October is here, and it’s time to get in the Halloween spirit! From pumpkin carving and hayrides to trick-or-treating and haunted tours, there’s plenty to do in and near Hunterdon County. Check out this list of fun things to do when you’re making your weekend plans this month.
The Red Mill Haunted Village
When: Weekends in October, starting October 12
Where: 56 Main Street, Clinton, NJ 08809
The 28th annual Haunted Village will take place at the historic Red Mill Museum Village in Clinton, New Jersey. Performances take place during weekends in October, opening Friday, October 12. Please note that this attraction has been designed to scare adults. For a kid-friendly experience, visit Saturday, October 13 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. “Happy Haunts” includes a tour of the Haunted Village, face painting, a hayride and other fun. Tickets are $10 per person.
When: Weekends through Sunday, October 28th
Where: Norz Hill Farm, 120 South Branch Rd, Hillsborough, NJ 08844
Located in nearby Hillsborough, Scare Farm features two haunted walking trails – Creepy Hollow and Paranoia – and their famous haunted hayride – the Slay Ride.
Pumpkin Picking and Farm of Horrors at Schaefer Farms
When: Fridays through Sundays in October, plus November 2 and November 3
Where: 1051 County Route 523, Flemington NJ 08822
During the day, enjoy a scenic hayride out to the pumpkin patch. At night, you’ll ride, walk, then run through 200 acres of fright and horror. One tickets is your entry to hour haunted attractions including the Hair Raising Hayride, Trail of Terror & Graveyard, Mass-Acre Maze and Carnival of Chaos. Nighttime attractions are recommended for ages 13 and up. See site for pricing.
Shoppes at Flemington Halloween Spooktacular
When: Saturday, October 27 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: 100 Reaville Avenue, Flemington, NJ 08822
Put on your costume and head over to the Shoppes at Flemington for store-to-store trick-or-treating. Local police, rescue and fire fighters will be there to show off a fire truck and police car. With sidewalk sales, giveaways, raffles and great deals at restaurants, it will be a fun night for the entire family.
When: Friday, October 26 at 9 p.m. and Saturday, October 27 at 9 p.m. and 11:59 p.m.
Where: Music Mountain Theatre, 1483 RT 179, Lambertville, NJ 08530
Let’s do the time warp again! Rocky Horror Show is a seasonal favorite that everyone should experience live at least once. Tickets are $25.
The Amazing Pumpkin Carve
When: October 10 through October 14, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Woolsey Park, 201 Washington Crossing, Pennington Road, Titusville, NJ 08560
The Amazing Pumpkin Carve is the Hopewell Valley Art Council’s biggest event of the year. Come be amazed by the tents filled with giant 150-pound pumpkins, carved by local artists. And enjoy other events such as storytelling by the fire pits, a hay bale playground, a pet costume contest, cornhole tournament and more. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the gate.
Ghost Tours of New Hope
Where: Main St. & Ferry St., New Hope
When: Fridays and Saturdays, plus Halloween night, tour starts promptly at 8 p.m.
Follow a lantern-led walk through picturesque New Hope while listening to ghost tales and other historical tidbits. Cost is $10 per person. You do not need to make a reservation for a public tour. Going with a group of eight or more? Consider making a reservation for a private tour.
When: Select dates and times in October, see site for details
Where: New Hope & Ivyland Railroad, 32 W. Bridge St, New Hope
Trick or Treat Trains:
Kids will love this 45-minute train ride filled with spooky fun! Special Halloween-themed activities include sing-a-longs, a reading of “Spookley the Square Pumpkin” and trick-or-treating aboard the train and at the station. Come dressed in costume! Ticket prices vary.
Haunted Halloween Trains:
This 45-minute scary train ride is recommended for guests ages 13 and up. The theme this year is “The Undead Speakeasy & Bootlegger Express.”