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The Definitive Guide To All Things Haunted And Creepy In New Jersey

New Jersey is home to dozens of creepy haunted and abandoned places; it is no stranger to the weird and unexplained. The Garden State comes with countless ghost stories and terrifying tales of cryptids, including the Jersey Devil. Paranormal and extraterrestrial legends abound. While some spirits are friendly, many Garden State ghosts are scary or even violent. Of course, hauntings aren’t the only thing that can make a place creepy. New Jersey has ties to mass murderers, serial killers, and unsolved mysteries. Before we get to those mysteries, what are the creepiest places in New Jersey? Most are considered extremely haunted. Whether you want to avoid them or explore them, here are a few of our most horrifying destinations.

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5 Creepy Facts About New Jersey

1. One of the most prolific serial killers in United States history was a local nurse in New Jersey named Charles Cullen. Moving from hospital to hospital, Cullen killed dozens of patients during his 16-year career. How he got away with his crimes for so long is a mystery…

2. The Original Friday the 13th movie was filmed at a campsite in Blairstown, New Jersey. You can find props and memorabilia at the Garden State’s own Friday the 13th Museum.

3. New Jersey has been featured in several creepy movies. The Creepy Clown of Middletown can be seen in Clerks II, and the original Friday the 13th, Amityville Horror, War of the Worlds, Toxic Avenger, and Jaws were all shot in the Garden State. Jaws was actually inspired by real-life shark attacks along the Jersey Shore.

4. Paranormal Books & Curiosities in Asbury Park offers a small museum of strange and eerie artifacts including a collection of possessed dolls and The Hand of Glory, a cursed candleholder said to be made from the severed hand of a hanged murderer’s corpse.

5. The charmingly macabre Addams Family was conceived by local cartoonist Charles Addams. His home state hosts the eccentric bunch in a 2019 animated film. Creepy can be kooky, and it isn’t always spooky, but if you’re looking for a scare, New Jersey has it all.