Now that October is here, it’s time to load up on the pumpkin spice and plan for spookalicious Halloween fun.
Here is Newsworks’ guide to all the haunted hayrides, ghost tours and costume parties happening this month in South Jersey.
Cornfield of Terror at R and J Farm in Galloway Twp. promises the scare of a lifetime for visitors. The farm also has a non-haunted corn maze to navigate by flashlight, leisurely hay rides to the pumpkin patch and a free outdoor movie by the bonfire. Admission is $14 for adults, $10 for kids ages 10 and under (combo tickets also available). Open each weekend in Oct., from dusk to 11 p.m. on Saturdays and from dusk to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Sundays.
Bloodshed Farms in Columbus offers four main attractions to spook visitors: Clownophobia, Hellsgate Asylum,Trail of Terror and a haunted hayride, The Last Ride. There is also an intense solo fright experience, The Bloodshed.
General admission is $30 or $12 per attraction. There’s a separate $13 admission for The Bloodshed. Each ticket also buys guests entry into the nightly Reaper’s Ball gathering space with a DJ, food trucks, roaming characters, pumpkin smashing, games and live dance performances. Open every Friday and Saturday in Oct., from 7:30 p.m. until 11 p.m. There is also a special family-oriented “No Scare Night” with a kids’ costume contest and parade on Sunday, Oct. 30 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Walk of Fear at Bamboo Gardens in Vincentown boasts a haunted walk with nine scream-inducing attractions, including Twisted Dreams, Blood Beach, Black Light Forest and Zombie Infestation. Admission is $25. Open each Friday and Saturday throughout the month, starting on Oct. 7, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Also open on Sunday, Oct. 30 from 7 p.m.m to 9 p.m.
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.
Fear in the Forest in Pemberton Twp. is a haunted half-mile walk through cranberry bogs and nearby woods. Be warned: once the tour begins there is no turning back. Children under age 10 are recommended to be accompanied by an adult. After the fright, unwind with live entertainment by the fire pi. Open Friday, Oct. 14 and Saturday, Oct. 15 from dusk until 10 p.m.
The Witches Ball in Mt. Holly is a free outdoor 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 a human chess game, 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. 8, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. (rain date Oct. 17)
The 70th annual Medford-Vincentown Halloween Parade is South Jersey tradition that attracts tens of thousands. The mile-long parade sets off Saturday, Oct. 29 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.
Burlington’s Walk with the Ghosts Tour is a chance to travel with “ghosts” through two of New Jersey’s oldest cemeteries, along the waterfront and past historic residences while listening to their tales. The tours depart from the Anchor on High St.. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors. Friday, Oct. 28 and Saturday, Oct. 29, every half hour from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Need a good scare on the cheap? Head to the free Psycho Trail Haunt in Blackwood (313 Harrison Ave.). Open on Saturday, Oct. 22 and Friday, Oct. 28 through Monday Oct. 31 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. There is also a bonfire with hot chocolate and candy. Though the entry is at no cost, donations are greatly appreciated and support the Blackwood Fire Company.
Haddonfield’s annual Haunted Mansion at Greenfield Hall, 343 Kings Hwy. East, will be held Sunday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m., following the town’s Halloween parade. Cost is $3 for adults and $2 for children. The Historical Society of Haddonfield is also hosting “Haunted Haddonfield” walking tours at 7 p.m. on the last two Fridays and Saturdays of the month.
Bordentown City Historic Ghost Walk is a one-hour guided walking tour of the historic district combined with “true” tales of spine-tingling happenings. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $6 for children under 8 years. One night only, rain or shine, Sunday, Oct. 30, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Miller Farms in Winslow has a family-friendly haunted hayride and scarier haunted corn maze. Cost is $7 for the maze, $15 for the hayride or $20 for a combo ticket. Every weekend in Oct. from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Halloween Hootenanny at the Garden State Discovery Museum in Camden has tame seasonal fun. There will be Halloween themed exhibits, a dance party, crafts and safe trick or treating in the museum parking lot. Cost is $10 for member children, $15 for non-members. ($5 for adults). Friday, Oct. 28, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Also just for kids, Goblins in the Garden at the Camden Children’s Garden offers a haunted train ride, safe trick or treating and a costume parade on the main plaza. Saturday, Oct. 22, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Want even more family-friendly Halloween fun? Camden County 4-H Club brings back its annual Haunted Hayride through the woods at the Lakeland Complex in Blackwood on Friday, Oct. 28 and Saturday, Oct. 29 from 7 p.m. to 10:30 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 toddlers, Saturday only from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.. Cost is $5.
The Cumberland County Historical Society brings back its annual Greenwich Halloween Ghost Walking Tours along Ye Great Street. Two tours will be held each evening, at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m., on Oct. 15, 22, 28 and 29. Cost is $5 and registration is required (call (856) 455-4055 to register). Meet at the Warren and Reba Lummis Genealogical and Historical Library, 981 Ye Greate St.
Billed as New Jersey’s largest and scariest haunt, Night of Terror at Creamy Acres farm in Mullica Hill is not for the faint of heart.
The venue features six terrifying attractions, Zombie Mayhem, Cornfield Maze, Slaughter Cave, Ride of Terror, Dark Dreams and Head Hunters. There is also a separate haunted paintball hayride, where those aboard the wagon can shoot at the walking dead using mounted paintball guns. Admission costs $35 for all six attractions. The haunted paintball hayride cost $25 extra (paint reloads $5 each). Open every Friday and Saturday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. through-out October, plus the last three Thursdays of the month from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Mullica Hill’s popular Ghost Walk takes place on Saturday, Oct. 8 and teams up with the Jersey Unique Minds Paranormal Society (JUMPS). The 90 minute walk will commence at Blueplate Restaurant (47 S. Main St.) every 10 minutes, starting at 6:30 p.m. until 8:20 p.m. Tickets cost $7.
A zombie apocalypse for a cause is the idea behind Zombie Invasion 2016 at Camp Pedricktown military base in Oldmans Twp.
Proceeds from the zombie infested 5K run and one mile fun walk support the South New Jersey Center and Institute for the Arts, a non-profit organization that hopes to bring a 2000-seat waterfront amphitheater and digital arts university to the area. The event includes a dance party and costume contest. Tickets cost $35 for runners, $25 for zombies and $10 for entry into the costume contest. Saturday, Oct. 29, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.