As pumpkins become jack-o-lanterns and ghosts emerge from the shadows, South Jersey comes to life with some frightastic fun. So get ready to pick your pumpkins, brave a haunted cornfield, hunt for some local apparitions and much more. Just be sure to come back with your head.
1. Explore the grounds
Cornfield of Terror at R&J Farm: Friday through Sunday, Oct. 21 to 23; open from dusk to 10 p.m. on Friday and Sunday and dusk to 11 p.m. on Saturday. Take a terrifying walk through a haunted cornfield, or for the less brave, a regular corn maze that you have to navigate through using only a flashlight. Adult tickets are $14 or $19 for the combo which includes the corn maze. Tickets for kids 10 and under are $10 or $15 for the combo. 723 W. Hershel St. in Egg Harbor City; CornfieldofTerror.com.
Terror in the Junkyard: 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays through October. Get your scare on at one or both of the haunted attractions hosted by the Scullville Volunteer Fire Company. Walk the spooky maze for $5 or ride the ultra-scary hayride for $10; $13 for a combo ticket. They also have Zombie Paintball for $5. Flemings Junkyard, 353 Zion Road, Egg Harbor Township; ScullvilleFire.org.
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The Haunted Seaport at the Historic Tuckerton Seaport: Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 20 to 22; open from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and 3 to 9 p.m. on Saturday. Pirates and sea captains lost in the briny deep join monsters of all kinds for some frightening fun. Admission is $8 for all ages and $5 for the haunted hayride. 120 W. Main St. in Tuckerton; TuckertonSeaport.org
Cape May County
LeGates Farm Market: Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays through Saturdays and 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Sundays. Pumpkin hayrides, corn maze, scarecrow making, pumpkin painting and more await you at LeGates Farm Market. 3400 Bayshore Road in North Cape May. For more information call 609-886-8500.
Birch Grove Park: 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 20 to 22. Birch Grove Park invites families to enjoy the fall weather with their family-friendly hayride. Tickets are $5. 1700 Burton Ave. in Northfield; CityOfNorthfield.org.
Sahl’s Father Son Farm: Open 4 to 7 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays through Nov. 5. This farm is perfect for the entire family, with plenty of activities and chances to get lost in a corn maze, take a hayride, pick a pumpkin and more. 420 W. Pestalozzi St. in Galloway; FatherSonFarm.com.
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Ghost tour of Ocean City: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 21 and 22. Take a 90-minute candle-lit walking tour based on the book “Ghost Stories of Ocean City, New Jersey.” Hear true tales of mysterious encounters on the Flanders Hotel, the Jersey Devil, pirate treasure and more. Tickets must be purchased in advanced, $15 per person, or $10 for kids ages 4 to 12. Tours depart from 9th Street and Asbury Avenue in front of City Hall; GhostTour.com/OceanCity.
Cape May’s haunted happenings: As America’s oldest seaside resort, this town is full of things that go bump in the night. Ghost writer and psychic medium Craig McManus has done the research and set the stage for some exciting and possibly frightening ghost tours …
A Walk with the Ghost Writer: 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21 and 6 and 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22. Join Craig McManus as he recounts his paranormal experiences through the historic streets of Cape May. Tickets are $25. For more information go to CapeMayMac.org.
Physick Estate: Friday through Sunday, Oct. 21 to 23. Are you brave enough to enter this historic 18-room mansion after the sun goes down? Various tours are offered. Tickets are $12 to $15 for adults and $8 to $12 for children 3 to 12, depending on the tour. On Friday, Oct. 21 there is a special midnight event with Craig McManus. The famed medium will recount his experiences and may even channel a spirit. Event starts at 11 p.m. and tickets are $50. Located at 1048 Washington St. in Cape May. CapeMayMac.org.
Ghosts of Cape May Trolley Tour: Friday through Sunday, Oct. 21 through 23. Leaving from Physick Estate, the 30-minute trolley ride will take you through the darkened streets of historic Cape May. During the tour your guide will recount tales of Cape May’s most famous spirits. Tour times vary. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for children ages 3 to 12. Combo tickets for the Physick Estate and Cape May Trolley Tour are $22 for adults and $14 for children. CapeMayMac.org.
Ghost of the Lighthouse Trolley Tour: 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22. Take a walk down a notoriously haunted path that leads to the Cape May lighthouse and climb the 199 steps to the top, while listening to frightening yarns of local hauntings. Tickets are $22 for adults or $15 for children ages 3 to12. Purchase tickets at the Washington Street Mall information booth at Ocean Street where tour begins. Located at 401 Washington St. in Cape May. CapeMayMac.org.
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Cape May County
Sea Isle City’s annual Halloween Parade and Dance Party: 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21. The parade will march along Landis Avenue starting at 45th Street and finishing at 40th Street. Decorated floats and costumed participants will compete for best costume. Following the parade the annual family dance party will take place at the Excursion Park Band Shell. Landis Avenue and 40th Street. Excursion Park is located at JFK Boulevard next to the Promenade. Go to VisitSICNJ.com.
Cape May Halloween Parade: 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23. Cape May’s annual Halloween Parade gives families the chance to sneak in some early Halloween fun. The parade begins at Perry Street and Carpenter Lane and ends at the Emlen Physick Estate (1048 Washington St.). Before the parade, from noon to 2 p.m., kids can trick or treat at the Washington Street Mall. The Washington Street Mall is located at 401 Washington St, Cape May; DiscoverCapeMayNJ.com.
The Historic Smithville Costume Pet Parade: 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22. Smithville is calling all pets to come in their best costumes and strut around the Village Greene. 1 N. New York Road in Smithville; HistoricSmithvilleNJ.com.
Trick or treating
Downtown Hammonton: 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22. Downtown Hammonton will host its 11th annual trick-or-treat event. Put on your best costume and hunt for candy at the shops in Downtown Hammonton. 10 S. Egg Harbor Road in Hammonton. For more information call 609-567-9014.
NJ Motorsports Park Trunk or Treating: 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21. Load up your cars, decorate the trunks, dress up the kids and head to the Motorsports Park in Millville for the annual Trunk or Treat, held at the NJMP Finish Line Pub. Car participation is not mandatory, but highly encouraged. Vehicles must be pre-registered by emailing info@NJMP.com. 8000 Dividing Creek Road, Millville; NJMP.com.
Cape May County
Wildwood Boardwalk Pumpkin Run: 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22. The 5k, family fun 1 mile walk and kids 1 mile run will take off from the Wildwood Convention Center. This year’s race will benefit 6-year old Joey Povio, as he undergoes treatment for eye cancer. Registration takes place from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. for $10. There will be a costume contest with categories for babies, students, adults and groups. 4501 Boardwalk in Wildwood.; BoardwalkPumpkinRun.com.
The East Lynne Theater Company: 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22. ELTC actors will read Edgar Allan Poe’s macabre work by candlelight. Tickets are $12 for adults. 500 Hughes St. in Cape May at the First Presbyterian Church; EastLynneTheater.org.
Children’s Halloween Party: 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21. Kids can dance till drop — metaphorically that is — at the LBI Foundation’s third annual children’s Halloween party. The party will include a DJ and dancing, a costume contest, dance contest, raffles and refreshments. BYOB for adults. Admission is $5 per person. All the proceeds will benefit “Stafford Teachers and Residents Together” (S.T.A.R.T.).120 Long Beach Blvd., Beach Haven; LBIFoundation.org.
Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror: 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21. The Adrian Phillips Theater at Boardwalk Hall kicks off its Halloween season with a showing of the first-ever vampire flick “Nosferatu,” accompanied by the Kimball Organ played live by Steven Ball. Tickets cost $20. 2301 Boardwalk, Atlantic City; BoardwalkOrgans.org.