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– I visited Brigantine Castle when my husband was stationed at
McGuire AFB/Ft Dix in NJ in the early 70’s – must have been
right after the castle was opened for business. We loved it and
the small seaside city. The castle scared the crap out of me. The
attractions and actors were so life-like – and I actually was so
scared I couldn’t walk all the way through and had to be
escorted out! But it was great attraction, and I was sorry to
learn of the closing and destruction of the castle. Thanks for
putting up the site for the memories.
I only visited the castle once, it has been etched in my memory
ever since. It was towards the end of the seventies, and I would
have been in my early twenties. My family and I had driven down
from Montreal, Canada, in two cars to spend some time in Wildwood.
After seeing some fliers advertising the castle, we decided that
this was a must see. What we experienced there was something that
none of us had ever before could have even imagined existed.
The actors were the best part of
the castle and gave it that true "haunted" brand. I
remember my sisters screaming out loud several times, and I myself
was caught unaware by what I thought to be a mannequin standing by
the elevator, or so I thought until he moved! I am now fifty-three
years old, and would have liked to return there with my daughter
sometime. I just learned of the castle's fate when I stumbled upon
the web-site. What a true shame.
am so sorry to hear the castle does not exist. I was just
telling my children about how much fun it was back then
"olden days" this was only back in 1972 not that long
ago lol. At least someone had a good idea to make a site
about how much fun it was, good memories. I was such a chicken sh*t
and still am. Sitting here remembering what they did to me...
touching my legs, whispering, yelling... dam they were good at
what they did. You could see the pleasure they had doing
things to you, making sure you were scared out of your
pants. Now that I am 50 years old I'm not sure that I would
do it again. It was too real to me.
always looked forward to going to the castle with all my cousins.
It was fun being together and doing the beach but the best part
was the castle each year. I remember taking my cousin Beth. She
screamed and did not get past the first room. She never went back.
My brother Jeff got his wallet stole in the castle by a lady
pretending to be scared and grabbing onto him. I also enjoyed the
arcade. I spent a lot of money there. The castle is one of the
best childhood memories. Thanks 4 the memories!
so happy I found this web site and am very impressed with its
content. The sounds and pictures inside the castle bring back the
most vivid memories for me.
As cast member of the Castle for a
few years in the late 70’s, there is one thing I’d like to add
that hasn’t been brought out enough, and that is the high level
of professionalism of the cast and crew. From the management, to
the make up artists, to the actors themselves, they all put 100%
into their jobs.
Many of the actors that I worked
with were very serious about their acting and played their parts
with great enthusiasm. Some were college students studying acting
and used the Castle as a summer job and a way to practice their
craft. I learned so much about acting from them. Some of them
would stay in character between groups of visitors, which I must
admit, was sometimes a bit unnerving, but it was a great lesson on
how to put your all into what you were doing.
I can’t remember many names but I
would sure like to know what they are doing now. If they are not
acting, I’m sure their commitment to excellence has brought them
success. I can tell you that my friend, Mike Spatola, went to
Hollywood and received Emmy awards for his make up work and now
runs a successful photography business in Los Angeles. I
understand that many of the pictures on this site were taken by
As for me, I stayed in the
entertainment field and work as a professional magician. Please
check out my web site and say hello. www.kennorthridge.com
You might be interested to know
that the annual New Year’s Day Polar Bear Plunge takes place at
the exact site of where the castle was. This year, while my wife
was taking the plunge, I couldn’t help to think about the late
night swim party we had at that very spot some 30 years ago.
Chris Faulkner Los Angeles, CA
website! When my brother and sisters and I were young, our family
would make the drive from Manayunk (Philadelphia) to Surf City (LBI)
for a month-long vacation every summer. I can vividly remember
vacationing in Surf City (LBI) during the summer that the
Brigantine Castle opened and can recall seeing the TV
advertisements and my brother and sisters and I bugging our
parents to take us to see the Castle! What a fantastic haunted
house it was! Too bad that nothing like it exists anywhere else
today. Thank you for creating this web page so all of us can
recall such fantastic memories from our childhood!
36 now and we would always go to Wildwood for our summer vacation.
I remember the red Brigantine Castle brochure on your website and
begging to be allowed to go with the ‘bigger kids’. It was the
absolute scariest experience of my life. I too remember wanting to
get out of there and being pushed through with the herd and not
being allowed to get out of the castle. The worst part was the
skinny room with the cut hoses scraping against your ankles. I
think this is what everyone is calling the rat room. My mother
couldn’t take my screaming so she told the staff ‘my daughter
has a heart condition’ and they let us out. This was even
scarier than watching the Exorcist. Great website.
brother turned me on to this website. I worked at the castle
for the 2nd & 3rd seasons, and looking through the actors
photos, low and behold, I found myself.
What wonderful memories! I still consider it to be the best job I
have ever had. The hours were long and the pay was low and it was
extremely physically and mentally exhausting but it is almost
impossible to put into words the experience of being a
"castle lady". The people I worked with were amazing and
the fun we had most of the time was beyond description. I remember
how hot it would get being in full makeup & costume but we
were not allowed to open any windows because it would let too much
"reality" in. Mostly I was a rover, but occasionally got
my head cut off and also was a sacrificial virgin and worked in
the slant room as Lizzy, which is the costume I have on in the
picture. I remember at closing how sometimes when the last group
came through we would follow one by one from each scene and chant.
Also, although it was frowned upon when people would do their
scenes comically, we had soooo much fun. There was plenty of
backstage drama etc. and it would make for a really great prime
time TV, late night of course, lol. Since that time I have
traveled extensively and had many incredible adventures but I will
never forget my two seasons as one of the "live
ones". Ooo Scary Boo!!!!!!!
remember what to say to keep the rats away in the rat
room as you walk through, "Ratsy ratsy dark and lurkey,
please go bite some other turkey!" lMAO...loved the
website of info on Brigantine Castle. I remember going there back
when it was open and may have some old pictures I took of it on
the outside and pier. Just visited the area around Christmas 2005
and it's hard to believe that castle and pier with shops actually
stood there at one time. The area has changed big time. I also
remember the commercial on TV that got played a lot on Phila. TV
and NYC for that matter showing a girl entering it with the music
of Bach's "Toccata & Fugue In D Minor" playing and
the vampire coming out scaring her where you saw her running down
the ramp to the sidewalk away from it with people looking at her
strange like. I went through the castle a few times while on
vacation in Brigantine in the summers of 77, 78, & 79. Neat
place and memories of something that isn't there anymore.
you for maintaining this wonderful piece of history.
I only went to Brigantine Castle once when I was in elementary
school in the 1970s. My parents, along with my sister, an
uncle, and my grandmother, went to the castle after my pestering
to visit the attraction. I remember the ride from Port
Richmond (Philadelphia) being long and hot.
I remember having a death grip on my father as we traversed the
interior of the building. Two locations within the castle
had a profound impact on my young psyche and I still get cold
shivers up my spine when I thing about it even today.
The first one was a room we entered where a young girl was
strapped to a sacrificial alter and a "Satanic" priest
welcomed us for the human sacrifice. As a young boy (maybe 8
or 10) I was totally freaked out that this teenage girl / young
woman was strapped to a alter, pleading for her life to the crowd,
while this weird guy in a robe held a large knife and explained
how he was going to kill her. I remember he went around the
table and with his back to the audience, proceeded to stab this
woman to death while a strobe light flickered like mad. I
remember hearing her screams and seeing a bloody manikin on the
table when the ceremony was finished. That little play gave
me nightmares for years.
The second thing I remember was the so-called rat room. I
had shorts on that day and remember feeling the rubber tails of
the rats rubbing against my legs. What was also comical that
day was one of the ghouls appointed a young African-American guy
as our "Rat Guide" to lead us through the room.
This guy decided to completely ad lib and make a speech to the
group that he was available as a professionally licensed rat guide
if we ever needed his services.
The only other thing I remember about the pier was making color
sand sculptures in bottles at one of the stands with my sister
after we had finished in the castle.
Looking back, I wish I had had the opportunity to visit the castle
more than once. Despite that, I am sad to see that this
piece of history was lost and will never return.
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