14 spots for New Jersey’s 2017 scariest fall fun!
Looking to get your adrenaline pumping, Jersey? Ever watch ‘The Walking Dead’ or American Horror Story and think, ‘amateurs!’? Or maybe you’ve been to see It and need a fresh scare courtesy of a local creepy clown.
It’s the height of Halloween season across the Garden State, with a wide variety of ways to be terrified and have some fun with your friends and family. Here’s a roundup of the scariest fall fun in NJ. Wanna share your heart-stopping fun at one of these spots? Tweet us @ProudJersey and at @NJ1015!
1. Six Flags Fright Fest at Great Adventure (Ocean County)
1 Six Flags Blvd., Jackson
Call ahead: 973-275-5555
The pros at Great Adventure set the standard for that mixture of delight and terror, inventing new ways of playing to your worst fears. This year, there’s at least seven haunted mazes and five scare zones throughout the park. Haunted attractions include the post-apocalyptic Aftermath, Cell Block 6 and Big Top Terror: Forgotten Carnival in 3D (blacklight maze). Plus, live shows and Six Flags’ thrilling rides you already love.
2. Bane Haunted House (Essex County)
630 W Mount Pleasant Ave, Livingston (back of building)
Email ahead: email@example.com
There’s a Haunted House that proudly warns you 2,000 visitors couldn’t make it all the way through last year. There’s also a Bane Purge attraction, two themed escape room and a Virtual Escape room. Some VR experts at Rowan University helped design this virtual horror house.
3. Field of Terror (Mercer County)
K and S Farms, 831 Windsor-Perrineville Road, East Windsor
Call ahead: 609-758-7817
The family that hunts zombies together, must really love Halloween! There’s zombie paintball plus four themed scare areas (Killer Kornfield, The Unknown Barn, House of Insanity and Zombie Attack Haunted Hayride) . There’s also a Zombie Mud Run Oct. 28. For folks who want a not-so-scary evening by flashlight, there’s a ‘safe zone’ with a corn maze and pumpkin picking (There’s always daytime family fun, too).
4. Scared in Jersey (Monmouth County)
PNC Bank Arts Center, Exit 116 & Garden State Parkway, Holmdel
Call ahead: 1-800-745-3000
PNC Bank Arts Center is hosting this Halloween ‘scare-vent’ which draws from the legend of the New Jersey Devil. It features a Pine Barren Maze, Mother Leed’s Haunted Cottage (birthplace of the devil), and a live performance by the Blood Drums with food, drink and games in the Devil’s Den. Suggested for ages 10 and older. Every Thursday Through Sunday in October.
5. Brighton Asylum (Passaic County)
2 Brighton Ave, Passaic (back of building)
Call ahead: 201-716-2827
The Brighton Asylum prides itself on keeping up a reputation as one of NJ’s scariest spots. It offers fresh sets and special effects each year. There’s also The Tunnel and the all-new Horror Museum. Check out original screen-used props and costumes from favorite movies like Resident Evil: Retribution, Terminator: Genisys, 1408, Don’t Breathe, Underworld and more.
6. C. Casola Farms (Monmouth County)
31 South Main Street, Marlboro
Call ahead: 732-946-8885
C. Casola has five terrifying attractions this season. There’s a Haunted Hayride, a Haunted Barn, a Haunted Wooded Trail, Living Maze and Zombie Breakout Paintball. (This is all set apart from the G-rated fall fun at A. Casola in Colts Neck.)
7. Schaefer’s Frightfest (Hunterdon County)
Schaefer Farms, 1051 Country Rd. 523, Flemington
Call ahead: 908-782-2705
Schaefer’s Frightfest is billed as over 200 acres of fright. There’s four themed attractions, from the Hair Raising Hayride and Trail of Terror to MassAcre Maize and the Carnival of Chaos, all open on weekends through Halloween. (Schaefer’s also has daytime hayrides, a corn maze, animals and a farm stand).
8. Scary Rotten Farms (Ocean County)
151 Brick Blvd., Brick Township
Call ahead: 732-477-0606
‘Tis the season when Berry Fresh Farms goes Scary, with two ‘haunts’ for visitors. There’s Sinister Sneed’s Chaotic Carnival of Chaos and Blackened: The Plague.
9. Nightmare at Gravity Hill (Ocean County)
Cicconi Farms, 1005 Farmingdale Rd, Jackson
Call ahead: 732-703-4198
Explore the abandoned Ghost Town of Gravity Hill, its Graveyard and its Haunted Fields. The walk-through includes over a dozen scenes/settings spread out over five acres. (This is among Gravity Hill spots featured in Weird NJ).
10. Hayride of Horrors & Haunted House (Warren County)
671 Mt. Bethel Road, Hackettstown
Call ahead: 973-942-4448 or 908-637-4644
There’s three attractions this year: a Haunted Hayride, Haunted House and Haunted Corn Maze, plus the all-new Zombie Paintball!
11. Scare Farm at Norz Hill Farm & Market (Somerset County)
120 South Branch Rd., Hillsborough
Call ahead: 908-371-COWS (2697)
On weekends through Halloween, there’s three haunted attractions, Creepy Hollow, the Slay Ride and Paranoia. (Norz also offers a daytime corn maze, hayrides and lots of farm animals to visit.)
12. Oasis Island of Terror (Mercer County)
Oasis Family Farm, 3 Circle Drive, Robbinsville
Call ahead: 609-259-7300
Mercer County offers this unique walk-through haunt that’s over a mile long. There’s also some not-so-scary but seasonal fun for kids, with planned Halloween egg hunts.
13. Cornfield of Terror at R & J Farm (Atlantic County)
723 W. Herschel St., Galloway Township
Call ahead: 609-593-6183
Live out your horror movie nightmares as you walk through this haunted cornfield attraction. The website promises to “make you run out of your shoes”. R and J Farm also has a corn maze that visitors can do by flashlight and offers a bonfire with outdoor movie. (There’s daytime hayrides to the pumpkin patch, too).
14. BloodShed Farms Fear Fest (Burlington County)
2919 Route 206, Columbus
Call ahead: 609-251-6707 (Visitors are urged to check the website first)
The four themed attractions are Clown-O-Phobia, Hellsgate Asylum, Trail of Terror and The Last Ride Haunted Hayride.
Proud Jersey Girl Erin Vogt’s first reporting gig involved her Fisher Price tape recorder. As a wife and momma of two kiddies, she firmly believes that life’s too short to drink bad coffee. A fan of the beach, Dave Grohl and karma, in no particular order.