23 Spooktacular Halloween Events in Rockland County, NY Your Kids Will Love
Have a spooky season full of thrills, chills, and some not-so-scary fun at these Halloween events in Rockland County, NY!
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WHEN: Through Nov. 7: daily, 12-5:30pm
WHERE: LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester, 39 Fitzgerald St., Yonkers
WHAT: Say Brick-or-Treat, and get into the Halloween spirit with all types of spooky activities and transform LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester into a hauntingly fun time!
WANT TO GO? $24.99.
The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze
WHEN: Through Nov. 21: See website for schedule
WHERE: Van Cortlandt Manor, 525 S. Riverside Ave., Croton-on-Hudson
WHAT: Meander through an 18th-century landscape and discover a breathtaking display of more than 7,000 illuminated jack o’ lanterns—all designed and hand-carved on site by a team of artisans. New for 2021, gawk at the always-impressive New York City skyline’s pumpkin treatment and take a stroll under the sea in an immersive river display. Complete with synchronized lighting and an original soundtrack, this one-of-a-kind event is not to be missed!
WANT TO GO? $40-$48; $32-$36 ages 3-17. Advanced registration required.
Halloween Activities in New Jersey
Harvest Moon Nights
WHEN: Through Oct. 30: Friday-Saturday, 6-10pm (last entry at 8:30pm)
WHERE: Alstede Farms, 1 Alstede Farm Lane, Chester, NJ
WHAT: Delight in picking your own pumpkin, enjoy live entertainment, and sip fresh pressed cider, all while creating the perfect family memories around a campfire. Enjoy apple cider doughnut ice cream, pumpkin ice cream, and other seasonal favorites at the ice cream window. Admission includes hay wagon rides, corn maze by flashlight, entry to the pumpkin patch (price for pumpkin additional), live entertainment, warm campfire, and fresh pressed hot and cold apple cider.
WANT TO GO? $17.99. Advanced registration required.
Dinosaurs After Dark
WHEN: Through Oct. 30: Friday-Saturday, 6:45-9:30pm
WHERE: Field Station: Dinosaurs, 40 Fort Lee Road, Leonia, NJ
WHAT: A spooky, funny and thrilling adventure for the whole family featuring a lantern lit tour of the park, the Mesozoic Midway, and more! But watch out! The trails are dark and there’s a hungry T-Rex lurking in the shadows. A fearless Dinosaur Wrangler will lead a Tyrannosaurus Hunt along the Field Station’s darkened trails with a stop at every dinosaur and a few surprises along the way. At the end of the night, everyone will gather around the campfire for a dinosaur sing-along, roasted marshmallows and hot chocolate!
WANT TO GO? $24.95, explorer pass; $16.95, day pass; free for children younger than 2
Halloween Light Show
WHEN: Through Oct. 31: Sunday-Thursday, 7-9pm; Friday-Saturday, 7-9:30pm
WHERE: Demarest Farms, 244 Wierimus Road, Hillsdale, NJ
WHAT: Take your vehicle on a guided tour through 32 acres of brilliant Halloween light displays, enjoy farm fresh goodies, warm-up by the fire pits, and make your own s’mores and hot cocoa.
WANT TO GO? $35 per car.
WHEN: Through Oct. 31: Friday, 5:30pm-12am; Saturday, 11am-12am; Sunday, 11am-10pm
WHERE: Six Flags Great Adventure, 1 Six Flags Blvd., Jackson, NJ
WHAT: Dare to enter the Halloween event of the season, featuring family-friendly attractions during the day...and thrills once the sun goes down.
WANT TO GO? Prices start at $29.99. Reservations required.
Nickelodeon Universe: Nickelodeon Booniverse!
WHEN: Oct. 8-31, Friday-Sunday, 11am-10pm; Monday-Thursday, 1-7pm
WHERE: American Dream, 1 American Dream Way, East Rutherford, NJ
WHAT: Join Nickelodeon Universe for the Monster Mash Bash, conga lines, meet-and-greets with your favorite Nickelodeon characters in costume, spooky trivia, and more.
WANT TO GO? $75; $65 ages 3-9; $63.75 military; $59 seniors. Advanced registration required.
WHEN: Oct. 9-31, Thursday-Sunday, and Oct. 11, 10am-5pm
WHERE: Liberty Science Center, 222 Jersey City Blvd., Jersey City, NJ
WHAT: Pick out the perfect pumpkin, stroll through the Spooky Pathway, check out the Creepy Crawler Corner, enjoy the Monsters of the Night Sky astronomy show or the Halloween Laser Show, and work it out on the dance floor at the Monster Mash Dance Party. Outside, be sure to make your way through the Spider Maze and then dig for fossils at the Dino Dig Adventure. You'll also find fun fall treats and drinks to enjoy! The fun wraps up at the Fall Fest Finale, a big weekend of trick-or-treating, costumes, and more Oct. 30-31.
WANT TO GO? $27.99; $24.99 seniors 62 and older; $22.99 ages 2-12. Advanced registration required.
WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 24, 6:30-8pm
WHERE: Tenafly Nature Center, 313 Hudson Ave., Tenafly, NJ
WHAT: Meet several live nocturnal animals on a sensory walk along the trails. Designed to be entertaining and educational. Tours take 1½ hours. Participants can enjoy refreshments and crafts around the campfire after the tour.
WANT TO GO? $16; $11 members. Advanced registration required.
David Caserta's Haunted Illusions
WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 24, 3pm
WHERE: Bergen Performing Arts Center, 30 N. Van Brunt St., Englewood, NJ
AGES: 9 and older
WHAT: Treat your family to an evening of mind-blowing magic and comedy that gets the whole audience into the act. Master illusionist David Caserta, who was featured on NBC’s America’s Got Talent has people levitate, disappear, and reappear right before the audience’s eyes. Witness new illusions created just for this show. What better way to celebrate Halloween than with an incredible night of magic?!
WANT TO GO? $19-$39. Advanced registration required.
Zoo Boo 2021
WHEN: Oct. 30-31, Saturday-Sunday, 10am-5pm
WHERE: Bergen County Zoo, 216 Forest Ave., Paramus, NJ
WHAT: Celebrate Halloween at the zoo with trick-or-treating, a friendly train ride, mad science, and more!
WANT TO GO? $8 zoo tickets; $5 train tickets.
Main image: Fall Fest at Liberty Science Center; courtesy Liberty Science CenterHere at Rockland Parent, we've got everything you need to have a safe, fun, and festive fall and Halloween season. Whether it is pumpkin or apple picking, getting lost in a corn maze, making Halloween crafts or finding costumes and decorations, we're here to help.