New Jersey October 11, 2017
New Jersey Is The Best State For Celebrating Halloween. Here’s Why.
New Jersey is certainly one of the best places in the country to celebrate Halloween. While other states may get more attention for a town or two (Salem, Massachusetts and Sleepy Hollow, New York, for example), our state as a whole has a lot going on. Wherever you go in the Garden State, we’re celebrating the season. Following are just a few reasons why we really shine during the month of October.
We've got some of the most terrifying haunted attractions in the United States.
Brighton Asylum in Passaic will paralyze you with fear. The production quality is surreal, with props, makeup and more designed to bring your nightmares to life. The Today Show has called the haunted attraction the scariest place on earth but it's not the only nightmare in New Jersey.
According to Fright Find, Nightmare At Gravity Hill in Jackson is one of the best haunted attractions in America. You'll find five acres of fright here, with walkable trails of terror that will lead you from one hellish scene to the next. BANE Haunted House in Livingston is another top notch attraction that takes pride in the number of attendees that are too scared to complete their journey through.
And we also have plenty of family-friendly spooky attractions.
We all love a little scare during the Halloween season but things don't need to get too terrifying. Both the Cornfield Of Terror in Egg Harbor City and Field Of Terror in East Windsor offer nighttime corn maze excursions that are ghoul-free. Navigate by flashlight but don't worry about anything jumping out at you. At Brookhollow Barnyard in Boonton, you'll find zombie paintball that's perfect for teens and tweens. We've also got Boo at the Zoo events all over the state. Many offer trick-or-treating, spooky storytelling, creepy crafts and even haunted train rides that are just the right amount of scary.
If you prefer your haunted attractions to be a bit more authentic, we've got ghosts, too.
If you're a believer in the supernatural, New Jersey has plenty of opportunities for exploration and investigation. Check out Paranormal Books & Curiosities in Asbury Park as a starting point. Their website frequently features ghost tours of the area. You can also enjoy ghost tours in Princeton, Cape May, Salem County, Ocean City, Woodbridge and Ridgewood. Learn the stories of Garden State spirits and explore their haunts, including hotels, battlefields and bed & breakfasts.
New Jersey is home to one of the most beautiful haunted towns that you ever did see...
If ghosts exist, they surely would want to stay in Cape May forever. The picturesque shore town is home to the Emlen Physick Estate (seen above before restoration), one of the area's iconic haunted mansions. The estate is hosting a wide range of special events for the holiday season including guided walks, special talks and a real-life seance. Outside of the estate, enjoy ghost trolley tours, special Halloween productions and a parade.
And, of course, we've got the Jersey Devil.
The legend of the Jersey Devil is centuries old. Over the years, there have been over 2,000 reported sightings. The story goes something like this... In 1735, Mother Leeds, a pine barrens native, gave birth to her 13th child. Some say she was a witch and that the child's father was the devil himself. Napoleon Bonaparte's brother was one of many who claimed to have witnessed the beast. You just might too, if you stroll through the pine barrens at night.
Last, but not least, our haunted roads are legendary.
Clinton Road has been featured in national publications and has been called the "most haunted road in America." It is surrounded by tales of murder and mayhem but one is fact. A body was found along the side of the road here, a victim of notorious mob hitman, Richard "Iceman" Kuklinski. Shades Of Death Road is just as spooky, and it's not only the name. Stories tell of highway robberies and malaria outbreaks - all end in death. And then there's Route 55, Indian Curse Road. A tribal spokesman warned the land was sacred and should not be touched... Death seemed to stalk the construction crew.
Now, I’m not one to believe in ghosts but this footage filmed along Highway 55 by
Bill3313 chills me to the bone. Authorities say it was a young runaway, decide for yourself:
We’ve got a few weeks left to make the most of the Halloween season. What will you be doing to celebrate? I recommend visiting Cape May or one of New Jersey other incredible
Halloween towns. If you’d like to learn a bit more about New Jersey’s haunted roads, check out this article on Clinton Road, this article on Shades Of Death Road, or this article on Highway 55.