Bane Haunted House
The only haunted house in New Jersey without animatronics—meaning a cast of live actors provides all the fright. Visitors are separated into groups and guided through 40 rooms of fear, where they must climb, crawl and push past packs of crazed clowns and flesh-eating zombies.
Wed-Fri and Sun, 7 pm-midnight; Sat, 7 pm-2 am. $27.
630 W Mount Pleasant Avenue (Route 10), Livingston (973 533-0951)
Schaefer’s Farm Fright Fest
This excursion begins with a hair-raising, 45-minute hayride to the middle of nowhere. Abandoned, visitors must trek the trail of terror, outrun chainsaw-wielding zombies and ward off killer clowns.
Fri-Sat, 7-10 pm; Sun, 7-9 pm. $30.
1051 Flemington Whitehouse Road, Flemington (908-782-2705)
Fright Fest at Six Flags
Select dates thru Oct 31
Visitors hankering for a fright are guaranteed their fix— thanks to seven haunted mazes and five scare zones. New this year: The Cyborg Cyber Spin coaster, a 7-story, antigravity thrill ride, will be retrofitted for an even spookier experience.
Fri, 5:30 pm-midnight; Sat, 11 am-midnight; Sun, 11 am-10 pm. $89.99.
1 Six Flags Boulevard, Jackson
Red Mill Haunted Village
October Fri & Sat
The journey begins inside an 1810 wool mill with three stories of twists and turns. Outside, a vintage tractor awaits to take you through the forest of fright. Eventually, you arrive at a dark maze, where more horror is to be had.
Fri-Sat, 7-10 pm. $25-$100.
56 Main Street, Clinton (908-735-4101)
The Dark Carnival
This modern-day freak show features its own take on classic attractions of the past. The showmen include Morbus, the Aquatic Fish Boy; Mongo, the Human Mutant; and Algano, the Amphibious Lizard Man.
Fri-Sat, 7-11 pm; Sun, 7-10 pm. $20.
136 Atlantic City Boulevard, Bayville (732-599-5147)
Night of Terror
Creamy Acres Farms offers six chilling attractions, including a 25-minute haunted hayride. Creatures lurk at every twist and turn.
Thurs, 6:30-9 pm; Fri-Sat, 6:30-10 pm. $35-$75.
448 Lincoln Mill Road, Mullica Hill (856-223-1669)