must have been the first year Brigantine Castle had opened-- now
that I know 1976 was its first season, it seems about right that I
remember I must have been 3-1/2 years old when my parents took me
there. A toddler - jeez...who takes a toddler to a place like
Anyway, my brief visit at
Brigantine Castle went like this-- it's indelibly and vividly
etched into my mind...
I remember being in a dimly lit
room - a grand type of room - I seem to remember the faintest
flickering orangey light.... I think my mom was holding me-- or I
possibly had been climbing up her leg and so by default, she was
holding me to calm me down.
Anyway, I remember that while in
this room, suddenly and unexpectedly, a man appeared from the wall
- with a long black cape, white shirt, a red satin sash, white
face make-up, dark hair that was somewhat slicked back, and a
short dark-ish beard and mustache.
I remember shrieking - and
shrieking inconsolably -- to the point where 'Dracula' came over
and said to me, "see....it's just make-up on my face ...it's
ok"....much to the delight of the other paying guests, I'm
sure -lol...anyway, my parents must have made a quick exit to get
me out of there, realizing too late what a bad idea that was.
Really- who takes a 3 year old to a
haunted attraction?! Lol