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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.
The Great Pumpkin Weekend at Turtle Back Zoo- West Orange, NJ
Celebrate Columbus Day weekend pumpkin-style at Turtle Back's Great Pumpkin Weekend. Festivities include live music, a pumpkin carver, animal enrichment, and giveaways.
Boo at Space Farms Zoo & Museum- Sussex, NJ
October 15, 22 and 29
Let the kids get decked out in their Halloween finest, and visit Space Farms Zoo for a costume contest and goody bags. Plus, costumed kids under 12 receive free admission with a paying adult.
Boo at the Cape May County Zoo- Cape May, NJ
Events for the entire family, such as a magic show, amusement rides, candy, kids' craft stations, Halloween costume contest, and over 500 animals! And it's all FREE!
Boo at the Cohanzick Zoo- Bridgeton, NJ
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.
Zoo Boo at the Bergen County Zoo- Paramus, NJ
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).
Safe Howl-O-Ween- West Orange NJ
Trick-or-treat among furry friends at Turtle Back's perfect-for-little-ones event right on Halloween. Candy stations will be set up throughout the zoo. Plus, hop aboard the train ride for more Halloween amusement.
And if you are in NYC:
Boo at the Bronx Zoo- Bronx, NY
Saturdays and Sundays thru October 30
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!
Originally published 2012