2015 Newsworks’ Halloween guide for South Jersey

The season of wither and witches is again upon us and South Jersey has wagon loads of spooktacular frights and fun to celebrate Halloween. 
Atlantic County
 
Cornfield of Terror at R and J Farm in Galloway Twp. promises to scare the pants off of visitors. The farm also has a non-haunted corn maze to explore, leisurely hay rides to the pumpkin patch and a free outdoor movie by the bonfire. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for kids ages 10 and under. Open each weekend in Oct., from dusk to 11 p.m. on Saturdays and from dusk to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Sundays.  
 
Burlington County 
 
The cast and crew who used to run the former Haunted Prison in Mt. Holly which closed in 2013 are back in business at Bloodshed Farms in Columbus.
Four main attractions await to scare visitors: Hellsgate Prison for the Criminally Insane, Funhouse of Fear, Necropolis Cemetery and Trail of Terror.  There is also a haunted hayride, The Last Ride and a unique solo fright experience, The Bloodshed.
 
Each ticket also buys guests entry into the nightly Reaper’s Ball, with a live DJ, food trucks, roaming characters, midway games and live dance performances. General admission is $30 or $12 per attraction.  There’s a separate $15 admission for the haunted hayride and $13 admission for The Bloodshed. Open every Friday and Saturday in Oct., from 6:30 p.m. until 11 p.m.  
 
Walk of Fear at Bamboo Gardens in Vincentown boasts 10 themed areas, including Blood Beach, Blacklite Forest, Claustrophobic Tunnels, Chainsaw Alley, Toxic Dump and others. Admission is $20.  VIP passes group discounts are also available. Open Saturday, Oct. 3 and Friday, Oct. 30 and every weekend in-between, dusk to 10 pm. (dusk to 9 p.m. on Sundays).
 
Night of Horror at V and V Adventure Farm in Shamong features three attractions, the Jersey Devil Haunt, Zombie Invasion Hayride and the family-friendly, non-haunted Flashlight Corn Maze.  Combo passes for all attractions cost $40 or visitors can purchase tickets for individual attractions.  The Jersey Devil haunt cost $15, the zombie hayride cost $25 and the corn maze cost $6 (kids ages 3 and under are free). Open each Friday and Saturday in Oct. from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Also open Sunday, Oct. 11 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
 
Burlington’s 40-minute Walk with the Ghosts Tour is a chance to travel with ghosts through one of New Jersey’s oldest cemeteries and past historic residences while listening to their tales.  The tours depart from the Anchor on High St.. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for children and seniors.  Friday, Oct. 23 and Saturday, Oct. 24, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
 
The Witches Ball in Mt. Holly is a fantasy costume event just for adults held at Mill Race Village.  The ball features beer gardens, voodoo bar, live music, fire performers, psychics, belly dancers and the annual costume contest.  New this year is a zombie graveyard where attendees can make home movies or take selfies. Children under age 18 are permitted only with parent, but strongly discouraged from attending. Saturday, Oct. 10, 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. (rain date Oct. 17)
 
The 69th annual Medford-Vincentown Halloween Parade is tradition that has grown to 30,000 spectators and participants.  The mile-long parade sets off Saturday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. from St. Mary of the Lakes School on Rte. 70, then heads east on Fire House Lane turning right onto Main St. and continues south to Maurice and Everett Haines School on Stokes Rd.. 
 
Wanna learn more about creatures of the night? The free Batty for Bats lecture at the Mt. Laurel Library will give insight on the flying mammals and their association with Halloween.  Thursday, Oct. 15, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
 
Camden County
 
Miller Farms in Winslow has a family-friendly haunted hayride and scarier haunted corn maze.  Cost is $6 for the maze, $11 for the hayride or $15 for a combo ticket. Every weekend in Oct. from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
 
Haddonfield’s annual Haunted Mansion at Greenfield Hall, 343 Kings Hwy. East, will be held Saturday, Oct. 24 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m. following the town’s Halloween parade. Cost is $3 for adults and $2 for children.
 
Camden County 4-H Club brings back its annual Haunted Hayride to the Lakeland Complex in Blackwood on Friday, Oct. 23 and Saturday, Oct. 24 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Cost is $10 for ages 11 and up, $5 for children ages 10 and younger. The agricultural club also offers a non-haunted pumpkin patch geared to young children, Saturday only from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.. Cost is $5.
 
Also in Blackwood is the Psycho Trail Haunt, 313 Harrison Ave., on Saturday, Oct. 24 and Friday, Oct. 30 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 31 from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. There is also a bonfire with hot chocolate and candy. Admission is free, however donations are appreciated and support the Blackwood Fire Company.
 
Just for the kiddos, Goblins in the Garden at the Camden Children’s Garden offers a kid-friendly haunted train ride, safe trick or treating and a costume parade on the main plaza.  Saturday, Oct. 24, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
 
Another event just for kids is the Halloween Hootenanny at the Garden State Discovery Museum in Camden.  There will be Halloween themed exhibits, crafts and trick or treating from car trunks in the museum parking lot. Cost is $10 of member children, $15 for non-members. Friday, Oct. 30, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
 
Cumberland County
 
Greenwich is offering two ghost tours each evening along Ye Great Street, at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m., on Oct. 16, 17, 24 and 30.  Cost is $5.  Meet at the Warren and Reba Lummis Genealogical and Historical Library, 981 Ye Greate St.
 
Gloucester County
 
Night of Terror at Creamery Acres farm in Mullica Hill is sure to induce nightmares for the remainder of the year.  It is billed as one of the scariest haunted diversions in America and the largest in New Jersey.  
 
The venue features six attractions, Zombie Mayhem, Cornfield Maze, Slaughter Cave, Ride of Terror and two new additions, Dark Dreams and Headhunters. There is also a separate 15 minute haunted paintball hayride, where those aboard the wagon can shoot at “live” zombies using mounted paintball guns. Admission costs $30 for all six attractions ($35 on Saturdays). The haunted paintball hayride cost $25 extra (paint reloads $5 each). Open the first Friday and Saturday in Oct. from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., then Thursday through Saturday the rest of the month (open until 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays). Also open on Wednesday, Oct. 21 and Oct. 28.  
 
Mullica Hill’s Ghost Walk takes place on Saturday, Oct. 10 and teams up with the Jersey Unique Minds Paranormal Society (JUMPS).  The walk will commence at Blueplate Restaurant where JUMPS will investigate the basement for any paranormal activity.  Tickets cost $7.   Departs from 47 S. Main St.
 
Salem County
 
Looking for something different than the typical haunted hayride?  The Devils’ Woods in Pittsgrove is a haunted forest experience. It also offers a zombie paintball shoot and the chance to laugh it all off and calm nerves at a pub on location.  Open every Thursday through Saturday in Oct.. Cost is $12 for one attraction or $20 combo pass. There is also group discount for parties of 15 or more and a Friday family night package.
 
Jersey Unique Minds Paranormal Society (JUMPS) joins Revolution Tours Inc. for the Historic Ghost Tour of Salem County.  Offered on two Saturdays, Oct. 17 and Oct. 24., 8 p.m., the 90-minute tour pairs paranormal investigation with legends of historically haunted sites. Tickets are $20.  Departs from Riverview Beach Park in Pennsville, NJ.
 
The Walking Ghost Tour in Salem City will tour Market St. on Friday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m.  An hour before the tour, participants can enjoy a musical send-off with the Tunes from the Crypt! organ concert at St. John’s Episcopal Church.  The concert features works by Bach, Gounod, Bouvet and Boëllmann. Tour departs from Royal Port Antiques, 13 Market St.
 
Other spooky fun
 
Curious about ghost haunts and hunts? South Jersey Ghost Research is hosting a month of free evening lectures on the paranormal, with electronic voice phenomenon (EVP) presentations, photos and a question and answer session with certified ghost investigators. Lecture dates and locations throughout the southern counties can be found here.
 
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