Looking for the best Halloween Excursion?

Look no farther. NJ.com asked their readers to choose from among several haunted places, both big and small, across the state and guess who they chose: 

Stewart and his family have been putting together this backyard maze for the past 17 years! It is a Ridgewood Halloween tradition! It’s assembled in the backyard using yards and yards of burlap, twine and wood stakes. When I first saw it a few years ago, I thought judging from the size of the space that it would be a cinch. How wrong was I!? There are 18 one-way doors, some with sign that warn “Do Not Enter”–does that mean you should?! During the afternoon, there are creepy characters that are lifelike but in the evenings, creepy characters come to life. The afternoon was about as creepy as my 5 year old could take although there were a lot of laughs too. We could hear our friends Screen Shot 2015-10-09 at 12.39.12 PMsaying, “Come this way! We found the right door!” but couldn’t find them several times. If you’re lucky, Mrs. Stewart might be watching over from her porch offering pointers to make your way through “You already tried that door, remember?” she called out as we went in circles. As far as the evening, when it is darker and things really do come to life, we’ll leave the evenings to the big “kids.”

Open: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday – Friday: 4:00pm to 9pm
Saturday & Sunday: 1pm to 9pm.

The Stewart Family Maze, 124 Sheridan Terrace, Ridgewood, NJ.
Visit their FB site for more details: facebook.com/RidgewoodHalloweenMaze

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Author: Heather Zachariah

Former Art Director for Home Magazine, Heather Leahy Zachariah, left her career in publishing after baby number number one. She now works from home as a freelance graphic designer and a chauffeur to her 3 busy kids. "Working on TipsFromTown has been a wonderful outlet for me. It renewed my love of publishing where I can design colorful, enticing pages online and allows me to share the things I love about being a mom." Heather grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, a place that still is near and dear to her. " After living in Brooklyn for 18 years and studying Graphic Design at Pratt Institute, she now lives in the Jersey burbs. "I love living so close to NYC, but in my heart, I'm an Ohio girl."


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