Best time to go to New Jersey

Halloween 2020

Get ready to be spooked and scared at one of New Jersey's many attractions

Halloween in New Jersey 2020 - Best Time
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Shawn Perez

When it comes to scary attractions and haunted houses, no other state can beat New Jersey. Halloween season is the most exciting time of the year here with plenty of fall festivals, costumed parties, fearsome exhibits and terrifying tours.

Great Pumpkin Festival at Heaven Hill Farms (September 14 – November 3, 2019)

The Great Pumpkin Festival takes place at Heaven Hill Farms every fall, being the largest and greatest pumpkin fair in Northern New Jersey occupying 110 acres (45 ha). The festival features over 40 fun-filled activities and rides for the whole family. Visitors can ride a Hay Wagon Tractor, find their favorite Jack-o'-lantern, wonder in “Down on the Farm” Corn-Maze, watch pigs race and see a petting zoo full of bunnies, cows, chicks and goats. Other attractions include Spider Web Crawl, Monster Sling Shots, Boo Barn, Dancing Robot Show, Duck Racing, Vortex Tunnel, Obstacle course, and other fun things to try.

Fright Fest at Six Flags Great Adventure (September 13 – November 3, 2019)

Fright Fest is the seasonal Six Flags Great Adventure that celebrates Halloween. The park gets filled with zombies, mummies, vampires and ghouls. Special attractions include seven haunted mazes and five scare zones throughout the park. Visitors get frightened on every corner. Ghouls take over the park three times per day for their hunting rituals.

Six Flags Great Adventure "Fright Fest 2013" 2020
Six Flags Great Adventure "Fright Fest 2013"

Asbury Park Zombie Walk (October 5, 2019)

The Asbury Park Zombie Walk is the beloved New Jersey Halloween procession. It was the largest zombie walk recognized by Guinness World Records. It usually gathers 4,000-10,000 participants wearing zombie costumes and make-up. Asbury Park broadwalk is filled with walking zombies at dusk and also thousands of spectators who come to see this epic event. The zombie jamboree at the seaside town of Asbury Park was first organized in 2007. Participants usually gather at Convention Hall and start walking at 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. The night ends with fireworks.

Asbury Park Zombie Walk 2013 2020
Asbury Park Zombie Walk 2013
Asbury Park Zombie Walk 2013 2020
Asbury Park Zombie Walk 2013
Asbury Park Zombie Walk 2013 2020
Asbury Park Zombie Walk 2013

Woodbridge Ghost Walk at Parker Press Park (October 12 & 19, 2019)

Another popular attraction is Woodbridge Ghost Walk at Parker Press Park, a seasonal guided tour into the mistic history of New Jersey. Costumed guides tell scary stories about first settlers, Revolutionary War, and much more. There is a Vampire and Zombie parade, too!

Hoboken Halloween Pub Crawls (October 25, 26, & 31, 2019)

When it comes to partying, it's hard to surpass Hoboken, NJ. It is the state's favorite destinations for bars, lounges, and clubs. On Halloween, Hoboken naturally features hundreds of special activities and primarily The Annual Halloween Bar Crawl. The most massive fall event in Hoboken is also one of the most anticipated in the whole state. So put on your scariest costume and demand your treats!

New Jersey is known for its Halloween attractions. Come to Wharton for its famous 13th Hour attraction with two floors filled with horrors. One of New Jersey’s most realistic and impressive haunted attractions 13th Hour offers rooms decorated like movie sets, with special effects, scary noises, animated walls, and costumed actors who do everything to make your hair raise. Scare Farm at Norz Hill Farm in Hillsborough, NJ, has three great haunts: Paranoia, Creepy Hollow (both offering a scary walk through a corn trail) and the Slay Ride a Haunted Hay Ride. Night Of Terror at Creamy Acres in Mullica Hill is South Jersey area's premier haunted attraction that includes the Ride of Terror haunted hayride, 2 outside walk, 2 haunted houses and 6 other attractions. Brighton Asylum is the legendary haunted asylum complex in Passaic, New Jersey. Farm of Horrors at Schaefers Farms in Flemington offers a Hair Raising Hayride that “Scares the YELL out of You”, the “Trail of Terror”, and more fun! Dracula's Domain in Jackson is filled with vampire-themed haunted attractions and rides.