In its fourth year, The Atlantic Frightlands Creative Group (which previously created the haunts for the Strauss Haunted Mansion Tour) has turned its eye towards a new venue: the entire main street of Atlantic Highlands!
Organizer Jon Crowley says, “There’s so much history along First Avenue -- from pirates to gangsters and dozens of ghost sightings and paranormal activity that it was a no-brainer to do a walking ghost hunt in the middle of our town!”
The tours start at The Painted Frame (78 1st Ave) on Friday, October 16th and Saturday, October 17th and run continuously from 8-10pm with several stops along historic First Avenue, including the Memphis Pig Out BBQ where rum-running mobsters unloaded their illegal cargo via a secret basement tunnel from the nearby marina to points elsewhere in New Jersey. The underground passage has long ago been boarded-up, but the owners of the establishment swear a ghost is still living in its dank corners. The same for the shop owner of Vintage Variety who swears her ghost has a bit of an attitude and isn’t afraid to, “toss a book across the room when he wants his privacy.”
“The new event is a safe alternative to trick-or-treating and a great way to help fund our free summer arts camp for the local kids,” said Maggie Moro, President of the Arts Council. “The tour will feature stories of the town’s history, colorful characters, ghost stories, and I’m pretty sure will conjure more than a few spirits along the way,” said Jon Crowley.
Tours last approximately 45 minutes and will start at The Painted Frame, 78 First Avenue, with more than ten stops along the way designed to scare-up some ghosts. Local businesses will be offering snacks and other holiday mementos to mark the occasion. Organizers advise bringing comfortable shoes, a flashlight and a brave spirit! Tickets are available for pre-sale at The Painted Frame, The Memphis Pig Out and Vintage Variety. Tickets are $8 per person with proceeds benefitting the non-profit Atlantic Highlands Arts Council.
Thank you to our sponsor MedExpress Urgent Care for its generous support.
The AHAC is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization. The mission of the Atlantic Highlands Arts Council is to strengthen community through the arts. For further information on the Arts Council, visit aharts.org.
This program is made possible in part by Monmouth Arts through funding from the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.