13 Amazing New Jersey Halloween Activities to Try This Year

Posted on: October 21st, 2020 by

Celebrating Halloween in New Jersey is spooktastic!

Halloween is a holiday that allows kids and sometimes even grown ups to dress up and pretend to be whatever we want. A parent can take their kids to New Jersey Halloween events with cute crafts and non scary activities. Those of us with tweens and teenagers can scare our kids on spooky farms, trails and haunted houses all across New Jersey. Amusement parks get in on the fun with Halloween attractions. This year there may not be school Halloween parties to plan and attend. You may be hesitant to go out for the traditional trick or treating in New Jersey, but know this there are still New Jersey Halloween activities you can do with your kids safely.

If your family is anything like mine though, October can be hectic, very hectic. We’re balancing fall sports and school schedules, and all the current restrictions all while trying not to have any mom guilt over not doing enough New Jersey Halloween family fun activities with our kids. Let us help you! We can help make having New Jersey Halloween family fun easy and possible! Just take a look at our ideas below and click over to our ways to celebrate a New Jersey Halloween with kids. Happy Halloween!

Our Spooktacular Guide to amazing New Jersey Halloween activities to try With Kids this year.

Check out the MOST Amazing New Jersey Halloween Activities to Try This Year

We know many parents will be resistant to trick or treating. We understand that, but we couldn’t have a list of New Jersey Halloween activities without mentioning trick or treating and the status of it in New Jersey this year.

Go Trick or Treating from neighborhood to neighborhood with these New Jersey Trick or Treat Times

Whether you just trick or treat around your neighborhood or you like to visit a few different ones, we can help you find all the places to trick or treat and let you know what the designated time is for trick or treaters is.

Governor Phil Murphy has NOT cancelled Halloween or Trick or Treating. He is STRONGLY encouraging kids to stay within their own neighborhood and only travel with family members. Of course that might change, but for now we believe each town is going to make their own decision. 10 years of researching trick or treat times in New Jersey has shown us that A LOT of towns wait till midOctober to decide on trick or treat times. So even though, we are searching for 2020 updates, know that you may have to keep checking back here, because the details may not be released till October 15th or later.

Our listing of New Jersey Trick or Treat Times includes Halloween events with trick or treating and New Jersey trunk or treat events.

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Pick out the best trunk at a New Jersey Trunk or Treat Events

Back for 2020, Seeing how popular trunk or treats in New Jersey have become, we knew we needed to create a list where you could find them all in one place. That’s just what we did in 2019 and we’re updating it for 2020. We expect Trunk or Treats to be MORE popular than ever this year. Click over to our No Tricks, Just Treats at these New Jersey Trunk or Treat Events for a listing of trunk or treat events near you.

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Take a Boooooat ride

Have you ever taken a boat ride with a skeleton? Have you ever sailed the Barnegat Bay in search of the Jersey Devil? You can with a Halloween boat ride at the Tuckerton Seaport.

Two dressed skeletons sit on the Pohatcong II for a Halloween boat ride with the Tuckerton Seaport, it's one of the best New Jersey Halloween activities.

Join the Seaport Crew for a 50 minute fully narrated boat ride aboard the Pohatcong II out of Tuckerton Seaport. Learn about the legends and lore of the Jersey Shore while traveling down the Tuckerton Creek on a scenic, easy ride. From the Jersey Devil to shipwrecks along the coast and everything in between, your guide will help you try to separate fact from fiction.

This 30 foot pontoon boat (with canopy and has glass sides for your comfort) and its onboard bathroom are sanitized between each trip and fogged daily. Capacity is limited to 8 guests on each trip and 6 feet or more of social distance is maintained between groups. Learn more.

Tuckerton Seaport Halloween Boat Rides a great New Jersey Halloween activities

March in a Halloween Parade in New Jersey

In 2019, we created a new listing of New Jersey Halloween Parades. There were nearly 90 Halloween Parades in New Jersey.

Not all, but some New Jersey Halloween parades will happen again this year. I can understand the concerns parade organizers have. A popular parade can bring out thousands of residents and visitors and that would be a violation of the current NJ requirements for event capacity. If your favorite parade was cancelled, don’t get discouraged. Just look to this list of New Jersey Halloween activities for other ideas.

We continue to monitor if last year’s events will reoccur, but I also suggest asking around in your local community. I expect that there will be several Halloween parades that will happen but may not be promoted publicly in an effort to keep crowd size down.

You can also view our calendar and scroll through by day to make sure you don’t miss any.

Jersey Family Fun guide to halloween parades in New Jersey

Drive thru a unique Halloween light display in New Jersey

The Skylands Stadium Jack O’ Lantern experience is one of the newest Halloween activities in New Jersey. Thanks to our partnership with Chevrolet a few weeks ago we were able to experience it for ourselves.

A 2021 Chevy Trailblazer drives through a tunnel of lights at the Skylands Stadium Jack O' Lantern Experience.
We drove a 2021 Chevy Trailblazer through a tunnel of lights at the Skylands Stadium Jack O’ Lantern Experience.

As we test drove the 2021 Chevy trailer throughout the stadium, property and surrounding corn fields we were able to ooh and awe at over 5,000+ Jack-O-Lanterns. We saw some of the most spectacular pumpkin displays we have ever seen.

Even better, admission includes visiting the Halloween carnival at the stadium. There’s an extra fee to ride the rides, pet the animals, paint a pumpkin, mine for gems, or roast marshmallows for smores, but it provide a way to add extra Halloween fun to your night.

Ferris wheel at Skylands Stadium

While the drive thru Jack O’ Lantern experience takes about 15 – 20 minutes, you’ll need to arrive at about 15 minutes before your reservation to get in line. Allow for additional time if you want to take advantage of the carnival. Guests can visit the carnival either before or after their drive through the Jack O’ Lantern experience. Learn more and get tickets at the Skylands Stadium website.

Drive by some fabulous residential Halloween displays

Details coming soon.

Pick a pumpkin from one of the New Jersey Pumpkin Patches

We’re sharing our favorite spots to go pumpkin picking in New Jersey with a listing of New Jersey pumpkin patches organized by region and county. Find out where you can pick pumpkins in North Jersey, Central New Jersey, and South Jersey.

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Visit a Halloween festival at Six Flags Great Adventure

From amusement parks with Halloween attractions to NJ attractions with Halloween activities, across New Jersey different attractions are offering Halloween activities. One of our favorites is Hallowfest at Six Flags Great Adventure.

Halloween Attractions in New Jersey

This year Six Flags Great Adventure Halloween activities are on! It might look a little different but the Halloween event in Jackson, New Jersey will STILL thrill guests young and older in a safe, but spooky environment.

Trick or treating at Six Flags Great Adventure
Kids up to age 12 can visit the Six Flags Great Adventure trick or treat trail for a bag of Halloween candy.

One of our favorite New Jersey Halloween activities, Great Adventure will feature Thrills by Day with family-friendly activities and Chills by Night with rides on monster coasters…in the dark and haunting Halloween theming throughout the park. There’s trick or treating through a trail and a trails of haunted mazes if you dare.

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Take a haunted trail at Hallowfest if you dare.

Great Adventure will operate from 2 to 10 pm on Saturdays and Sundays, and from 5 pm to varying closing times on Friday evenings. Tickets must be purchased in advance. You CAN NOT purchase tickets at the door! Learn more about Hallowfest at Great Adventure in this Jersey Family Fun article.

Get spooked at New Jersey Haunted Houses & Halloween Displays

Want to spook out your kids? Are your teens looking for haunted attractions? Check out our listing of New Jersey Haunted Houses & Halloween Displays listed by region and then county. Our listing includes homes and businesses with Halloween displays, haunted houses and haunted trails. Then check out our list of the Scariest Places to Visit in New Jersey, these places are open yearround and guaranteed to give you a good scare.

SPOOKY PLACES TO VISIT NJ HAUNTED HOUSES & HALLOWEEN DISPLAYS

Ride a train through a Halloween village

Another one of the great New Jersey Halloween activities for younger kids is the ALL-A-BOO DiDonato’s Trick-or-Treat Train.

DiDonato's Halloween Activities in Hammonton NJ

In their little-goblin friendly Halloween town, guests will ride along Rolling Railway, where, as always at DiDonato’s, each family has their own train car! Families are invited to find their way through a hay maze created just for DiDonato’s, choose their own special pumpkin from the patch to bring home, enjoy endless fun on the 19 foot tall Big Kahuna slide and enjoy an individually-wrapped treat. Learn more in this Jersey Family Fun article, DiDonato’s Halloween Activities in Hammonton.

Watch Halloween movies under the stars

This past summer New Jersey drive in movies made a comeback that shows no signs of stopping down. Across our state farms, communities, and businesses are hosting Halloween movies to the delight of families. Here’s a few that we think will make for a great Halloween activity, but you can find even more on our Calendar of Events.

Find more Halloween movie nights in New Jersey.

Clever New Jersey Scarecrow Creations You Have to See

Did you know New Jersey is home to many unique scarecrows? It’s cool and clever to see how some adults and kids can transform some hay into a wonderful scarecrow creation. Have some New Jersey fall family fun by taking a family walk at these free New Jersey scarecrow trails. Click on over to our guide of New Jersey scarecrow trails to find one near you.

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Close the kitchen and dine out at these restaurants where Kids Can Eat Free on Halloween

Who wants to cook on Halloween? You’re either busy taking your kids trick or treating or getting ready to host trick or treaters. Use our listing of where Kids Can Eat Free this Halloween or at a discounted rate across New Jersey and in some national restaurant chains to save yourself work and money this Halloween. Currently updating for 2020.

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MORE ideas for Halloween Activities in New Jersey!

Check out these additional Halloween events in New Jersey, any of them would make for great New Jersey Halloween activities for kids.

Even MORE ideas for Halloween Fun no matter where you are!

You don’t need to be in New Jersey to take advantage of these 15 ways to make sure Halloween doesn’t suck for kids.

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And for those days you don’t want to go out but still want Halloween fun, we’re sharing our Halloween TV guide.

2019 Schedule of Spooktacular Halloween TV Specials Families will Love

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Jennifer Auer is the hyperlocal mom blogger who runs Jersey Family Fun. From New Jersey, this mom of 3 boys just can’t sit still! Her husband likes to say she’s a work-at-home mom who never stays home. Jennifer started traveling as a child and hasn’t stopped since. Instead of letting her husband and boys slow her down, she brings them along! As her boys transition from tweens to teens there’s still so many places she wants to discover with them both across the U.S. and internationally. She has been a Jersey Girl for 35+ years, and a Jersey Mom for 15+ years and a New Jersey mom blogger for 10 years, although she'd much rather be referred to as an influencer or just by name. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a focus on Entrepreneurship from Bryant University in Rhode Island.

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