Yes, it's the spookiest month of the year--and October is also chock-full of fun family activities all over our great state! Forget that door-to-door treat-trolling and try something different this year: take your family to an NJ zoo. It's always an enjoyable way to spend a family day, but add some candy, costumes and fun activities and your little NJ ghouls will be having a blast in no time! And don't forget to check out our Halloween Activities Guide.
Night of the Living Zoo (West Orange, NJ)
October 24, 2015
Celebrate this ghoulish time of the year by visiting the Turtle Back Zoo at night! Enjoy music, performance artists, and a costume contest. Learn about nighttime animal adaptations, catch a frightful train ride, and leave with a new temporary tattoo. Call 973-731-5800 for more info.
Boo at the Cape May County Zoo (Cape May, NJ)
October 17, 2015
Events for the entire family, such as a free magic show, free inflatable obstacle course and slide, free candy, free kids' craft stations, free Halloween costume contest, and over 500 animals! For more info, call 609-465-1033
Boo at the Cohanzick Zoo (Bridgeton, NJ)
October 24, 2015
Come for a little Boo at NJ's very first zoo. Wear your creepiest, prettiest, wildest costume for a fun & treat filled family friendly event!, with treats, crafts, face painting, costumes and more. For more info, call 856-453-1658.
Zoo Boo at the Bergen County Zoo (Paramus, NJ)
October 23-24, 2015
The Bergen County Zoo goes Boo for Halloween, with trick-or-treating, ghostly storytelling, magic shows and an eerie train ride (train ride not recommended for younger children). Tickets go quickly for this event! For more info, call 201-262-3771 ex. 110
And if you are in NYC:
Boo at the Bronx Zoo, Bronx, NY
Saturdays and Sundays thru November 1, 2015
A Halloween tradition at the Bronx Zoo. Every weekend from now until Halloween, celebrate the spookiest month of the year with creepy crawling animals and reptiles, hay rides, a haunted mansion, live music, magic, a hay maze, pumpkin carving, children’s theater and tons more! 718-367-1010
Originally published 2012