Brigantine Castle and Amusement Pier


If you wanted to be scared in late 1970s or early 1980s New Jersey, you had plenty of Haunted House options. One of the most storied was Brigantine Castle which was located by the beach in Brigantine, New Jersey at the corner of 14th Street and Brigantine Avenue. It was built in 1976 and was a big hit. They did so well that they ran these commercial for the attraction statewide, that quickly became the talk of my town.

Sadly in 1982 it was badly damaged in a storm. That coupled with a declining popularity caused the Castle to close in 1984. In 1987, the place burned to the ground and became another entry in New Jersey folklore and mythology.


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One thought on “Brigantine Castle and Amusement Pier

  1. RetroArt says:

    As an impressionable child in the 70s/80s, seeing this commercial pop up between afternoon cartoons just reenforced the belief that monsters were real.
    However, Brigantine Castle seemed far enough away to still feel safe and secure in my NJ suburb.
    That security would be shattered by a horror that seemed much closer to home: the Haunted Mansion in Long Branch, NJ. The threat was creeping up the coastline!

    In 1987 this haunting threat was destroyed, perhaps by an angry mob of villagers with pitchforks and torches? The news of its destruction was heralded by WNBC’s Chuck and Sue:

    Actually, the burning down of the Long Branch Pier was a very sad day for kids who grew up with easy driving distance to it. A fantastic amusement boardwalk close to home- gone forever.

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