The Legend of Annie's Road
The following ghost story involving a ghost named “Anna” was first told to me by a person who lives near the ghost site. A New Jersey native, this girl was an eighteen-year-old college student. She came from a middle-class, predominantly white, suburban neighborhood. This story about Anna’s ghost was told to a group of other college students and me while eating dinner at the campus diner. The storyteller, I, and our group of friends began to discuss the things we teenagers do to occupy ourselves on weekend nights when we’re bored. Another friend of ours mentioned that she and her friends would trespass into an old, abandoned house in her neighborhood just for thrills. The storyteller then announced that she knew of this road in her hometown of Totowa, New Jersey that is haunted by a teenage ghost named Anna who is dressed in a white gown and was killed by a car while on the road. The storyteller did not know the exact name of this road; she claims that it is now only referred to as Anna’s road. She also did not know when the accident occurred and had not been there herself, but she asserted that a friend of hers had seen the ghost and verified the story for her. She then proceeded to enlighten her audience:
There is a road in Totowa, NJ, that is called Anna’s Road because it is haunted by the ghost of a teenage girl that was killed there. Apparently, the girl was somewhat of an outcast and nobody really liked her. She was never asked to the prom, so the night of the prom she was the only one not there. Anna decided to take a walk on this road, since she was bored and depressed because nobody had asked her to the prom. It was just about the time the prom ended and a car full of her classmates were leaving the prom drunk and drove down the road that Anna was walking on. Her classmates did not see her since they were drunk, and they smashed into her and killed her. Her body was thrown across the ground leaving a trail of blood as it slid against the street. Now if you go down that street after midnight on a Saturday night, you can see the trail of blood and Anna’s ghost standing in the middle of the road.
After much research, it was discovered that this story is very widely known, especially in New Jersey. There seem to be several renditions of the story but they all seem to have most of the same aspects. In most stories the ghost’s name is “Annie” and not “Anna,” as in this storyteller’s version, and in one case the ghost was simply known as “the lady in white.” All of the stories involve a prom and all give some kind of excuse for this young girl walking down the road alone late at night. Most of the stories claim that she was killed by drunk drivers, and some even claim that she was drunk herself. One rendition of this story came from the website of a magazine called Weird New Jersey. This website describes some of New Jersey’s well-known local legends. This specific rendition claimed...