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Tim O'Brien, Liberty, NJ
did one and a half seasons. It was in the summer 78 and 79. I
played Dr. Puss, Dr. Rat, Got to be in the portrait a few times
(that was fun), Played King Kong, had a blast in the Sacrifice
Room (have a great story about that). There was an actor there who
was studying hypnosis and he was a great help in relaxing. Still
miss it. Oh, also got to meet one of the owners, Cliff Robertson,
when he came for a visit. They were short on Security People and I
filled in on shifts. He was standing in the lobby when I was
Why don't we see if we can create a
movie based on the Castle? Is anyone who worked there game?
I do have one really funny story:
One day, very slow day, I was in
the Sacrifice Room alone. No one to sacrifice. It was a slow day.
The season had not yet really started. I was reading a book, and I
heard a commotion. I put my book away and got ready. Two guys
(boyfriends), had been chased up to my position with half the
Castle staff behind them. They were terrified. I did my little
thing and then ordered one of them into this little storage room.
I locked the door and told the other to go up the stairs to the
Rat Room. The locked up one pleaded, "Please, Don. Don't
leave me, Don!" I felt sorry for him, and really didn't want
to keep him there, so I sent him on his way with his boyfriend. As
they got to the top of the first flight of stairs, someone jumped
out and scared the crap out of them.
The staff follow them up to the Rat
Room, and I went back to my book. After a while, I heard another
commotion and looked around the corner to see what was going on.
It was the same two guys with the Castle staff behind them again.
They routed them through the coffin room and back into the Castle
for another round.
I went home a little while later,
sans makeup. I was waiting for the bus and the two guys, looking
like they'd been through a grinder, soaked in sweat, walked by. I
asked them what happened (I knew what happened). They did not
recognize me. They said they spent most of their time in the
Castle on their asses.
Those were the days.
everyone this is Lisa Ricci, yes one of the twins who played 1/2
the Jester skit and Theresa played the other half. It is with a
very heavy heart that I have to say my dad, Carmen Ricci, passed
away on July 21,2012. I read this page as well as the Haunted
Mansion page and am so proud of all of you and how my daddy
affected all your lives- he is still with us and smiling down (or
from below- he he he). He was proud of you all and we always
talked about driving from Seaside Park to Brighton every day - he
didn't mind, he loved what he did- so I thank you all for making
my dad (a/k/a) Mr. Ricci- lol Happy!!!!!
ED Perkins aka:Electron ED
past week while looking at Youtube I saw some old commercials for
Brigantine Castle. After seeing them my mind has since been
reflecting on my summer stays even thought they were for only one
week in the summers of 77,78 and 79. It's a shame this place only
lasted for the time it was there. Kind of miss it and if I could
go back in time to revisit it, I would. I did visit the area where
it once stood just before Christmas a few years ago and I find it
hard to believe that the castle and pier stood in the spot where
it was. But it still lives on in our memories.
all, The Pirate's Den is still serving great meals and the Rod And
Reel is still a cool place to have a drink. New Years Day is the
Polar Bear Plunge at noon. Usually the spot shifts here and there
around the old castle location but the fun is all the same. I miss
the castle as well as the 70's and the innocence that was had then.
I can remember leaving Brigantine
in 1977, traveling back to Avalon on Route 9 and we stopped at a
Pizza place for dinner. I'm guessing it was located in Linwood. Everything
nowadays is so built up,I can't find that old place that was
located in the woods with nothing around it.I do remember playing
the juke box and hearing," Play That Funky Music".1977 was a
fun time! That was then as I make the best of now.
in the ’80 there was a gorilla like the one in the picture at
Great Adventure in Jackson, NJ. You could sit in the hand and get
a photo taken. I also have an old Polaroid picture like that one
from the ‘80s. That’s a great picture!
I was lucky enough to have visited
the castle when I was about 8 years old. My father was a union
electrician working in Atlantic City on the casinos. We lived in
Central NJ so he basically lived in AC for months and we (my mom
and 3 sisters) would visit. He took us to the castle and I can
tell you it scared me to death! To this day I am absolutely
horrified of rats and I still remember the feeling of the “rats”
touching me in that hallway. I also remember vividly chastising
one of the actors for scaring me. I told him it wasn’t nice to
scare little girls. He was so sweet to me and said aww I’m
sorry! I was sad when I heard of the Castle closing and later
burning. That visit is really one of my most cherished childhood
memories. : )
was born and raised in Trenton NJ. I was 14 years old when I
visited Brigantine Castle for the very first time with my parents
back in the summer of 1978, and when I saw the castle I thought to
myself it's more beautiful then the TV commercials. I couldn't
wait to get in the castle and see all the spooky props and the
actors who would try to scare me, and they didn't just try to
scare me, they almost made me pee my pants and it was great.
I wanted to go in the castle again and I did an hour later.
I told myself when I was 16 I'm
going to bring my own kids when they are old enough to go see the
castle and go in it, but before that happened the castle closed
down and then burnt down. I was so heart broken knowing that
happened and knowing that I will never see the castle again and
that my kids and my grand kids will never have the same joy that I
had when I was young. But alas, I can tell them about
Brigantine Castle and go on the internet and show them some photos
of the castle.
Well, that's my memory. But one
question to Carmen J. Ricci or his family can y'all show the blue
print of the brigantine castle for all the brigantine castle fans
still to this day talk about the great times I had here. I wish
someone would do a beach bon fire on the sight so we could all get
together and reminiscence of the great childhood fun we all share.
Maybe even at Halloween and dress up like our fav character.
was a bit too young to go to the actual castle and then was out of
state for it's later years off in the Army. I remember after it
closed there was the pier there with a few arcades, and the
fishermen used to hang out at the end. I don't remember how long
the pier was there after the castle closed, but it was cool to go
Here is a picture I took yesterday
of the location...all that is left is sand. Some people were
riding horses so there are horse prints there in the picture.
Bruce Vale Newark, DE
have fond memories of Brigantine Castle, even though I only went
there once. It was the Castle's first summer, in July 1976. My
best friend's family vacationed at Somers Point and would take me
with them. I don't remember who heard about the Castle, but we all
went there one afternoon. I can still remember the rubber
"rats" that would brush your legs and the actors jumping
out at you. I also remember the electronic shooting gallery at the
pier and can still remember how mad my friend's dad was when we
got back to the parking lot and discovered someone had plastered a
bumper sticker on his car! The next summer I was driving, so that
was one of the last family adventures I remember going on, even
though it wasn't even my family. I was thinking about the Castle a
few years ago and went online to see what became of it. Even
though it had closed, it's a shame to see it gone.
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