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of my earliest childhood memories (i.e.nightmares) involved the
Castle. I would have been five or six years-old, and my father
took me there several times. Ever since, I have been haunted by
faint memories of walking over a woman under glass... a werewolf
clawing at me... a dark hallway full of rats... and vampire
pipe-organ music. It was only after seeing your website that I
realized it all really happened.
was about 40 years ago. My father, sister and I were at Brigantine
Castle. I wanted to go through the haunted house so badly but, my
older sister wanted nothing to do with it. My dad finally talked
her into taking me through. I remember slowly going up the stairs
and getting utterly TERRIFIED by the witch coming down them!! LOL
I FREAKED!! LOL The sweet "Witch" stopped, took of her
wig, and tried to console me. A nice gentleman took pity on my
sister and I and said he would walk us through with his daughter.
They convinced me to continue. I vaguely remember the rest of the
haunted house except, I think I remember a rat tail room to which
I again FREAKED out!! By the end of the tour my sister came out
laughing hysterically at me and I came out being carried by a very
amused stranger!! I have NEVER forgotten it and have always wanted
to go back. It is a shame that it is out of business!! :(
you so much for your site! My father took my little brother and me
to the Castle on Opening Weekend 1976, and we visited many more
times that year. We lived in Longport, so my father (a HUGE
amusement-ride and haunted house fan) took us to either Ocean City
or Atlantic City pretty much every night in the summer. We went
through all of the little haunted attractions at both boardwalks
so often, we weren't even remotely scared anymore. We were on a
first-name basis with some of the actors at those places.
So my dad was thrilled when
Brigantine opened up! The one thing I specifically recall about
the castle were the people grabbing at my ankles. I was only 8
years old at the time, so my memory isn't great. But I do recall a
set of stairs that took us briefly around the outside of the
Castle, overlooking the ocean, which was cool.
Sadly, my parents divorced the next
year, and my mother took us out-of-state. My father died of cancer
when I was a teenager, and any pictures he may have taken of us at
the boardwalks and piers were lost. That's why the pictures and
stories on your site are so incredibly precious...they are the
only evidence that I was there, and walked on that pier, all those
years ago. Thank you again.
wanted to say that I really enjoy the website. My family
moved to the Long Beach Island area in 1982. I remember
being at the castle when I was young.
I've been intrigued by the memory
of the castle lately. I took a ride to the site today...it
seems so empty there now. It was cool to stand there and try
to picture the castle...especially on a cold rainy day like
today. There's a cool kind of eeriness to it...to imagine
that that pier once was there and now there's nothing left...like
it wasn't even there. Thanks for the website.
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