5 Decked-Out ‘Exhibits’ to Visit This Halloween

In between pumpkin patches and apple cider donut runs, check out these Bergen sights that go all out for spooky season.
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Photo courtesy of the Stranger Things House

 

You may have some pumpkins and mums on your stoop, and perhaps there is a skeleton or two who is making himself cozy on your front lawn, but trust us—that’s nothing. Many homes throughout Bergen County and the surrounding areas go all out for Halloween. We’re talking interactive displays, Christmas-esque light shows, the whole nine yards. Some homeowners have toned things down since COVID—while others like the popular exhibit at Kipp Avenue in Hasbrouck Heights have closed completely this year—but others are raring to go for Halloween 2021.

So, if you’re on the hunt for a fun, free, family-friendly and festive activity to do this month, bookmark this page and prioritize these local stops. Just click the links for details on each exhibit’s hours, weather limitations and more.

  • The Martorana Christmas House. Just a quick drive from Bergen County, 396 Fairfield Rd. in Wayne is a sight to behold in December, but the Martorana family also has an impressive Halloween display, which includes larger-than-life inflatables of all your favorite spooky characters. Evenings are the ideal time to visit, as lights go on at 4 p.m., and sometimes, you’ll find special guests pacing the driveway with treats.
  • Nightmare on River Road. For October 2021, this attraction has moved to New Bridge Farm and Garden at 563 River Rd. in New Milford, but it’s the same awesome idea—it’s essentially a haunted farm with over-the-top décor, festive items for purchase and photo ops and “free hugs” from goblins and zombies. What’s not to love?
  • The Ridgewood Halloween Maze. The Stewart family has been setting up a 1,000-square-foot maze in their backyard at 124 Sheridan Ter. for 26 Halloweens now, complete with mechanical ghouls, spiderwebs and plastic bones to set the mood. Kids and adults alike go back year after year to see if they can make it through the maze, which takes the average guest about an hour to solve.
  • The Stranger Things House. The Carotas of Fair Lawn are big fans of Stranger Things (and ’80s pop culture in general), and their Halloween decorations are an incredible ode to the hit Netflix series. Stop by the bend of Henderson Boulevard and 11th Street to check out the ornate display and count how many references to the show you can find, from the monster villain to the famous light-up letters. The owners have said they plan to put on this display for as long as the Duffer brothers continue making new seasons!

Though it’s not a residence, the Harvest & Halloween Drive Through in the Stew Leonard’s parking lot at 700 Paramus Park in Paramus, behind the pumpkin patch, is worth a gander too. This free farm-themed drive-through exhibit features inflatable characters, gourds, decorations and animatronics. Customers can also tune their car’s radio to a special radio station to hear Clover the Cow’s spooky Halloween soundtrack.

What’s your favorite Halloween house in Bergen County? Tell us who we forgot below or on Instagram @bergenmagnj.

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