Spooktacular Brain Boosting Halloween Events

Updated for 2020!

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

Halloween Drive Thru at Stews: October 3 11am-9pm at Stew’s

The Creepy Crawl: October 3 at 6pm in Mount Holly

An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe: October 9-10 7:30pm or 9pm at Allaire Village in Farmingdale, NJ

NJ Paranormal Ghost Tours: October 3 7pm-9pm at Liberty Hall Museum in Union, NJ

Virtual Homeschool : Spider Sense: October 13 from 1-2pm via Fosterfields Historical Farm

Fall Foliage Walk: October 14 1-2pm and 3-4pm at Great Swamp OEC in Chatham, NJ

Wild West City after Dark: October 16, 17 from 6-10pm at Wild West City in Byram Township

Haunted Wild West Fest: October 16-18 from 12-4pm at Wild West City in Byram Township

Hidden Lake Haunted Scare Trail: October 17, 24 from 6-10 pm by Hidden Lake in Succasunna

Celebrate Fall: October 18 11am-3:30pm at Reeves-Reed Arboretum in Summit, NJ

Fall Foliage Walk: October 18 1-2pm and 3-4pm at Great Swamp OEC in Chatham, NJ

Virtual Healthy Halloween Kids Cooking Class: October 20 4:30-5:30pm hosted by Shoprite Sparta

Walk In Event: October 23 6-8pm at Chef It Up in Mount Olive, NJ

Wild West City after Dark: October 23, 24 from 6-10pm at Wild West City in Byram Township

Haunted Wild West Fest: October 23-25 from 12-4pm at Wild West City in Byram Township

Paranormal Evenings: Ghosts and Ghouls Discussing Different Entities: October 23 from 7-8pm hosted by Morris County Parks

Zoo Boo: October 24, 31 from 10am-5pm at Bergen County Zoo in Paramus, NJ

Bergen County Zoo Snake

1830’s Hallow’s Evc: October 24 11am-4pm at Allaire Village in Farmingdale, NJ

Virtual Boo at the Zoo: October 1-24 10am-2pm at Cape May County Zoo in Cape May NJ

Trick Or Treat Trail & Costume Contest: October 25 from 12-3pm at Heaven Hill Farm in Vernon

Wild West City after Dark: October 30 from 6-10pm at Wild West City in Byram Township

Haunted Wild West Fest: October 30-31 from 12-4pm at Wild West City in Byram Township

A Spooky Story: Hunt on the Farm: October 30 1-1:30pm, October 31 10-2pm at Forsterfields Historical Living Farm in Morris Township

Events on Halloween Day

Pellets and Potions: October 31 2-3pm-8pm at Tenafly Nature Center

Pumpkin Patch Day: October 31 2pm at Liberty Hall Museum

Halloween at Allaire: October 31 11am-4pm at Allaire Village

Farmers Market Trunk or Treat: October 31 from 10am-2pm at West Orange Farmers Market

Halloween Glow Party: October 31 6pm-8pm at Sky Zone in Mount Olive

Scavenger Hunt Trick or Treating: October 31 10am-5pm at Tranquility Farms

Halloween Movie Night: October 31 at Callandra’s Mediterranean Grill in Fairfield

Ongoing Events

Fall Harvest at Heaven Hill Farm: throughout October at Heaven Hill Farm in Vernon

Bordentown Haunted Walking Tours: dates throughout October hosted by Bordentown Walking Tours in Bordentown

Farm of Horrors: select dates throughout October at Schaefer Farms in Flemington

Flashlight Nights in the Corn Maze: Thursdays to Saturdays in October on Father Son Farm in Galloway

Harvest Moon Hayride and Night Time Corn Maze: Every Friday and Saturday night October 3-31 6pm – 10pm at Alstede Farms in Chester, NJ

JackO’Lantern Experience: dates throughout October at Skylands Stadium in Augusta

Fall Festivals: October 3-25 in Snyder’s Farm in Somerset

Fall Fun Festivals: Saturdays in October at Donaldson’s Farms in Hackettstown

Scarecrows in the Garden: October 9-26 8am-6pm at Frelinghuysen Arboretum in Morris Township, NJ

Online Classes: Free Online classes at Michaels Craft Stores

Pumpkin at Michaels

13 Skeletons: Head to Bridgewater, NJ and check out this incredible skeleton display October 1-31. The even is FREE to attend.

Diggerfest: Every weekend September 26-November 8 at Diggerland USA in West Berlin, NJ


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


Historic Haunts in NJ and Beyond


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