Some haunted, spooky, and full moon organized hikes happening in New Jersey during October 2019.
For suggested hikes to do on your own, check out Halloween Hikes in NJ.
And for more haunted New Jersey, check out Weird NJ’s:
- “Home State Hauntings – True Stories of Ghostly Places in NJ“
- “Jersey Devils, Bizarre Beasts and Other Creatures“
FRIDAY & SATURDAYS
Oct 11 – Nov 2
Parvin State Park
8:00 – 11 pm
$5 per person.
The event will start off with a hayride and take you to an area where there will be a short walk then back onto the hayride. This event is a family oriented activity for all ages.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11
Environmental Education Center in Basking Ridge
6:30pm – 7:30pm
$6 per person
Led by a Naturalist, adventurers will explore the Great Swamp while listening for animal sounds and using their night vision to walk the swampy trails beneath the stars. Walks will depart every 15 minutes with concurrent indoor activities including a maze, live critters, refreshments, and more. Rain date: October 13. 908 722-1200 ext. 5002.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19
Duke Farms – Hillsborough
5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Have some seasonal fun while walking a 1.5-mile loop discovering some of the “spooky” flora and fauna of New Jersey. This family-friendly event focuses on nocturnal and native wildlife. Visit with a wolf, view the night-time sky, learn about our reptiles, and get to know some of the slimy critters that live in our woods. Get your creature on!
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26
Tenafly Nature Center
3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Join Tenafly Nature Center’s Environmental Educators as they guide small groups along our trails for an adventure. Stop along the way to meet a host of forest creatures WHOOOO may just teach you all about how they survive at TNC, and for the first time we will be turning our butterfly house into a MOTH HOUSE. Tours take around 1.5 hours, and are designed to be entertaining & educational, never scary.
Wharton State Forest / Batsto Historic Village
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Come out for scary stories and our annual Jersey Devil Hunt. Call (609) 567-4559 for more info. and to make sure there is room for you and your group. This is a weather-permitting event.
Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed
6:00pm – 8:30pm
$18 per person
Ages 5 and up
Join us on a journey through the woods on a crisp autumn night. You will follow your guide on a trail of glowing Jack O’ Lanterns; along the way you stop to meet the characters in an Irish folktale. While other Halloween programs are designed to frighten, our goal is to educate and enchant.
Whitesbog Preservation Trust
7 – 9PM
$10 per person
Haunted Lantern Tour, past the cottages, through the museum, into the Pine Barrens woods. Walkers will be on their feet, over some rough terrain, old houses, in the woods, watch out for branches and creepy crawlies! The hike distance is a little over a half mile. Family friendly.
Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center – Chatham Township
Time slots between 5:30-7:45 p.m
Ages 6 & Up
$8 per person.
Hear silly, slightly spooky, and nature-themed tales told by costumed storytellers along the decorated nighttime trails of the Great Swamp. Sign up in advance for a time slot. Preregistration is required.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27
Palisades Interstate Park – Kearney House at Alpine Picnic Area & Boat Basin
5:30 – 7:30 PM
“Eeric” Nelsen will lead hikers on a 3 mile route — but about half of it in the dark. Nelsen will pepper his historical narrative with tales of riverfront “bone factories” and the forgotten graves of anonymous travelers, drowned and washed ashore during the heyday of navigation along the great river. Participants should bring flashlights for the hike — and can look forward to enjoying a cup of hot cider and some cookies back at the Kearney House.