While the Seaside boardwalk’s Funtown Pier remains shuttered this summer following catastrophic storm damage, a dedicated group saved one attraction, slated to debut tonight at the Keansburg Amusement Park.
This past winter, workers and volunteers saved Hollowgraves Haunted Manor, a haunted house comprised of trailers pieced together that spooked many on Funtown Pier in recent years.
“We physically had to dig some of it out and then pull it apart trailer by trailer,” says Stefanie Flodmand of On the Pier Photo.
The attraction, owned by Stan Ambro and not Funtown Pier, was one of the few attractions on the pier to escape damage, according to a posting on the Hollowgraves Haunted Manor Facebook page.
They attempted to secure space on the boardwalk’s Casino Pier, but Hollowgraves Haunted Manor “just wouldn’t fit,” leading the attraction to Keansburg, where its will usher in the quickly approaching Halloween season.
A classic haunted house, it contains animatronic robots, themed rooms, and live actors, Flodman says.
Seph Cherkasky of the website Dark in the Park describes the experience:
We headed into the ride and it was like a miniature house done-up with creepy old wall paper and older looking furniture and props. It was sort of a cross between a walk-through Wacky Shack and a haunted mansion. It had the simple little stunts all originally crafted like Bill Tracy would do, but not as silly or goofy like in the Wacky Shack.
We made our way through the ride occasionally running into various actors popping out trying to scare us. Some of the highlights were definitely the props under the floor covered in glass and the texture of the walls, along with some well-crafted stunts.
IF YOU GO
Hollowgraves Haunted Manor debuts at 5 p.m. today at the Keansburg Amusement Park.
The park is located at 275 Beachway Ave in Keansburg, NJ. Contact: (732) 495-1400
The admission fee is seven tickets (60 cents each).