I am seeing escapisim in your future…I am seeing a business…a fun business…in…in…no, on Cookman Avenue.  The store is inviting you…it’s telling me to invite you to explore something new and original in our City this Halloween.

Paranormal Books and Curiosities is packed with so many things to see and do this Halloween, it’s sure to excite and ignite any weary spirit. 

Whether you are interested in an evening of searching for ghosts, investigating spirit-infused location tours in Asbury Park, learning your future or buying an unusual book about Halloween, ghosts or the macabre – Paranormal Books can be your haunted home base. 

“I created this space to be comfortable and homey,” said Kathy Kelly, the store’s owner.  “People are welcome to sit by the fire and talk about their experiences.” 

Kathy’s bookstore features the interesting and uncommon, including:  Encyclopedia of New Jersey, True Crimes, Love Charms and, her best-seller, Ghosts. 

Her current calendar of creepiness events is welcoming, too – compelling enough for passionate believers and light enough for anyone looking for an Asbury Park Halloween adventure. 

The ninety-minute ghost and folklore tours of Asbury Park are a hot ticket.  Last Saturday night, I saw Kathy leading a walking tour of at least 15. 

“Many believe in the paranormal to some degree,” said Kathy.   “Doctors, plumbers, rabbis – most people have a story about the paranormal.  It’s about being able to ask the questions here and having fun.”

A Bradley Beach resident, Kathy launched this “space,” as she calls it, in June, after shifting gears from a career in sports content development for television.

“I wanted to delve more into the paranormal,” said Kathy.  “This space represents years of research I wanted to share.”

While investigating, Kelly began collecting interesting items, which are on display in her space. 

“One of my favorites is an original newspaper advertisement from 1693, announcing the Salem Witch Trial Report, by Harvard College,” said Kathy.

It’s all so fun you’ll get chills – and never scarier than last-call at any bar in town. 

Briefly:  How many demented drag versions of the Sarah Palin costume – think Sarah with a dinosaur, Sarah with a beauty queen sash and crown, Sarah with a map of Russia – are we going to see at the first annual Asbury Park Halloween Block Party on Mattison Avenue, Halloween night (Friday, Oct. 31), beginning at 6 p.m.? 

“This will be the hottest Halloween block party in New Jersey,” said event host, Felipe Rose of the original Village People.

More than $5,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded to the greatest costumes in a variety of categories.

And, loosen your belt another notch – the Culinary Education Center of Monmouth County’s dining room is ready to wow you with another fantastic season of top tier four-course price-fix meals for around $22.  The restaurant – an Asbury Park Best Kept Secret (see TheCoaster.net) – is open for dinner Monday through Thursday. 

Weekdays, the dining room is open for lunch.  The bakery is open too.  Call for the schedule: 732.988.3299.