Experience Historic New Jersey

October: Haunted & Historic New Jersey

There’s a chill in the air and thoughts are turning to ghosts, goblins, and all things Halloween! Discover why New Jersey is the Crossroads of the American Revolution while you get a good scare at one of the state’s many centuries-old historic sites. Fact and legend mingle in spine-tingling stories and events. Here are just a few:

  1. By day it’s a charming rural Bayshore town. When the sun sets, Greenwich’s authentic Colonial streetscape reveals spooky stories as old as the bricks in the circa 1730 Gibbon House. Halloween Ghost Walking Tours along Ye Greate Street bring goosebumps and chills for those who take the spooky stroll through one of New Jersey’s greatest-preserved communities.
  2. Rumor has it that British soldiers were frightened from Union’s Liberty Hall by the sight of a ghost during the Revolutionary War.… but is it true? Discover the scary side of the fight for independence in a nighttime walk around the mansion grounds in Revolutionary Woods: Six Terrifying Tales from the American Revolution. You may even see the ghost of General Charles Lee, well-known from the television series “TURN.”
  3. In the dark of night, ghosts, ghouls and monsters fill the Haunted Village of Allaire in Farmingdale, inhabiting an old iron-producing company town. Take a haunted hayride, visit Mr. Allaire’s house and experience the Village in all its spooky glory. Enter if you dare!
  4. Looking for a gentler Halloween experience for young kids not ready for a scare? Bring the little ones to the heart of the Pinelands at Batsto Village in Wharton State Forest for “Haunting the Pines.” Appropriate for children 12 years old and younger, enjoy an afternoon of trick-or-treating and events in a town settled back in 1766.
  5. Bordentown was settled nearly a century before the founding of the United States, making it the perfect home for ghosts and goblins. You may just meet a few on the city’s popular Historic Ghost Walk. Revolutionary spy Patience Lovell Wright, Declaration of Independence signer Francis Hopkinson and American Red Cross founder Clara Barton are just a few of the luminaries who once lived in this town along the Delaware – and their spirits may yet remain!
  6. Long-lost Revolutionary-era sea captains and pirates haunt the boardwalk at Tuckerton Seaport for nights of screams and chills! Find your way through the phragmite maze, climb aboard a ghostly hayride and maybe even a peek at the Jersey Devil! Little ones can enjoy the seaport’s festive pumpkin patch for crafts, stories, games and delightful fall fun.

Find more Revolutionary events throughout New Jersey visit the Crossroads of the American Revolution website or New Jersey's Calendar of Events.