Spooktacular Brain Boosting Halloween Events

Updated for 2018!

There are ghosts and goblins everywhere, as the scents of fall fill the air!

That’s right, it’s FALL! That means it is time for all those exciting and scary Halloween events. Each fall, families flock to their local haunted house or haunted hayride, but why not try something a little different this year? There are so many “spooktacular” Halloween events that not only invoke excitement and anticipation, but are educational too!

As you already know, I am all about exposing my kids to brain boosting and educational activities and experiences. Although I love haunted houses and costume parties, I wanted to see what was available that offered a chance for my kids to learn as well! After researching events all across NJ, I have created a list of a variety of Halloween events that I know you will LOVE! I will be adding to this list throughout the season so check back often for more spooky fun!

Spooktacular Brain Boosting Events

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow: October 5-6 7:30pm – 9pm at Allaire Village in Farmingdale, NJ

Annual Pumpkin Festival: October 7 1pm – 4pm at Whippany Railway Museum

Pumpkin PAWlooza: October 6-7 at Garden State Discovery Museum in Cherry Hill, NJ

An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe: October 12-13 7:30pm – 9pm at Allaire Village in Farmingdale, NJ

By the Light of the Moon: October 12 6:30-7:30pm at Environmental Education Center in Basking Ridge, NJ

Haunted Seaport: October 18-21 6pm – 9pm at Tuckerton Seaport in Tuckerton, NJ

Candlelit Ghost Tours: October 19 7pm-9pm at Liberty Hall Museum in Union, NJ

Haunted Hayrides and Village: October 19-20 6pm-8pm at Allaire Village in Farmingdale, NJ

Pumpkin Creations: October 20 1pm-3pm at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm in Morris Township, NJ

Celebrate Fall: October 21 11am-4pm at Reeves-Reed Arboretum in Summit, NJ

Sprouts: Pumpkin Circle: October 24 at Frelinghuysen Arboretum in Morris Township, NJ

Zoo Boo: October 26-27 at Bergen County Zoo in Paramus, NJ

Bergen County Zoo Snake

Halloween Hootenanny: October 26 6:30pm – 8:30pm at Garden State Discovery Museum in Cherry Hill, NJ

Gardens Aglow: October 26 6pm – 9pm at Presby Memorial Iris Gardens in Upper Montclair, NJ

Mommy and Me Halloween Party: October 26 6pm at Chef It Up in Mount Olive, NJ

Haunted Hayrides and Village: October 26-27 6pm-8pm at Allaire Village in Farmingdale, NJ

Boo at the Zoo: October 27 10am-2pm at Cape May County Zoo in Cape May NJ

Halloween Fun at LSC: October 27-28 ALL DAY at Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, NJ

Trick-n-Treats Family Fun Day: October 28 11am – 2pm at Museum of Early Trades and Crafts in Madison, NJ

Halloween Spooktacular: October 27 11am-2pm at Morris Museum in Morristown, NJ

Fall Festival: October 27 11am-4pm at Waterloo Village in Stanhope, NJ


Trail Tails: October 27 5:30pm-7:45pm at Great Swamp OEC in Chatham, NJ

Haunted Forest: October 27 at Tenafly Nature Center. (cancelled)


A Miller’s Halloween: October 27 1pm-3pm at Cooper Gristmill in Chester, NJ

Family Halloween Event: October 27 2pm-4pm at Rockaway Mall in Rockaway, NJ

Many Dreadful Tales: October 27 6pm-9pm at Historic Speedwell in Morristown, NJ

Historic Haunting: October 27-28 at Historic Speedwell in Morristown

Jersey Devil Bound: October 29 4:30pm 6:30pm at Batsto Village in Washington Township, NJ

Historic Halloween Happenings: October 28 1pm-3:30pm at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm in Morristown, NJ

Safe Howl-O-Ween: October 31 4-8pm at Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange, NJ

Ongoing Events

Harvest Moon Hayride and Night Time Corn Maze: Every Friday and Saturday night September 21 through October 28 6pm – 10pm at Alstede Farms in Chester, NJ

Dinosaurs After Dark: Every Friday and Saturday September 28 – October 27 7pm-9:30pm at Field Station: Dinosaurs in Leonia, NJ


MAKEBreak: Every Saturday in October 1pm-3pm at Michaels Craft Stores

Pumpkin at Michaels

The Time to Mourn: October 3-26 at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm in Morris Township, NJ

Diggerfest: Every weekend in October at Diggerland USA in West Berlin, NJ


Looking for more spooktacular fun? Check out our list of 10 Brain Boosting Corn Mazes in NJ and Amazing Fall Trains in NJ!

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