NJ’s Top 7 Non-Scary, Family-Friendly Events this Halloween Weekend
Creepy crawlers, ghosts, goblins, zombies and vampires can all be quite scary to toddlers and small children on Halloween. Besides, there are many more ways to celebrate Halloween without all those frightening sights! From North to South, New Jersey has lots to offer the little ones this Halloween weekend. Grab the kids for a weekend of Fall family fun including hay rides, face painting, parades, pumpkins and more with this list of 7 of the best, not-so-scary Halloween activities and events taking place in New Jersey!
Where: Camden Children's Garden | 3 Riverside Drive, Camden, NJ 08103
When: Saturday, October 27 & Sunday, October 28 from 10am - 4pm.
Come in costume for a howling good time at the 2012 Goblins in the Garden Family Festival! Take a Haunted Train Ride, dodge costumed characters in the Haunted Maze, have your fortune told, and best of all - trick or treat during the fun-filled Halloween Costume Parade. Celebrate the Mexican tradition of “Día de los Muertos,” a fun and educational activity for the whole family. Stop by the Creepy concession stand to purchase some fall goodies. While the lingo may sound scary, this attraction is so mild that kids of all ages find it to be simply a fun and entertaining event! Contact: 856-365-8733 | Directions
Where: Wagner Farm Arbortoreum | 197 Mountain Ave, Warren, NJ 07059
When: Friday, October 26 - Sunday October 28 from 7pm - 9pm
With over 1,000 creatively carved and lighted pumpkins, the gardens of Wagner Farms Arboretum transforms into fun for all ages at this pumpkin paradise filled with the Spirit of Halloween. Even though tickets include the Haunted House Showcase, it's worth the trip to to enjoy the many activities and attractions. Here's the solution: the Haunted House Showcase begins very mild and works its way up to scary, so little kids can stay for the first showing(s) or just simply skip this attraction altogether and delight in Halloween treats and refreshments, face painting, pumpkin exploration, fun tattoos and more. Important ticket information | Contact: 908-350-7383 | Directions
Where: Board at Flemington Station | 80 Stangl Rd, Flemington, NJ 08822
When: Saturday, October 27 & Sunday, October 28 at every hour from Noon - 5pm.
Hop aboard the train at historical Flemington Station for a ride headed to the great Halloween attractions at the annual Pumpkin Junction! From the fun (non-creepy) corn mazes and petting zoo to horse and carriage rides, creative scarecrows, live entertainment and more, toddlers and kids from all over come every year! Plus, get tasty refreshments and pumpkins for sale (cash only). Tickets are FREE for infants and children under age three, $8 for kids age 3-11, and $16 for those age 12 and up. Tickets include round trip train ride & entrance to the maze. | Contact: 908-782-6622 | Directions
Where: Howell Living History Farm | 70 Wooden's Lane, Lambertville, NJ
When: Saturday, October 27 from 11am - 3pm
Visitors to the 130-acre historical working farm are invited to walk the rows of corn and hand pick their own ears of popcorn. Farmers will be present to show visitors how to husk and shell the corn, how to pop it over an open fire and how to pop your fresh-picked Howell Farm popcorn at home! Ears of popcorn, and other fall decorations will be sold to benefit the Farm's restoration projects. Also, don't miss the 2012 Howell Farm Corn Maze for even more fun! Want to get even more out of the day? Head to the Lambertville Halloween parade immediately after beginning at 3pm downtown on York Street! Contact: (609) 737-3299 | Directions
Six Flags Great Adventure's Fright Fest (at DAYTIME)
Where: Six Flags Great Adventure Theme Park | 1 Six Flags Boulevard Jackson, NJ 08527
When: Saturday, October 27 & Sunday, October 28 from 10:30am - 6:00pm. (Park remains open with horror attractions on Sat. from 6pm - 11pm and Sun. from 6pm - 10pm.)
Bring the kids to Six Flags Great Adventure for the final weekend of Fright Fest! While Six Flags mainly promotes their nights of terror, zombies, frights and ghouls, what many may not know is that before the sun goes down, the park is maintains its many fun-filled attractions for the little ones! With wonderful fall decor and Halloween-themed entertainment, Six Flags Great Adventure is a great choice for those who want to experience the excitement of the theme park along with Halloween fun such as magic shows, trick or treating from noon-5pm and kids "haunted" wagon ride each day at 3pm. Contact: 732- 928-1821 | Get Tickets | Directions
Where: Alstede Farms | 1 Chesterfield Drive, Chester, NJ 07930
When: Saturday, October 26 & Sunday, October 27 from 6pm - 10pm.
Fun for the whole family and with admittedly "nothing scary" there, the Harvest Moon Halloween event at Alstede Farms offers a great opportunity for fun and entertainment on Halloween weekend after the sun goes down. Bring a flashlight and enjoy nighttime pumpkin picking, a campfire with s'mores and cider, a fantastic corn maze and especially a hayride to remember. Be sure to hang on to your flashlights as you enter the corn maze! Contact: 908-879-7189. Ticket information | Directions
Where: Tuckerton Seaport | 120 W. Main Street. Tuckerton, NJ 08087
When: Friday, October 25 - Sunday, October 27 from 6pm - 9pm
Offering fun and frights for people of all ages such strolling lost pirates and sea captains along the boardwalk, Tuckerton Seaport wants small children to know that they are welcome to the less-scary attractions at the Seaport this weekend! As Tucker’s Island Lighthouse becomes haunted, there's much more fun such as hayrides, the phragmites maze, food, refreshments, entertainment and a non-scary pumpkin patch for the little ones. Fun for the whole family! General Admission applies, $2 for hayrides. Contact: 609-296–8868.
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There are so many Halloween attractions all over the Garden State, so we'd love to hear from you! Add your local Halloween events to this list by telling us the details below in the comments!