: It's Halloween at the Jersey Shore...

It's Halloween at the Jersey Shore...

Watch the skies and listen…

Halloween is my favorite time of year! And the reason is not only the numerous showings of the Rocky Horror Picture Show. The primary reason these days is the Jersey Devil, who makes (made) his home in the NJ Pine Barrens!

Never heard of him? Well he’s also known as the Leeds Devil, and is rumored to be the 13th child born to old Mother Leeds.

First Drawing of the Jersey Devil 

The story goes like this…

Home!Mother Leeds had 12 children and after giving life to the dozen, she said if she had another it would be the Devil.

In 1735, her friends gathered round as a storm rolled in and Mother Leeds went into labor for the 13th time. The child was born normal, but then changed form.

It changed from a normal baby to a creature with hooves, a horses head, bat wings and a forked tail. It growled and screamed, some say it killed the midwife, before flying up the chimney. The Devil then circled the village and headed toward into the pines.

Those who’ve seen the Jersey Devil almost all say the devil has a long neck, wings and hooves. The creature is often said to have the head of a horse and a tail. Its reported height varies from about three feet to more than seven feet. Most say the creature has glowing red eyes, and that it utters a high-pitched, humanlike scream.

In 1740, a minister exorcized the devil for 100 years. There were no more reports of the Jersey Devil until 1890.

But it was in January, 1909 that pandemonium broke out in and aroundThe Philadelphia Record! the New Jersey Pinelands. Thousands of people claimed to witness the Jersey Devil during the week of January 16 – 23, 1909. Eyewitness accounts were published in newspapers nationwide. And the reports continue to this day!


NJ Pine barrensSo if you’re traveling the back roads of southern Ocean or northern Atlantic counties, do not be surprised if you see a shadowy figure flying above your car, or hear a bone chilling scream…it’s just the Jersey Devil.

Keller Williams

Atlantic Shore

Laura Giannotta

Homes for sale in Waretown, Barnegat, Manahawkin, Eagleswood, Little Egg Harbor, Tuckerton and northern Atlantic County!






Comment balloon 9 commentsLaura Giannotta • October 20 2008 10:27AM


Laura, that's a great story.  :)
I like Halloween too ... and look forward to all the little 'monsters' who knock on the door looking for a trick or a treat.  Hopefully the weather will cooperate, so we can have big crowds. :)

Posted by Sylvie Conde, Broker, Toronto Real Estate (Sutton Group-Associates Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 10 years ago

Laura, you mean the Jersey Devil doesnt live in Staford Twp?  Never knew the history of it...thanks...

Posted by Nancy Larson (I am a licensed referral agent in NJ) over 10 years ago

Hi Laura G!

Beware of the Devil in the Pines!!!  My sons scout troop was camping in Bass River State Forrest last year, one of our Scout masters told his version of the story around the camp fire, the scary one of course, red glowing eyes and all... Scared the crap out of one of the younger boys... and then left for the night, Shook my hand good bye and laughed as I was left to deal with a panicing kid! 

So we went to bed, and the older kids were shining a red light on his tent to add to the fun!  Good Times!

Posted by Robert Rauf (HomeBridge Financial Services (NJ)) over 10 years ago

Thanks for the little history lesson in local folklore. They quite often are the best.

Posted by Russel Ray, San Diego Business & Marketing Consultant & Photographer (Russel Ray) over 10 years ago


All that was missing was the full moon, the howling wind, and the campfire. Great story. :)


Posted by Steve Hoffacker, Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor (Steve Hoffacker LLC) over 10 years ago

I'm thinking that the Jersey Devil was my last client!

Great story Laura.

I'm wondering if that's how that horrible hockey team chose it's name! (caveat: die hard Rangers fan here!)


Posted by Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor (Helping people in transition) over 10 years ago

Laura - I was a boy scout here in South Jersey.  Camping throughout the area we heard many tales of the Jersey Devil and spent some sleepless nights.  Thanks for sharing the story with the AR community.

Posted by Karl Peidl, Accredited Loan Consultant over 10 years ago

Hi Laura -  I never knew this story!  I guess this is how that AWESOME hockey team got their name :)

Posted by Kara Casamassina, Boomers and beyond (International Property Management Group, LLC) over 10 years ago

Hello Laura, I personally know the Leeds family descendent's.  Poor child (aka  Jersey Devil)

Posted by Julie Staradumsky, CREN (Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore) over 10 years ago