Enter if you dare this Halloween season. All across Ocean and Monmouth County, the ghouls, goblins, zombies and monsters are out to create a spooky-good time. While every town has a haunt worth checking out, we’ve rounded up some top picks. Nearly every attraction offers online ticketing, so visit their website before you head out into the darkness.
BloodShed Farms Drive-Thru
2919 Route 206, Columbus, 609-251-6707
“The Last Drive Haunted Drive Thru” is billed as an “immersive, terrifying, Halloween experience!” From your own vehicle, you will drive through frightening encounters with twisted creatures and menacing characters as you journey through theatrical sets full of nightmarish displays and special effects. Theme nights this year are back by popular demand including Pick Up Truck Nights every Sunday. Drive through while in the bed of your pick up, which simulates a mini spooky hayride. Friday, Oct. 20 is vehicle decoration night, so come through in costume with your decorated vehicle and you can enter to win prizes if you register your vehicle upon entry. Upgrade to the VIP “Psycho Path” experience, which gives the actors permission to interact with passengers in your vehicle or douse it in fake blood.
2 Brighton Ave., Passaic, 201-716-2827
The legendary Brighton Asylum is open again this year for all ghouls and goblins. The main three attractions, Brighton Asylum, The Bleeding Grounds and Subculture, are ready to scare! Visitors are invited to explore the grounds of this Victorian-era asylum haunted by victims of medical experiments, staff who mysteriously disappeared and other disgruntled spirits. Add-on attractions this year include The Hack Shack, Fear Pressure and The Twitching Hour.
Brookdale Haunted Theater
765 Newman Springs Rd., Lincroft,
Brookdale Performing Arts Center presents Haunted Theater for its 20th year. The theater brings visitors a night of frights and thrills, hosted by Brookdale students. A 20-minute indoor walking tour will make your skin crawl with terrifying mazes and brand new scenes straight out of your nightmares.
C. Casola Farms Haunted Attractions
131 Route 79 South, Marlboro, 732-946-8885
Visit the farms for four nightmarish attractions all in one place: Haunted Hayride of Terror, 3-D Haunted Barn, The Living Maze and Marlboro Zombie Breakout. Held on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights in October.
Farm of Horrors at Schaefer Farms
1051 Route 523, Flemington, 908-782-2705
Take a hair raising hayride through 200 acres of fun and fright. The hayride brings visitors through “high octane thrills, chills and unexpected twists and turns.” Near the end of the hayride, you’ll be dropped off for a casual stroll through the Trail of Terror, a haunted graveyard, which has many visitors of the ghosts, ghouls and monsters type. Last stop is Massacre Maize that begins with a casual run for your lfe through the large corn field. Last, but not least, is the Carnevil of Chaos, which will surely provide you with one last scare before you head back home.
Fear in the Forest
182 City Line Road, Pemberton
On Oct. 20 and 21, enter the woods if you dare. Your group will be guided through the woods, where all sorts of frights await at this family owned and operated haunted attraction. Although it may be tempting, do not leave the group – you may never be seen again! If you live through the tour, meet at the Cabin for music and food.
Field of Terror Haunted House & Hayride
831 Windsor Perrineville Road, East Windsor, 609-758-7817
Legend says that Ax Man roams the land and that zombies will try to get you here at the Field of Terror. Spine chilling attractions await you, including Kornfield fo Karnage, The Karnival, Haunted Hayride to Terror Town and Timmery Manor. Field of Terror is celebrating 21 years of fear, so as you can imagine, they have gotten quite good at scaring their guests. Enter if you dare!
Night of Frights at Allaire Village
The Historic Village at Allaire, 4263 Atlantic Ave., Wall Township, 732-919-3500
There is spooky fun for the whole family still to be had on the last two nights of fright on Oct. 20 & 21. Advanced ticket purchases are required, though, so visit their web site before you set out on your spooky evening. Expect haunted displays, scary scenes, a fire juggler, fortune teller, chainsaw wood carver and so much more.
13th Hour Haunted House
105 West Dewey Ave., Wharton,
13th Hour Haunted House includes three haunted house attractions and seven horrifying escape rooms. After 6pm live actors will be in the escape rooms as well, to add to the nightmare. Will you make it out in time?
House Of Horrors New Jersey
645 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick,
Are you ready to be terrified? The Haunted House and Haunted Hayride are back this year! All funds raised go towards the Project Gift Program to help families in the community during the holidays. The newly re-designed haunted house features a “face your nightmares” theme that’s sure to frighten!
Brielle Fire House 509 Longstreet Avenue, Brielle, 732-528-5856
Brielle’s annual haunted hayride through the park returns for another frightful season on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 27 and 28. Ticket sales were Wednesday, Oct. 18, so seats available will be limited. Enjoy a ride through town, where many residents get in on the fun and then enter the park — if you dare. The earlier rides between 5:40-6:30p.m. will be geared more for those who do not want to be scared. Parental supervision is required on all the rides.
Nightmare At Gravity Hill –
1005 Farmingdale Road, Jackson,
You cannot wake from this nightmare! Walk through the Haunted Fields and Graveyard at Gravity Hill — you might run into ghouls, zombies, creepy clowns or other things that go bump in the night. Over a dozen different scenes await you on this five-acre property. Expect about 35 minutes of spine-chilling adventures. They recommend comfortable shoes so you can easily run and hide from creatures of the night.
Oasis Island of Terror –
The Destination to Fear
3 Circle Drive, Robbinsville, 609-259-7300
Touted as New Jersey’s most realistic haunt, The Woods Have Eyes haunted trail is over one mile long and offers a unique haunt experience designed to heighten your inner fears and senses. Other haunting attractions include Blackout: Terror Waits in the Darkness. In Blackout, you and your friends have one glowstick, one trail and no lights. If you’re looking for an extreme adventure, then look no further!
Scare Farm at Norz Hill Farm
120 South Branch Road, Hillsborough, 908-371-COWS
The Scare Farm features three terrifying attractions that visitors can tour in one continuous loop of fright: Prepare yourself for an adrenaline-fueled adventure as you navigate through Madderbaby Lane, a spine-chilling hayride that takes you through a nightmarish cornfield. Next, step into the twisted halls of Atrum Manor, a haunted walking trail that will test your wits and bravery. Lastly, buckle up for The Slayride, another hair-raising hayride that will take you on a journey through a land consumed by darkness. Witness the horrors that await you at every turn. For the ultimate thrill seekers, brace yourself for Chaotica, a mind-bending walking trail that will take you on a psychological rollercoaster. Lose yourself in a labyrinth of twisted reality and prepare for sensory overload unlike anything you’ve experienced before. Scare Farm is open on Fridays and Saturdays until 10 pm and on Sundays until 9 pm.
Night of Terror
Creamy Acres Farm, 448 Lincoln Mill Road, Mullica Hill
Leaves are turning and a chill is in the air. Fall is here, and that means All Hallow’s Eve is upon us. With a quaint and pleasant name like Creamy Acres Farm, you wouldn’t expect one of the Northeast’s scariest destinations. But that’s where you’ll find Night of Terror, a complex of a half-dozen frightening attractions and named one of HGTV’s Scariest Haunted Houses. The massive 100-acre park is inhabited by zombies, attack dogs, chainsaw-wielding maniacs and killer clowns. Possibly the most unique attraction at Creamy Acres is the Haunted Paintball Hayride, where visitors climb aboard a wagon and use man-mounted paintball guns to defend the crew against live actors dressed as zombies and intricate moving props in a host of scenes over a 15-minute ride.