The Mythical Creature That Tormented A Small New Jersey Town Will Give You Nightmares

Every New Jerseyan has heard of the Jersey Devil, and Halloween is the perfect time to recount the tale. The infamous cryptid (creature whose existence has not yet been proven) is the stuff of legend. Often described as a winged biped with hooves, horns and the face of a horse, accounts of its appearance do vary. Many of us grew up telling tales of the terrifying demon spawn around campfires and under covers, but it’s only been somewhat of a dark fairy tale to us. We know that the Jersey Devil isn’t real. Or, is it?

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Share your scariest Jersey Devil story with us in the comments. If you’re hoping for a sighting, a short hike through the Pine Barrens should do the trick. Lucky for us, the Whitesbog Preservation Trust (120 W. Whitesbog Road, Browns Mills) is hosting a haunted hike by lantern (6 p.m. – 9 p.m.) on October 29th. Enjoy spooky stories, cider and more! If you’re nowhere near the Pine Barrens, check out this haunted hike in North Jersey.