We have a first look at this summer's "Ghostbusters" reboot. In the new trailer, actresses Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones grab revamped proton packs and set off on a paranormal journey.

Maybe you'd be as shocked as I was to see how close to home that hits for New Jersey. Not the proton packs, but the 'paranormal journey' part.

There are dozens of organized groups in Jersey, and lots of them will be meeting up this spring. The NJ Paraunity Expo is set for May in Woodbridge. 

New Jersey Ghost Hunters Society bills itself as the state’s largest such organization. Its north division is very active, meeting monthly.

There's also the New Jersey Researchers of Paranormal Evidence (NJROPE). The group of investigators is conducting an Absecon Lighthouse Ghost Investigation on March 19th.

Haunted NJ: plenty to cover

Weird NJ has made quite the name for itself, as a curator of all creepy and spooky stuff in the Garden State. Among high profile "haunted" spots is The Union Hotel in Flemington. The long shuttered site now seems destined for demolition, much like Greystone Psychiatric Hospital.

The Union Hotel: another allegedly haunted spot, destined for demolition (Weird NJ via Youtube)

The Flemington spot also tops the New Jersey list at Hauntedplaces.org. Close behind with accounts of paranormal activity are the Union County Courthouse, Elizabeth V. Edwards School in Barnegat and Inn at 22 Jackson in Cape May.

There are a handful of other spots that have inspired scary road trips for Jersey teens for years- like Snake Hill in Secaucus, The Devil’s Tree in Bernards or Clinton Road in West Milford.

Even Tina Fey has a Jersey ghost tale

So, it turns out there's plenty to keep those new "Ghostbusters" busy with here in NJ. To get "full circle" on the Jersey-Hollywood ghost connection, here's Tina Fey sharing her own Cape May paranormal run-in:


Erin Vogt is a lifelong Jersey Girl, whose first reporting gig involved her Fisher Price tape recorder. As a wife and momma of two kiddies, she firmly believes that life’s too short to drink bad coffee.  A fan of the beach, Dave Grohl and karma, in no particular order.