;;;;;;; ;;; ;;;;;;;; to as dark days in theater,
with the company taking a breather. But on one Monday every October, the Shakespeare Theatre of New
Jersey goes darker than most.
On that bone-chilling occasion—this year October
;;—the company presents Something Wicked This
Way Comes, with staged readings of classic horror
tales from the likes of Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft
and Bram Stoker.
“The inspiration for this was this idea that families
used to gather and just read to each other—that was
kind of the popular entertainment,” says Brian B.
Crowe, the company’s longtime director of educa-
tion. “In the digital age, I think we’ve gotten far away
For Something Wicked, actors dress in street
clothes and hold their scripts—which they receive
just one week prior to showtime—as they perform.
The readings are accompanied by musician John Hoge
on theremin, an electronic instrument that emits an
eerie, high-pitched, violin-like sound. Crowe says the
audio e;ects can be just as important as the acting.
Indeed, audience members visibly flinched at the
sound of thunder at last year’s performance of Victor
The Shakespeare Theatre, on the Drew University
campus in Madison, o;ers a series of less spooky one-night events throughout the year, including Something
Merry This Way Comes, a collage of holiday tales,
songs and poems performed each December.
“When a lot of people think about Shakespeare
or classic theater of any kind, they feel intimidated,”
Crowe says. “But this is such an easy, comfortable, fun
way to get into the theater and get to know the joys of
For tickets, visit shakespearenj.org.
Scared in Jersey
Discover the legend of the Jersey Devil by
finding your way through the Pine Barren
Maze, visiting Mother Leeds’ Haunted Cottage and meeting the ghosts of the monster’s
victims. The Blood Drums will perform each
night, and spooky food and merchandise will
be available for purchase.
Daily, 7 ;;; Sat, 6 ;;. $25. PNC Bank Arts Center,
Holmdel (800-745-3000, scaredinjersey.com)
Two floors of frights and fear with special
e;ects, movie props and actors provide heart-stopping entertainment. Visitors can win back
the price of admission by finding a hidden key
before exiting the Scarehouse.
Fri-Sat, 7: 30-11 ;;; Sun, 7: 30-10 ;;. $28. 105 W Dewey
Avenue, Wharton (862-244-4454, hauntedscarehouse.
Fright Fest at Six Flags
●SELECT DATES THRU OCT ;;
New attractions for Fright Fest 2017 include
the Lady of the Lake Cemetery scare zone, a
maze haunted by demons, and “Unleashed,” a
steampunk circus show. Coasters—including
Nitro and El Toro—will be retrofitted for even
Fri, 5: 30 ;;-midnight; Sat, 11 ;;-midnight; Sun, 11 ;;-
10 ;;. $56.99-$66.99. 1 Six Flags Boulevard, Jackson
Night of Terror
Creamy Acre Farms o;ers seven severely scary
attractions for guests to scream for, including
their signature paintball zombie hunt, the
abandoned Slaughter Cave and a haunted
hayride. Paintball players are provided with the
ersatz guns and ammo needed to fend o; a
horde of flesh-eating dead.
6: 30-9 ;;. $25-$75. 448 Lincoln Mill Road, Mullica Hill
Walk of Fear
Brave souls choose between two frightening
walks: Zombie Infestation—a sick and twisted
maze through Blood Beach, a toxic dump and
the Blacklight Forest—or Twisted Dreams, in a
demon-infested and pitch-black house.
7-10 ;;. $25. 134 Landing Street, Southampton (609-
859-2842, walko; ear.com)
A benefit for Halos for Angels—a nonprofit
that supports local families in need—
featuring the Ultimate Pathway to Terror on Friday
and Saturday nights, and a family Halloween
festival on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
Fri-Sat, 7-11 ;;. Halloween festival: Sat, 3-6 ;;; Sun,
1-4 ;;. $10. 186 Ridgedale Avenue, Florham Park
By Breanne McCarthy
FALL DAY TRIPS
OCTOBER ;;;;;NEW JERSEY MONTHLY;45
Heaven Hill Farm
Wed-Fri, noon–; ;;;
Sat-Sun, ;; ;;–; ;;. Free.
;;; Route ;;; heavenhillfarm.com
Weekdays, ;–;;;; ;;;
Sat–Sun, ; ;;–;;;; ;; thru Novem-
ber. $; admission includes
hayride and petting zoo.
;;; Wierimus Rd; demarestfarms.com
Sat-Sun, ;; am–; pm through
Halloween. Free; $2 hayride
to pumpkin patch.
;; Tranquility Farms Lane
Daily, 8 ;;–; ;;; hayride
to patch only on weekends,
;; ;;–; ;;. Free.
;;; Allen Rd; donaldsonfarms.net
Sun High Orchards
Daily, ; am– 6 pm. Free;
weekend hayrides, $;.
;; Canfield Ave; sunhigh.com
Daily, 9 am– 5 pm. Hayrides,
corn maze and more.
$;; PYO-club membership.
;;;; Mt. Kemble Ave
Weekdays, noon– 6 pm; Sat-Sun,
;am–; pm. Free; hayrides to the
;; Bartley Rd; ortfarms.com
Daily, ; ;;–; ;;. Free
weekdays; $; weekends.
; Alstede Farms Lane;
Melick’s Town Farm
Daily, ; ;;– 6 ;;; weekend
wagon rides, ;; ;;–; ;;. Free.
;;; County Road ;;;
Oasis Family Farm
Daily, ; ;;–; ;; thru
; Circle Drive;
Johnson’s Corner Farm
Daily, ;; ;;–; ;; thru
;; ;;–; ;;. Free.
;;; Church Road;
Du;eld’s Farm Market
Weekdays, noon–;:;; ;;;
Sat, ;; ;;–;;;; ;;. Hayrides to
patch with picking, $;;.
;;; Chapel Heights Road;
By Andrew Elmers