A Guide to Socially-Distanced Haunted Attractions in Northern New Jersey

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October means spooky season, and that usually means braving the different haunted houses, haunted corn mazes, and haunted hayrides in the area. But this year, things may look a little different. A CDC advisory identified “going to an indoor haunted house” as a high-risk Halloween activity that should be avoided to prevent the spread of COVID-19. And according to state guidelines, any haunted house that requires paid admission will be subject to the general indoor recreational business restrictions and must operate at a 25% capacity limit. So it begs the question — are all these haunted attractions open this season? We’ve created a guide on what haunted experiences are open, and how they are following all COVID-19 guidelines.

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13th Hour Haunted House {105 W Dewey Avenue Suite 5, Wharton, NJ 07885}

13th Hour Haunted House

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A real haunted trio, whether you’re looking for a haunted house, escape room, or haunted hatchet — 13th Hour has you covered. Ranked as one of the best-haunted attractions in the country, this scare zone will be open for the 2020 season. The team at 13th Hour will be enforcing social distancing guidelines, including:

  • Teaming up with Stay Safe Sanitizing to help disinfect their rooms, while using hospital-grade disinfectants and eco-friendly products. 
  • All groups will be private — no pairing up with strangers. 
  • There will be multiple lobbies/bathrooms to keep groups separated. 
  • Hand sanitizers, gloves, and masks will all be available — while all actors will be wearing masks. 
  • Haunted Houses and escape rooms will be electrostatic disinfected several times throughout the night. And the team at 13th Hour will be enforcing social distancing guidelines.

Secure your tickets here this October.

Brighton Asylum {2 Brighton Avenue, Passaic, NJ 07055}

Brighton Asylum

{Photo credit: @brightonasylum}

Featured on The Today Show, Cake Boss, Buzzfeed, and visited by actor James Franco — the Brighton Asylum is one of the scariest and most interactive haunted houses in the country. Brighton will be taking the appropriate measures to ensure safety throughout the attraction that includes:

  • Timed Ticketing – Brighton Asylum will continue its use of timed ticketing as a major strategy to space out groups and help keep people safe.
  • Reduced Capacity – Because of the timed ticketing system, Brighton Asylum will be running the event at a limited capacity to ensure everyone’s safety. Groups will also not be joined with any other group when visiting the haunted houses, ax throwing, or escape rooms.
  • All customers and staff will receive a temperature screening prior to entering the park.
  • Socially Distanced queue line
  • Face Coverings required for staff + customers
  • Hourly facility cleaning + sanitization – Brighton Asylum has employed dedicated staff to clean and sanitize our facility every thirty minutes. Bathrooms will be sanitized after every use.
  • Hand sanitizing stations + hand washing stations available throughout the event
  • Industrial grade air ventilation

To purchase your tickets, head to their website.

Read More: Kid-Friendly, Socially Distanced Halloween Ideas in Hoboken + Jersey City

Farm of Horrors {1051 County Road 523, Flemington, NJ 08822}

Farm of Horrors

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Located in Flemington, NJ — experience four different horrifying attractions {Hayride of Horror, Trail of Terror, Massacre Maze, and Carnevil of Chaos} on 200+ acres of fright. Farm of Horrors opened for the season on October 3rd, 2020, and will run through Halloween. Farm of Horrors released the following statement regarding COVID-19 precautions:

“We are COVID compliant. We ask that all customers wear a face-covering/mask and practice social distancing. Temperature screenings will be conducted. Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or greater will not be permitted to enter. Do not join us if you are experiencing flu-like or COVID – like symptoms or are ill. Wagons will be sanitized after every use and we’ll have hand sanitizer at each gate.”

So make sure to grab your tickets here.

Nightmare at Gravity Hill {1005 Farmingdale Road, Jackson, NJ 08527}

Nightmare at Gravity Hill

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This is your destination for fear and haunted farm experience. Terror waits in “The Woods Have Eyes”, “Blackout”, and the “Saw Mill Escape Room”. As far as COVID-19 precautions, a PPE mask must be worn at all times while on the premises, high touch contact surface will be frequently cleaned and sanitized — as well as costumes and masks, and there will be hand sanitizer on-site for use before/after participating in the haunted attractions. Tickets can only be purchased on-site at the ticket booth.

Oasis Island of Terror {3 Circle Drive, Robbinsville, NJ 08691}

Featured in Weird NJ, Gravity Hill features otherworldly powers along with an extensive cast of terrifying ghouls, zombies, creepy clowns, and more. The “haunted walkthrough will change the way you sleep at night – or make sure you never sleep again”. Precautionary safety measures will be in place when visiting Gravity Hill, and face masks must be worn at all times while on the haunted property.

See More: Virtual + In-Person Halloween Events in Hoboken and Jersey City

Pantophobia {53 Craig Road, Montvale, NJ 07645}

Pantophobia nj

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Entirely outdoors {and entirely spooky}, Pantophobia will be incorporating new scenes for 2020 – and they will tell the story of “The Return of Cyrus Grain”. A wagon ride from start to finish, purchase your tickets for Pantophobia in advance here. The attraction will follow these COVID-19 protocols:

  • All guests must wear a mask while waiting in line, and on the wagon during the ride.
  • All guests will have their temperature taken by a touchless thermometer before getting in line.
  • The wagons will be sanitized before EVERY ride.
  • All interactive props will be sanitized after every wagon.
  • All guests will have to sanitize their hands before boarding our wagons {sanitizing stations will be available while in line while loading and unloading the wagon}
  • Space will be limited to the wagons.
  • All Pantophobia employees will be tested and screened daily.
  • All employees will wear face coverings while working.

Scare Farm {120 South Branch Road, Hillsborough, NJ}

Enter if you dare — The Scare Farm hosted on a haunted field will again be hosting three spooky attractions. Due to COVID-19 concerns, the Creepy Hollow, Paranoia Walking Trails, and The Slayride {hayride} attractions will be one continuous attraction for the price of one. Some of the additional protocols include — all guests will be required to wear face masks at all times, redesigned queue lines have been designed to ensure social distancing, and tickets will now be available on a first-come-first-serve basis via online ticketing here.

Scary Rotten Farms {151 Brick Boulevard, Brick Township, NJ 08723}

Scary Rotten Farms

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The three terrifying haunts at Scary Rotten Farms are sure to put you in the Halloween spirit. “Sinister Sneed’s Chaotic Carnival of Chaos”, “Twisted Tales”, and “Blacked: The Plague” are all attractions that are up and running this October. And as part of Scary Rotten Farms COVID-19 policies, guests will be required to wear a mask/properly social distance, hand sanitizers will be provided at each attraction entrance, and staff will be required to undergo temperature checks before beginning work. Purchase your tickets for one {or all} of the three haunts here.

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Taylor is an {overly} proud Jersey girl, who has been lucky enough to call Hoboken home for the last three years, and Jersey City for two prior. Originally from a small town in Hunterdon County, Taylor received her degree in multimedia journalism from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. She also spent some time in Miami, but always knew she’d find her way to Hoboken. Taylor has a career in sports, digital, and social media strategy in the NYC area. A lover of all things local, she has a long list of favorite restaurants and coffee shops where she spends a good chunk of her time. You can also catch her running on the waterfront, walking her new pup, watching reruns of Real Housewives, or making a trip to HomeGoods