Discover The Best Halloween Events in New Jersey
Your Guide to New Jersey's best scary and not so scary 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: 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 2021 Halloween Events
Very Scary Halloween Events
Trap Door Escape Room
34A Speedwell Ave.
Open seven days/week
Special Halloween productions include: "Day of the Dead," "The Greatest Freak Show," and "Witch Hunt." These are spooky physical adventure games in which people coordinate in "Creepy" rooms with other participants and have to use elements of the room to solve a series of puzzles, find clues, and escape the room within a set time limit.
Must be 14 or older to enter alone. Ages 10-13 can enter if accompanied by an adult.
2 Brighton Ave
Weekends Events begin Friday, October 1, and end on Sunday, October 31, 2021
All custom special effects, huge moving sets that interact with you, actor driven animatronics trying to devour you, scares at every turn. 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.
Tickets can be purchased online
The 13th Hour Haunted House
105 West Dewey Ave,
Wharton NJ 07885
Weekends Events begin Friday, September 24, and end on Sunday, October 31, 2021
The 13th Hour Escape rooms in NJ are nationally known as some of the most original and immersive in the country. During days the haunted house is open all the escape rooms also have live actors to add to the immersion. Their escape rooms offer this uniqueness to the escape rooms.
Book on-line . Four rooms to choose from - John Hayden, The Great room, The Cookhouse and all new The Dungeon.
Brite Nites Haunted House -- Drive Thru
Wagner Farm Arboretum
197 Mountain Ave.
Warren Twp, NJ 07059.
Thursday, Friday & Saturday from October 7th to 30th, 2021
This spectacular Halloween-themed event "Brite Nites" showcases an elaborate display of intricately and creatively hand-carved and lighted pumpkins. These breathtaking pumpkin sculptures have been updated with new themes, LED bulbs, and new special effects. New for 2021 will be, among other new displays, Barnegat Lighthouse! Due to Covid-19 precautions, the event has turned 100% contactless and you will be able to buy your ticket online, queue up for your time slot, have your ticket scanned, and then enjoy the displays as you drive down the Pumpkin Path. The anticipated amount of time to get through the path is about 20 minutes. More importantly, you get to safely remain in your vehicle, at all times.
Haunted Wild West Fest
Nighttime Fest: Fridays and Saturdays from October 8th thru 30th, 2021: 6:30-10 p.m.
50 Lackawanna Drive
Take part in a fun and spooky interactive western experience. Watch tales of the Wild West come to life through historical characters, live action dramatizations and demonstrations by period craftsmen.
When the sun sets, fear goes up at Wild West City. Enter the town at your own risk… there is only one way into the town, first you must endure the perilous journey aboard the Wild West City Train Line and then walk the old Frontiersman Trail where the ghost of John West the Frontiersman lingers.
The nightime Fest is considered to be PG-13.
For younger children and a less spooky event, the daytime festival from 10:30am- 4:00pm, features the ghost town, Western entertainment and a costume contest.
Ravenscroft Manor Haunted Attraction
Mahwah Elks Lodge
1 Foxwood Ave
Weekends: October 15-17, 22-24, 29-31, 2021: 7pm to 11pm (time subject to change)
This event is intended to be scary. Not recommended for children under the age of 10. Patrons will traverse through the darkness with the use of low key lighting, flickering bulbs, loud sounds, strobes and fog. Patrons with issues with strobes or fog are cautioned not to enter.
This is a Fundraising Event, all proceeds go to the scouts.
Not So Scary Halloween Events
"Dinosaur After Dark
Friday and Saturday nights starting September 24 through October 30, 2021
Field Station Dinosaurs
40 Fort Lee Road
Leonia, New Jersey 07605
"Dinosaurs After Dark,” is a spooky, funny adventure into a shadowy, prehistoric world. A spooky, funny and thrilling adventure for the whole family featuring a lantern lit tour of the park, the Mesozoic Midway where everyone is a winner and more! But watch out! The trails are dark and there's a hungry T-Rex lurking in the shadows. A fearless Dinosaur Wrangler will lead a Tyrannosaurus Hunt along the Field Station's darkened trails with a stop at every dinosaur and a few surprises along the way. At the end of the night, everyone will gather around the campfire for a dinosaur sing-a-long, roasted marshmallows and hot chocolate!
Events will occur throughout the month of October, 2021
Westfield will be transformed to all things Charles Addams with family themed events, movie screenings, exhibits and much more -- all reimagined for a pandemic-friendly approach that allows for distancing With something for everyone, AddamsFest promises to be a whimsy-filled festival honoring the man, his legacy and the town where it all started.
This years events include:
The Charles Addams and Friends Art Exhibit: Every weekend in October Masquerade Ball: Friday, October 1 (outdoors) at the historic Reeve House (Rain date, Saturday, October 2) Charlie's Ale Garden: Saturday, October 16, 6:00 - 11:00PM, outdoors at the South Avenue Train Station lot (Rain date: Sunday, October 17, 5:00 - 10:00PM) The Optimist Club Halloween Parade and DWC Costume Contest: Sunday, October 24 Dudley's Drive-In: Friday, October 22 (Rain date: Friday, October 29) Lantern Sail at Mindowaskin Park: Saturday evening, October 30 And of course, don't miss the return of Wicked Windows and the Haunt Your House Contest.
Jack O' Lantern Experience
October 1st thru November 7th, 2021
94 Championship Place
Augusta, NJ 07822
Cost: $19-$24, or $36 for VIP Access
For 6 weeks of Pure Halloween Madness, Skylands Stadium will be decorated with over 6,000+ Jack-O-Lanterns throughout the stadium, on a 45-minute walk. The property and surrounding corn fields will be set ablaze with some of the most spectacular visuals you'll ever see. Perfect for families of all ages, date nights, and all lovers of Halloween Spirit.
Annual Pumpkin Patch Train
Sunday, October 3, 10 & 17, 2021
Whippany Railway Museum
1 Railroad Plaza
Join in the Halloween fun at the Whippany Railway Museum onboard "The Pumpkin Patch Train" ! The 10-mile, 45-minute round trip from Whippany to Roseland and return is the perfect way to spend a Fall afternoon with the family. Your ticket entitles you to pick your own pumpkin after the ride at our Pumpkin Patch and enjoy the seasonal fun. Ticket also includes a pumpkin decorating kit. Children of all ages are encouraged to come dressed in their Halloween costumes, where they can mingle with our zombies and ghosts, helping to make the train a spooky sight !
Saturdays, October 9, 16, 23, & 30, 2021
Red Mill Museum Village
56 Main Street
Clinton, New Jersey 08809
Explore a small portion of the Haunted Red Mill with a friendly ghoul, then go for a fun hayride, return for cider and donuts!
PuchiCon Halloween Pop-Up
October 17, 2021 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
2167 Route 4 East
Fort Lee, New Jersey
Event Cost: $10.00
201-470-4329 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Come Celebrate Halloween with Puchicon & Milk Pink Maid Cafe. This event features themed Vendors, games, activities & more!
Enjoy a cute and spooky atmosphere with tasty treats! Games, music, and cute performances inspired by Akihabara maids~!
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