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Halloween Events in and around Jersey City

Written by JCFamilies

Halloween Events in and around Jersey City

The weather has started changing now, and with autumn comes Halloween! There are a ton of spooky and scary Halloween events and activities happening around Jersey City. From ghostly haunted houses to Jack O’Lantern’s experience, we know how much families love their spooky activities this month. Therefore, we created this guide of fun Halloween activities for families near Jersey City. You can enjoy many other fall activities with the family, such as apple picking, corn mazes, pumpkin patches, sunflower farms, and more.

Local Events:

Halloween at Liberty Science Center

Ongoing

At Liberty Science Center, they love Halloween so much that they decided to celebrate it all throughout October! Throughout the month, LSC explores the spooky side of science. Make your way through the fan-favorite outdoor Spider Maze and learn about ten species of spiders along the path. Visit the giant indoor pumpkin patch, check out a 3D movie about a haunted house, and meet some of our creepiest, crawliest animals. More information here.

The Living Dead Market

Saturday, October 15th, 2022: 12-5pm

Established in 2016, The Jersey City Oddities and Alternative Art Market hosts rotating vendors and artists who specialize in the odd and unusual. The market focuses on offbeat goods from professional taxidermists to curators of antiques and collectibles. This year’s vendor lineup includes longtime favorites Brain Fever Artwork, The Oil Well, Psychonaut Surreality, Phantasmeow, and Antisocial Jewelry Company, amongst some new faces. Vendors will line the walkway of the historic site from 12-5pm on Saturday October 15th, with a rain date TBA. Admission is $5, and goes directly to the cemetery group. More information here.

LSC After Dark: Boos & Brews

Thursday, October 20th, 2022: 6-10pm

Smoking cocktails, delicious bites, and a night out with a twist of science! On the first and third Thursday evenings of each month, Liberty Science Center presents LSC After Dark, a night exclusively for guests 21 and over from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm. More information here.

Spooktacular Halloweeen Party At My Gym

Friday, October 21st, 2022

Dress up in your favorite costume and join My Gym for Halloween-themed songs, games, a costume parade, and spooky (not really :)) fun! They have decorated the entire gym to make it exciting for the kids, and every child will get a goody bag! To help them in supporting ALL children, all proceeds will be donated to the My Gym Foundation to help kids in need.

Halloween Party Schedule:

1 Adult per Child

Friday, October 21st

4:30 p.m: 3 yrs and younger
5:30 p.m: 3 yrs and older
Cost:

$30 per child, Siblings $20

More information here. 

Halloween Pet Costume Contest 

Wednesday, October 26th, 2022: 6-7pm

Join JCFamilies, and Hamilton Park Neighborhood Association for the Halloween Pet Costume Contest in Jersey City on October 26th from 6-6:45pm at Hamilton Park. Your furry babies will be walking the red carpet at the event where they will be judged on their Halloween costumes and win prizes. There will be a photo corner exclusively for you to take photos of them and make memories together. More information here. 

East District Trunk or Treat 2022

Friday, October 28th, 2022: 4-6pm

Join East District for Trunk or Treat! More information here. 

Spooky Spectacular 

Saturday, October 29th, 2022: 12-3pm

ATTENTION ALL FAMILIES 🎃 SSA presents their Spooky Spectacular Event! At the Jersey Ave location! October 29th from 12 PM to 3 PM. Open to the public, ages 2-6 🎃 Come and visit us! They are having music, treats and fun activities for all 🎃 Make sure to follow them on all social media accounts for FREE admission. More information here. 

Dia de Los Muertos Celebration

Sunday, October 30th, 2022: 10am

Join Riverview Park for their annual Dia de Los Muertos / Day of the Dead celebration at Riverview Park. Festivities will include our signature Giant Puppet Parade from local artist Santiago Cohen, community ofrenda, Mariachi Oro de Mexico, traditional Mexican dance group Sueño Americano, RNA’s annual Dog Costume Contest, and more. More information here.

Halloween Family Bash

Monday, October 31st, 2022: 3-8pm

Have a ghoulishly good time on The Newark Ave Pedestrian Mall this Halloween! Join them for FREE Family fun day on Monday, Oct 31st for games, corn maze, pumpkins, sand art, doll design, and more! More information here. 

Zeppelin Hall Halloween

October 30, 2021: 9 pm

Get ready for a Saturday night Halloween party at Zeppelin Hall. The first prize for best costume will receive a prize of $1000. In addition, there will be a DJ, dancing and more. Admission is FREE.

Zombie Opera

October 31, 2021: 6 pm

Come by Hamilton Park for this free and fun Halloween Opera event on October 31, 6:00 pm on Jersey Ave between 6th and 7th Street.

Hoboken’s Halloween Ragamuffin Parade 

October 31,2021: 11 am

The Hoboken Ragamuffin Parade will return to Washington Street on Sunday, October 31, at 11 am! The annual tradition features local live music, floats, lots of great costumes, music, and so much more. All are welcome to participate in the parade. Marchers are invited to meet at 13th Street, and Washington beginning at 10:15 am, while the parade steps off at 11.

 

Beyond Jersey City:

NYC Halloween Parade 2022

October 31st, 2022: 7-11pm

The Village Halloween Parade 2022—NYC’s creative and spooky procession—is one of the best Halloween events in Greenwich Village and it’s back this year! Each year, more than 50,000 zombies, ghouls, witches, monsters, robots, Jedis, giant puppets and more things that go bump in the night take to the streets for a night of costumed revelry. So get your costume ready, the Village is getting spooky!

Haunt O’ Ween NJ 2022: Immersive Halloween Experience

September 30th- October 30th, 2022

Join Thunder 106 outside of Bell Works in Holmdel (101 Crawfords Corner Road) from 5 PM to 7 PM for Haunt O’ Ween NJ 2022: Immersive Halloween Experience! Go trick-or-treating in the Town of Haunt O’ Ween, walk through thousands of pumpkins, play a multitude of games and rides, get your face painted, enjoy food and drinks… the list is endless! You’ll also have the chance to win some spooktacular Thunder 106 swag/prizes! More information here. 

7th Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest

October 30th:12pm-2pm

This fun, free and festive pumpkin carving/decorating contest has grown into a community favorite! Prizes are awarded to one overall winner and the winners of the five categories: scariest, funniest, cutest, most realistic, and most creative. Additionally, bring your jack-o-lantern to enter, or walk by with your family to enjoy the festive pumpkin patch display… this year along Greenwich Street between Duane and Reade Streets. You may pick-up your pumpkins the afternoon of the event OR let them spend the next few nights in the park for visitors to enjoy! Park staff will compost any remaining pumpkins next weekend. More information here. 

Outdoor Fall Festival at Skylands Stadium

September 23rd-November 6th, 2022

Get ready for the Skylands stadium Jack O’ Lantern experience. This October, Skylands Stadium will be transformed with over 6,000+ Jack-O-Lanterns, on a 45-minute walk. Sussex County’s Family Entertainment Destination is set ablaze with spectacular visuals and a thrilling Fall Festival. Perfect for families, date nights, and lovers of Halloween spirit. The tickets must be purchased in advance. Kids under 36″ go free. More information here. 

AddamsFest 2022

Ongoing in October 

The town-wide celebration of Westfield’s own Charles Addams returns this October! From Pugsley to Grandmama, there’s something fun for everyone at Addams Family Fun Day. Head on over to Quimby Street in Downtown Westfield, which will be closed to cars for a day of family fun — including Addams Family character visits, live performances, incredible displays by the Maniac Pumpkin Carvers, activities with some of our local merchants, and more. More information here.

Fright Fest at Six Flag Great Adventure

Fright Fest Group Outings |

Fright Fest is one of the best Halloween activities to go to in the fall. There are so many rides, shows, entertainment, haunted attractions, scare zones, and lots more! Don’t worry if your littles don’t want to be frightened because there are family-friendly events throughout the day and at night transforms to this scary fest. More information here. 

Boo at the Zoo 

Bronx Zoo’s annual Halloween tradition is back! They have family-friendly activities ready for you to enjoy! There will be a candy trail, magic show, Halloween crafts, costume parade, and more! Come dressed in your Halloween best! Stop by the eerie graveyard of animal species that are no longer with them and learn how to prevent it from happening in the future. More information here. 

The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze

September 16th – November 20th, 2022

Meander through an 18th-century landscape and discover a breathtaking display of more than 7,000 illuminated jack o’ lanterns—all designed and hand-carved on site by our team of artisans. New for 2022, watch our animated “Jack” Smith Shop in action and keep an eye out for glowing bees. Complete with synchronized lighting and an original soundtrack, this one-of-a-kind event is not to be missed!

All proceeds from Blaze and our other Halloween events support the programs of Historic Hudson Valley, a non-profit education organization. More information here. 

Farm of Horrors

September 30th-October 30th, 2022 

Farm of Horror Halloween

Spend 45 minutes making your way through 200+ acres of Fright. It starts with their Hair Raising Hayride that “Scares the YELL out of You”, then we let you off in the middle of nowhere for a Treacherous Trek through the “Trail of Terror”, then just when you think you have had enough and begin to see that you are almost home, you realize the only way back is through the MassAcre Maize, a Casual Run for your Life; once it is over you find that the path is blocked, and you must enter your final Nightmare, the Carnevil of Chaos! More information here.

The 13th Hour Haunted House

October 1st- 31st

Halloween near Jersey City

They feature 3 Haunted House attractions complete with special effects and movie-quality sets. Try their 6 award-winning 60-minute Escape Rooms and all-new 60-minute Virtual Reality Escape Rooms. More information here. 

Casola Farms – Haunted Attractions

September 30th-October 31st

Haunted Halloween Jersey City

If you are looking for a real haunted experience, check out Casola Farms. Take a Haunted Hayride into the backwoods of New Jersey or check out their other 5 attractions. Open every Friday and Saturday from September 24 through October 31 at 7:00 pm; ticket sales begin at 6:30 pm & end at 10:30 pm, but the haunted attraction stays open until the last soul has exited. More information here. 

Let us know in the comments if this blog helped you to find fun Halloween Events in Jersey City and if you got what you were looking for.

Updated October 3rd, 2022

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