email comments or suggestions to Webmaster.
If you would like your memory of the castle posted on our page, please
email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
East Norriton, PA
found your sight while looking something up for a friend.
Memories, and ones that had me scared half to death most of the
summer I visited the castle, came flooding back. Growing up in
Philadelphia, the commercials were always on TV and intrigued me
and I begged my parents to take me.
I, too, remember a lot about the
castle. I was preteen when my parents took a friend and me to the
castle. We were excited to enter but, like many others, found that
when you reached the top and were able to go outside the castle
and look over the ocean begged to go back down another way instead
of finishing through the castle.
I remember the slanted room, the
walking on glass over the lady in a garden atmosphere, and the rat
room. I was crying hysterically throughout most of the castle and
remember vividly grabbing onto a man, who I thought was my father,
and not letting go.
In fact, after going thru the
castle, I have never felt comfortable going into a haunted house
or anything else scary like this again.
Paul Spatola here, six year castle
employee. I'm so glad this site is still up and running,
thanks to Bill and Seph, you guys are the best! I come to the site
from time to time to read new email stories and see if any of my
old coworkers stop by to relive some good times. If any of you are
still out there looking for the rest of us, contact me at email@example.com.
We do have an online Cast Group where we all keep in touch, I
won't publicly announce the group here online, but if you email
me, I'll hook you up! I miss you all and would really like
to reconnect. I still have vivid dreams about the castle though it
lives only in my memories. We've lost a few of us along the way to
illness and accidents and I sure would love to add to the ones
that remain to our group. After all, you guys were my family
through the most impressionable years of my life. Hope to hear
from you soon!
mom and dad had shops on the castle, the Shell Shack and T shirt
shop. The Shell Shack later moved to the Small World mall with my
mom's florist. I use to run pizza for the spooky people in the
castle. I loved that time in Brigantine. I was born and raised
is that young guy out on the boardwalk with his girlfriend!! I
feel old now - well I am old now 61 - What a great treat it is to
find your site with all Mike Spatola's photographs. I've gone on
since then and written 16 books on the history of Monster Films -
so some things never change. Being in the management and cast of
the Castle were some of the best times of my life - I SCREAM - YOU
SCREAM - WE ALL SCREAM FOR ICESCREAM
Best to everyone from
am absolutely haunted by my memories of the castle. I must have
only been 3 and 4 years old when we went (while on vacation in Sea
Isle City) but I remember vividly how scary it was for me. I feel
like I remember a room with worms on the floor. It is really
amazing how the memories stay with you from an experience when you
are so young. So glad that you are keeping these memories alive…it
was a special place.
am 33..... I remember the commercials. I never went to the castle.
We grew up in Philadelphia, PA. Around the age of 5-7 we used to
talk about the castle. We all heard and believed you walked around
a narrow path up high on the castle. About 1/2 way through, a hand
of a dead man reached out of the sand. If you were not careful he
would push you off the cliff to your death. Possibly it was not a
I know from the commercial alone I
had nightmares/dreams about the headless woman.
THANKS for the memory.
name is Lou Iocona. I used to live on the island back in the late
60’s and throughout the 70’s. My grandfather, Bruno
Molinaro was a resident on 12th street North and fished on the end
of the Seahorse Pier. As a kid, I remember buying a shirt at Harry’s
Bar which was located at the center of the pier. Recently, I
returned back and now have family members back on the island.
As a marketing interest, I took
that original shirt, remade the silk screen and am now selling
them exclusively at Rip Tide Tackle on the Blvd. The
original 1968 shirt now resides at the Brigantine Historical
Thanks for keeping the memory
alive. I do recall the Castle and all the fun I had there as a
teenager, but my favorite memories will always be Pat’s Arcade,
Harry’s Bar and the Fishing Pier at the end. And the
parking lot was once the Seahorse Motel!!! Thanks again for
the web page. I will bookmark it and come back again.
Lori, Manahawkin, PA
grew up out side of Philadelphia and currently live in Manahawkin.
My friends and I were out in Atlantic City talking about the
Castle. And how scary it was!!! The one memory I have is going
through with my Mom, I was probably about 8 years old. I was
petrified and my Mom was giggling through the whole thing. We came
up to the Rat making noise and the feeling of them crawling all
over your feet. I was crying so much that they actually turned off
the sounds and removed the squishy feeling of the rats and let us
walk through. I swore I would never go in that place again. I wish
it didn't burn down so I could have brought my kids there. As
scared as I was it was a fun memory to have.
Christina Schindler, Maine
your web site, I must say that I have to chuckle and wonder at how
much the castle traumatized me as a young girl. I grew up in South
Jersey; I must have been about 4 or 5 years old when I visited the
castle with my parents...probably in '79 or '80, so my memories
are vague, at best. Does anyone remember strobe lights and
blood-smeared walls? I also remember walking in a dark room and
treading on a very 'squishy' floor. And I remember bloody body
parts, hanging from chains. To this day, I am fascinated by horror
movies and anything macabre. I remember reenacting scenes from the
castle with my cousins...disturbing, but I wouldn't trade those
gruesome memories of the castle for the world!
40 years old and live in Philadelphia. I remember my parents
taking my little brother and I to the castle when I was about 11
and my brother was about 8. My dad took us both in.
I had been wanting to go for so
long. We used to sit down on the beach and look up at the castle
and see the characters standing up on the balcony area (whatever
that is called in a castle) with their costumes blowing and
looking so scary. You'd just sit there and watch them - trying to
imagine what was going on inside - and wanting to go inside, but
not wanting to at the same time.
I don't have the detailed memories
that some of these emails stories have about the entire
walk-through, but I do recall some of the castle in vivid detail.
One thing that stands out is my memory of the room with the
Plexiglas walkway. I remember being in there and having one of the
ghouls sneak up behind me and totally freak me out. I also
remember walking over top of the woman under the glass. I recall
this room looking like a dark garden. Was this the swamp?
I remember that when you would
stand to watch the headless woman, there was a wall behind you.
There were a bunch of people watching her with us - when all of a
sudden, this ghoul comes over the top of the wall behind us
swinging a giant hatchet down over our heads. Everyone is ducking
and screaming and running.
As others have written, I recall
reaching that area where you are at the top of the castle and had
to go outside. You get that little taste of freedom, but then have
to go back in! And when you went back in, it was to go into the
rat room. I remember people standing out on the outside area and
not wanting to go inside because you could hear the screams from
people who did go in and you didn't know what was causing it.
People were really afraid of the rat room. I remember laughing in
that room. It was cool. I loved seeing people get so freaked out.
Wow, I remember the walk through
the castle taking a really long time. Does anyone remember how
long it was? Seemed like 20-30 minutes.
I remember my brother being too
scared and crying - total freak-out mode - and my dad wanted to
take him out. The ghouls started saying "no scare" and
led my dad and my brother out through a back passage - leaving me
alone in the castle. I LOVED being scared! Still do.
I also remember some kind of
mattress room? Am I mixing this up with another haunted house? Did
a floor drop out and make you fall into a padded room below?
What made the castle so cool was
that it really felt like you were roaming around in a castle - so
many stairwells, labyrinths, rooms....it felt like you would be
trapped inside and never find your way out. And there were so many
live characters inside. Some of them crawled around on the floor,
which was extra-creepy!
I also definitely remember the end
- there was a guy with a huge bat (like a giant baseball bat - but
really fat - a "club") and he was in the narrow corridor
leading to the outside. In order to get out, you had to run past
him and he would slam that bat against the wall in front of you as
you tried to run past - really hard and it would make this
"boom!" sound that echoed and you could hear the BOOM
even before you got to this area - so you knew something BAD was
coming up as you walked through this part of the castle- then
you'd come to this section and realize it's the exit and if you
can get past him, you're free. You had to run for your life to get
out - and then he'd chase you out. People would come running out
screaming their heads off and with tears running down their faces.
After you got out, you'd stand there to catch your breath and
others would also be standing there - looking back at the
door...hearing the BOOM and knowing someone else is trying to get
out....and then they'd come flying out and everyone would cheer
for them! So cool - yet so terrifying! Then the guy with the club
would come running out waving his club and everyone would scream
and run - and we were already OUT....
Looking back, I'm amazed that a
place like this existed. It actually did seem kind of dangerous.
You had so much freedom inside the place and nobody was
"leading" you though....and you could take your time (if
you weren't too terrified - but everybody was!).
I know there will never be anything
else like it! I only went in once - but that is a memory that I
will always carry. It is so cool to have found this site.
AnnMarie Gelndora, NJ
I was a kid, my grandparents owned a summer house in Beach Haven
West. One night, when I was about 6 (around 1978), my parents,
grandparents, and my aunt & uncle all went to Brigantine
Castle. I remember seeing the commercials on TV and I wanted to go
so badly! They said no, that I was too young. When they came back,
they said that my aunt was grabbed by Dracula and peed herself! I
never did get to go, always too young. It’s sad that I never
brother-in-law and sister (just teenagers and dating) always took
me on ventures "down the shore" I would sit in the back
seat of the Red Volkswagen and await the trip to Brigantine. The
TV commercial did me in every time. Finally at the age of 11 they
convinced me to enter the castle for the first time. All I
remember was being so terrified to pass this one monster guy. I
slugged my fist with all the might I had into his stomach and ran.
An overhead light went on and the guy said "Listen kid, the
next time you do that in here, you will be kicked out!"
Petrified still, I eventually made it out of the castle without a
Joan H. Wilmington, DE
went thru the Castle with my sister and some of her friends during
the summer of '76, at the same time that Elton John was in
Atlantic City. He and his manager went thru the Castle at the same
time I was going thru it, and he was kind enough to hold my hand
(since my sister's girlfriends were all screaming and pushing me
into people - I guess Elton took pity on me - or maybe he was
scared?? Nah, not Elton.). Anyway, we didn't even know it was
Elton until we got outside and could see him and his manager. That
was the most fun I've ever had in a haunted castle!
I was 10 years old when the castle burned down, I still remember
visiting the pier with my family when it was open. The last time
we there, I was about 6 or 7 years old but still remember it very
clear. I was too afraid to visit the castle and had nightmares
because of seeing a few actors in costume out back taking a break.
They must have seen that I was frightened and decided to run down
the ramp in my direction screaming with their arms extended.
Needless to say, it worked.
Anyway, I recently found the castle
brochure along with some arcade tokens in an old box. My question
is, would anyone remember what the tokens looked like because
these might be from the pier? They have a clown on one side with
the words "NO CASH VALUE" and an eagle on the opposite
side. Thanks for allowing me to post this question and for
providing so much information on your website.
| HISTORY | THE
ACTORS | ADVERTISING |
| THE CASTLE LIVES
2000 Dark in the Park. This site was created by Bill and Seph