Zombies and Privateers Drew Crowds to Haunted Tuckerton Seaport

Nov 03, 2017
Photo by: Pat Johnson Tuckerton Seaport Director Brooke Salvanto and volunteer Ernie Morasco met a Halloween friend.

Tuckerton Leader — Nearly 4,000 folks visited The Haunted Seaport this year with its theme of scary clowns along with the pirates and privateers who lurked in the Tucker's Island Lighthouse. The three-night haunting this past weekend was a good deal for families looking for an affordable night-of-fright, but the staging of the various tableaux, creative lighting and costumed actors was anything but a bargain.

From the monsters in the lagoon to the clown-filled decoy shop, to the insane asylum and spooky graveyard (complete with live zombies) and a very dark “lighthouse,” the uninitiated were spooked at every turn. And the screams coming from the haunted woods hayride made the customer line even longer.

At the visitors’ center was a not-so-scary pumpkin patch with a tot-sized hay-bale maze and pumpkin bowling.

“We try to have a good mix of scary and non-scary events for everyone,” said Seaport Director Brooke Salvanto.

Salvanto thanked the volunteers who worked hard to set up the Haunted Seaport and the actors who played their parts to perfection: local Boy and Girl Scouts and their leaders, and Pinelands Junior High students and some of their parents.

Next up, preparations are underway for Christkindlmarkt, a three-day holiday festival and market with food trucks, blacksmith and carving demonstrations, vendors of handmade items and specialty foods plus make-and-take decorations. That’s just a short month away, on Dec. 1-3. —P.J.


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