Halloween in New Jersey
A Complete guide to scary and not-so-scary
2017 Halloween events
Halloween in New Jersey has many "scary" and "not so scary" frightful shows, events, attractions, and parades that can be enjoyed by the whole family.
We have put on our costumes and headed into the dark of night with a full moon to search haunted houses, cemeteries, and pumpkin patches for ghosts, goblins, and skeletons to come up with the best Halloween events for families with kids. Caution: many of these events are Soooo scary that they are not recommended for children under 8. Suggest you call ahead to confirm age appropriateness.
Note: This information is provided by event sponsors as a free service to our viewers. Sometimes conditions require cancellations or changes of dates, times and location which are not reflected in the original schedule. Before planning a trip to visit one of the listed events, it is suggested that you call the event sponsor to confirm the event schedule or for additional information on the event.
Stay tuned --- we will be updating this list as the event sponsors confirm this year's events.
North Jersey 2017 Halloween Events
Bane Haunted House
September 22, until October 31, 2017; open friday, saturday & Sunday beginning Sept 22nd, and beginning Sept 11th, and Oct 30 & 31st
630 W Mount Pleasant Ave
The Bane's are a family of four when one morning Mr. Bane decides to check in on his animals in the family barn and he notices that all of their cages have been opened and some of the animals have been torn to shreds. He thinks to himself that either a bear or wolves from the woods must have entered the barn at night and killed the animals, until he notices his beautiful daughter Jennifer hiding under one of his lab tables. Mr. Bane reaches out to her only to notice that half of her face is missing and she's sitting in a pool of blood. To his surprise, Jennifer has been feeding on his test animals. As Mr. Bane tries to coax Jennifer out of her hiding place, she lunges at him and begins to feed on his body. Tickets can be purchased in advance on-line.
Friday, Saturday & Sunday beginning September 29 and ending on Tuesday, October 31, 2017
2 Brighton Ave
This horror show takes place in a 4,000 sq.ft complex that housed the sick and mentally disabled back in the mid 1940's. After years of harsh living conditions and grotesque medical experiments, the patients eventually over-ran the facility. Closed in 1952, there are reports that on foggy nights, patients and staff can still be seen wandering in and out of the complex. This event is 100% on foot through an interactive indoor haunted house designed to put you into another world. You will experience phobias, fears, humor, and gross outs! All that fun stuff! Those brave enough to enter the abandoned asylum are never seen nor heard from again. You will enter the holding center where you are free to enjoy refreshments, tour "The Horror Museum", and interact with the Brighton Asylum minimum security patients before you are called to enter the maximum security asylum.
Tickets can be purchased online
Friday, September 29 and ending on Tuesday, October 31, 2017
105 West Dewey Ave,
Wharton NJ 07885
Two floors of FEAR! The Haunted Scarehouse, including the waiting area, is indoors and is not weather dependent. Haunted Scare house consists of Two Terrifying Attractions, The House of Nightmares and the Attic, spread over Two Floors of Fear.
17th Annual Pumpkin Festival
Sunday, October 1, 2017; Trains depart 12:00, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00PM. Rain or Shine
Whippany Railway Museum
1 Railroad Plaza
Special "Pumpkinliner" caboose trains make frequent departures from the Museum site throughout the day. Take a nostalgic 30-minute trip into the past on board the "Pumpkinliner". The enjoyable excursion follows the route of the Historic "Whippanong Trail", and will feature ANTIQUE CABOOSES you can ride in. Walk among the Pumpkins, Corn Shocks, and Grinning Scarecrows as you enjoy the wares of local crafts merchants and railroad memorabilia dealers at our popular pumpkin crafts fair
Brite Nites Haunted House
October 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28, 29, 2017. Entry times are from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM.
Wagner Farm Arboretum
197 Mountain Ave.
Warren Twp, NJ 07059.
This annual Halloween-themed family event brings a spectacular display of intricately and creatively hand-carved and lighted pumpkins. As you walk the path that winds around the Arboretum gardens you will come across large and impressive sculptures as well as fun and surprising images. The pumpkin carvings tell many stories, bring you back in time, or show a recognizable face's it'ss all amazing. Mt Rushmore is so realistic, itقs like youقre there. The Garden scene is a place of beauty with a life-sized peacock intricately carved from pumpkins. Sit on a bench with famous people at least their carved images! There are lots of pumpkin carvings to see. Then at the end of the Path, go through the arbor to the Haunted Garden, if you dare. In the darkness, behind the shrubs and trees lurks a scary surprise or two. Youقve never seen the Arboretum garden this way before. If you donقt like the scary, pop over to the Black Hat Cafأe for seasonal refreshments like cider, hot cocoa, fabulous cupcakes or cookies. Wandering entertainers like a magician, musicians, or dancers will keep you entertained on this night the whole family will remember.
Friday and Saturday, October 13-14, 20-21, 27-28, 2017; Events begin @ Nightfall (usually 7 p.m.)
Red Mill Museum Village
56 Main Street
Clinton, New Jersey 08809
Ticket sales @ 5:00 PM, Doors open @ 7:00 PM
Set in a historical wool mill from 1810 that now hosts a museum, the Haunted Village has been providing scares to tri-state residents for 27 years. The mill is transformed into 3 stories of twists and turns, never knowing what kind of ghouls and zombies you'll encounter with your next step. The theme of this year's Haunted Village is Infection.
All Hallows' Evenings at the Stickley Museum
Friday, October 27 and Saturday, October 28, 2017 @
The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms
2352 Route 10 West
Morris Plains, NJ 07950
This Halloween, celebrate like it's 1913 with an after-hours tour of Gustav Stickley's Log House, and learn about Victorian-era Halloween customs.
By 1913, Halloween was being celebrated by people across America as a night for amusement and superstition, mischief and fortune telling. Revelers spent Halloween night fluttering between fits of laughter and screams of pretend fright as games of divination predicted their fortunes in life and in love.
Our tour begins as night falls. But thereقs no need to be frightened! By the 1910s, Halloween, not yet a holiday for children, was a night for amusement and superstition, mischief and fortune telling. Victorian era sensibilities had transformed traditional macabre customs associated with the night into playful parlor games and tricks, which provided a clever guise for match-making and romance at society parties. Light refreshments will follow to keep your spirits up!
$5 Members; $12 Non Members
Suitable for adults and teens; not recommended for children under age 12.
October 31, 20017; 4pm - 8pm
Turtle Back Zoo
560 Northfield Ave.
West Orange, NJ 07052
Cost: $3 Zoological Society members. $5 non-members – At the Door Sales ONLY.
Come trick-or-treating at the Zoo. With candy stations throughout the grounds, everyone is sure to have a "sweet" time. Also, swing by their train for it's famous "Not-So-Scary" Train Ride!
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