DARK IN THE PARK

The Frights of Seaside Heights

INTRODUCTION

Seaside Heights is a small beach community located on the Barnegat Peninsula in Ocean County, New Jersey.  Since 1915, amusement rides have been part of this seashore resort.

[Doorway To Hell]
A Seaside Heights dark ride from the 1970's.  This walk-through attraction, called the Doorway To Hell, was a George Mahana Haunted House Company built attraction that utilized truck trailers.  Unfortunately, this ride was dismantled shortly after the 1984 Great Adventure haunted house fire.  We would like to thank Mike Vlkovic for providing this picture and information about the attraction.

Although Seaside Heights is not as large as Wildwood or Ocean City, it has two amusement piers.  One of these piers contains a great two level ride-through dark ride.  The other pier had a walk-through dark ride which, unfortuantly, left the pier at the end of the 2006 season due to differences between the owner of the ride and the owners of the pier.

[Casino Pier]

A 2004 view of Casino Pier in Seaside Heights.  You can see Stillwalk Manor at the far right of the pier near the water slides.

Casino Pier, located at Sherman Avenue and the Boardwalk, has an impressive two-level dark ride called Stillwalk Manor.  This ride-through attraction, originally named Nightmare Manor, was added to the pier in 1989.  It was actually made from two separate dark rides that were purchased from defunct amusement parks in Massachusetts.

[Funtown Pier sign]
A 2003 picture of the Funtown Pier neon sign.  It is in need of some work.

Funtown Pier, located at 1930 Boardwalk, sits between Seaside Heights and the more tranquil Seaside Park.  Up until 2007, it was the home to Hollowgraves Haunted Manor, a one-level walk-through attraction installed in 2003.  Before making its way to Funtown Pier, Hollowgraves operated at a few other locations including nearby Keansburg Amusement Park.  Its first year of operation was in 1995 at the Gingerbread Castle in Hamburg, NJ.   UPDATE: After a five year hiatus, the Haunted Manor will be returning to Funtown Pier for the summer of 2012. For more information, check out its official website at  www.hollowgraves.com

[Funtown Pier]
A picture of Funtown Pier looking toward the ocean.  Hollowgraves Haunted Manor was located straight back on the left (not visable in this picture).

The following article, written by my brother, Seph Cherkasky, highlights these two outstanding dark rides.  The details and pictures from the article come from our 2003 and 2004 visits to the piers.  Enjoy!

-Bill Cherkasky

 

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