Legend Tripping

Here are a couple of pages from the forthcoming book “Bad For You.” They are from a chapter about adult anxiety surrounding kids using public spaces, including things like skateboard restrictions, curfew laws and a phenomenon I had never heard of before: Legend Tripping. Wikipedia defines it as: “a name recently bestowed by folklorists and anthropologists on an adolescent practice (containing elements of a rite of passage) in which a usually furtive nocturnal pilgrimage is made to a site which is alleged to have been the scene of some tragic, horrific, and possibly supernatural event or haunting. The practice has been documented most thoroughly to date in the United States.” One of the most prolific sources of that documentation, it turns, out, is in my home town: Weird New Jersey

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