Halloween is a great time of year, with a little bit of fun to be had by all. The kids get to walk around and ask strangers for candy without their parents getting angry and parents get to dress up and live out their childhood fantasies without earning a second look. With an emphasis on trying to find a little something for everybody, we’ve compiled a list of some scary, and not so scary, events for you and your family to enjoy this month during the countdown to the night of the dead.
7 – Public Hayrides at Secor Farms, 85 Airmont Ave, Mahwah, NJ
Each year starting on September 29th, families can enjoy a relaxing, fun hayride on the scenic Secor Farm in Mahwah. The rides run between 10am and 4pm on the weekends, and between 3pm and 5pm during the week. It's only $2 per person and afterward, you can simply lounge around in the pumpkin patch, or attempt the perilous corn maze.
6 – Brighton Asylum, 2 Brighton Ave, Passaic, NJ
Featuring immersive and interactive Hollywood effects, the 13 000 square foot facility houses what has been called by some, the scariest haunted house in New Jersey. Admission is $25. It’s definitely not for the faint of heart but if you think you have what it takes, the scares await.
5 – The Great Jack-O-Lantern Blaze, 525 S Riverside, Croton-on-Hudson, NY
A truly one of kind event. Taking a place at the Cordlandt Manor in downstate New York, this event is less than an hour’s drive from Bergen County and sells out every year. The event features over 5000 hand-carved jack-o-lanterns as well as a troupe of entertaining circus performers. The blaze burns every weekend in Octoberwith extra showings available Halloween Week; entry is $20 for adults, $16 for children.
4 – Judas Priest, October 17th at the IZOD Center, East Rutherford, NJ
What better way to celebrate the season than with perennial heavy metal crusaders, Judas Priest. The icons of metal are embarking on their “Redeemer of Souls” tour in support of their 17th studio album. This may be a good night to get a babysitter for the kids. Tickets are $42; take advantage as this may be your last chance to catch this act.
3 – Tenafly Nature Center Haunted Forest, 313 Hudson Ave, Tenafly, NJ
Designed as a fun, non-scary event for the whole family, come out to the Tenafly Nature Center and explore the forest and its many creatures. The tour includes a 90 minute nature walk followed by refreshments and crafts around the campfire. Admission is $10 for nature center members, $15 for non-members.
2 – Ghosts of Historic Fort Lee/Night at the Museum, 1588 Palisade Ave, Fort Lee, NJ
The Bus tour leaves every hour on the hour between 11am and 3pm. Prepare for a tour of some of the most haunted locations in this historic New Jersey town. Afterward, experience a night at the museum and meet some of Fort Lee’s public figures from the past, including American Revolutionary War soldiers and silent film stars. Admission is free.
1 – Frankenstein, Berrie Center for the Performing and Visual Arts, 505 Ramapo Valley Rd, Mahwah, NJ
Check out Mary Shelley’s emotional tale of a misunderstood monster as you’ve never seen it before. This performance is being put on by the Radiotheatre group. Inspired by the golden age of radio, the group utilizes fully-scored orchestral tracks and other unique audio effects. Tickets are $38, $20 for children under the age of 17.