Fall Family Fun

Halloween Events in and around Jersey City

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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


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.


Paulus Hook Halloween

Sunday, October 22, 2023 (Sunday 10/29/23 rain date).

Children and Pets Halloween Costume Parade

Deck out the whole family and strut it! Come over to the foot of Washington Street for games, prizes, family fun – even for the poocher. Donation $10 per single entry, $20 family/group.

1PM Registration (pets and kids)

2PM Pet Competition

3:30PM Kids Competition


JCPD North District Trunk or Treat 

Friday, October 24th, 2023 from 6 to 9pm

The Jersey City Police Department, North District, will be ghosting a Trunk or Treat. They invite everyone to join us for a spooktacular event. This event will occur on Jefferson Avenue, between Central Avenue & Summit Avenue. The event is scheduled from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Free admission. More information here. 


JCPD West District Trunk or Treat 

Wednesday, October 25th, 2023, from 4pm to 7 pm

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


Moms Night Out: Halloween Costume Party In Jersey City

October 26 @ 8:00 pm10:00 pm
DVORA 175 second, 175 2nd St Jersey City

Join us for a night of frightful fun at our Moms Night Out: Halloween Costume Party on October 26th, from 8 to 10pm. We will be dancing the full moon away on Dvora’s Rooftop.
Dress to impress in your most creative and spooky costumes, (optional) dance the night away, and enjoy wickedly delicious treats. 🎃
Tickets will be $30, including an open bar and a food buffet. Plus, we have raffles and prizes for the best costume! 👻 
You can pay through Zelle to [email protected]; please write your full name so we can have it on the guest list OR you can pay through paypal HERE.
Tickets are non-refundable and non-adjustable.

CWS Jersey City Halloween Party

October 26th, 2023 @ 4 PM – 7 PM


Halloween Parade at Lincoln Park 

Saturday, October 28th, 2023 from 1oam to 12pm

Join the South Hudson Civic Association at Lincoln Park outside of Hank Gallo Center near the playground for a Halloween Parade. There will be hot dogs, treats, face painting, and more!


Zeppelin Hall Halloween

Saturday, October 28th, 2023: 9 pm1

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


Zombie Opera

Saturday, October 28th, 2023 at 6 pm

Jersey City-based film and theater production company Half-Light Productions will present the third annual Zombie Opera concert and fundraiser on Saturday, October 28, 2023, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM in Jersey City’s Hamilton Park, located in downtown Jersey City. Admission is free. More information here.


Fall Festival @ Pershing Field

Saturday, October 28, 2023, from 1pm to 4 pm

Join PFGF for a free fall festival of fun from 1 pm – 4 pm. Games, crafts, face painting, photo booth. Costume parade at 2 pm. More info here. 

Hocus Pocus Halloween Party for Kids

Saturday, October 28, 2023 

Get ready for a spooktacular night of bewitching fun at the Hocus Pocus Halloween Party, where thell be performer, contest,make up and more! Tickets Here.


Pumpkin Carving

Saturday, October 28th, 2023 @ 12:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Howl – O – Ween

Saturday, October 28 at 2 PM
Church Square Park, Hoboken 


Join us for the 2nd Annual HCC Howl-O-Ween Fundraiser dog costume contest & parade! Proceeds benefit the Hoboken Community Center.

Parade starts at 2pm, judging at 2:30pm. There will be music, prizes and more! Register your furry friend into the costume contest.

🐾 $15 per dog
🐾 $20 per dog at the door


Zeppelin Hall 

Saturday, October 28th at 9 PM 
Jersey City 

🔥Biggest and best Halloween party in North Jersey! Free admission, free parking and room for all of your friends .Party starts at 9 pm, Doors open at noon! $1,000 cash first prize contest! Going to be perfect weather. Experience Dj Mike Mariano, the haunted Garden and the best costume contest competition!


Dia De Los Muertos Celebration

Sunday, October 29th, 2023 

Join us for our annual Días de Los Muertos / Days of the Dead celebration at Riverview Park. This year’s celebration will be a week-long community event with activities and promotions running across Jersey City!
Sunday is our kick off festival at Riverview Park which will include a community Ofrenda (altar) in the gazebo where the public is encouraged to bring offerings and photos of their lost loved ones. Free face painting (10:30-12) and kids art (10-2) will be offered for children. The parade kicks off at noon, followed by live Mariachi, traditional dance, and more! 


JCPD East District Trunk or Treat 

Monday, October 30th, 2023 from 3 pm to 6 pm

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



Halloween Family Bash

Tuesday, October 31st, 2023, from 3pm to 8 pm

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


Grove Station 80’s Halloween Party 

Tuesday, October 31st 

We are throwing it back to the corny cool 80’s for Halloween and on Halloween night! Let’s revisit the wonderful music that came from this decade. Wear your best 80’s outfit.
Cash prizes and gift cards for the best dressed!


Hoboken Ragamuffin Halloween Parade

Sunday October 31st at 3:00pm

Parade lineup begins at 3:15 p.m., Washington St. & 13th St. and begins at 4 p.m.. Participates march down Washington St. to Fifth St., turning east on 5th St. ending at the Little League Field. Featuring the Funny Factory Clown Band, Ron Albanese AKA Polka Dot, and the Rockin’ Redwings Marching Band.



Beyond Jersey City:

NYC Halloween Parade 

Tuesday, October 31st, 2023, from 7 pm to 11 pm

What’s this year’s route?

The Halloween Parade runs up Sixth Ave from King St to 15th St in Manhattan. For more information, visit Halloween-nyc.com

The Village Halloween Parade 2023—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! This year’s theme is Upside Down Inside Out. We can’t wait to see how the artists interpret this challenge.


8th Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest

Saturday, October 28th, from 3 pm to 6 pm

This fun, free, festive pumpkin carving/decorating contest has become 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 22d – November 5th, 2023

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.



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 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, transform into 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

Hudson Valley from Sep 15  to Nov 19, 2023, and Long Island from Sep 22 to Nov 5, 2023


The Hudson Valley’s most electrifying fall happenings
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 2023, see our twirling pumpkin Ferris wheel and take in our gourd-eous circus sideshow!
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.


Farm of Horrors

From September 29th to October 29th, 2023 


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

From October 1st to 31st

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 29th-October 31st

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 p.m.; ticket sales begin at 6:30 p.m. & end at 10:30 p.m., 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 find fun Halloween Events in Jersey City and if you got what you were looking for.

Updated October 23rd, 2023

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