Halloween events are typically served with a shot of scare, much to the delight of thrill-seekers who wait year round to get shouted at by a costumed man with a chainsaw. But, if that’s not your cup of hot apple cider, don’t fret. We’ve compiled a list of Halloween happenings, ranked from the most blood-curdling of terrors to events so tame they’ll make even the scaredy-est of cats purr.
Scare level: Low
Bust out those Halloween costumes early for the Ocean City Halloween Parade 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26. The parade, which will feature local families, bands and entertainers, begins on Sixth Street and proceeds down Asbury to 11th Street. To participate call 800-813-5580.
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Enjoy one last weekend of Birch Grove Park’s Family Friendly Halloween Hayride 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday to Saturday. Located at 1700 Burton Ave. in Northfield. Tickets are $5. Go to CityofNorthfield.org.
At The Palm’s dinner theater, taking place 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, guests will enjoy a three-course dinner and “A Bewitching Murder” mystery show. Reserve your seat by calling 609-344-0483. Located at 2801 Pacific Ave. in Atlantic City. Tickets are $85. Go to ThePalm.com.
The Atlantic City Rotary will bring some spooky spirit to A.C. with its first annual Halloween parade Saturday, Oct. 28. Those interested in walking the parade should head to the Boardwalk at New Jersey Avenue at 2 p.m., dressed in costume. The parade steps off at 3 p.m. Go to ACRotary.org.
Last year’s Halloween Comicfest at Level Up Entertainment in the Hamilton Mall was a huge success. This year, it returns 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, with a cosplay competition from 4 to 5 p.m., panels, a workshop with author of the new “Pizza Tree” comic Mark Pulton, vendors and Halloween makeup and pumpkin demos. Located at 4403 E. Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing. Go to ShopHamilton.com.
Catch dinner and a show when the In-House Players present “The Devil, You Say” at Rifici’s Restaurant 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29. Solve the mystery and get the chance to win prizes. Located at 308 Absecon Blvd., Absecon. Tickets are $40. Call 609-641-2000.
The Atlantic City Ballet is back with its annual production of “Dracula,” an original work choreographed by the Ballet’s Artistic Director Phyllis Papa, who assures that this production is as family-friendly as they come. Check it out 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29, at the Circus Maximus Theater at Caesars Atlantic City. Located at 2100 Pacific Ave., Atlantic City. Tickets are $45 for adults and $20 for 18-and-under and students. Go to ACBallet.org.
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Sahl’s Father Son Farm has all the requisite fall activities — a corn maze, hayride, pumpkin patch and more. Open 4 to 7 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays through Nov. 5. Located at 420 W. Pestalozzi St., Galloway. Individual admission is $10.69. Call 609-965-9300 or go to FatherSonFarm.com.
If wandering around the street for your kid’s obligatory Halloween candy isn’t quite your thing, here are some local Trunk-or-Treats and other alternatives to hit:
Ocean City: 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28. Down Asbury Avenue at select stores. Go to OceanCityVacation.com.
Atlantic City: 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31. At Pop Lloyd Stadium, 1227 N. Indiana Ave., Bass Pro Shop, 30 N. Christopher Columbus Blvd., and Bader Field, 600 N. Albany Ave. Go to BassPro.com.
Scare level: Medium
The Absecon Lighthouse will have the New Jersey Researchers of Paranormal Evidence on hand during its Haunted Lighthouse tour 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28. Join them for a climb and an investigation of the over 100-year-old lighthouse. Located at 31 S. Rhode Island Ave. in Atlantic City. Tickets are $20 and must be reserved in advance. Tickets include snacks and beverages. Go to AbseconLighthouse.org.
Historic Smithville Village will turn into a scene from “The Walking Dead” from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at the Zombie Walk. Head there in your best zombie get-up, or have makeup artists turn you into the undead for $6. Live music from the Black Flamingos and the Primitive Finks and more will liven this deadly walk. Located at 1 N. New Road in Galloway Township. Free to walk. Go to HistoricSmithvilleNJ.com.
Scare level: High
The Scullville Fire Company is back for its 17th season with Terror in the Junkyard. Open 7 to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 7 to 10 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 29, the frightening venue hosts a hayride ($10), a car maze of terror ($5) and zombie apocalypse paintball sessions ($5 for 50 balls). Located at Fleming’s Junkyard, 353 Zion Road, Egg Harbor Township. Go to ScullvilleFire.org.
The Cornfield of Terror at R&J Farm is exactly what it sounds like — a corn maze where zombies and other terrifying things jump out at you. The weak of heart can opt for the non-haunted maze that they can navigate using only a flashlight. Admission is from dusk to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Sundays and dusk to 10:30 p.m. on Saturdays, through Oct. 29. Located at 723 W. Hershel St. in Egg Harbor City. Adult tickets are $14 or $19 for the combo, and kids 10 and under are $10/$15 for the combo. Go to CornfieldOfTerror.com.
Jon Bon Jovi performs at Phil Murphy event at Resorts
Last week, the crowd at a fundraiser for New Jersey gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy was treated to a three-song set by none other than Jon Bon Jovi. The performance took place in the 700-seat Ocean Ballroom inside Resorts Casino Hotel and featured the songs "Who Says You Can't Go Home," "Livin' on a Prayer," and a cover of the Beatles classic "Here Comes The Sun."