New Jersey is usually a very beautiful place (there’s even a whole Instagram account dedicated to it), but when it’s time for Halloween we can get downright freaky. That’s why the Garden State is home to some of the best haunted houses in the country just waiting to scare your pants off.
So, where can you go for some hair-raising entertainment? Check out one of these spooky spots in northern Jersey.
This nationally ranked haunted house and was voted “The Scariest Place on Earth” by The Today Show. Though it shut down in 1952, the asylum was reopened to guests in 2011 as a haunted attraction. Inside you’ll experience mind-blowing special effects and massive moving sets. There are even four escape rooms including 1408 Escape, The Tomb, The Device, and Bomb Squad and aZombie Attack where you get to shoot zombies with realistic looking replicas of actual M4 rifles.
With 70 live actors every night, this haunted house is the only one in the state that does not use animatronics. It’s super interactive and you may even have to climb over some pretty freaky things. To make it even scarier, visitors are brought through the house in very small groups to allow for an up close and personal experience.
There is no shortage of frightening attractions in this two-story house. You will have to navigate through numerous rooms where you’ll come in contact with special effects, movie-level props, actors, and super realistic scenes. The Haunted Scarehouse has been visited by celebrities and the horror film, “Abandoned In The Dark” was shot on location.
Sports fans will love this one because the stadium was formerly home to local baseball teams. It has since been turned into one heck of a haunted attraction. While this isn’t a lengthy haunted attraction (25 minutes), it’s all about your interaction with the zombified baseball players. Each room holds a different undead player or coach, waiting to harass you.
Nancy and Gregory Stewart have been putting on a Halloween Maze in their backyard for 21 years. Their youngest son, Tyler asked his parents for an obstacle course when he was four years old and it has since turned into a major attraction. The maze turns into a puzzle haunted by an evil clown complete with plastic appendages along the way. Bonus: it’s free.
Want to get in on the fun? Try the Liberty Science Center’s zombie survival experience. For more haunted houses, NJ.com is asking people to vote for the scariest.