Hello fellow Peacocks! Spooky season is upon us! While some are getting ready for pumpkin picking, scary movie binging and wrapping yourself in anything warm, we’re here to tell you about some of your state’s urban legends. You can be digging your nose in your textbooks and drowning yourself in those essays, but how about you and a bunch of friends read and check out these haunted, infamous sites for a ghoulish Halloween season? From the Jersey Devil to the creepiest road in the state, read if you dare!
Newark's Ghost Train
From the website https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/new-jersey/nj-urban-legends/ we see in detail just some of the creepiest legends in our beloved state. Here we have Newark's Ghost Train: According to local lore, a ghost train passes through Broad Street Station at midnight on the 10th of every month. The train is said to be driven by an engineer who was killed on the tracks back in 1868. According to the Newark Courier, crowds would wait to spot the specter, but to no avail. Would any of you like to hop on this train?
The Toms River Terror
For those who live in South Jersey, have you guys ever heard of the incident in Toms River? “A haunting in the city made headlines several years ago when a family purchased a home in the neighborhood but fled after only a week, claiming there had been strange noises and occurrences. Allegedly, doors would open and shut, whispers could be heard through the vents, and eerie dragging and scraping sounds came from the basement. The spookiest part of the story? A staff writer for an urban legends website went to interview the family and apparently, the eerie voice of a ghost child can be heard.” It gives you chills just thinking about it!
The Devil's Tower
One of New Jersey’s historically known scary spots to visit is The Devil’s Tower. From New Jersey Haunted houses https://www.newjerseyhauntedhouses.com/real-haunt/devils-tower.html, The Devil's Tower was built in 1910 by a millionaire sugar importer named Manuel Rionda. Before it received the name Devil's Tower, it was formerly known as Rio Vista. According to reporting from Forbes, the tower was built and dedicated to Rionda’s wife, Harriet Rionda, who was buried on nearby land but later moved to Brookside Cemetery, Englewood. Rumor has it that Mr. Rionda built the tower for his wife so she could look out at the New York City skyline. Others believe he built it as a mausoleum or for religious purposes. But, even with Mrs. Rionda’s death and later Mr. Rionda’s death in the mid 1900’s, many believe Harriet Rionda’s spirit still lives on at the tower.
Since that time, people started calling it Devil's Tower. Witnesses report still hearing noises and smelling perfume, while at other times you can hear a scream as the wife jumps from the tower or a workman falls from it. Her ghostly spirit has also been seen as a shadowy figure in the windows.Pushing, shoving, screams from the tower? Doesn’t get scarier than that!
Probably one of the most infamous urbans legends in all of New Jersey, our very own Clinton Road. “The 10-mile stretch near West Milford runs from Route 23 to Upper Greenwood Lake. Spooky legends have surrounded the stretch for over 100 years. It has apparently been host to ghosts, witches, unearthly animals and earthly Klansmen. One story says that two brothers stumbled across a KKK meeting on the road near Cross Castle. They made it out alive, but the same can't be said for everyone who has traveled down this paranormal path. In 1983, a cyclist on the road spotted vultures circling a tree. After further exploration, he discovered a garbage bag with a human head sticking out. The investigation surrounding the murder led to the conviction of notorious Mafia hitman, Richard ‘Iceman’ Kuklinski.”(www.onlyinyourstate.com) I heard theres no service when you start to get deep into the road. Who’s ready for it?
The Jersey Devil
I know you've all heard of the Chupacabra, BigFoot and the Yeti, but how about Jersey’s very own ghoul: the Jersey Devil himself. Also, from the website that talked about Newark's Ghost Train, New Jersey's most famous urban legend, even our state's NHL team is named after the mysterious creature. Our very own ‘Bigfoot’, the animal is said to have the head of a goat, bat-like wings, horns, small arms, clawed hands, cloven hooves and a forked tail. It resides in the Pine Barrens and emits a blood-curdling scream. The legend begins all the way back with the Lenape tribe, who believed a local woman birthed the strange entity in 1735. It was her 13th child. After birth, the demon fled, not to be seen again for five years, when it was supposedly exorcised by a priest. It was thought to be gone, but was spotted again some time later. In 1909, sightings were so common that the creature got media coverage, and an artist's rendering (seen above) was published in a Philadelphia newspaper. There have been many stories of sightings throughout the years, including one by Joseph Bonaparte, Napoleon's eldest brother. Forget BigFoot. I want to catch demons!