guides

Halloween Fun for the Family

Your guide to scary, and not so scary Halloween themed events

By Amanda Janke - Associate Publisher October 5, 2017



Alstede Farm’s Harvest Moon Hayride

1 Alstede Farms Ln., Chester
908-879-7198, alstedefarms.com

Take in a harvest moon hayride and wander through a nighttime corn maze with the kids. If you can manage it, steer clear of the weekend crowds and go apple or pumpkin picking after school. Don’t miss out on the apple cider donut ice cream or the all-you-can-eat pumpkin pancake breakfast on October 29.



Happy Haunt at Red Mill Museum

56 Main St., Clinton
908-735-4101, theredmill.org

If you’re looking for a horror-free Halloween attraction, this kid-friendly village will give your little ghouls just the right amount of fright. Enjoy a hayride, donuts and some cider while you watch for the paranormal at this allegedly haunted landmark. Adults can visit the Haunted Village for a real scare sans-kids, too. $10 to join the haunt.



Zombie Hayrides at Brookhollow’s Barnyard

301 Rockaway Valley Rd., Boonton Township
201-400-4505, brookhollowsbarnyard.com

This new attraction is a super unique Halloween adventure, featuring both a hayride and paintball. For 15 minutes, you’ll be able to shoot at zombie targets from the safety of your seat. Get there early to hang with the undead, who are said to have quite a sense of humor despite their terrifying appearance. $12 for 200 paintballs.



The Bane Haunted House

630 West Mount Pleasant Ave., Livingston
973-369-7677, banehauntedhouse.com

This is believed to be the scariest house in NJ. And it's sure to play into your biggest and worst fears. It’s completely interactive, so watch out for the 70+ actors who want to hear you scream! Try Bane Escape, where you’ll follow the clues of a homicidal maniac to escape his wrath. You must be at least 13 for the escape room. Younger kids need to be accompanied by an adult. $22 per person, $35 for the escape room.



Boo at the Zoo - Space Farms

218 County Road 519
Sussex, NJ 07461
973-875-5800
Sat Oct 14, 2017 - Sat Oct 28, 2017
Repeating every week — Saturdays through October 28, 2017.
9:00am to 5:00pm
Space Farms offers two good reason to bring your kids in costume: they get a free goody bag and they get in free when accompanied by a paying adult. Need another reason? Visitors age 12 and younger can step forward at 2 p.m. for a Halloween costume contest. There's also the chance to say hello to the zoo's 500 animals including lions, tigers, wolves, bison, monkeys, bears, and more.


All Hallows' Evenings at the Stickley Museum
Friday, October 27 and Saturday, October 28, 2017 @ 5:30 p.m.
The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms
2352 Route 10 West
Morris Plains, NJ 07950
973-540-0311
info@stickleymuseum.org
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 there is 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.


Train Rides

Black River and Western Railroad’s Pumpkin Train

80 Stangl Rd., Flemington
908-782-6622, blackriverrailroad.com

Meet the conductor at Pumpkin Junction for a special trip to Everitt Farms, where tiny ghouls will get to visit the petting zoo, play in the corn box, meet some scarecrows, get lost in the hay bale maze and more. Take in music, scour autumn decor and buy treats at the concession stand while the kids pick their own pumpkins in the 6-acre field. Themed weekends bring even more fun to the party, so come the 7-8 for a pirate party or the 21-22 to commend first responders. Though the train won’t be running, head here the 28-29 for the Halloween Costume Party, featuring games, creepy tunes and treats.

Details: Oct. 7-8 and 21-22, trips start at 10 am and leave every 2 1/2 hours. $15/ages 3-11, $20/age 12 and up.  


Delaware River Railroad Excursions’ The Great Pumpkin Train

100 Elizabeth St., Phillipsburg
877-872-4674, 877trainride.com

Honor the Peanuts gang by hopping aboard this famously-named engine. Ride all the way to the pumpkin patch that’s gorgeously arranged in front of the century-old Carpentersville Lime Kilns (they’re the biggest and oldest in NJ). Take in river-side views, try your luck in the corn maze or explore the Ol’ Susquehanna Mine, where the kids can pan for gems. Chill in one of the two picnic groves with the fam before heading home.

Details: Every Saturday-Sunday Oct. 7-29, trips start at 11 and leave every half-hour. $12/kids, $18/adults. Additional attractions $5/each.



Whippany Railway Museum 

1 Railroad Plaza, Whippany NJ  

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 



Sunday, October 1, 2017; Trains depart 12:00, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00PM. Rain or Shine


Amusement Parks

Dorney Park

3830 Dorney Park Rd., Allentown, PA
610-395-3724, dorneypark.com

Little ones will have a blast at The Great Pumpkin Fest, which has tons of Peanuts characters, kids activities and not-so-scary Halloween shows. Let them play with the Monster Foam machine before painting a pumpkin, pedaling a mini-tractor and exploring Linus’ pumpkin patch and bale maze. After the sun sets, the older kids can start with a haunted maze like Tourist Trap, where they’ll venture through an 1800s motel and discover why guests are disappearing. Then they can visit a scare zone, such as CarnEvil or Cut Throat Island. Be sure to take in a live stage show or ride the Demon Drop before heading home. Tickets start at $42.

Hershey Park

100 W. Hersheypark Dr., Hershey, PA
717-534-3900, hersheypark.com

Your 12-and-unders can show off their costumes at the Trick-or-Treat Trail and get tons of sweets all over the park. They’ll collect goodies at Chocolate World, ZooAmerica and more. Hop on any of 13 coasters, and the really brave ones can try Hershey Park in the Dark, where they’ll experience heart-stopping coasters with the lights out. Creatures of the Night is a nighttime flashlight tour of ZooAmerica that animal lovers of all ages will love. One-day admission starts at $38 for guests 9 and up, $28 for little ones.

Sesame Place

100 Sesame Rd., Langhorne, PA
215-702-3566, sesameplace.com

The Count’s kid-friendly Halloween Spooktacular is all fun without the fright. Your little ones will love Halloween shows like Who Said Boo?! and the Not-Too-Spooky Howl-O-Ween Radio Show. Don’t miss the Neighborhood Street Party Halloween Parade with 10 seasonal floats, music, trick-or-treating and their fave characters. There’s even a magical nighttime parade with tons of Halloween lighting. Tickets start at $45 when purchased online.


Six Flags Great Adventure

1 Six Flags Blvd., Jackson
732-928-2000, sixflags.com/greatadventure

This New Jersey staple is chock-full of haunts by day and spine-chilling horrors by night. The five relentless scare zones put you face-to-face with evil at every turn, much like the seven disorienting mazes. New attractions this year include Unleashed!, a cirque show performance put on by un-dead steampunk acrobats, and Lady of the Lake Graveyard, a cemetery haunted by a woman who was seduced and killed by the Jersey Devil. Daily admission starts at $56.99. Some attractions have additional fees.