At farms, orchards and other sites, you can pick the perfect pumpkin, test your navigation skills in tricky corn mazes, play old-fashioned games, go on hayrides and meet barnyard animals, then finish the day with a farm-fresh treat like homemade ice cream and an apple cider donut.
Activities vary at each location, click a site name for more info.
Open weekends in Oct. unless specified.
Burlington County and Camden County, NJ
► Blackwood Pumpkin Festival, Oct. 2 only
► Collingswood, Oct. 22 only
► Indian Acres Tree Farm, Medford
► Johnson’s Corner Farm, Medford
► Springdale Farms Corn Maze, Sat.-Sun. (also Flashlight Fridays, Sept. 30 & Oct. 7), Cherry Hill
Gloucester County, NJ
► The ARC Gloucester’s Camp Sun ‘n Fun Halloween Adventure, Oct. 15 & 22, Williamstown
► Creamy Acres Farm, Saturdays only (also Flashlight Corn Maze, Thurs.-Sat. nights), Mullica Hill
► Duffield’s Farm, Saturdays only, Sewell
► Mullica Hill Friends School, Oct. 1
Down the Shore
Popular summer vacation spots are home to Halloween happenings this month. In the Wildwoods, Morey’s Piers launches its first-ever Morey’s Fears, a frightening Halloween experience for teens and adults. For all ages, the Wildwoods hosts the fundraising “Boardwalk Pumpkin Run,” Oct. 29, along with other contests, parades, trick-or-treating and a haunted house all weekend. In Cape May, the weeks leading up to Halloween feature ghost trolley tours, psychic teas and murder mystery dining events, concluding with trick-or-treating at the historic Emlen Physick Estate on Oct. 31. Ocean City merchants along Asbury Ave. are open for trick-or-treating, Oct. 29, and Atlantic City's Absecon Lighthouse hosts haunted tours, also Oct. 29.
More Fall Fun & Kid-Friendly Halloween Happenings in New Jersey
► Apple picking and family fun day at Hill Creek Farms, Mullica Hill
► Family fall festivals and trick-or-treating at Camden Children's Garden
► Halloween adventures at amusement parks: Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson and Storybook Land, Egg Harbor Twp.
► Not-so-scary Jump Nights at Pump It Up play center, Marlton
► Nighttime nature hike in Medford and seasonal nature programs at Buttinger Nature Center in Pennington
► Halloween parties at Garden State Discovery Museum in Cherry Hill and Sahara Sam's indoor waterpark, Berlin
► Halloween ballet performance in Voorhees
► Seasonal crafts, storytimes and events at Camden County libraries and Gloucester County libraries
► Spooky shows at Kelsey Theatre in West Windsor and Appel Farm, Elmer
► Trick-or-treating at Cumberland Mall
► Free Halloween pancakes at IHOP