NEW JERSEY — With Halloween just days away, witches, goblins and ghosts are in the air. Well, not really, but for those who love to be scared, New Jersey has a cornucopia of ghost stories that will send a shiver down even the strongest spine. If you're looking for a creepy spot to visit on Mischief Night or October 31, here are a few of the Garden State's most hair-raising places.

  • Alpine and ghost stories may not by synonymous, but tell that to those who have heard the screams from the town's infamous Devil's Tower. It dates back to the 1900s and was built for sugar tycoon Manuel Rionda. Legend has it the tower was made to provide his wife with an awesome view of the Big Apple. She didn't appreciate the peek she got when she spotted her husband with another woman. Distraught, she allegedly threw herself off the tower to her death though some dispute that fact, saying records show Rionda's wife died 12 years after the infamous fall. Nevertheless, her ghost is said to haunt the tower. Attempts to take the tower down have ended in untimely deaths.
  • Lambertville is rich in history and ghosts apparently as is its Pennsylvania neighbor New Hope. The site of the former Lambertville High School is said to be haunted by the spirit of a football player who died during a game in 1930s. The teen played for rival New Hope High School and broke his neck during the annual Thanksgiving Day game.
  • Jersey Devil stories anyone? The Garden State residents have all heard the tales of Mrs. Leeds unwanted 13th child. The Jersey Devil is said to haunt the Pine Barrens in South Jersey.
  • Don't try cutting down the Devil's Tree in Bernards Township. Legend has it anyone who does will meet with a grisly end. The tree is said to be warm to the touch even in winter and the snow doesn't stick to it. Is it because the tree was supposedly used for lynchings or is the local man who hung himself after murdering his family?
  • Two North Jersey roads have quite the reputations for weirdness. Take a ride on Warren County's Shades of Death Road (yes, that is its real name) or Clinton Road in West Milford if you dare. Macabre stories abound about late night drives along these roads. By the way, Shades of Death Road can get you to Ghost Lake. Really.
  • Who doesn't love the Jersey Shore? Apparently even the ghost don't want to leave the state's picturesque shoreline. Book a room in one of these haunted shore hotels if you don't mind sharing your space with a spirit or two. Cape May's Hotel Macomber and Angel of the Sea, Ocean City's Flanders Hotel and Bay Head's Grenville Hotel all have ghost tales attached to their accommodations.
  • Who knew the Gates of Hell were located in New Jersey. According to urban legend, they are just behind the Black Prince Distillery in Clifton. Unlike other drains in the area, the Gates of Hell are square and sans any water. Climb inside and you may find the devil. As legend has it among the winding connecting drains are skulls, bones, crosses and other creepy bits.
  • Make sure to return the books you borrow from Somerset's Raritan Public Library. The library supposedly is haunted by the spirit of an older librarian who doesn't like giggling or loud talking.
  • Asbury Park's Stephen Crane House is said to harbor that super eerie feeling though the SyFy Channel's famed show "Ghost Hunters" wasn't able to confirm any unrest on Fourth Avenue though the locals say otherwise.
  • Port Monmouth's Spy House or the Seabrook-Wilson House attracts a lot of visitors in search of a bit of spine-tingling. The house is said to harbor the ghosts of drunken Revolutionary War Redcoat soldiers and more than one person has reported seeing the ghosts of children running about.