Spooktacular Brain Boosting Halloween Events

Updated for 2019!

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 4-5 7:30pm – 9pm at Allaire Village in Farmingdale, NJ

Witches, Wizards and Wands: October 5 11am – 5pm at Allaire Village in Farmingdale, NJ

Annual Pumpkin Festival: October 6 12:30pm – 4pm at Whippany Railway Museum

An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe: October 11-12 7:30pm – 9pm at Allaire Village in Farmingdale, NJ

By the Light of the Moon: October 11 6:30-7:30pm at Environmental Education Center in Basking Ridge, NJ

Haunted Seaport: October 17-20 6pm – 9pm at Tuckerton Seaport in Tuckerton, NJ

Candlelit Ghost Tours: October 18 7pm-9pm at Liberty Hall Museum in Union, NJ

Haunted Hayrides and Village: October 18-19 6pm-8pm at Allaire Village in Farmingdale, NJ

Boo at the Boardwalk: October 19-20 12pm-4pm at Jenkinson’s Boardwalk in Point Pleasant, NJ

Boo at the Zoo: October 19 at Space Farms Zoo and Museum in Sussex, NJ

Visiting a zoo with a lion, like Space Farms Zoo, is a great way to get excited for Disney!

Celebrate Fall: October 20 11am-3pm at Reeves-Reed Arboretum in Summit, NJ

The Laurie Berkner Band’s Monster Boogie Halloween Concert: October 20 at 11am at iPlay America in Freehold, NJ

Halloween Express Trains: October 20 1pm-4pm at Whippany Railway Museum.

PJ Mask Halloween Children’s Event: October 22 10:30am012:30pm at The Shoppes at Lafayette

Kids Can Cook – Spooky Eats: October 23 4pm-5:30pm at Reeves-Reed Arboretum in Summit, NJ

Boo-tiful Flowers: October 24 4pm-5pm at Frelinghuysen Arboretum in Morris Township, NJ

Halloween Hootenanny: October 25 6pm – 8pm at Garden State Discovery Museum in Cherry Hill, NJ

Gardens Aglow: October 25 6pm-9pm at Presby Memorial Iris Gardens in Upper Montclair, NJ

Haunted Hayride: October 25-26 starting at 7pm at Waterloo Village in Stanhope, NJ.

trick-or-treating-at-waterloo-village

Haunted Hayrides and Village: October 25-26 6pm-8pm at Allaire Village in Farmingdale, NJ

Haunted Mine Tour and Train Ride: October 25-26 6pm-10pm at Sterling Hill Mining Museum in Ogdensburg, NJ.

Zoo Boo: October 25-26 at Bergen County Zoo in Paramus, NJ

Bergen County Zoo Snake

Boo at the Zoo: October 26 at Space Farms Zoo and Museum in Sussex, NJ

Chemistry Day: Halloween Fun! October 26 11am-3pm at Morris Museum in Morristown, NJ.

Ooky Spooky Magic Show: October 26 11am at the Children’s Museum of Somerset County in Bridgewater, NJ.

Teeny Tiny Trail Tails: October 26 1pm-2pm at Great Swamp OEC in Chatham, NJ

Trail Tails: October 26 5:30pm-7:45pm at Great Swamp OEC in Chatham, NJ

A Miller’s Halloween: October 26 5:30pm-7:45pm at Cooper Gristmill in Chester, NJ

Cooper Gristmill

Boo at the Zoo: October 26 10am-2pm at Cape May County Zoo in Cape May NJ

Historic Haunting: October 26 12pm-4pm at Historic Speedwell in Morristown

Mommy and Me Halloween Party: October 26 4pm at Chef It Up in Mount Olive, NJ

Haunted Forest: October 26 3:30pm-8pm at Tenafly Nature Center.

Halloween Bash: October 26 6pm-12am at Marcade Family Fun Center in Dover, NJ.

Jr. Chef Halloween Party: October 26 5:30pm at Chef It Up in Mount Olive, NJ
chef-it-up-halloween-party

Boo at the Boardwalk: October 26-27 12pm-4pm at Jenkinson’s Boardwalk in Point Pleasant, NJ

Historic Halloween Happenings: October 27 1pm-3:30pm at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm in Morristown, NJ

Halloween Party: October 27 4pm-6pm at Branchburg Sports Complex.

Haunting the Pines: October 27 12pm-3pm at Batsto Village in Washington Township, NJ

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

Kids Eat FREE at Medieval Times: October 31 at Medieval Times in Lyndhurst, NJ. (Kids are FREE at the castle this Halloween with the purchase of a full-priced adult ticket per each child’s ticket. Just use the code TREATKF.)

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

dinosaurs-after-dark-exploring-the-trail

A Time to Mourn: Every Wednesday and Sunday, October 2-31 1pm and 2pm at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm in Morris Township, NJ

Fall Fest: Every day in October during operating hours at Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, NJ.

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

Pumpkin at Michaels

Diggerfest: Every weekend September 14- October 27 at Diggerland USA in West Berlin, NJ

DiggerFest

Looking for more spooktacular fun? Check out the following posts:

Amazing Haunted Attractions in NJ

Amazing Fall Trains

10 Brain Boosting Corn Mazes

Amazing Places to Go Apple Picking in New Jersey

Amazing Places to Go Pumpkin Picking in NJ

DiggerFest

 

Historic Haunts in NJ and Beyond

 

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