A Spooktacular New Jersey Day Trip (with a bit of Pennsylvania!)

Sesame Place Spooktacular, Washington's Crossing, and New Hope

Our family had such a spooktacular state-hopping daytrip yesterday that I just had to share the itinerary. It involved furry monsters, a historical state park (that actually spans two states) and a ghost tour. Not only did we enjoy our stops, but the ride was just beautiful with the fall foliage. If you're looking for a day trip that combines the best of fall with the best of Halloween, read on!


Our travel time was just over an hour each way, but we managed to hit up three awesome New Jersey and Pennsylvania autumn hotspots. We visited Sesame Place for The Count's Halloween Spooktacular, Washington Crossing State Park (NJ side) and Washington Crossing Historic Park (PA side), and New Hope, Pennsylvania.

We started our day with a beautiful drive down Routes 31 and 29 in Northwestern, New Jersey. The foliage and farms we passed along the way made our trip seem quick and there were plenty of places to stop along the way, but we had a special stop in mind. We took a short break at Washington Crossing State Park in Titusville, New Jersey. It's a beautiful spot for a picnic and history lesson all in one.

Washington Crossing State Park
Hours: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm daily
Free After Labor Day until Memorial Day
(609) 737-0623

Next we headed to Sesame Place for the Count's Halloween Spooktacular! During The Spooktacular, which runs through October 28th, families are encouraged to come dressed in costume as they enjoy Sesame Place, which is decked out with Halloween decor. Enjoy trick-or-treating throughout the park and a family–friendly hayride with everyone’s favorite Sesame Street friends. In addition to the park’s Spooktacular-focused attractions, Sesame Place’s dozen dry rides are also open for guests to enjoy. Children 2 and under are free. Cuteness abounded everywhere with little ones in costume accompanied by their favorite furry monsters! Next weekend is Grover's Birthday Bash (October 13 and 14) followed by Abby Cadabby's Fairy Pumpkin Party (October 20 and 21) with another Halloween Party hosted by the Count (October 29 and 30). Not to get too far ahead of ourselves, but we're also looking forward to A Very Furry Christmas during December weekends!)

Sesame Place
The park is open weekends only 9/8 through 10/28. Sesame Place is open for A Very Furry Christmas event on select dates beginning 11/17/12 through 12/31/12. Visit their website for pricing and more details.

We had such a great time at Sesame Place in Pennsylvania that we decided to take our time getting home. We accidentally found Pennsylvania's answer to New Jersey's Washington Crossing State Park, Washington Crossing Historic Park. They are redoing their visitor center and have some great upcoming reenactments coming up. Check their website for more details.

Washington Crossing Historic Park
Free, but some tours charge a fee

We ended our day in New Hope, Pennsylvania, the perfect spooky ending to a spooktacular day. The ambiance of New Hope, heightened by the Halloween decorations and people-watching of characters of all kinds, was a great end to the day. There are so many activities in New Hope for kids from ice cream and river rides to ghost tours. We bought tickets for our older kiddos for a special ghost tour later this month.

No, we aren't as accomplished or historical as George Washington, but after a day of history, beauty and Halloween fun, we felt pretty special crossing the Delaware that night back to New Jersey.

Washington Crossing State Park
355 Washington Crossing-Pennington Road
08560-1517 Titusville , NJ 40° 18' 33.0192" N, 74° 50' 47.1732" W
New Jersey
Sesame Place
100 Sesame Road Langhorne
19047 Langhorne , PA 40° 10' 28.3944" N, 74° 55' 21.6012" W
Washington Crossing Historic Park
Route 532 and River Road
18977 Washington Crossing , PA 40° 17' 37.4928" N, 74° 52' 14.1672" W