by Victoria Bednarz
Spooky season is upon us! Here are 10 activities you can do with your friends, family or partner to get in the spirit of Halloween.
- Halloween Light Show & Apple Picking (Demarest)
Drive through Demarest Farm’s 32-acres of Halloween light displays. This farm also offers a market with farm-fresh produce and baked goods. After the ride, cozy up by the fire pit and enjoy s’mores and hot chocolate. Due to a summer hail storm, Demarest Farms apple picking looks a little different this year. They’ll have their apples in baskets throughout the orchard that you can fill your bag up with. Tickets to the light show are going for $35 per car and general admission tickets to the orchard are $7. You can purchase a bag for the picked apples for $14. Each bag holds approximately 10-12 pounds of apples.
- Pantophobia’s Haunted Hayride (Montvale)
The “Revenge of Cyrus Grain” haunted hayride is on this year at DePiero’s Farmstand & Greenhouses. It is a completely outdoor experience of the farm family’s old relative that haunts the land. This event is happening every Friday, Saturday and Sunday up until Halloween. Tickets are $26 and are offered at cheaper rates if purchasing as a group. Parking is free.
- Paws in the Park Halloween Dog Celebration (Fort Lee)
Fort Lee is Hosting their 7th annual Paws in the Park Halloween Dog Celebration on Saturday October 30th from 11am to 3pm at the Fort Lee Dog Park. All attendees are welcomed to bring their dogs dressed in costumes. It’s a family friendly event with food, local vendors and activities for the kids. With cute dogs in funny costumes, you’re guaranteed a good time!
- Ghost Tours at the Hermitage (Passaic)
The Hermitage in Ho-Ho-Kus is hosting tours of the Gothic revival house guided by their mediums. Learn about the history of loved ones who occupied the space during the Victorian Era and even get a chance to experience a medium communicating with them at the 9pm tour. The 7pm 60 minute tour is $50 and the 9pm 90 minute tour is $60 happening October 29th and 30th.
- Fright Fest (Jackson)
Take a trip down to Jackson, NJ for a night of spooks and scares at Six Flags’ Fright Fest. Enjoy amusement rides, haunted attractions and live entertainment. Be prepared to get scared! Tickets start at $40.
- Haunted Forest (Tenafly)
The Haunted Forest is happening Sunday October 24th this year. Join the environmental educators on a 1.5 hour sensory walk along the trails where you can meet live nocturnal animals and enjoy refreshments around the campfire. All ages are welcome and tickets are $16.
- Brighton Asylum (Passaic)
Brighton Asylum is the ultimate haunted house, but on steroids. The original asylum was shut down in 1952, due to patient and staff disappearances. Now, it serves as a walk-through attraction filled with horrifying live actors and quality special effects that will knock your socks off. Tickets start at $38.
- Halloween Bar Crawl (Hoboken)
If you’re over 21 and looking for a night out of fun, check out the Halloween Bar Crawl happening in Hoboken on October 23rd and 30th. Tickets are $30 and grant you entrance to more than five venues in the area, 50% off well drinks and 25% of select foods. There will be spooky themed drinks, music entertainment and even a costume contest. In case you have to cancel, there is also a full refund guaranteed.
- Local Library Events
For those with children, visiting your local library’s website to see what fall programs are being offered is a great (and often free) way of keeping them busy! Many offer fall reading programs, Halloween themed STEM classes and pumpkin painting events. In case of a rainy Halloween, your local library may also be hosting indoor events. Check your local library’s website for more information.
- The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze (Croton-on-Hudson, NY)
This jack o’lantern light show is not in Bergen County, but is well-worth the drive out to New York. Van Cortlandt Manor is putting on another year of breathtaking displays of 7,000 illuminated jack o’lanterns. Tickets let you parooze the 18th century landscape for about 45 minute and go for $36 or $44 each depending on what time slot you opt for.