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
- Bane Haunted House
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.
- 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.
- Scare Farm
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
- 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.
- Brighton Asylum
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.
- Haunted Orchards
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.
- Nightmare on River Road
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.
- 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.
- Red Mill Haunted Village
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.
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
- 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