As if 2020 wasn't scary enough, our imaginative and demented exterior decorators have scared up their lawns with zombie graveyards, body parts, floating ghosts and devil's playgrounds to explore on Patch's Tour o' Scary Yards.
Some of us may not be able to go trick-or-treating, but we can still have fun looking the best scary yards in the Toms River area. Eat candy while you're driving around.
We've created this guide to displays that are bound to elicit a few 911 calls or set off some pacemakers when a pneumatic-controlled Freddy Krueger lunges at you from the bushes based on your submission. Not on the list? You can still send yours. See the information at the bottom of the list.
A few simple rules to keep in mind:
GET ON THE LIST: Patch's is a friendly list. We LOVE reader submissions, so we'll be updating the list every FRIDAY leading up to Halloween. So tell us why your yard haunt is special and send your pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org. (Read more about getting on the list.)
BE RESPECTFUL: Don't yell, scream, honk your horn or litter. Please be respectful of people's neighbors. We think 10 p.m. is a reasonable time to stop looking at houses on weeknights, and 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
COVID-19 RULES: Remember, there is still a pandemic out there. Some of our contributors have instilled COVID-19 rules. Don't crowd, wear a face mask and practice social distancing. Bring hand sanitizer. Don't argue with the hosts and if you're not feeling well — stay home. Have fun and be safe. #SaveHalloween2020.
1001 Oakdale St., Pine Lake Park, Manchester
The best time to see it is after dark. The owners keep the lights on until about 10 p.m. There may be added scares on Halloween.
Check out the Oakdale Cemetary on Facebook
The Greisch House
1740 Baltimore Ave., Whiting
Inflatables are up from noon until 10 p.m.
1124 Fourth Ave., Manchester
A small display most nights, on Halloween all of the scary creatures come out to play at this home.
Mazzetta Halloween Haunt
503 Sloop Court, Toms River
The display is on every night. The week of Halloween they add a hologram movie. Along with the movie, there is a graveyard, a witch with boiling brew, a dragon on the roof, and 2 spiders with a large web attached to the house. There is also a pumpkin head scarecrow along with a lot of lights. They will be giving out individual bags of assorted candy.
San Juan's Haunted Hill
510 San Juan Dr., Toms River
The lights are on nightly from dusk until 11 p.m.
Bergen Avenue Scare House
3450 Bergen Ave.
Toms River, NJ 08753
This haunt, created by one of the character actors from Scary Rotten Farms in Brick, is on display nightly. On Halloween they will be in costume and handing out candy.
Terror On South Main
126 South Main St., Toms River
Display operates nightly from sundown until midnight, weather permitting. On Halloween they will have live music and rolling fog.
The Halloween House
107 Colonial Dr. North, Brick
Drive-bys are available nightly from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. They will be handing out candy with gloves and a bin on Halloween.
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