October means spooky season, and that usually means braving the different haunted houses, haunted corn mazes, and haunted hayrides in the area. We’ve created a guide on what haunted experiences are a must-visit this season and what COVID protocols they’re following.
13th Hour Haunted House | 105 W Dewey Avenue Suite 5, Wharton
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A real haunted trio, whether you’re looking for a haunted house, escape room, or haunted hatchet throw— 13th Hour has you covered. Ranked as one of the best haunted attractions in the country, this scare zone will be open for the 2021 season. The team at 13th Hour will be enforcing social distancing guidelines, including:
- Teaming up with Stay Safe Sanitizing to help disinfect their rooms, while using hospital-grade disinfectants and eco-friendly products.
- All groups will be private — no pairing up with strangers.
- There will be multiple lobbies/bathrooms to keep groups separated.
- Hand sanitizers and masks will all be available.
- Haunted Houses and escape rooms will be electrostatic disinfected several times throughout the night.
Secure your tickets here this October.
Brighton Asylum | 2 Brighton Avenue, Passaic
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Featured on The Today Show, Cake Boss, Buzzfeed, and visited by actor James Franco — the Brighton Asylum is one of the scariest and most interactive haunted houses in the country. Brighton will be taking the appropriate measures to ensure safety throughout the attraction that includes:
- Timed Ticketing – Brighton Asylum will continue its use of timed ticketing as a major strategy to space out groups and help keep people safe.
- Hourly facility cleaning + sanitization – Brighton Asylum has employed dedicated staff to clean and sanitize our facility every thirty minutes. Bathrooms will be sanitized after every use.
- Hand sanitizing stations + hand washing stations are available throughout the event
- Industrial grade air ventilation
To purchase your tickets, head to the website.
Farm of Horrors | 1051 County Road 523, Flemington
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Four different horrifying attractions are located right in Flemington: Hayride of Horror, Trail of Terror, Massacre Maze, and Carnevil of Chaos. Farm of Horrors opened for the season on September 25, 2021, and will run through Halloween. The attractions are spread out of 200+ acres on the farm, so there’s plenty of room to run away from whatever terror finds you!
Make sure to grab your tickets here.
Nightmare at Gravity Hill | 1005 Farmingdale Road, Jackson
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This is your destination for fear and a haunted farm experience. Terror waits in the five-acre walkable trail at “Nightmare on Gravity Hill.” Visitors will find themselves wondering if the frights they’re experiencing are real, or only a nightmare.
Tickets can only be purchased on-site at the ticket booth, and ticket sales are cash-only.
Oasis Island of Terror | 3 Circle Drive, Robbinsville
Oasis Island of Terror has three distinct attractions: The Woods Have Eyes, Blackout, and the Sawmill Escape Room. The Sawmill Escape Room is the newest attraction, and claims to be a challenge that “truly blurs the line between reality and fiction.” The Woods Have Eyes is a haunted trail that is one mile long. Each activity is self-guided.
Tickets are only available on site.
Pantophobia | 53 Craig Road, Montvale
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Entirely outdoors and entirely spooky, Pantophobia will be incorporating new scenes for 2021 – and they will tell the story of “The Return of Cyrus Grain”. The attraction will follow these COVID-19 protocols:
- Guests are encouraged to wear a mask while waiting in line, and on the wagon during the ride.
- The wagons will be sanitized before EVERY ride.
- All interactive props will be sanitized after every wagon.
- All guests will have to sanitize their hands before boarding our wagons, and sanitizing stations will be available while in line while loading and unloading the wagon.
- All Pantophobia employees will be tested and screened daily.
Purchase your tickets for Pantophobia in advance here.
Scary Rotten Farms | 151 Brick Boulevard, Brick Township
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The three terrifying haunts at Scary Rotten Farms are sure to put you in the Halloween spirit. “Sinister Sneed’s Chaotic Carnival of Chaos,” “Delirious Requiem” and “Twisted Tales” are all attractions that are up and running this fall. And as part of Scary Rotten Farms COVID-19 policies, guests will be required to wear a mask, guests are asked to social distance throughout the property, hand sanitizers will be provided at each attraction entrance, and staff will be required to undergo temperature checks before beginning work.
Purchase your tickets for one (or all) of the three haunts here.