by Chris Renda
As if going back to school isn’t scary enough, here’s a horrific highlight of haunts that are about opening soon.
1. State Scare Factory: (Belleville) If you are willing to make the drive, and get the greatest haunted experience of your life, the New Jersey State Scare Factory is the place to be. The most inventive Halloween experience is just dying to meet you. To learn more, visit statescare.com/index.php if you dare!
2. A. Casola Farms: (Holmdel) Do you have older kids who think they’re past the Halloween fright? The nighttime activities at Casola Farms will scare the spice out of them! From haunted hayrides and houses to kid-friendly corn mazes, monster mashing down to A. Casola Farms for a great time is the best way to kick off the spooky season! For extra info, call 732-332-1533 or visit antoniocasola.com.
3. C. Casola Farms: (Marlboro) Halloween spirits will rise from the grave at the C. Casola Farms. The little ones can enjoy picking their own pumpkins or checking out the great store on-site. Attractions include a haunted hayride, haunted barn, haunted and daytime corn maze, and a haunted woods. Visit triplecnurseries.com/haunted/pumpkins.html or call 732-946-8885.
4. Six Flags Great Adventure Fright Fest: (Jackson) “Thrills by Day, Fright by Night” is the motto come October at Six Flags Great Adventure. Immerse yourself in a scare-tastic expedition at Great Adventure, where the monsters really come out to play. Visit sixflags.com/greatadventure to learn more about the daytime activities and the nighttime fear fests.
5. Haunted Theater: (Lincroft) Be prepared for a spooktacular show by the talented students at Brookdale Community College. This attraction is great for the little ones. They have super scary tours for people over 10 yrs old and a mildly scary tour for children under 10, your choice. Visit brookdalehauntedtheater.com
6. BANE: (Rockaway) The all new, no-mercy nightmare destination NJ’s thrill seekers have waited years for has finally arrived! BANE is the epicenter of fright in the Garden State and takes place in a 12,000-sq.-ft. building with over 25 rooms of mind-bending terror. Dare to learn more at banehauntedhouse.com, or call 973-444-3079.
7. Schaefers Frightfest: (Flemington) Spending 45min at a routine haunted attraction may seem like walk through the park…but you’d be dead wrong. Schaefers Frightfest promises to “Scare the yell out of you.” It features a harrowing haunted hayride and then drops in the middle of nowhere yet you must go through the Trail of Terror and even that’s not all. Afterwards, when you see you’re almost home all you have to do is take a casual sprint for your life through the Massacre Maze. But don’t fret there’s more! All that’s left is your final nightmare strolling inside the Carnival of Chaos, where everyone will just be dying to give you a grand tour. Scared yet? All patrons must be eight and older. Start getting scared at schaefersfrightfest.com or pick a bone with the staff at 908-782-2705.
8. Eastern State Penitentiary/Museum: (Philadelphia) Is it a museum….or something better? The Eastern State Penitentiary is the best of both. With dozens of games and educational activities for kids and nighttime excursions for the braver souls, Eastern State Penitentiary is scary at its finest. Eastern State Penitentiary also boasts the nation’s scariest haunted attractions, its award-winning “Terror Behind the Walls” haunted house and the prison itself, which is said to be one of the most haunted places in America. Visit easternstate.org.