People who love Halloween really love Halloween.

A story last year talked about how the spooky holiday seems to be surpassing Christmas in spending, decor and simply obsession. So it’s no surprise that people travel to Halloween hotspot cities like Salem, Mass., and Sleepy Hollow, N.Y., to celebrate.

But here in New Jersey — a state that’s so weird there’s a whole line of books and magazines about it — you don’t need to cross Garden State lines to dress like a zombie, see over-the-top Halloween decorations or learn about real-life ghosts in some of New Jersey’s oldest structures. 

All the way from Chester to Cape May, here are our favorite New Jersey towns to celebrate all things spooky: 

Asbury Park, more than just zombies

The Asbury Park Zombie Walk makes its way up Cookman Avenue in Asbury Park.

With century-old Victorian homes on every corner and six city buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, Asbury Park has long been a hotspot for ghostly activity, which is detailed in local shop Paranormal Books & Curiosities’ regular ghost tours and investigations.

However, the whimsical, happening city throws all ghastly sheets to the wind during the Halloween season, when it sees a slew of public events, including the annual Zombie Walk, which took place Oct. 2 this year and holds a Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of zombies.

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The Haunting at The Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel, which launched seasonally last Halloween, is also back through Oct. 31. The attraction for those 16-and-over invites visitors to explore “the haunted grand ballrooms.”

Looking for something a little less spooky? The Local Legends Halloween Bash, a concert featuring six performers, will take place Oct. 30 at the Stony Pony. Costumes are encouraged.

Cape May, one of the most haunted towns in America

Much of Cape May's Halloween festivities are centered around the supposedly haunted Emlen Physick Estate.

“The nation’s oldest seaside resort” is a shore paradise in the summer, known for its colorful homes, romantic bed-and-breakfasts, clean beaches and family-friendly fun. That takes a dark turn during the Halloween season, when the circa 18th-century vacation city embraces its status as one of the most haunted towns in America.

That amounts to a long list of Halloween attractions in Cape May, which has seasonal activities for everyone from toddlers to paranormal investigators. Much of it is centered around the Emlen Physick Estate, which is known as Cape May’s original haunted house. Here, there are psychic medium-led tours, trick-or-treating for kids, a theatrical murder mystery, a Halloween craft show, a Halloween exhibit and a scarecrow display.

Want to see all the haunts that the city has to offer? Hop on a trolley ghost tour or a ghost walk, both of which are also led by a psychic medium, and learn about paranormal activity at area homes and the Cape May Lighthouse.

Chester, a pumpkin-picking paradise

Alstede Farms corn maze.

Normally, Chester is a sleepy country town, dotted with farms around a historic Main Street. But during the fall, expect long lines of traffic (it’s worth it). These farms, including Ort Farms, Alstede Farms, Riamede Farm and Hacklebarney Farm Cider Mill, might as well be Disney World when it comes to fall family fun.

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While Ort Farms and Alstede Farms are big names for pumpkin picking, corn mazes and petting zoos, Riamede Farm is the place to go for apple picking. Find robust farm markets at all three, offering items such as harvest pies and homegrown produce and meat. There’s also a market at Hacklebarney Farm Cider Mill — where it’s worth getting up early to get in line for apple cider doughnuts.

There are not any scream-worthy attractions here, but there are nighttime (non-haunted) hayrides and corn mazes by flashlight at Alstede Farms. Afterward, gather around their campfire and sip apple cider or eat seasonal ice cream – in flavors like pumpkin and apple cider doughnut – from their walk-up window.

Lambertville, where Halloween decorating is a cutthroat competition

The Lambertville "Halloween House."

Even if you’re a few years too old to trick-or-treat, a stroll down North Union Street in Lambertville is a must to spot some over-the-top spooky decorations. This is especially true at the “Halloween House” at 133 N. Union St., which is annually decked out with handmade paper mache, creepy figures made by a retired art teacher. However, the competition is steep for best Halloween décor throughout the entire city.