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13 spooky adventures for Halloween

By Lianna Del Corpo
Contributor

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
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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
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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
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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

Student athletes split on Nike’s Kaepernick ad

By Lianna Del Corpo
Contributor

For the 30th anniversary of the “Just Do It” campaign, Nike made the decision to feature the former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick as the new face, and at County College of Morris, student athletes have varying opinions on the matter.

Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback from 2011 to 2016, began kneeling for the Star Spangled Banner before games in the 2016 preseason and continued during the regular season; he told NFL Network that he was protesting police brutality against minorities. Soon afterwards, players on the 49ers and other teams followed suit, and over the 2018 offseason, the league announced a ban on players kneeling during the anthem.

Kaepernick is now suing the National Football League’s owners, accusing them of conspiring to keep him out of the league for leading the protests as no team has signed him since the 2016 season.

The ad consisted of an up-close image of Kaepernick with the statement bolded across the middle, “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.” This resulted in an initial loss of 3.2 percent of Nike stock and thousands of loyal customers aggravated. The people took to social media to show their disdain by burning sneakers and cutting the Nike symbols off socks and clothing. All accompanied by a caption with a popular hashtag #NikeBoycott which was tweeted over 30,000 times. Nike responded to the backlash by publishing instructions on “How to burn our products safely.”

While Nike’s new ad campaign sponsoring Colin Kaepernick has caused quite the controversy, their shares have increased 27.5 percent, so far this year. Their stocks actually closed at $83.47 Thursday, Sept. 13th, an all-time high for Nike. Even though their stocks have rebounded, it looks like Nike will lose hundreds of thousands of dollars in cancelled contracts and deals.

“I will not be burning my Nike things, but I will not continue to buy Nike clothing because of the support of Colin Kaepernick,” said women’s soccer defender Heidi Krueger.

Softball outfielder Katlyn Lloyd said that she will not boycott the brand even though she doesn’t agree with Kaepernick.

“I will continue to buy Nike products, but I do not support Colin Kaepernick,” Lloyd said.

Baseball pitcher Sean Roberts said that Kaepernick’s protests were disrespectful.

“I understand what he’s doing and the way he’s doing it, but it’s just completely disrespectful to our country and our military,” Roberts said. “And especially because 9/11 just passed, it was just completely disrespectful. I get why people are upset with him, but I don’t think it gives any reason to stop wearing Nike or burning your stuff, and the reactions from it I just think are pointless. I mean, if you like Nike, wear Nike, whether who they use for their ad doesn’t matter to you.”

Sophie Connell and Alexa Wyszkowski contributed to this story.