The Scary Scoop: Local Halloween Fun
There’s nothing like fall! Pumpkins, cider, Halloween costumes and haunted hayrides… it doesn’t get more fun than that. The Scary Scoop is your guide to some great Halloween Happenings for all ages, ranked from ‘Good Old Fashioned Fun’ all the way up to the ‘Totally Terrifying!’
Scroll down, chose your own adventure, and have a spooky good time this fall.
– Team PrincetonScoop
PS: We’ll see you at the Hometown Halloween Parade!
Good Old Fashioned Fun
October 8th & 9th is the Pumpkin Festival at Windsor Farms! Enjoy face painting, hayrides, pony rides, sand art, live music, vendors & more at the farm in West Windsor!
The Hopewell Valley Arts Council presents it’s 2nd Annual Amazing Pumpkin Carve at the Howell Living History Farm. Check out 50 pumpkins carved by talented local artists! Be sure to tag your photos with #hvpumpkins!
Fall family fun happens all season long at Terhune Orchards, with wagon and pony rides, a corn stalk maze, and pumpkin painting. $5 Saturdays and Sundays. (Not to mention it’s THE place to go for apple cider and those tempting cider doughnuts!)
Fall is The Market at DelVal‘s favorite time of year! On weekends now through Nov. 6, 2016 from 11 am to 4 pm join them for the Fall Fest! Join in the harvest with wagon rides, pumpkin picking and more at the Doylestown, PA location.
Scarecrows in the Village is back in Lawrenceville! Make your own scarecrow, enjoy pumpkin painting, music and food at Weeden Park, Lawrenceville.
Join the Arts Council of Princeton at the Princeton Shopping Center for an afternoon of family-friendly fall fun at Finding the Great Pumpkin! Enjoy pumpkin painting, cookie decorating, fall crafts and activities, and live music by Alex and the Kaleidoscope Band!
Get your costumes ready and mark your calendar for the annual Hometown Halloween Parade, which starts on Palmer Square and weaves through downtown Princeton before ending at at the Princeton YMCA with live music, a trunk or treat, a bounce house and local family-friendly Halloween fun! This year’s parade is on Friday 10/28 at 5p.
Smiles OR Scares…
Fall fun is in Season at Shadybrook Farm in Yardley, with action packed PumpkinFest weekends, and HorrorFest after dark! PumpkinFest means pick your own, hay rides, inflatables, pig races, and more (with an all-fun, less kiddie version; ‘Pumpkin Fest After Dark!’) Wanna be scared? Hit up HorrorFest for haunted hayrides, games, food & more.
Fun or fear can be your destination at Oasis Island of Terror in Robbinsville! By daytime, family friendly pumpkin fun includes pumpkin picking, painting, hayrides, crafts and a free ‘Little Monster Maize!’ After dark, things get scary with a top rated Halloween Haunt.
Madness awaits at NorzHill Farm’s Scare Farm in Hillsborough, land settled long ago and believed to be cursed! The Creepy Hollow, the Slay Ride and ‘Paranoia’ welcome the brave thrill seekers. (If you or someone in your group is not so brave, don’t worry – The Corn Maze is not haunted, phew!)
Hop aboard the Trick or Treat Train at the New Hope and Ivyland Railroad. Kids should come in their costumes to make the train a spooky sight and then trick or treat around the train and station. By night, the train transforms into a Haunted Halloween train, where the crypt keeper warns you to be ready for anything!
A short drive to Hightstown brings you to the Field of Terror, haunted by all sorts of characters, including the nightmare-inducing ‘Ax Man,’ who roams the fields and forests! Bring on the screams with the Zombie Paintball Hayride, the the Killer Kornfield, the Unknown Barn, and ‘Dementia 3D,’ a warped haunted house!
Schaefer Farms in Flemington promises to ‘scare the YELL outta you’ at Fright Fest, which includes a haunted hayride followed by a casual stroll on the ‘Trail of Terror,’ or the Massacre Maize. If you’re not already terrified of clowns, we bet you will be after the ‘Carnival of Chaos’…
WeirdNJ visited Jackson, NJ to investigate ‘Gravity Hill’ an inexplicable spot where cars roll up a hill. But there’s even more reason to be afraid at The Nightmare at Gravity Hill. Explore the Ghost Town, graveyard and haunted fields in a 35 minute walk with scares lurking around every corner!
Get your heart pumping at Valley of Fear, with ‘the deepest, darkest woods in Bucks County.’ A haunted hayride, hair-raising live-action paintball hunt, ‘Underworld’ – a haunted forest walk – and the Zombie Escape Maze. Scared yet?