13 spooky adventures for Halloween

By Lianna Del Corpo

Does the thought of fear intrigue you? Do you enjoy being absolutely petrified? Do you like being chased by masked men carry axes, chain saws, knives, and much more? Are you ready to scream? Here are thirteen freaky things you can do this Halloween weekend!

1. 13th Hour Haunted House and Escape Room

This frightfest has won multiple awards throughout New Jersey for their scare tactics. With the use of movie props, interactive special effects, and gory lifelike scenes, this adrenaline-inducing halloween attraction will leave you shaking with fear for your life!

Where: 105 Dewey Avenue Wharton, New Jersey

When: Friday, Oct. 26 to Sunday, Oct. 28, Friday, Nov. 1 to Sunday, Nov. 31

  1. Bane Haunted House

Photo courtesy of: Bane

This place is 40,000 square feet of pure terror and is completely interactive with no animatrons needed because they use more than 100 live actors to freak out anyone who dares to enter. Be prepared though you may have to crawl, jump, climb or spin to make your way out of this haunted house!

Where: 630 West Mount Pleasant Avenue Livingston, New Jersey

When: Friday, Oct. 26 to Sunday, Oct. 28, Friday, Nov. 1 to Sunday, Nov. 3.

  1. Trap Door Escape Room


This “Witch Hunt” is a Halloween-themed physical adventure game where you will be locked in a room with other players. You must solve multiple puzzles and find clues to escape the room within the set time or else. Taking place in a movie-like set design with such incredible story telling skills, players often lose touch with reality and feel like they are in another world.

Where: 34a Speedwell Avenue Morristown, New Jersey

When: Mondays through Thursdays 2 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Fridays 2 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturdays 12:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., Sundays 12:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

  1. Scare Farm
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With three horrifying attractions to choose from (Creepy Hollows, Paranoia, and Slay Ride), you may dare to walk the corn fields at night which lay upon a sacred burial ground or take a hayride into the darkness and terror. Either way, everyone is out to get you, and your nightmares will come to life.

Where: 116 South Branch Road Hillsborough, New Jersey

When: Friday, Oct. 26 to Sunday, Oct. 28

  1. Wagner Farm Arboretum Brite Nites


Stroll down this creepy “Pumpkin Path” to explore the intricately carved pumpkins and jack o’lantern displays. Then try to travel through the “Barn of Fear” past frightening zombies, ghouls, and witches. If you still have an appetite, enjoy a hot cup of cocoa and the local food trucks!

Where: 197 Mountain Avenue Warren Township, New Jersey

When: Friday, Oct. 26 to Sunday, Oct. 28 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

  1. Brighton Asylum
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This legendary haunted asylum closed in 1952 due to hundreds of people disappearing but has since re-opened and is accepting new patients! To escape this nightmare, you must use critical thinking and teamwork; without guts you will experience what it’s really like to be stuck in a horror film like Saw or Scream.

Where: 2 Brighton Avenue Passaic, New Jersey

When: Friday, Oct. 26 to Sunday, Oct. 28, Wednesday, Oct. 31, Friday, Nov. 2 to Saturday, Nov. 3.

  1. Haunted Orchards
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Be transported deep into the orchards on a spooky hayride to visit a forgotten, unkempt graveyard. Then through a bone-chilling series of eerie houses filled with live actors, all kinds of scary creatures, ghouls and ghosts.

Where: 244 Wierimus Road Hillsdale, New Jersey

When: Thursday, Oct. 25 to Saturday Oct. 27, Tuesday, Oct. 30 to Wednesday, Oct. 31, Saturday, Nov. 2 to Sunday, Nov. 3.

  1. Nightmare on River Road
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Allow a sinister clown to guide you through a creative corn maze, abandoned hospital, and a disturbing cemetery. You’ll find it hard to sleep after this thrill-filled 20-room maze down extremely narrow hallways. When the past comes back to haunt you, will you have to courage to make it all the way?

Where: 854 River Road New Milford, New Jersey

Friday, October 26 to Sunday, Oct. 28.

  1. Redrum Haunted Play

This historic 16th Century manor home comes alive to present a Stephen King-inspired play featuring four of King’s most famous novels IT, Carrie, Misery, and The Shining. The John Fell house estate is completely transformed with cobwebs, spooky lighting, and creepy decor and eerie sounds.

Where: Archer Hall 37 East Allendale Avenue Allendale, New Jersey

When: Friday, Oct. 26 to Saturday, Oct. 27 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

  1. Red Mill Haunted Village
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These 10 acres of fright takes place at a historic wool mill from 1810 and has been themed this year as “Run for Your Life” which is totally accurate. Start off down the tight dimly light corridors before exiting out to a hayride wagon, running through the dark streets encountering zombies and ghouls at every turn, maze, and vortex of horror.

Where: The Red Mill 56 Main Street Clinton, New Jersey

When: Friday, Oct. 26 to Saturday, Oct. 26 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

  1. Pantophobia

This freaky hayride follows the Legend of Cyrus Grain, a ghost who haunts his former family farm. Guest must try to find Cyrus lurking in the woods, buildings, or back roads all while trying to fend for their lives from zombies and creatures to make it back to civilization.

Where: 53 Craig Road Montvale, New Jersey

When: Friday, Oct. 26 to Sunday, Oct. 28, Wednesday, Oct. 31


  1. C. Casola Farms Haunted Attractions

This event has plenty of options to choose from including a 3D Haunted Barn, the Living Maze, Marlboro Zombie Breakout, Hayride of Terror, or the Haunted Wooded Trail. Whether you’re shooting zombies chasing after you or escaping deadly twists and turns, you’ll want to make it out of there alive.

Where: 131 South Main Street Marlboro Township, New Jersey

When: Friday, Oct. 26 to Sunday, Oct. 28, Wednesday, Oct. 31

13. Farm of Horrors

This event begins taking a hair-raising walk through the Trail of Terrors, Graveyards, and Mass-Acre Maize, then try to navigate your way through the Carnival of Chaos. This high scare experience include strobe lights, blood, gore, foul language, uneven trails, mud, synthetic fog, and is designed to awaken your senses!

Where: Schaefers Farms 1051 Route 523 Flemington, New Jersey

When: Friday, Oct. 26 to Sunday, Oct. 28, Wednesday, Oct. 31, Friday, Nov. 2 to Saturday, Nov. 3

Participate in creating a safer Halloween

By Alexa Wyszkowski
Layout Editor


Photo courtesy of: Fare

Halloween should be a fun holiday for all. Pick out a costume. Purchase some candy. Give out the candy to kids or be the kids to go get the candy. Or even indulge and  eat some candy. It’s a Happy Halloween indeed, unless one can’t eat the candy.

The point of trick or treating is to gather with family and friends, dress up and go around collecting candy. Halloween may seem like the best day of the year to most kids, unless you are a kid who has life threatening food allergies, food intolerances, eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE), celiac disease, food protein-induced enterocolitis syndrome (FPIES), feeding tubes, or is on a special diet. Kids with various conditions like these may not be able to have candy and may feel left out while trick-or-treating.

Halloween  can also cause stress for the parents of these children, especially those with food allergies, as Halloween candy does not always have ingredient labels, the miniature versions of the candies may contain different ingredients and with all the handling of candy there are more chances of cross-contact. With all the risk involved there is a lot of uncertainty if the candy is safe or not for the child to handle or eat. If a child were to eat a candy that contained their allergen, they could have an allergic reaction, which could potentially lead to death.

In 2014 Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) created the Teal Pumpkin Project, a program designed for the kids who may not be able to have candy, but should still be able to feel safe and included while trick or treating. Households can participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project and show their support of food allergy awareness by providing non-candy treats and displaying a pumpkin painted teal or a free printable teal pumpkin sign from FARE’s website. By having a teal pumpkin displayed it tells families that there are safe non-food treats available. Non-food treats could include items such as stickers, pencils, glow sticks, or small toys. Candy can still be given out, as that is tradition, but keep the candy in a separate bowl from the non-food treats. Be sure to give all kids the choice of either candy or non-food treats.

Families can also add their home to FARE’s Teal Pumpkin Project map online, so other families can plan to visit the houses that will definitely have safe non-food treats. By participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project you are creating a safer and happier Halloween for all. For more resources and information, visit foodallergy.org.