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Halloween Events Fill Area Calendars

November 2, 2010 by Eaglecorps911

Staff Report

Looking for thrills and chills this Halloween?
For most Brookdale students, preparing for the holiday involves more than just picking a costume and heading out to trick-or-treat. Whether it’s being spooked on a haunted hayride, taking a tour through a chilling prison or finding a party to do the Monster Mash, Brookdale students can find all sorts of Halloween fun throughout Monmouth County.
And while trick-or-treating is a thing of the past for most – but not all – Brookdale students, dressing up in costume definitely is not.
“I’m dressing up as Hunter S. Thompson from ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas’ to go trick-or-treating with my little cousins , so I can get free candy,’’ said Chris McManus, who is a business administration major.
“I’m dressing up as a black angel, and my friend is going to be a devil,” said Ariel Robles, a 17-year-old, first-semester psychology major from Marlboro.
“I’m going to party and (will) dress up as a sailor,” said Aaron Boyce, a 21-year-old, third-semester liberal arts major from Farmingdale.
House parties aren’t the only place Brookdale students are headed for Halloween fun.
Some spend the season searching for the best place to have the crap scared out of them, and they don’t have to go far. For the college’s annual Haunted Theater, BCC students and volunteers turn the entire PAC building into a frightening labyrinth; this year the creepy walk-through will follow the theme “1,000 Ways to Die.”
Performances will be held 7 to 10 p.m. tonight (Thursday) and 6 to 10 p.m.. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $8 for the community and $5 for BCC students.
A fear-free perfor-mance for children takes place from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday. All tickets are $5. For more information, call Sherri Vanderspiegel 732-224-2142.
Brookdale is also holding a Halloween dance tonight from 7 to 11 p.m., in the Navesink rooms of the SLC. Tickets are $1 for BCC students in costume, $3 for students without costumes and $5 for those who are not Brookdale students.
“I think I’m going to the Casola Farms haunted hayride,” said Steve Kipnis.
A. Casola Farms, located on 178 State Route 34, there are many attractions being offered this Halloween. They are offering a nighttime hayride which begins with a walk through a haunted house. Inside the house, there are multiple actors that pop out to scare the customers. The haunted house is followed by a thirty minute hayride, where more actors and full-blown scenes unfold along the ride around the farm.
Another major attraction at A. Casola Farms is their signature Jersey Devil Hunt. Participants walk through a haunted forest, where they search for the Jersey Devil, and then take a hayride which drops them off in an eerie cornfield.
“Horrifyingly realistic characters…Scenes from your worst nightmare,” says owner Antonio Casola.
Prices for each event at the farm are $15 each. Also available is a combo package where customers can enjoy both attractions for $25. The nighttime activities will be running Oct. 29, Saturday Oct. 30, and Halloween from dusk until after 11 p.m.
Daytime events include a much less scary daytime hayride which drops partakers off at a very large pumpkin patch. At the patch, picking your own pumpkin is a popular activity for students with younger siblings or children of their own. The farm is open daily 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. during the week. Halloween products such as carving kits, costume accessories, and holiday treats can be purchased all day long. Candy, caramel, or chocolate turtle covered apples are a favorite of most.
A. Casola Farms also features a kitchen which produces fresh baked pies of all varieties. Items such as pumpkin ravioli (a great treat for vegetarians!), fresh roasted and buttered corn, roasted sweet or baked potatoes, as well as fresh squeezed lemonade which can be purchased during the weekend. For those with younger ones, snacks such as chicken tenders, French fries, and pizzas are available.
For more information, contact A. Casola Farms at (732) 332-1533 by phone, or their website,
C. Casola Farms is offering haunted hayrides from dusk until 10 p.m. on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday until Oct. 31. The half-hour long, tractor-led wagon ride creeps through trails of horror as live actors try their best to scare riders. For the second year in a row they will also be offering a second haunted hayride with a New Jersey Devil hunt theme during the same times. Participants are dropped off in the woods and must find their way back under with horror lurking behind every tree. Also available is a 3-D haunted barn.
Located on Route 79 South, off Route 18, the farm requires a separate admission for each attraction. The barn is $9, while the hayride and trail are both $12 dollars each. A combined experience of all three attractions totals $27. The attractions will be open 7 to 10:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Pumpkin picking at Casola Farms is also open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Oct. 30. For more information, contact Casola Farms at 732-946-8885 or visit
Instead of actors, Asbury Park will be relying on true stories of real-life ghost legends during a 90-minute haunted walking tour.
Brookdale students will pay just $2, while faculty and staff pay $5, and the general public plays $10. The tour will meet at 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 29, at Cookman Avenue’s Paranormal Books and Curiosities. You can pay for your ticket at the Warner SLC information desk.
If you need additional information, you can contact Student Life & Activities at 732-224-2500.Asbury Park will also be trying to gather the most zombies ever assembled as the third annual New Jersey Zombie Walk will attempt to break the Guinness World Record of 4,200 zombies for the longest zombie walk on Saturday, Oct. 30. The event begins at 11 a.m. at Asbury Park Convention Hall.
The walk will entail a large group of the undead checking in and finalizing their zombie look with the help of makeup artists from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. followed by the walk at 5 p.m. and then an evening of zombie-themed events, including a street fair, beauty pageant, brain-eating contest and more. For more information, visit
A little further from home, yet popular with BCC students is the Eastern State Peniten-tiary’s Terror Behind the Walls, which was voted No. 1 haunted house in the country. Here the daring get to walk through the haunted halls of this deserted prison, which some say is filled with both the ghosts of prisoners who died there and actors who haunt the place for Halloween. Even the famed Ghost Hunters from the SyFy channel have been there and they have noted a wildly creepy presence in the complex.
Among the popular stops on this tour are the infamous Al Capone’s cell, the underground isolation cells and Death Row. Tours start at $20 and range up to $30, depending on the day of the week. For more information, go to www. or call 215-236-3300.
Of course, everyone knows that Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson is again holding its annual Fright Fest, running from 5 to 11 p.m. Fridays, 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturdays and 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays until Oct. 31.
One day tickets to Fright Fest cost $44.99 and can be purchased at the park or online at
Brookdale’s Student Life Center generally sells $20 single day passes; however, the SLC is currently sold out of them, according to SLC officials.
For those 21 and older, Jenkinson’s Bar in Point Pleasant Beach will be hosting a Halloween bash and costume contest beginning at 7 p.m. on Oct. 30. Costumes will be judged for originality, sex appeal and scariness, and a cash prize will be awarded. Admission is free.
You can also dance the night away in costume with local band Big Bang Baby Oct. 30 at Bar Anticipation in Lake Como. The club is hosting its annual Halloween Party featuring free admission until 9 p.m. and a $500 costume contest, according to the club's website.
DJ Mike will keep the music going between sets and the club will offer a $2.75 specials and their famous shot wheel all night. Patrons must be 21 years old and have a valid identification to enter.
Bar Anticipation is at 703 16th Ave. in Lake Como. For more information, contact the club at (732) 681-7422 or check out their website at
Conventional Hall in Asbury Park will be holding a number of events such as the Haunted Circus from Hell costume party. The cost is $35 in advance and $45 at the door. Cash prizes will be awarded, and all ages will be admitted.
The Asbury Lanes will be hosting a creep show featuring zombie fashions on Oct. 29.
The Stone Pony will be holding a Swashbucklers’ Ball costume party on Oct. 30. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. All ages will be admitted. Tickets are $10 in advance or at the door for those in costume and $12 at the door for those who do not dress up. Capt. James and the Pain and The Sunday Blues will perform.
The Headliner in Neptune will be holding a costume party on Oct. 29, offering a grand prize of a trip for two to Las Vegas. Doors open at 8 p.m., and the cost is $7.
For those who aren’t excited about being frightened, there’s a ton of common family-friendly activities include hayrides, pick-your-own pumpkins and mazes.
Wemrock Orchards in Freehold is open on weekends from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. One of the most popular events is the pick-your-own pumpkins, squashes and gourds, and each item is sold by the pound.
Wemrock also hosts a corn maze that stretches over 2 acres, with corn stalk walls reaching over 8 feet high. The maze features a new theme each year and is designed to be challenging, but not frightening to children. The maze is $3 per person.
The same goes for Wemrock’s hayride through the haunted orchard, a 15-minute ride by the lakeside with dec-orations. Apples and treats are provided to each passenger. Hayrides are priced at $3 a person, joint tickets for the corn maze and hayride are $5 per person.
Wemrock Farms is at 300 Route 33 and Wemrock Road in Freehold. For more information, call 732-431-2668 or visit
For a twist on the corn maze idea, visit Westhaven Farm where flashlight corn mazes are offered 7 to 8:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Westhaven also offers a haunted house walk through as well as daytime corn maze and hayride activities. The farm is open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 7 to 8:30 p.m. The farm is at 725 Route 524 in Allentown. For more information, call (609) 259.2186 or visit
For those looking for events a little closer to Brookdale, Dearborn Market in Holmdel offers a combination hayride and pick-your-own pumpkin for $2 as well as activities for children.
A costume contest will be held on Oct. 31. Dearborn Market is open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays and is at 2170 Route 35 in Holmdel. For more information, call 732-264-0256 or visit their site,

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