not-So-Scary train ride and trick-or-treat at candy stations throughout the zoo. The best part is you can check out the animals as you go. For families that don’t want to stray too far outside the comfort zone of going trick-or-treating, this event is the perfect choice.
More info: Visit turtlebackzoo.com or call 973-731-5800
Honorable Mention: You can also check out Zoo Boo 2017 at the Bergen County Zoo on Oct. 27 and 28 for trick-or-treating, a magic show, ghost stories and more.
Goblins in the Garden
Where: Camden Children’s Garden, 3 Riverside Dr., Camden
When: Oct. 28 and Oct. 29
Details: Hop on a haunted train ride and join the costume parade, or simply enjoy some trick-or-treating during the “Goblins in the Garden” event at the Camden Children’s Garden. In addition, the garden promises you will meet “characters,” including “bumbling burglars” while walking through the grounds.
More info: Visit www.camdenchildrensgarden.org or call 856-365-8733
Harvest Moon Hayride and Night Time Corn Maze
Where: Alstede Farms, 1 Alstede Farms Ln., Chester
When: Sept. 29, 30; Oct. 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28
Details: Take a ride in a hay wagon by the light of the moon; use a flashlight to make your way through a corn maze; pick pumpkins (for an additional cost); or just get cozy by the campfire or take in the live entertainment. You can do all this and more at Alstede Farms during their “Harvest Moon Hayride” event taking place on select evenings throughout October.
More info: Visit alstedefarms.com/ or call 908-528-8823
Where: Red Mill Museum, 56 Main St., Clinton
When: Oct. 21, 27, and 28
Details: This long-running annual event (2017 marks the 27th year, to be exact) aims to frighten you, so it’s not for little ones. But if you have younger kids, you can check out Happy Haunts, the lights-on, family-friendly version of the creepier village which includes a hay ride, face-painting and snacks. The Haunted Village is Red Mill Museum’s biggest annual fundraiser.
More info: Visit www.theredmill.org or call 908-735-4101
Schaefers Farm Frightfest
Where: Schaefers Farm, 1051 Flemington Whitehouse Rd., Flemington
When: Fridays to Sundays, Sept. 29 to Oct. 29
Details: Families with older kids looking to be terrified will appreciate this event. The four attractions – Hair Raising Hay Ride, Trail of Terror in the middle of nowhere, MassAcre Maze, and the Carnival of Chaos – are not for the faint of heart. Attendees are guaranteed to encounter ghosts, ghouls, monsters and open graves. Beware of what lurks in the dark.
More info: Visit www.schaefersfrightfest.com or call 908-782-2705
Six Flags Fright Fest
Where: Six Flags Great Adventure, 1 Six Flags Blvd., Jackson
When: Weekends, Sept. 16 to Oct. 31
Details: Six Flags claims to host the scariest Halloween party ever. Seven haunted mazes, 5 scare zones, and “the stuff of nightmares” are among the highlights mentioned. Of course, by day, you can still enjoy all the amusement rides and entertainment the park has to offer.
More info:Visit www.sixflags.com/greatadventure or call 732-928-2000
- Hero (Top) Feature Image: © famveldman / Adobe Stock
- Additional Images (in Order) Courtesy:
- Field Station Dinosaurs / Website
- Liberty Science Center / Website
- Turtle Back Zoo / Website
- Camden Children's Garden / Facebook
- Red Mill Museum Village / Website
- Frightfest at Schaefers Farm / Website
- Six Flags Great Adventure & Safari / Website