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As the pumpkins glow and the leaves fall, there's something prickly in the air, and it's not just a cold chill. With Halloween on the way, it's time to get your spook on. Anyone looking for a good fright won't have to drive too far for a scare.

If you dare, here are four haunted houses to frighten you in driving distance of the city.

Deborah Abrams Kaplan writes about travel for the New York Daily News, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Shape, Family Fun, Continental and Bankrate.com. She covers New York area day trips and reviews at her JerseyKids.net site. Every fall, Kaplan drags her family to the middle of a giant corn maze before anyone is allowed decipher the map with red film. Those who don't complain get apple cider doughnuts at the end. You can find her at Twitter @JerseyKids or Facebook.