While the cooler weather brought on by October means it’s time to say our official goodbye to summer, it also means we get to say hello to the many wonderful things that the fall season has to offer: we get to bundle up with cozy sweaters and big scarves, witness leaves changing into fiery colors and crunch them underfoot, and sip on pumpkin-spiced beverages.
But for most children, and even some adults, October really just means one thing: Halloween! As such, we’ve put together a list of some Bergen County Halloween events near Ridgewood, NJ taking place this season. From pumpkin-picking and ghostly storytelling to hayrides and trick-or-treating, you’re sure to find something to get yourself and your little ghouls into the Halloween spirit.
Halloween Fun at Abma’s Farm
Fun for the whole family, their hayrides have everything required for a perfect fall day: A tour through the fields and a chance to pick out the perfect pumpkin, complete with scrumptious snacks like apple cider and donuts.
When: Saturdays in October, 10:30am – 3:30pm
Have a spook-tacular time decorating your car trunk or truck tailgate and giving out candy to trick-or-treaters at the farm! Stick around for the costume parade afterwards and a performance by the Hawthorne School of Dance.
When:Saturday, October 31, 10am – 1pm
Where: Abma’s Farm, 700 Lawlins Rd. Wyckoff, NJ
Pantophobia Haunted Attraction
Not for the faint of heart or younger children, this “Hollyweird” hayride and trail walk will have you revisiting terrifying characters, creepy sets and blood-curdling special effects from movies that possibly terrorized you as a child. Join the “Zombiescape” on October 22 and 29, where you’ll use speed, strategy and brains to outrun the zombies who so desperately want to eat them.
When: Friday – Sunday evenings, now until November, 1.
Where: DePiero’s Farm, 300 West Grand Ave. Montvale, NJ
Cost: $25 - $40
Ghost Stories at Haworth Pond
Join The Haworth Arts Committee as they present ghost stories, spooky poems, terror-ific music and general hocus pocus for the whole family. Free cider and apples will be provided for everyone and the first 100 costumed-kids will receive glow sticks! Bring your own chairs or blankets and any ghouls ages 5 and up.
When: Friday, October 16, 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Where: Haworth Pond, 300 Haworth Ave. Haworth, NJ
Night Time Cemetery Walk Sponsored by Ridgewood Historical Society
If a lantern-lit stroll through a cemetery doesn’t scream Halloween, we don’t know what does. After you’ve listened to spine-chilling tales from Ridgewood residents of the past, enjoy music, stories and locally-produced goodies like cider and donuts back at the museum. Best suited for families with goblins between the ages of 7 and 13.
When: Friday, October 23, 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Where: Ridgewood Historical Society, 650 E Glen Ave. Ridgewood, NJ & Valleau Cemetery
Cost: Reservations - $10/adult, $5/child, $20/family. No reservations - $15/adult, $5/child, $25/family.
More info: Call (201) 447-3243 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Zoo Boo 2015 at Bergen County Zoo
This fun-filled family event includes trick-or-treating, ghost stories, magic shows and more! Take a ride on the Eerie Express Train once the sun goes down for a bone-chilling tour of the zoo. Presented by the Bergen County Parks Department, in partnership with The Friends of the Bergen County Zoo.
When:Friday, October 23, 6:00pm – 9:00pm; Saturday, October 24, 10:30am – 2:00pm & 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Where: Bergen County Zoo, 216 Forest Ave. Paramus, NJ
Cost: 6$ each. Advanced purchase is required & tickets sell out quickly!
Regardless of how you plan on spending All Hallow’s Eve this year, be sure to check out at least one of these Bergen County Halloween events in and around Ridgewood!