With Halloween on the horizon, plenty of places in this area will give it a shot. We took a look at some popular area attractions.
With Halloween on the horizon, plenty of places in this area will give it a shot. We took a look at some popular area attractions.
Posted: Monday October 3, 2011, 11:43 AM
Halloween Activities: A haunted hayride, haunted forest and haunted houses
By MIKE KERWICK of The Record


Didn’t work, did it? Let me try again.

The girl craned her neck around the door. She saw the killer walking toward her — a machete in one hand, a human head in the other.

Still not scared?

It’s getting harder and harder to throw a chill into people, but that does not mean it’s time to stop trying. With Halloween on the horizon, plenty of places in this area will give it a shot. We took a look at some popular area attractions.


Haunted Hill House

  • WHAT: This year’s theme: Killer Karnivale. Proceeds benefit the Wood-Ridge Horror Soci … I mean … the Wood-Ridge Historical Society.
  • WHERE: 495 Highland Ave., Wood-Ridge
  • HOURS: 7:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 28; 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 29 and 30
  • HOW MUCH: $5
  • INFORMATION: iwontbeafraid.com


  • WHAT: Not just a hayride, but a haunted hayride. From the website: “We liken the hayride to a good horror movie … Scary, gross and even funny at times!”
  • WHERE: Depiero’s Country Farm, 300 W. Grand Ave., Montvale
  • HOURS: 8 to 10 p.m. Friday to Sunday, Oct. 16, 23, 30 and 31; 8 p.m. to midnight Oct. 14 and 15; 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Oct. 21, 22, 28 and 29
  • HOW MUCH: $25 VIP; $15 adults; $12 children 12 and under
  • INFORMATION: night-mares.com


Fright Fest

  • WHAT: The monthlong festivities include a Monster Mash Bash, the Demented Forest and Escape from the Asylum. Parents with young children might want to leave before 6 p.m.
  • WHERE: Six Flags Great Adventure, 1 Six Flags Blvd., Jackson
  • HOURS: 5 to 11 p.m. Fridays (beginning this week); 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturdays; 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays. The park will also be open from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Columbus Day (Oct. 10) HOW MUCH: $59.99 plus tax (54 inches and over); $36.99 plus tax (under 54 inches, disabled visitors); free for ages 2 and under.
  • INFORMATION: sixflags/greatadventure; 732-928-2000

State Scare

  • WHAT: Twenty-five costume-clad characters will chase you through more than 30 rooms at this Belleville landmark.
  • WHERE: 229 Main St., Belleville
  • HOURS: 7 p.m. to midnight Friday to Sunday, Oct. 13-16, 20-23 and 26-31
  • HOW MUCH: $30 (VIP), $18 adults, $15 children 12 and under
  • INFORMATION: statescare.com; 973-450-1070



  • WHAT: From the website: “No one under 18 admitted and you must walk through alone.” Huh. Is this a haunted house or a fraternity rush? More details: “Please be aware, you will encounter: fog, strobe lights, complete darkness, crawling, stairs, loud noises, physical contact, sexual and violent situations.” Yup. Definitely sounds like a fraternity rush.
  • WHERE: 54 W. 39th St., Manhattan
  • HOURS: 7 to 11 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays; 7 p.m. to midnight Fridays; 5 to midnight Saturdays; 5 to 11 p.m. Sunday; closed Tuesdays HOW MUCH: $30
  • INFORMATION: blackoutnyc.com

Forest of Fear

  • WHAT: This Halloween, don’t miss the scariest place on Earth! We’ll see about that. This exhibit includes a coffin ride, a slaughterhouse and a cavalcade of the odd.
  • WHERE: Sterling Forest, 600 Route 17A, Tuxedo, N.Y.
  • HOURS: Nightfall to midnight Fridays; nightfall to 1 a.m. Saturdays; nightfall to 11 p.m. Sundays, to Oct. 30
  • HOW MUCH: $20 Fridays and Saturdays; $18 Sundays
  • INFORMATION: renfair.com

The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze

  • WHAT: Remember how long it took you to carve that pumpkin? Now try carving 3,999 more of them. Or just visit the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze.
  • WHERE: Van Cortlandt Manor, 525 S. Riverside, Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y.
  • HOURS: Tickets are available at half-hour intervals this Friday to Monday and Oct. 14-16, 20-23, 27-31 and Nov. 4-6. Reservations are mandatory HOW MUCH: $16; children 5-17 $12; free for children 5 and under.
  • Prices are $4 more on Saturdays
  • INFORMATION: hudsonvalley.org

E-mail: kerwick@northjersey.com

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