Best Neighborhoods to Trick-or-Treat on Halloween in New Jersey

A fox hands out candy to trick-or-treaters in Pitman. Photo by Lisa Warden
A fox hands out candy to trick-or-treaters in Pitman. Photo by Lisa Warden
10/27/23 - By Kaylynn Chiarello Ebner

If you're looking to up your Halloween game this year, we've got the scoop on the best places to trick-or-treat in New Jersey. These Halloween-obsessed New Jersey towns and neighborhoods deck out their homes every year with fabulous Halloween decorations to delight trick-or-treaters big and small. Others turn their streets into festive Halloween block parties.

Where can you join in the fun near your home? We’ve compiled a list of dozens of towns and neighborhoods that are worth a visit for trick-or-treating in New Jersey. Those who make the trip can expect lots of treats—not to mention some prime photo-ops.

Find more fun in our Halloween Guide for New Jersey Families, including where to go pumpkin picking and the best FREE Halloween events for local kids.


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Remember, if you’re a guest in these neighborhoods, remind the kids to treat homes and decorations with an extra level of respect. Since big trick-or-treating crowds can cost big bucks for homeowners, pitch in if you find a donation bin or crowd-sourcing fund. Or, surprise a couple of generous homeowners by paying it forward with a small token of appreciation or a few bags of candy for them to give out to others.

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This affluent community (home to many celebrities) puts up incredible decorations every year and is known to be very generous with goodies, which are reported to include full-size candy bars and small gift cards!

Fort Lee

Need a little trick-or-treating appetizer? The Fort Lee Business District Alliance holds a nice Falloween event, where kids dress up and trick-or-treat for a celebration in Hudson Lights Park. This year, there will be There will be a DJ, photo booth, face painting, temporary tattoos, a magician, balloon twisters, candy, popcorn, cotton candy, and more. Costumes are encouraged!

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Trick or treat in New Jersey Halloween Highway
Clinton Place is known as Hackensack's "Halloween Highway." Photo by John Kay via Flickr


Clinton Place is known for having creative and over-the-top Halloween decorations on nearly every home on the street. Each house is more elaborate than the next, with themes that range from scary and macabre to pumpkin-patch sweet. Day or night, you won’t be sorry to spend some time on Hackensack’s “Halloween Highway.” Some years, this community event also doubles as a fundraiser for local charities.


Halloween in the college streets section of Oakland is lovely. Homes put out beautiful decorations and play music, making for a laid-back block party vibe.

Trick or treat in New Jersey Ridgewood's Halloween Maze
Bring little ones to Ridgewood's Halloween Maze in the daytime, before it gets too spooky.


Don't miss the Halloween maze on 124 Sheridan Terrace, where a local family turns its backyard into a huge haunted maze that can take up to 30 minutes to travel through. Got young kids? Go in the daytime before the maze creatures come out.

Saddle Brook

The town's annual Halloween house-decorating contest typically has a lot of participants (such as homes on Oxford Avenue and Nedellec Drive), making trick-or-treating extra fun.

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The famously decorated Martorana house was a mainstay in Wayne, but has recently relocated to 44 Augusta Hill Road. See more than 200 Halloween inflatables set up on the grounds, and enjoy the generosity of this family, who doles out treats in the days leading up to the holiday, too. Keep an eye on its Facebook page for updates on hours—weather can affect the decor—and special events.

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Every year Dr. Wayne Gangi fills his lawn at 562 Grove Street with an extreme Halloween display. It's pretty scary at night, so take care when visiting this spooky Halloween house with younger kids.


Not for the faint of heart, the Hawthorne House of Horrors at 193 Lafayette is packed with tons of visitors from the afterlife. It's a traffic stopper for sure! Other cool displays nearby include the Summit Ave Cemetery at 51 Summit Avenue, the Wolf Man Boneyard at 351 North Fourth Avenue, and the Hawthorne Skeleton House at 80 Eighth Avenue


Entire families get in on the Halloween action, decking out their strollers like parade floats for the annual Ragamuffin Parade, which kicks off at 11am on Washington and 13th streets. Retailers along Washington Street dole out treats for the crowds, and savvy trick-or-treaters detour to upper Bloomfield Street for a big candy haul.

Jersey City

For family-friendly Halloween fun, check out Newark Avenue Pedestrian Mall for tons of trick-or-treating. Some years, there are kid-friendly events like face painting, a bouncy house, and music. Some fees apply. Businesses along Central Avenue in the Heights attract hordes of trick-or-treaters in the afternoon, too.

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Trick or treat in New Jersey Maplewood, New Jersey
Houses on Prospect Street in Maplewood get creative—and occasionally political. Photo by Rose Gordon Sala

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Maplewood Village

Maplewood Avenue (between Baker and Durand) usually closes to cars from 2-5:30pm for trick-or-treating, music, a parade, and a costume contest on Halloween. Trick-or-treaters' favorite territories include the neighborhoods along Maplewood Avenue, just west of it, and also Golf Island, a sliver of the town lodged between the middle school and the golf course. Those looking for truly tricked-out houses, though, should head to Prospect Street, a long and busy thoroughfare lined with grand homes, many bedecked in ghosts and goblins. There are also some spectacularly decorated homes on Clinton, Salter, and Summit.


Locals know Montclair and Midland Avenues are great for trick-or-treating, with lots of beautifully decorated homes. And visit the businesses on Bloomfield and Church streets for extra goodies.

South Orange

Spooky spirits take over downtown for the annual Halloween Festival, which takes place in Spiotta Park from 11am-1pm on the Sunday before Halloween. The festivities include a costume contest, a visit from Wanda the Giant Witch, and trick-or-treating at local businesses.

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Home to popular pick-your-own haven Alstede Farms, Chester has become a fall destination for families throughout the tri-state area—and Halloween night is no exception. Many downtown businesses love visits from trick-or-treating ghosts and ghouls.


A source close to the action recommends heading to downtown Denville for some excellent trick-or-treating at local businesses, where merchants hand out top-notch treats.

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Trick or treat in New Jersey Madison's Dead and Breakfast Inn
Don't miss the spooky sights at the Dead and Breakfast Inn in Madison.


The large old houses in Madison make it a fun place to trick-or-treat, and the Dead and Breakfast Inn at 100 Ridgedale Avenue takes decorating to another level. Every window, porch, and tree is decked out with spooky visitors.

Roxbury Township

The Halloween House on Alcott Way in the Succasunna section of Roxbury has been treating visitors to amazing Halloween scenes for years. It takes a month to build this incredible display, which includes tons of skeletons, a graveyard, and an enormous pirate ship complete with a “shooting” cannon. Note that some decorations are a little bit on the scary side, so use discretion with very small children.

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An extreme Halloween display haunts Rahway every year on Maple Avenue, courtesy of the D'Emilio family. From zombies and ghouls to jump-out props, this house is sure to raise the hair on the back of your neck. Also in Rahway, there's a Halloween Spooktacular event on Saturday, October 28, 2023.

Roselle Park

Bender Avenue is known as Halloween Central to the locals. What was once just a small house-decorating contest has morphed into a not-to-be-missed Halloween event that attracts thousands of people every year.

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Trick or treat in New Jersey Scotch Plains, NJ
Halloween means it's time for candy galore! Photo by Laurie Rein

Scotch Plains

Coles Avenue throws killer block parties, and Halloween is no exception. The street is closed to cars, and homeowners treat kids to sweets and a true neighborhood party.


Many families head to Dudley Avenue, where large homes with spectacular decorations make for great Halloween fun. On the weekends in October, the Downtown Westfield Corporation sponsors Addams Fest, a Halloween celebration of all creepy and kooky creations of local artist Charles Addams, featuring trunk-or-treating and lots more.

Trick or treat in New Jersey Lambertville
Lambertville goes all-out with its spooky Halloween houses. Photo by Kate Whitman via Instagram

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Some neighborhoods love Halloween—and then there’s Lambertville, which goes above and beyond to get into the Halloween spirit. Among the streets worth visiting is North Union Street (from York to Buttonwood Streets), which boasts elaborate house decorations and neighbors who are eager to treat kids to sweets. The combination makes the area a go-to destination for thousands of trick-or-treaters every year. While you’re on North Union, stop by the Halloween House of Lambertville, where a retired art teacher displays her 60+ homemade, glowing, black-light plaster figures. It’s a sight you won’t want to miss.

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Bound Brook

Don't miss 31 Skeletons at 281 Chestnut Street, where the homeowners create an amazing skeleton-inspired Halloween display.

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Trick or treat in New Jersey Bridgewater
See a rotating roster of incredible skeleton scenes at 13 Skeletons in Bridgewater.


Continue the skeleton tour and drive by 13 Skeletons at 948 US Highway 202/206, between Heather Hill and Bluestone. Creative scenes involving 13 skeletons magically appear on the property and are changed regularly in the weeks leading up to Halloween. The street is too busy to trick or treat on, but it's fun to visit for some pre-Halloween fun.


You won't want to miss the Spooktacular on October 31, 2023. Activities have been planned at three locations from 3-6pm: Main Street, Division St, and the Somerset County Courthouse Lawn. Activities will include trick-or-treating at participating businesses, music and games, pumpkin painting, and hayrides that will transport families around the downtown.

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Homeowners here go all-out with fabulous decorations, especially some homes on Main Street.

Trick or treat in New Jersey Toms River Halloween Parade
Toms River hosts one of the largest Halloween parades in the world.

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Toms River

Toms River is home to one of the largest and most amazing Halloween parades in the world! Sponsored by Toms River Fire Company No. 1, this 80+-year-old parade is adored by the community. A change from years past: The parade will march on Tuesday, October 31, 2023 at 7pm. The parade starts at the Toms River Shopping Centre on the corner of Route 37 and Route 166 (Main Street), marches down Main Street, turns left onto Washington Street, and finishes at the corner of Hooper Avenue.

Also in Toms River—which just might be the Halloween-iest town in New Jersey—is Terror on South Main Street, a family home that transforms into one of the state's coolest Halloween attractions every year. The property hosts a trick-or-treat bash, featuring music, live actors, and plenty of candy.

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Trick or treat in New Jersey kids in front of haunted house
Spooky animatronic ghosts haunt this house in Haddonfield. Photo by Lisa Warden

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Haddon Heights

Local homes are decked out for Halloween and official trick-or-treating hours in Haddon Heights run from 3-8pm on Tuesday, October 31, 2023. 


Head to Haddonfield for an incredible display of Victorian houses all decked out in Halloween decorations. One house is covered in crows, another has skeletons scaling it, and a third is being attacked by a monstrous spider. Our favorite spots are a house that turns its wrap-around porch into a "haunted house" you can tour and another that is covered in scary displays from every Stephen King movie. Goodies are usually top-notch here, with one home even serving its trick-or-treaters cotton candy in the past. 

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Monroe Township

A reader tipped us off to the Williamstown area, where the Chestnut Green development really does it up for Halloween. One of the highlights is Ironwood Drive, which features an interactive/walk-through haunted house and whose owners have been known to give out full-size candy bars.


Our son is obsessed with trick-or-treating in Pitman. These adorable Victorian homes go all out with their decorations. The way the town is organized, in a spoke wheel pattern around the church in the center, makes it easy to visit a lot of houses in a little bit of time. Plus, on Saturday, October 21, 2023, from 5-9pm, there's a FREE guided haunted walk through Alcyon Park. Registration is required.

Where To Go Trick-or-Treating in Cape May County

North Wildwood

For the Jersey Shore community, North Wildwood's Trunk-or-Treat and Block Party is the place to be on Saturday, October 28, 2023. Here, it's the cars' costumes that are showcased, with prizes for the best of the best. Kids can trick-or-treat at this block party along Olde NJ Avenue between Second and Walnut Avenues from 5:30-7pm. Pre-registration is required for vehicles.

Cape May

This southern Jersey Shore town gets spooky at Halloween, and businesses along the Washington Street pedestrian mall are prime trick-or-treat stops. Cape May's annual Halloween parade is held on Sunday, October 22, 2023, beginning at Perry Street and ending at the historic Emlen Physick Estate, where prizes are awarded.

This post was originally published in 2016 and has since been updated. Lisa Warden contributed additional reporting. Unless otherwise noted, photos courtesy of the houses/events