New Jersey October 06, 2018
The Story Behind New Jersey’s Most Haunted House Is Beyond Terrifying
The story goes like this…”Brighton’s industrial complex, a series of old and decrepit warehouses, was used for housing mentally unstable and psychologically damaged individuals back in the mid 1940s. Many of these patients were violent, and needed to be isolated for staff and patient protection. The most violent patients were housed in the main central building, most commonly referred to as Brighton Asylum.”
According to the Brighton Asylum website...
"Minimal risk patients were housed in building B, located adjacent to Brighton Asylum. A beneath ground service tunnel spans the full length of the complex which allows staff to travel from outside, to any building within the complex, without having to pass through the high risk and centrally located Brighton Asylum unless needed. This tunnel was also used for medical deliveries to other buildings, and to keep prying eyes of the public away from seeing what was going on inside Brighton Asylum."
And then, there are the "bleeding grounds."
"Above Brighton Asylum on the second floor is the staff quarters, where most of the resident staff lived while on duty. The quarters were home to over many nurses, doctors, orderlies, administrators, in-house lab technicians, and more. There were rumors of bizarre gatherings, parties, even experiments taking place in these Victorian style quarters, sitting quietly above the more heavily populated Brighton Asylum. In fact, such horrific acts were reported to have taken place there, the quarters were eventually dubbed, "The Bleeding Grounds".
I can't imagine something so horrific...
"Years of extremely harsh living conditions, grotesque medical experiments, staff disappearances, and screams spilling into the residential areas during the night, resulted in the state permanently closing the facility in 1952 pending a full investigation. No such results of an investigation can be found to date."
But I can imagine that you'll be petrified...
"After 59 years of sitting unexposed, decaying and cut off from the public, Brighton Asylum reopened in 2011 as a haunted attraction. Its creaky doors were open once again, and ever since, thousands of people have been exploring its hallways and rooms where hundreds of patients lost their minds. The many unthinkable events that took place between the mid 1940’s and 1952, are still waiting to be fully uncovered."
What can you expect when you visit?
Restless spirits still reside in the series of warehouses and underground tunnels used to transport the patients. It's almost as if the buildings themselves are alive, revealing the past to those who enter... transporting visitors to a time when deranged psychopaths wandered the halls. Of course we know that the patients are just actors, but that doesn't make the experience any less frightening.
Customize your nightmare...I mean, experience!
The asylum itself is the main attraction here, featuring mind blowing special effects and massive moving sets. The Today Show called Brighton Asylum "The Scariest Place On Earth" and it consistently ranks among the top haunted attractions in the United States.
But there's more! Brighton Asylum now offers challenging escape games. Imagine being locked up in this petrifying place, with only your wits to help you escape. Will you make it out alive? Perhaps you'll go insane in the process. Use your brain, before you lose it.
Looking for something EVEN MORE intense?
New this year, Brighton Asylum offers contact options every night. The rules are simple: Accept a FREE red glow necklace at the entrance, secure it around your neck, and this will signal to all the creatures within that you submit to actual physical contact within the dark realms of Brighton Asylum. You are within complete control of the experience. If at any time you want the physical contact to stop, just discard the necklace. You must be wearing the necklace around your neck for physical contact to take place. During Brighton Asylum’s "Contact" opt in, you may be subjected, but not limited, to the following: forced separation from your group or path, simulated abduction, physical contact, contact with water, crawling, physically being picked up, etcetera. Sound scary? It is! Luckily, it's easy to opt out!
For a quick preview from a few years back, watch the video below. But be warned, it is definitively disturbing.
Are you ready to be paralyzed by fear? If so, learn more or buy tickets at
www.brightonasylum.com. Few events in the world top the level of terror you will experience here, and the unique escape room and interactive attractions only add to the fun. For true tales of terror (if you believe), check out this post on the Pine Barrens.