Halloween Festivals for Kids in Southern New Jersey

by Heather Bieber, Demand Media

    Late October brings southern New Jersey cold dark nights, falling leaves and fun-filled Halloween events. Each year, celebrations abound with animated haunted houses, spooky hay rides and corn mazes and festive pumpkin patches as well as tours of real haunted houses. Celebrate the spirit of Halloween with the whole family in southern New Jersey counties.

    Night of Terror

    Creamy Acres Farms (creamyacres.com) in Mullica Hill presents a Night of Terror, which features six events including the Pirate Revenge, 3-D Haunted House, Frozen Tundra Storm, Ride of Terror: Haunted Hayride and the Dreaded Cornfield Maze. Purchase tickets onsite or in advance. In addition, group rates for 20 or more are available. As of 2011, hours were Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays in October, and the Monday through Saturday the week of Halloween.

    Ocean City Real Ghost Tours

    Forget the "Real Housewives of New Jersey" and head on over to Ocean City for real ghost tours by candlelight. Spooky tales and folklore of the historic town center tell of unexplained shadows that haunt the beaches and other town terrors. The event is great for kids of all ages. As of 2011, the tour began at 9th Street and Asbury Avenue, outside of City Hall on Saturday nights at 8 p.m.

    Scarecrow Hollow Corn Maze

    Where better to spend a Halloween evening than Salem? Well, Salem, New Jersey, that is. Scarecrow Hollow (scarecrowhollow.org) features different obstacle courses and mazes designed for especially for kids, such as a tricycle maze for tots along with hay bale and rope mazes. Flashlight mazes are available by request Friday and Saturday evenings in October. Pick up a few pumpkins while visiting and stop in at the gift shop. Suitable for families with younger children, the Scarecrow Hollow Corn Maze was open every weekend during the Halloween season until 6 p.m. in 2010.

    Johnson's Corner Farm

    There's nothing creepier than a ghostly hayride at Johnson's Corner Farm (www.johnsonsfarm.com) located in Medford. Fall Festival weekends in October 2010 offered live music, a moon bounce and corn maze. Pick up a pumpkin for carving starting in September through October 31. Halloween weekend trick-or-treaters received half-price tickets for the moon bounce, hayride and discovery barnyard petting zoo. Free hayrides offered for kids in costume and a special treat station for a paid child's admission.

    Toms River Halloween Parade

    Sponsored by Toms River Fire Company No. 1, the annual Halloween parade features more than 6,000 participants and 100,000 spectators. Great for little kids to watch in wonder, Toms River Halloween parade starts at the intersection of Main Street and Route 37, then proceeds south, turns east on Washington Street and ends at Hooper Avenue.

    The Haunted Prison

    Not recommended for children under 8 years old, the Haunted Prison (prisonhaunt.com) in Mount Holly highlights professional actors and volunteers haunting the courtyard of the historic Burlington County Prison. Dare to brave the unspeakable horrors of the prison, which appeared on the Discovery Channel's "Ghost Hunters." As of 2011, the walk-through attraction is open every weekend from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. during the month of October.

    About the Author

    In 1992 Heather Bieber began contributing to Pennsylvania's "Concerning Women" magazine. She has also worked for "Showbiz Weekly," "Fodor's Travel Guide," "Las Vegas Weekly," "Las Vegas Home & Design" and produced online content for QuinStreet Marketing. Bieber holds an Associate of Arts in graphic communications from Luzerne County Community College in Pennsylvania.

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