Written for MyCentralJersey.com on 10/18/17
Halloween may be falling on a Tuesday this year, but for fans of everything that’s creepy, chilling and gruesome, all that means is that we have two solid weekends left to celebrate one of America’s favorite holidays.
Here in Central Jersey, we have plenty of haunted attractions lurking in the darkness, armed with fake blood, costumed monsters and bloodcurdling screams. If you’re ready to get your annual dose of Halloween scares, check out these local haunted attractions for a hair-raising good time.
Scare Farm in Hillsborough
Norz Hill Farm of Hillsborough’s Scare Farm, which offers a haunted hay ride, Slay Ride, as well as two walking trails, Paranoia and Creepy Hollow, isn’t just a pop-up scare like many other Halloween attractions — Norz Hill Farm has some true haunted history lurking behind it.
Stories of two murders that happened within 100 yards of one another on the adjoining property are wound into Scare Farm’s attractions, which consist of a 16- to 20-minute hay ride that ventures through 50 acres, including the barn, a pasture and a cornfield as well as the 12- to 15-minute walking trails.
If you go: Scare Farm attractions at 120 South Branch Road, Hillsborough, run on Oct. 20, 21, 27 and 28 from 6:30 to 10 p.m. as well as Oct. 22 and Oct. 29 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. for $16 for one attraction, $26 for two attractions or three attractions for $35. For more information, visit scarefarm.com or call 908-371-2697.
Field of Terror in East Windsor
Lots of haunted attractions in Central Jersey set their scary stages on a farm, but Field of Terror in East Windsor uses the farm as their inspiration. According to Field of Terror folklore, “Farmer Frank” wanted to develop a better form of human life, so he experimented, attempting to cross the genetics of the local people with some of his crazy vegetation, resulting in the failed catastrophes who now inhabit the land.
On the 120 acres that include the Field of Terror, visitors can check out the Killer Kornfield corn maze, Zombie Attack haunted hayride and walk-through attractions the Unknown Barn and the House of Insanity, which is a new attraction for 2017. A family-friendly flashlight maze is also available.
If you go: Field of Terror at 831 Windsor Perrineville Road, East Windsor, offers attractions on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until Sunday, Oct. 29, from 7 to 10 p.m. Sundays and Thursdays and 7 to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. They will also be open on Halloween night from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $15 for a single attraction, $25 for two, $35 for three or $40 for all four. For more information, visit fieldofterror.com or call 609-758-7817.
Oasis Island of Terror in Robbinsville
No haunted house is needed at Oasis Island of Terror. Instead, this 1½-mile walk-through attraction at Oasis Family Farm known for its realistic scenes is designed to heighten your inner fears and senses.
Impressive effects, including a freezer, a church, a demented Christmas scene and psychotic clowns, have been noted for this family-owned and operated Halloween attraction now in its fifth year.
If you go: Oasis Island of Terror is at 3 Circle Drive, Robbinsville, and is open on Oct. 20, 21, 27, and 28 from 7 to 10 p.m. for $25 per person or $23 per person for groups of 15 of more. For more information, visit oasisislandofterror.com or call 609-259-7300.
Red Mill Haunted Village in Clinton
Every year, as it has for the past 27 years, the Red Mill Museum Village of Clinton transforms from an educational 1810 historical wool mill museum into the Red Mill Haunted Village, which includes 10 acres of fright consisting of the corridors of the haunted mill, a haunted hayride, a terrifying trail and a dark maze.
The theme of this year’s village is “Infection,” which also has kid-friendly Happy Haunts taking place on Oct. 14, 21 and 28. The Haunted Village is the largest annual fundraiser for the Red Mill Museum Village, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
If you go: The Red Mill Haunted Village is at the Red Mill Museum Village at 56 Main St. in Clinton and is open on Oct. 20, 21, 27 and 28 from 7 to 10 p.m. for $30 per person for a general admission ticket or $45 for a speed pass. For more information, visit redmillhauntedvillage.org or call 908-735-4101.