In These Haunted United States – Part 5: South Dakota to Wyoming

So we’ve come to the end. Hope you had a good time reading these as I have had writing them. Now throughout the series, we’ve seen haunted houses, haunted hotels, hallowed battlefields, paranormal prisons, creepy mental asylums, and what have you. Of course, some of you might go for the ghostly legends that might make it hard for you to sleep at night. But if you’re like me, you’re probably reading this series on haunted places as an excuse to read something about history at around Halloween. Yes, ghost stories are interesting and some people might really believe them. But while I’m a churchgoing Catholic with politically liberal views, I’m not a believer in the paranormal such as the ghost and monster stuff. I’m not much of a fan of horror movies either, especially the recent slasher ones advertised on TV that seem to suck. But I do love history and I do like talking about places that have some sort of interesting past, ghost stories or not. And I know that a place’s reputation for being haunted might somehow lead to someone wanting to preserve it to attract tourist. Well, unless there’s an Amityville Horror situation involved where the residents want nothing to do with the publicity. Still, in this post, I bring you my final installment of haunted American places. These consist of a hotel in South Dakota owned by a guy you might know from Deadwood, a plantation house in Tennessee owned by a famous country singer, a famous fortress in Texas, a liberal arts college in Utah, a large state university in Vermont, a very old plantation house in Virginia, a hotel in Washington state, a former state penitentiary in West Virginia, an abandoned mansion in Wisconsin, and a former state prison in Wyoming. So for your reading pleasure, here is my last post in my haunted America series.

41. South Dakota

The Bullock Hotel is the oldest one in Deadwood, South Dakota. However, what's even more interesting about it is the man who owned it and is said to still haunt the place. If you're a fan of Deadwood, you might know something about Captain Seth Bullock.

The Bullock Hotel is the oldest one in Deadwood, South Dakota. However, what’s even more interesting about it is the man who owned it and is said to still haunt the place. If you’re a fan of Deadwood, you might know something about Captain Seth Bullock.

Most Haunted Place: Bullock Hotel in Deadwood

History: Opened 1895 by Captain Seth Bullock and it’s the oldest hotel in the city, which he built from a converted warehouse. This after a fire swept Deadwood the previous year and destroyed much of the town and the original 2 story building. Bought by the Ayres family in 1976 who converted it to a hardware store. However, in 1991, was sold to Bullock Properties who restored and converted the place back to a hotel as much as modern safety standards would allow.

Present Use: It’s still a hotel but it only has 28 of its original 63 rooms. However, it also has a casino and restaurant named Bully’s after Bullock’s friend Teddy Roosevelt. Still, unlike the original structure each room has it’s own bathroom. More expensive rooms are said to contain a Jacuzzi.

Sightings: Well, many have reported hearing voices, seeing apparitions and orbs, and being tapped.

Anyone Famous?: Well, Captain Seth Bullock himself  who was known in life as a lawman, marshal, frontiersman, store owner, horse breeder, hotel owner, and investor. He was also a Rough Rider during the Spanish American War. He’s actually said to do most of the haunting according to guests, workers, and employees. He’s mostly amiable and acts like he owns the place but is said to shatter plates and glasses when he’s displeased. Still, he actually died there of colon cancer by the way. Nevertheless, he and his wife Martha are best known as characters from the HBO show Deadwood.

Open to Tourists?: Yes. So if you’re a fan of ghosts and Deadwood, this is your ideal Halloween destination. Also hold ghost tours regularly.

Other Haunts: Alex Johnson Hotel, Mount Marty College, Northern State University, Pine Ridge Old Hospital, Sioux San Hospital, 1880 Hill City Train, Firesteel Coal Mines, Mount Rushmore Brewing Company, Isabel Post Office, Old Keystone Cemetery, Jackpot Bingo Hall, Rock Creek Day School

42. Tennessee

Loretta Lynn still owns this house as well as the town of Hurricane Mills. However, it's still said to be haunted by the ghost of the previous owners as well as Confederate soldiers and slaves.

Loretta Lynn still owns this house as well as the town of Hurricane Mills. However, it’s still said to be haunted by the ghost of the previous owners as well as Confederate soldiers and slaves.

Most Haunted Place: Loretta Lynn Plantation House in Hurricane Mills

History: Built in 1876 by James Anderson who also built the new mill in town. In 1966, Loretta Lynn and her husband Doolittle fell in love with the place where they not just bought the plantation, but also the entire town. Apparently, despite that she swears there were ghosts there, Lynn doesn’t seem to mind so much.

Present Use: The plantation house is more of a museum than anything. Lynn now lives in the house she built behind it, realizing that it would be better used for tourism.

Sightings: It’s said to be haunted by the original owner, a woman in white, as well as ghosts of Confederate soldiers and slaves.

Anyone Famous?: No.

Open to Tourists?: Yes.

Other Haunts: Hurricane Mills itself, Bell Witch Cave, Carnton Mansion, Hales Bar Dam, Isaac Franklin Plantation, Gatlinburg Mysterious Mansion, Orpheum Theatre, Sheraton Read Hotel, Tennessee State Prison, Woodruff-Fontaine House, Chickamauga Battlefield, Stones River Battlefield, Ryman Auditorium, East Tennessee University, Tennessee State Capitol, Rotherwood Mansion

43. Texas

The Alamo is a symbol of Texas as well as the site of the famous battle fought there. However, I'm not sure if you'll find the ghosts of Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie, or William Travis. Didn't really look that up.

The Alamo is a symbol of Texas as well as the site of the famous battle fought there. However, I’m not sure if you’ll find the ghosts of Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie, or William Travis there. Didn’t really look that up.

Most Haunted Place: The Alamo in San Antonio

History: Built in 1744 as the Mission San Antonio de Valero which functioned as a Roman Catholic mission to convert and acculturate Native Americans. But in 1793, the mission was secularized and abandoned. A decade later, it became a military fortress with its unit giving the place its present name. During the Texas Revolution, Mexican General Martin Perfecto de Cos surrendered the fort to the Texian Army in December 1835, following the Siege of Bexar. A small number of Texian soldiers occupied the place for months but were soundly defeated at the Battle of the Alamo in March of 1836. When the Mexican Army retreated from Texas, they tore down many of the Alamo’s walls and burned some its buildings. For subsequent years, the Alamo buildings would be used as a fortress for soldiers, a quarter master’s depot, and even a wholesale grocery store. Thanks to the efforts of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, particularly Adina Emilia de Zavala and Clara Driscoll, the place was restored.

Present Use: It’s now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a National Park, and a symbol of Texas. Receives over 4 million visitors each year.

Sightings: Site is reportedly haunted by the people who died there defending the place. Many claimed to have seen apparitions either coming straight through walls or walking along the roof.

Anyone Famous?: Good luck trying to find ghosts of Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie, and William Travis.

Open to Tourists?: Yes. In fact, it’s a huge tourist destination. And they do give ghost tours.

Other Haunts: Devil’s Backbone, Jefferson Davis Hospital in Houston, Houston Zoo, Miss Molly’s Bed and Breakfast, Presidio La Bahia, Catfish Plantation Restaurant, The Grove in Jefferson, Littlefield House, University of Texas in Brownsville, Baker Hotel, Haunted Hill House, La Carafe, Spaghetti Warehouse, Jefferson Hotel, Hotel Galvez, Granbury Opera House, Emily Morgan Hotel, Bragg Road, Elder Street Artist Lofts, Driskill Hotel, White Sanitarium

44. Utah

Originally built by Protestant missionaries to convert the Mormon children, Salt Lake City's Westminster College has been trying to shed its religious past. But it's said to have 7 known ghosts.

Originally built by Protestant missionaries to convert the Mormon children, Salt Lake City’s Westminster College has been trying to shed its religious past. But it’s said to have 7 known ghosts.

Most Haunted Place: Westminster College in Salt Lake City

History: A private liberal arts college established in 1875 and the only accredited one in Utah. Built at a time when Protestants flocked to Utah in order to try converting Mormons so they built private and secondary schools where they offered free tuition. Westminster belonged to the Presbyterian Church until the school officially severed its denominational ties in 1974 and it’s no longer antagonistic to the state’s Mormon establishment. Its campus is known for its natural beauty and elegant architecture. Its mascot is the griffin and its colors are blue and gold. Notable alumni include Olympic skier Maddie Bowman.

Present Use: It’s still a liberal arts college and one of the few in the Intermountain West with no denomination.

Sightings: Said to be haunted by at least 7 known ghosts, spread out over several buildings as well as known for appearing at random, making odd noises, and sometimes touching passersby.

Anyone Famous?: No.

Open to Tourists?: I think it might. You might want to check.

Other Haunts: American Fork Canyon, Clearfield Job Corps Center, Gray Cliff Lodge Restaurant, Kiwanis Park, Roy High School, Voo Doo Caves of Beaver Dam, Forest Farm House at Old Deseret, McCune Mansion, Dove Creek Camp, Southern Utah University, Latuda, Winter Quarters Mine

45. Vermont

The University of Vermont is one of the oldest American public colleges and alma mater to a lot of celebrities including a First Lady. It's also had a colorful history and is said to be a haunt of a lot of ghosts.

The University of Vermont is one of the oldest American public colleges and alma mater to a lot of celebrities including a First Lady. It’s also had a colorful history and is said to be a haunt of a lot of ghosts. Don’t mention the racist winter celebrations though.

Most Haunted Place: University of Vermont in Burlington

History: Established in 1791 and became the state’s sole land grant university in 1862, it’s one of the first public colleges in the country as well as one of the first to admit women and African Americans. However, this didn’t stop them from using the Kakewalk and blackface in their winter celebrations, which was abolished in 1969. They also have a naked bike run at the end of the year. Its mascot is the Catamounts in NCAA Div. I sports. It’s also said to have one of the most selective medical schools in the country. Its first edifice was destroyed by a fire in 1824 and the citizens paid for a replacement with the Marquis de Lafayette laying the cornerstone on what’s now “Old Mill.” In 1924, it held the first radio broadcast in the state. Also has a long history of environmental sustainability. Notable alumni include attorney Consuelo Northup Bailey (first female lawyer to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court), Boston Red Sox pitcher Ray Collins, First Lady Grace Coolidge, philosopher and educator John Dewey, Phish bass player Mike Gordon, Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio, Olympic gold medalist Albert Gutterson, serial killer H. H. Holmes, doctor and American Legion founder Horatio Nelson Jackson, Pulitzer Prize winning author E. Annie Proulx, New York Times co-founder Henry Jarvis Raymond, author and cook Jessica Seinfeld (or Mrs. Jerry Seinfeld), 3-time Stanley Cup champion Patrick Sharp, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Jody Williams and missionary Samuel Worcester.

Present Use: It’s still a public university to this day.

Sightings: Events reported are poltergeist activity, apparitions, voices, and windows and doors slamming.

Anyone Famous?: No, but there’s a hall named after Grace Coolidge which is said to have few ghosts in it.

Open to Tourists?: Yes.

Other Haunts: Averill Stand Bed and Breakfast, Bennington College, Carbur’s Restaurant, Gold Brook Covered Bridge, White House Inn, Hayden House, Lake Bomoseen, Brattleboro Retreat Tower, Green Mountain Inn, Golden Stage Inn, Shelburne Museum

46. Virginia

Since its establishment, the Ferry Plantation House has been on property that's served as a plantation, courthouse, school, and post office. Was a place of a famous witch trial in 1703 which is honored each year.

Since its establishment, the Ferry Plantation House has been on property that’s served as a plantation, courthouse, school, and post office. Was a place of a famous witch trial in 1703 which is honored each year.

Most Haunted Place: Ferry Plantation House in Virginia Beach

History: Got its name from the ferry service that ran through the Lynnhaven waterway. Current house built in 1830 by slaves of George and Elizabeth McIntosh as well as on a property that’s been used as a plantation, courthouse, school, and post office. It’s said that a woman named Grace Sherwood “the Witch of Pungo” was tried by ducking there in 1703 and it’s now commemorated with a festival in her honor. She was the last person in Virginia to be convicted of witchcraft (but she didn’t die until 1740) All the bricks were from the ruins of the previous mansion built there which was burned two years earlier.

Present Use: It’s now a museum and educational center. It even has a history summer camp to educate youth about 18th and 19th century life.

Sightings: It’s reported to contain no less than 11 spirits reputed to be former owners, children, slaves, people who drowned, and other lost souls. It’s also reported that the lights go on during the night while unoccupied and strange balls of light are seen dancing on the roof.

Anyone Famous?: Artist and General Thomas H. Williamson is said to haunt while wearing a dirty shirt. Alleged witch Grace Sherwood is also said to haunt the premises.

Open to Tourists?: Yes.

Other Haunts: Aquia Church, Ball’s Bluff, Bremo Recess, Manassas National Battlefield, Monticello, Rosewell, Swannanoa Palace, Fort Magruder Hotel, Staunton Train Depot, Paxton Manor, Salubria Manor, Boxwood Inn Bed and Breakfast, Cold Harbor Battlefield, Major Graham’s Mansion, Historic Avenel, Weems-Botts Museum, Historic Jordan Springs, Henricus Historical Park, Exchange Hotel Civil War Hospital Museum, St. Albans Sanatorium

47. Washington

Port Townsend's Palace Hotel is said to house an Egyptian theater, Northern Pacific offices, a grocery store, a state liquor store, a florist shop, and several restaurants. But it's said that its haunted activity stems from it being used as a brothel.

Port Townsend’s Palace Hotel is said to house an Egyptian theater, Northern Pacific offices, a grocery store, a state liquor store, a florist shop, and several restaurants. But it’s said that its haunted activity stems from it being used as a brothel.

Most Haunted Place: The Palace Hotel in Port Townsend

History: Constructed in 1889 by retired sea captain Henry L. Tibbals. Over the years it housed an Egyptian theater, the Northern Pacific offices, a grocery store, a state liquor store, a florist shop, and several restaurants. Its current shape was achieved between 1925 and 1933 and it was operated as a brothel and hotel at the time. Has 19 rooms and suites, each bearing the names of one of the prostitutes who occupied the hotel during Prohibition. It was restored and renovated in 1977-1984.

Present Use: It’s still being used as a hotel but all the rooms have private bathrooms though. First floor is home to a restaurant and bar.

Sightings: Several female apparitions have been reported, some believed to be prostitutes. People also report being touched and having their things moved. Other spirits include a priest, a boy, an Indian woman, and a housekeeper.

Anyone Famous?: Well, Captain Tibbals himself who was one of the area’s most colorful residents. Notable exploits include carrying cargo of railroad iron across the Isthmus of Panama and testing the first US diving bell, using it to retrieve $68,000 of silver from a sunken Spanish frigate in the Gulf of Mexico. Also built Union Wharf in the city as well as served as sheriff, postmaster, and county commissioner.

Open to Tourists?: Yes.

Other Haunts: Cascade Job Corp, Butterworth Building, Manresa Castle, Montgomery House Bed and Breakfast, Point Defiance Park, Starvation Heights Sanitarium, Black Diamond Cemetery, Tacoma Old City Hall, Oxford Saloon, Spokane Campbell House, Hotel de Haro, Mount Baker Theater, Lewis County Historical Museum, University Heights, Rucker Mansion, Meeker Mansion, Tokeland Hotel, Northern State Mental Hospital

48. West Virginia

The  Old West Virginia State Penitentiary was one of the most violent in the country, mostly due to overcrowding. Said to experience a lot of riots and 36 murders. Famously featured in both book and movie The Night of the Hunter.

The Old West Virginia State Penitentiary was one of the most violent in the country, mostly due to overcrowding. Said to experience a lot of riots and 36 murders. Famously featured in both book and movie The Night of the Hunter.

Most Haunted Place: West Virginia State Penitentiary in Moundsville

History: Prison that operated from 1876-1995. Original state penitentiary in West Virginia (since it used to be part of Virginia before it split from the state to join the Union in 1863). The place was built by convicts and it was said to be virtually self-sufficient and said to save state taxpayers $14,000 a year. While conditions were good around the turn of the century, they would later worsen during the years that it would be among the most violent prisons in the country. One of the more infamous locations was the recreation room known as, “The Sugar Shack” which experienced incidences of gambling, fighting, and raping. It’s said that a total of 36 homicides took place in its walls as well as 94 executions from 1899-1959 either by hanging or the electric chair. A noteworthy incident involved an inmate being butchered by 3 prisoners with dull shivs for snitching. Played a key role in Dave Grubb’s book (and better known movie) The Night of the Hunter. Had a peak population of 2000 in the 1960s but it had problems with overcrowding and small cells. Saw a mass escape in 1979 and a riot in 1986. After it closed its doors, the Moundsville Economic Development Council obtained a 25 year lease on the complex. Notable prisoners are Socialist Party Leader Eugene V. Debs.

Present Use: It’s now maintained as a tourist attraction and training facility for law enforcement and corrections practitioners. Is also used as a film location.

Sightings: It’s one of the most haunted prisons in the US with ghost stories originating as early as the 1930s. Legends include the prison occupying the site of a Native American graveyard and former guards seeing phantom prisoners and a “shadowman” wandering the premises as well as unexplained noises, voices, and cold spots.

Anyone Famous?: No.

Open to Tourists?: Yes, even has a Halloween “Dungeon of Horrors.” They also have tours.

Other Haunts: Blennerhassett Hotel, Booth House at Harpers Ferry, Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, Lake Shawnee, Camden Park, Darkish Knob, Grave Creek Indian Burial Mound, Morgantown, Historic Harpers Ferry

49. Wisconsin

Summerwind is a mysterious place believed to have been built in the early 20th century as a fishing lodge. Said to be notoriously haunted from the time it was owned by Robert Lamont. However, most of the place was destroyed by a lightning fire in 1988. Only the foundation and chimney remain.

Summerwind is a mysterious place believed to have been built in the early 20th century as a fishing lodge. Said to be notoriously haunted from the time it was owned by Robert Lamont. However, most of the place was destroyed by a lightning fire in 1988. Only the foundation and chimney remain.

Most Haunted Place: Summerwind Mansion in West Bay Lake

History: According to popular legend, this place was built in the early 20th century. Originally used as a fishing lodge, it was bought in 1916 by a guy named Robert Lamont who renovated it into his summer home. Said to be haunted right from the time he moved in because it’s reported that he and his family left in the 1930s (though this was about the time that Lamont was appointed Secretary of Commerce under Herbert Hoover). Another set of owners in the 1970s are said to leave after a few months because the hauntings drove them insane. In 1988, it was struck by lightning and burned to the ground, leaving only the foundation and chimney.

Present Use: Currently none and it’s considered private land. Might be rebuilt into a bed and breakfast someday.

Sightings: It’s been reportedly haunted for years. Lamont is reported to shoot a ghost with a pistol twice and sent it back to the cellar. When the Hinshaws lived there in the 1970s, renovators reported electrical problems, disappearing tools, and windows opening and closing by themselves. In the 1980s, it’s reported that people saw furniture appearing at random, room dimensions suddenly changing, and even dark shadows in full view.

Anyone Famous?: According to Raymond Bober, the house might be haunted by the ghost of 18th century British explorer Jonathan Carver. He basically explored and mapped much of the Midwest areas but he also thought he discovered the Northwest Passage. He didn’t. However, Bober said that Carver was searching the place for a deed sealed in the foundation that gave him rights to a third of Wisconsin.

Open to Tourists?: No, but there might be plans to restore and reopen the place as a bed and breakfast.

Other Haunts: The Rave/Eagles Club, Modjeska Youth Theater Company, Rinehart Theater, Saint Killian’s Catholic Cemetery, Scott Mansion, Pfister Hotel, Nelsen’s Hall, Elk Lake Dam, Appleton Riverside Cemetery, Brumder Mansion, Bloody Bride Bridge, Bodega Brew Pub, Plainfield Cemetery, Siren Bridge, Boy Scout Lane, Oshkosh Grand Opera House, Marquette University, Ripon Witch Road, Dartford Cemetery, Ripon College, Hotel Hell

50. Wyoming

The Wyoming Frontier Prison is said to have housed 13,500 prisoners in its operation. But it was infamous for its disciplinary measures like handcuffing prisoners to poles and whipping them with hoses. Was a film site for an early Viggo Mortensen movie.

The Wyoming Frontier Prison is said to have housed 13,500 prisoners in its operation. But it was infamous for its disciplinary measures like handcuffing prisoners to poles and whipping them with hoses. Was a film site for an early Viggo Mortensen movie.

Most Haunted Place: Wyoming Frontier Prison in Rawlins

History: Prison that operated from 1901-1981. Incarcerated 13,500 prisoners in its lifetime, including 11 women, all before 1909. Contained several different means of disciplining inmates such as a dungeon, several variations of solitary confinement, and a “punishment pole” to which men were handcuffed and whipped with rubber hoses. They also used different execution methods like hanging and gas chamber. 14 were executed.  Had a broom factory in 1901-1917 but it was burned down in a riot. After it closed, it was abandoned until 1987 when it was used for a low-budget film starring a little known actor named Viggo Mortensen. The next year, it was restored and established as a museum.

Present Use: It’s now a museum that offers tours to 15,000 tourists annually.

Sightings: It’s reported that apparitions and voices are common, as is a malevolent entity that responds with hostility to many people who try to explore certain areas of the prison.

Anyone Famous?: No.

Open to Tourists?: Yes, and they even have Halloween tours and a Christmas bazaar.

Other Haunts: Old Faithful Inn, Shoshone Bar, Historic Plains Hotel, Irma Hotel, Platte River, Meeteetse Cowboy Bar, Occidental Hotel, Frances E. Warren Air Force Base, Heart Mountain Relocation Center, Kane Cemetery, Cheyenne St. Mark’s Episcopal Church

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In These Haunted United States – Part 4: New Mexico to South Carolina

Of course, it’s well known that many of these haunted places attract tourists, especially in the Halloween season and the summer. Some of these places might have some historical or artistic significance. Some were built to receive tourists from the get go. And others might welcome tourists because it’s a highly profitable enterprise that provides funding to restoration and historical preservation. In fact, a lot of these places that I’ve covered might not be around today if it wasn’t for tourism and highly encourage it. And it so happens that many of them have reputations for being haunted, which provides a unique Halloween opportunity on its own. However, we should remember that not all haunted places are open to visitors and for various reasons. Some may be privately owned and still in use like private residences such as the Sallie House. Some might be abandoned for a very good reason and may not be open to the public due to safety concerns such as some of the mental institutions. And some of them might not be open to the public because the people in the area think all the horror stories surrounding the location are just a big hoax and that visitors are just disturbing the peace. An example of this is the Amityville Horror House I’ll talk about in this post. In this fourth installment, I’ll bring you 10 more haunted places from the land of the free. These consist of a deadly highway in New Mexico, a house in New York that’s been a subject of horror movies and controversy, a mountain known for mysterious lights in North Carolina, a memorial building in North Dakota that’s now home to its state library, a mental institution in Ohio that’s now part of a college, a hotel in Oklahoma, a hotel and bar in Oregon, a famous battlefield in Pennsylvania, a mental institution in Rhode Island, and a old jail in South Carolina. So for your reading pleasure here are some more noteworthy places from haunted America.

31. New Mexico

In New Mexico, the aptly named US Highway 666 has had a reputation for accidents and fatalities. Though some people blame it on paranormal road rage, experts think the rate had more to do with inadequate design for traffic loads at the time.

In New Mexico, the aptly named US Highway 666 has had a reputation for accidents and fatalities. Though some people blame it on paranormal road rage, experts think the rate had more to do with inadequate design for traffic loads at the time.

Most Haunted Place: US Highway 666 (Now 491)

History: A highway that ran from Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah and was the only highway to pass through each of the Four Corners States. Started as part of the Old Spanish Trail and was upgraded to 666 with the US highway system. The New Mexico portion of this highway had a reputation for being statistically dangerous since it was a sight for a lot of accidents and fatalities. However, this had more to do with inadequate design for traffic loads at the time than the numbering itself. Still, let’s just say that

Present Use: It’s now a highway but it’s been renamed US 491 due to its designation as “The Devil’s Highway,” a reputation for fatalities, renumbering changes, and persistent sign theft. The Arizona portion has been renamed US 191. Nevertheless, the renumbering drew quite a bit of controversy.

Sightings: Reported incidents include a flaming truck that attempts to run people over, a charging black sedan, a very fast semi driven by a ghost with road rage, two tailgating black cars, a hitchhiking girl in a white gown, spirits of skinwalkers, vicious hellhounds running after cars, and ghosts that show up in the backseats.

Anyone Famous?: No.

Open to Tourists?: Yes, but more as a place to drive on.

Other Haunts: Boyd’s Sanitarium, Chino Mines Creek, Holy Cross Sanatorium, Albuquerque Insane Asylum, New Mexico Military Institute, KIMO Theatre, Luna Mansion, Hotel Parq Central, Miss Gail’s Inn, Carrie Tingley Children’s Hospital, Church Street Café in Old Albuquerque, Albuquerque Arroyo, Rancho de Corrales, San Pedro Library

32. New York

I decided to post an old picture of the Amityville Horror House out of respect that the community and owners have been  unhappy with the house's publicity. The believe what happened to the Lutz family in there after the DeFeo murders was a hoax. So if you like the Amityville Horror movies, for the love of God, keep the fuck out of there!

I decided to post an old picture of the Amityville Horror House out of respect that the community and owners have been unhappy with the house’s publicity. The believe what happened to the Lutz family in there after the DeFeo murders was a hoax. So if you like the Amityville Horror movies, for the love of God, keep the fuck out of there!

Most Haunted Place: The Amityville Horror House in Amityville, a Long Island Suburb

History: A Dutch Colonial house built in 1927 with original owners being John and Catherine Moynahan. When they died, their daughter moved in with her family and lived there until the 1960. Between 1960 and 1965, it would be owned by the Rileys but they divorced and sold the house to the DeFeos (who lived there for 9 years). It’s best known as the site of the 1974 DeFeo murders when oldest son Ronald Jr. shot and killed his entire family while they slept. After the murders, George and Kathleen Lutz bought the home for $80,000 – a steal in New York real estate. But they lived there for 28 days that they didn’t make payment on the $60,000 mortgage on the house. Their time was when the haunting stuff is said to have happened. Later owners reported no problems while living there, save maybe the price and horror movie fans. The Cromartys who lived in the home after the Lutzes have even sued. Nevertheless, Peter O’Neill lived in the house for 10 years (1987-1997) and would later die on 9/11.

Present Use: Well, it’s still a private residence owned by a retired math teacher and his wife. They bought it in 2010 at $950,000.

Sightings: This is the country’s most infamous haunted house which has inspired books, movies, and documentaries. The Lutz family is said to experience hauntings such as moving objects, attacks, levitation, and demonic apparitions.

Anyone Famous?: No.

Open to Tourists?: No, and the residents of Amityville are unhappy about the house’s publicity and have declined requests to discuss the matter. In fact, they believe it’s a hoax and so does the Catholic Diocese of Rockville. The Amityville Historical Society even makes no mention of the DeFeo murders or the time the Lutz family lived. Not only that, but the house has been renovated and had its address changed to discourage people from visiting it. Hell, they didn’t even want a film crew in their sleepy community and denied shooting permits. So, Amityville Horror fans, for the love of God, show some courtesy and keep the fuck out of Amityville! Seriously, for Christ’s sake, Amityville doesn’t want you in their town, so leave them alone!

Other Haunts: Big Moose Lake, Cherry Hill Estate, New York State Capitol, Smith-Ely Mansion, Letchworth Village, Durand-Eastman Park, Irvington Church of St. Barnabas, Farnam Mansion, Former Plattsburgh Air Force Base, Sailor’s Snug Harbor, Onondaga County Criminal Courthouse, Brooklyn Most Holy Trinity Church, Raynham Hall, Otesaga Hotel,  Rolling Hills Asylum, Utica Lunatic Asylum, Blithewood Mansion, Fiddler’s Bridge, Dewittville Poor House Cemetery, Dupree House, Belhurst Castle, Revelatory Hero’s Cemetery, Loudon Cottage, Marcellus, Old Spook Rock Road, Dakota Apartment Building, One If By Land, Two If By Sea Restaurant, New Amsterdam Thatre

33. North Carolina

Brown Mountain is known to experience the mysterious illuminations called "The Brown Mountain Lights" for perhaps centuries as there were hundreds of eyewitness accounts. It's even merited 2 investigations by the United States Geological Society. But as of today, the lights are still a mystery.

Brown Mountain is known to experience the mysterious illuminations called “The Brown Mountain Lights” for perhaps centuries as there were hundreds of eyewitness accounts. It’s even merited 2 investigations by the United States Geological Society. But as of today, the lights are still a mystery.

Most Haunted Place: Brown Mountain in Burke and Caldwell Counties

History: It’s a low lying mountain range in the Pisgah National Forest within the Appalachians.

Present Use: It’s still a mountain and will remain so.

Sightings: There’s a mysterious illumination known as the Brown Mountain Lights consisting of small balls that appear irregularly all over the mountain, which has appeared for maybe hundreds of years. Residents are said to see them since the 19th century while the Cherokee might’ve been seeing them since the 13th. There are hundreds of eyewitness accounts on this that it’s merited 2 investigations by the United States Geological Society. Said to be seen as far away as Blowing Rock. It’s widely believe these lights are the ghosts of Native Americans.

Anyone Famous?: No.

Open to Tourists?: Yes.

Other Haunts: Devil’s Tramping Ground, Sandford House, Carolina Theatre, Lydia’s Bridge, Ashe County Hospital, Museum of Ashe County History, Attmore-Oliver House, Harvey Mansion Historical Inn and Restaurant, Tar River, The Bitmore Estate, The Great Dismal Swamp, Orcacoke Island, Paint Rock, French Broad River, Grove Park Inn, Winston-Salem Single Brothers House, Chimney Rock, Teach’s Hole

34. North Dakota

Originally built for additional government office space, the Liberty Memorial Building is now home to North Dakota's state library. However, it's said to be haunted by an entity known as the Stack Monster.

Originally built for additional government office space, the Liberty Memorial Building is now home to North Dakota’s state library. However, it’s said to be haunted by an entity known as the Stack Monster.

Most Haunted Place: Liberty Memorial Building in Bismarck

History: Completed in 1924, this was originally intended to provide additional office space for state agencies and to mark the end of WWI. It’s the oldest building standing on the capitol grounds.

Present Use: It’s now home to the North Dakota State Library and dedicated to the memory of those in the state who served in WWI.

Sightings: It’s been the reported haunting of the Stack Monster, who apparently calls out the names of employees when no one else is present, has been seen repeatedly, and opens doors at random.

Anyone Famous?: No.

Open to Tourists?: Yes.

Other Haunts: Apple Creek Country Club, Chateau de Mores, North Dakota State University (which is in Fargo), Old Luger Hotel, Saint Joseph’s Hospital and Health Center, Sage Hill Bed and Breakfast, University of North Dakota, San Haven Sanatorium, Children’s Museum at Yunker Farm, Harvey Public Library, Fort Abraham Lincoln Custer House, Williston Old Armory, Totten Trail Historic Inn, Medora Fudge and Ice Cream Depot

35. Ohio

Before it was called The Ridges, this was the Athens Lunatic Asylum which had an infamous reputation as a mental institution. And its real history is even scarier than the ghosts said to haunt there. It's now a part of Ohio University.

Before it was called The Ridges, this was the Athens Lunatic Asylum which had an infamous reputation as a mental institution. And its real history is even scarier than the ghosts said to haunt there. It’s now a part of Ohio University.

Most Haunted Place: The Ridges (Athens Lunatic Asylum) in Athens

History: Operated as a mental institution from 1874-1993 and provided services to a variety of patients including American Civil War veterans, children, and violent criminals suffering from various mental disabilities. It’s said to be Ohio’s largest employer for many years and a large percentage of the work it took to maintain the facility was carried out by the patients. This is because the doctors thought it was not just therapeutic but also free. But it’s infamously well known for the use of lobotomy, hydrotherapy, electroshock therapy, psychotropic drugs, as well as neglect and abuse. Oh, and most of the causes of insanity listed (according to my words based on their mostly outdated medical interpretations) consisted of masturbation, alcoholism, menopause, post-partum depression, PMS, general ill health, self-abuse, tuberculosis and epilepsy. Also housed elderly and rebellious teenagers who were dumped by their families, while homeless people would frequent there for shelter. At its height, it held over 2000 patients. Over 2000 people are said to be buried there.

Present Use: It’s now part of Ohio University and houses the Kennedy Museum of Art, an auditorium, and many offices, classrooms, and storage facilities. However, the TB Ward doesn’t remain because it had to be demolished due to its walls being lined with asbestos and college students breaking into the building.

Sightings: Most well-known reported event is of a woman who died there and left a stain in the outline of her body. The cemetery is said to be haunted as well.

Anyone Famous?: No.

Open to Tourists?: Yes, and they even have walking tours.

Other Haunts: Ohio University, Cincinnati Music Hall, Spring House Gazebo (or the place in Cincinnati where George Remus killed his wife), Ohio State Reformatory, Twin City Opera House, Old Licking County Jail, Prospect Place, Emmitt House, Franklin Castle, Stately Road, Akron Civic Theater, Dayton Woodlawn Cemetery, Lafayette Hotel, Fudge Road Bridge, Chillicothe Majestic Theatre, Kenyon College, Mudhouse Mansion

36. Oklahoma

The Skirvin Hotel is said to be the oldest in Oklahoma City and has paid host to Harry Truman and various NBA teams. Said to be home of a rather promiscuous female ghost.

The Skirvin Hotel is said to be the oldest in Oklahoma City and has paid host to Harry Truman and various NBA teams. Said to be home of a rather promiscuous female ghost.

Most Haunted Place: Skirvin Hotel in Oklahoma City

History: Opened in 1911, it’s the city’s oldest hotel. Original owner William Balser “Bill” Skirvin whose daughter was ambassador to Luxembourg under Harry Truman. Said to be a popular speakeasy during Prohibition. Was closed in 1988 and remained abandoned for 19 years until it was renovated and reopened as part of the Hilton chain of hotels in 2007.

Present Use: Well, it’s still a hotel and it’s been used by NBA teams whenever they play the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Sightings: Reported incidents include a female ghost who climbs into bed with male guests, maids’ carts moving down the halls on their own, and a baby crying. NBA players tend to report other hauntings as well. It’s said that an owner had an affair with a maid, knocked her up, locked her into a room, which drove her to the edge even after the baby was born. She was said to commit suicide with the baby in tow.

Anyone Famous?: No.

Open to Tourists?: Yes, if you can afford it.

Other Haunts: Labadie Mansion, Timberidge Cemetery, Fort Washita, McBride House, Vinita Cry Baby Bridge, Dead Women Crossing, Belvidere Mansion, Blanchard Cemetery, Bird Creek School, Brady Theatre, Blue Belle Saloon, Cherokee Strip Museum, Cushing First Christian Church, Fort Reno, Cain’s Ballroom, Kiamachi Kitchen, Mohawk Park and Golf Course, Langston’s Western Wear, Stone Lion Inn, Veteran’s Lake, Witch’s Grave in Hillside Cemetery, Wheelock Mission

37. Oregon

Originally a pub for Polish immigrants, Portland's White Eagle also included services like gambling and prostitution. It's now been a rock'n roll place since the 1970s with live music shows.

Originally a pub for Polish immigrants, Portland’s White Eagle also included services like gambling and prostitution. It’s now been a rock’n roll place since the 1970s with live music shows.

Most Haunted Place: White Eagle Saloon and Hotel in Portland

History: Opened in 1905 which was originally a hub for Polish immigrants but later became popular among sailors. But wasn’t a place with a great reputation since its services included gambling and prostitution. Was known for a lot of incidents such as a prostitute being killed by her jealous lover, drunken patrons being shanghaied through a basement tunnel, fierce and frequent brawls, and other events.

Present Use: It’s still used as a bar and hotel. However, it’s more like a rock n’ roll place with live music shows since the 1970s.

Sightings: It’s been reported that many people feel someone touch them or find it physically impossible to get out of their beds, while others report being shoved down the stairs.

Anyone Famous?: No.

Open to Tourists?: Yes.

Other Haunts: Bagdad Theater, Pittock Mansion, Roseland Theater, Geiser Grand Hotel, Granite, Hot Lake Hotel, Ashael Bush House, Dammasch State Hospital, Multnomah County Poor Farm, Multnomah Falls, Rhododendron Village, South Eugene High School, Benson Hotel, Cathedral Park, Heathman Hotel, Hollywood Theatre, Lotus Isle, North Portland Library, Oaks Amusement Park, Old Town Pizza, Reed College, Rimsky-Korsakoffee House, Roseland Theater, Portland shanghai tunnels, Tryon Creek, Villa St. Rose, Lithia Park, Southern Oregon University, Wolf Creek Inn, Malheur Butte, Oregon Caves Chateau, Astor Building, Coos Bay Egyptian Theatre, Fort Stevens, Heceta Head Lighthouse, Siletz Bay

38. Pennsylvania

The Battle of Gettysburg was perhaps the bloodiest incident on North American soil that left nearly 50,000 dead. Still, while it's said that most of the ghosts are harmless, they're willing to inflict deadly force to those who think building a casino in Gettysburg is a good idea. Actually I made that up, but let's just say a casino in Gettysburg is just sacrilege, in my opinion.

The Battle of Gettysburg was perhaps the bloodiest incident on North American soil that left nearly 50,000 dead. Still, while it’s said that most of the ghosts are harmless, they’re willing to inflict deadly force to those who think building a casino in Gettysburg is a good idea. Actually I made that up, but let’s just say a casino in Gettysburg is just sacrilege, in my opinion.

Most Haunted Place: Gettysburg Battlefield in Gettysburg

History: Site of the Battle of Gettysburg which lasted from July 1-3, 1863. It was the last attempt at a northern invasion by Confederate General Robert E. Lee but it resulted in a critical Union victory and a turning point in the war. It was the bloodiest battle of the American Civil War as well as on North American soil resulting nearly 50,000 dead. Also the site where President Abraham Lincoln gave his Gettysburg Address.

Present Use: It’s now a National Battlefield, historic landmark, memorial, and military cemetery. It’s one of the most visited national parks each year.

Sightings: It’s one of the most haunted places in the country. Ghosts include phantom soldiers, a headless horseman, a soldier smelling of sulfur, sharpshooters, a ragged soldier from Texas, a woman in white who committed suicide in 1880, and others. Some swear that they still hear babies crying and music.

Anyone Famous?: Well, there’s Confederate Brigadier General William Barksdale who was killed during the battle.

Open to Tourists?: Yes. In fact, I’ve been there twice. Didn’t see any ghosts though. Nevertheless, even if you don’t believe in ghosts, I highly recommend the trip. Seriously, it’s worth it.

Other Haunts: The town of Gettysburg, Saint Vincent College, Mayview, Baleroy Mansion, Bishop White House, Philadelphia City Tavern, Cliveden Manor, Eastern State Penitentiary, First Bank of the United States, Fort Mifflin, Grumblethorpe, Philadelphia Library Hall, Pennsylvania Hospital, Physick Mansion, Powel House, Philadelphia St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, USS Olympia, Philadelphia Washington Square, Welles House, Bolton Mansion, Brandywine River, Brinton Lodge, Albertus L. Meyers Bridge, Dixmont State Hospital, Fairfield Inn, General Warren Inn, General Wayne Inn, Growden Mansion, Harrisburg State Hospital, Hill View Manor, Keith House, Lebanon Valley College, Knickerbocker Hotel, Logan Inn, Mishler Theatre, Pen Ryn Mansion, Pennhurst State School and Hospital, Phillips’ Rangers Monument, Valley Forge, US Route 322, Heilbron Manor

39. Rhode Island

Though officially built to serve train the mentally disabled for jobs, it spent much of its history as a eugenics penal colony.  So it's no wonder why so much of this place has been demolished.

Though officially built to serve train the mentally disabled for jobs, it spent much of its history as a eugenics penal colony. So it’s no wonder why so much of this place has been demolished.

Most Haunted Place: The Dr. Joseph Ladd School in Exeter

History: Operated from 1908-1993 as a state institution constructed to serve the needs of the mentally disabled. 5,000 are said to have lived and died there. Though its official purpose was to train young people with disabilities for farm work and mechanical trades, the ideology behind an institution like this was formulated by a prominent eugenicist named Dr. Walter Fernald whose doctrine was to remove the “feeble-minded” from society in order to cleanse the population of inferior and “defective” genes. That doctor’s protégé, Dr. Joseph Ladd, was the institution’s first superintendent, but he would soon gain a reputation for mistreatment as his students grew and the place would become notorious for overcrowding and terrible living conditions. During its existence under Ladd, it more or less resembled a penal colony detaining people as a means of segregating them from free society either until menopause or natural death (because in Rhode Island, forced sterilization was illegal. However, there were a few women who were though). And during the 1920s-1940s,  it wasn’t just the mentally disabled who were confined there, but also women accused of immoral practices like prostitution, sodomy, extramarital sex, or being pregnant out of wedlock as well as other individuals who either committed petty crimes or no crimes at all. In 1947, Ladd discharged a third of the inmates due to money problems and redirected its mission to institutionalizing only those with severe disabilities. But after a long time resident was implicated in a murder of a disabled child in 1955, Ladd resigned. Things were better in its later years but the place would come under more scrutiny. Closed down for good in 1993.

Present Use: As of 2013, most of the place has been demolished. But the grounds are still private and are still being watched.

Sightings: Since its abandonment, many have reported hearing moaning, phantom footsteps or shuffling, voices, and crying. Some have claimed to see doors open, close, and/or lock with no explanation.

Anyone Famous?: No.

Open to Tourists?: No.

Other Haunts: Belcourt Castle, Crescent Park, Rhode Island School of Design, Biltmore Hotel, Conjuring House, Chestnut Hill Cemetery, The Barn at Roger Williams University, Providence City Hall, Block Island, Providence Athenaeum

40. South Carolina

The Old Charleston Jail has had a long history that it has housed prisoners ranging from criminals, unruly slaves, pirates, and Union POWs. It's best known for executing a woman named Lavinia Fisher said to be America's first female serial killer.

The Old Charleston Jail has had a long history that it has housed prisoners ranging from criminals, unruly slaves, pirates, and Union POWs. It’s best known for executing a woman named Lavinia Fisher said to be America’s first female serial killer.

Most Haunted Place: Old Charleston Jail in Charleston

History: A prison that operated from 1802-1939 which housed Charleston’s notorious criminals and served as its county jail. Prisoners include career criminals like John and Lavinia Fisher, unruly slaves like Denmark Vessey (who planned a slave revolt), high sea pirates, and American Civil War POWs. It also held black seamen there while they were in port during the antebellum years. In 1886, part of the complex was badly damaged by an earthquake.

Present Use: Today it’s been owned by the American College of the Building Arts since 2000 who have also helped restore it. Not only that, but it also serves as a laboratory and classroom for students.

Sightings: Said to be haunted by the spirits of the deceased prisoners who died in jail. It’s been reported that apparitions, voices, as well as moving and disappearing objects are the norm.

Anyone Famous?: Well, there’s Lavinia Fisher who might’ve been America’s first female serial killer but we’re not sure if she killed anyone. However, her and her husband were active members of a large gang outside the city and owned an inn that was used as a hiding place. Publicly executed at the jail for highway robbery, which was then a capital offense in 1820.

Open to Tourists?: Yes. They also have walking and ghost tours, too.

Other Haunts: Legare Street House, Pawley’s Island, Redcliffe Plantation, St. Helena Parish Chapel of Ease Ruins, South Carolina Lunatic Asylum, Charelston Naval Base Admiral’s House, Baynard Plantation, Anderson Cry Baby Bridge, Cypress Garden Ruins, Hell’s Gate/Oakwood Cemetery, Abandoned Mansion in Santee, Montrose Cemetery, Smoaks Old Train Building and Trestle, Salem Black River Church, Greenville Tuberculosis Hospital, White Point Gardens, Seven Devil’s Bridge, The Hermitage, Rose Hill Plantation

In These Haunted United States – Part 3: Massachusetts to New Jersey

Now we’re in the middle of my haunted series on the United States. You might notice that many of these haunted places include hotels. Well, there are some reasons why. For one, hotels tend to have long histories with many still being used today. And let’s just say that something which has been around for a very long time is bound to carry some baggage. In the hotel realm, a checkered past might give rise to ghost stories like some maid committing suicide over an affair. Second, hotels tend to but hubs with a lot of people in them whether they be employees, visitors, owners, and what not. So a lot people can lead to a lot of ghost stories. And third, they tend to be places where you see people from different classes, races, and creeds such as the poorer employees as well as the richer patrons and management. And yes, in America, you’re bound to see plenty of employees to be African American, Latino, or immigrants as you would see in the country’s service industry. But such mingling at another time can lead to some tragic consequences. In this section, I bring you a third installment of some of the most haunted American places. These will include a Massachusetts house that was a scene of a notorious murder, mansions in Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, and Missouri, a major college in Montana, the Nebraska State Capitol, a ghost town in Nevada, a cemetery in New Hampshire, and a house in New Jersey that inspired legends. So for your reading pleasure, here are some more haunted places in these United States.

21. Massachusetts

Legend has it that in this Fall River House, Lizzie Borden brutally murdered her father and stepmother in 1892. But she was found not guilty despite what public opinion thought of her. However, if Lizzie did killed her parents, it was most likely out of a family dispute.

Legend has it that in this Fall River House, Lizzie Borden brutally murdered her father and stepmother in 1892. But she was found not guilty despite what public opinion thought of her. However, if Lizzie did killed her parents, it was most likely out of a family dispute.

Most Haunted Place: The Lizzie Borden House in Fall River

History: Built in 1845, it was the 19th century home of Lizzie Borden and her family. This was the site of the axe murders of her father and stepmother in 1892, widely believed to be committed by Lizzie herself despite being found not guilty. However, if she did kill her parents, it would’ve been over a family dispute. Has been sold in 1918 and 1948.

Present Use: Now a bed and breakfast as well as museum.

Sightings: Apparitions and voices of the Borden family members, servants, and pets are said to be experience throughout the house. Ghosts of 2 young children have also been reported.

Anyone Famous?: It’s said that Lizzie Borden herself has been seen in the basement.

Open to Tourists?: Yes.

Other Haunts: Boston Athenaeum, Houghton Mansion, Joshua Ward House, Witch House, USS Salem, Taunton State Hospital, Leicester Quaker Cemetery, Cape Cod Orleans Inn, Waltham Metropolitan State Hospital, Fort Revere, Danvers State Mental Hospital, Lincoln Mill, Cutler Majestic Theater at Emerson College

22. Michigan

Henderson Castle was originally owned by one of the most successful businessmen in Kalamazoo. It's now a bed and breakfast with a restaurant and spa.

Henderson Castle was originally owned by one of the most successful businessmen in Kalamazoo. It’s now a bed and breakfast with a restaurant and spa.

Most Haunted Place: Henderson Castle in Kalamazoo

History: Built in 1895 and originally owned by Mary and Frank Henderson who was one of Kalamazoo’s most successful businessmen as well as owner and president of the Henderson-Ames Uniform Company (which designed uniforms for secret societies, organizations, and the military). However, Frank would die 4 years after construction while his wife died in 1907. The Henderson children sold the place in 1919 and has since passed hands 10 times until the current owners bought it in 2011.

Present Use: Currently a bed and breakfast. It even has a restaurant and spa.

Sightings: Said to be haunted by the original owners and a soldier as well as al little girl and a dog. Many people report being tapped, having radios blare even when unplugged, and seeing apparitions.

Anyone Famous?: Well, Frank Henderson but only in a local capacity.

Open to Tourists?: Yes.

Other Haunts: Big Bay Point Light, Fort Wayne, Holy Family Orphanage, Eloise Asylum, Murphy’s Lamplight Inn, Traverse City State Hospital, Detroit Masonic Temple, Felt Mansion, Michigan Bell Telephone Company in Grand Rapids, River Raisin National Battlefield Park, Pere Cheney, Mackinac Island, Bone Head’s BBQ

23. Minnesota

The Forepaugh Mansion was home to a successful dry goods businessman in St. Paul. However, he's said to have an affair with a maid who later committed suicide. Forepaugh and his family didn't live in there long soon after that.

The Forepaugh Mansion was home to a successful dry goods businessman in St. Paul. However, he’s said to have an affair with a maid who later committed suicide. Forepaugh and his family didn’t live in there long soon after that.

Most Haunted Place: Joseph Forepaugh Mansion in St. Paul

History: Built in 19th century, it was the mansion of entrepreneur Joseph Forepaugh who made his fortune in the dry goods business and was Senior Partner in the J.L. Forepaugh and Company. He lived there with his wife Mary and their two daughters. However, he made the mistake of cheating on his wife with a young maid named Molly. When Mary caught him in bed with Molly, she asked Joseph to end it and he did. Unfortunately, Molly found out she was pregnant and committed suicide by hanging from a window. The Forepaughs sold the place to retired Civil War General Henry Hammond and moved to Europe. However, Forepaugh would later commit suicide in 1892, most likely to escape a financial crash.

Present Use: It’s now an upscale French restaurant with reception/banquet space. It’s also a museum as well.

Sightings: It’s said the Molly’s ghost apparently bangs on walls, causes glasses to explode, and can sometimes be seen.

Anyone Famous?: Customers are said to see a solid form of Joseph Forepaugh himself, apparently pleased with the restoration and renovation efforts of the current owners. He’s also said to act like he owns the place.

Open to Tourists?: Yes.

Other Haunts: Greyhound Bus Museum, Minneapolis City Hall, Palmer House Hotel, Winona State University, Lake Julia Sanitarium, Dead Man’s Trail, Janesville Doll House, Lake View Cemetery, Mantorville Opera House, Washington Street Bridge in Minneapolis, Concordia College, St. Olaf College, Griggs Mansion

24. Mississippi

Cedar Grove Mansion was home to the Kleins who used their home as a hospital during the Battle of Vicksburg when it was attacked by cannon. The family would reside there until 1919.

Cedar Grove Mansion was home to the Kleins who used their home as a hospital during the Battle of Vicksburg when it was attacked by cannon. The family would reside there until 1919.

Most Haunted Place: Cedar Grove Mansion in Vicksburg

History: Built in 1852 and was owned by planter and businessman Joseph Alexander Klein as well as his wife Elizabeth where they’d have 10 children. During the Civil War, they used their home as a Union hospital, particularly during the Battle of Vicksburg. However, it didn’t prevent the mansion from being attacked by cannon nor did Elizabeth’s family ties to General William Tecumseh Sherman. The Klein family would reside there until 1919.

Present Use: Now a bed and breakfast. Said to be among the most elegant in the South.

Sightings: Reported manifestations of the house include house’s original family, various apparitions (including soldiers), laughter, and footsteps.

Anyone Famous?: Well, it’s said the John Klein still keeps an eye on the staff and is apparently not quite trusting of the living’s judgement. His wife is said to be there, too.

Open to Tourists?: Yes.

Other Haunts: Cold Spring Plantation, Kessler Air Force Base, Longfellow Place, Rowan Oak, Mississippi State Capitol, Vicksburg National Military Park, Waverly Plantation, Chapel of the Cross, Corinth Battlefield, Dunleith Plantation, Meridian Grand Opera House, Natchez King’s Tavern, Linden Plantation, Merrehope Plantation, Monmouth Plantation, Springfield Plantation

25. Missouri

In their heyday, the Lemp family dominated the beer business in Missouri until Prohibition. Unfortunately, the family was rocked by tragedy, scandal, and dysfunction with 4 members committing suicide. 3 of them in this house.

In their heyday, the Lemp family dominated the beer business in Missouri until Prohibition. Unfortunately, the family was rocked by tragedy, scandal, and dysfunction with 4 members committing suicide. 3 of them in this St. Louis house.

Most Haunted Place: Lemp Mansion in St. Louis

History: Built in 1868 and home of the Lemp Family, whose brewing company dominated the St. Louis beer market before Prohibition. They lived in this house until 1949. Nevertheless, the family was besieged by tragedy and dysfunction. Four members of the family committed suicide including original owner William Lemp Sr. and 3 of his children.

Present Use: It’s now a restaurant and inn owned by the Pointer family. It’s even a venue for murder mystery dinner theater and Halloween parties.

Sightings: During restoration efforts in the 1970s, it’s been workers reported being harassed by slamming doors, ghostly noise, and experiencing an uncomfortable feeling due to the oppressive atmosphere of the mansion and the “burning sensation” of staring eyes. It’s said a monkey-face boy haunts the attic, looking for love and attention, who is believed to be an illegitimate son of William Lemp Jr. and was said to have Down Syndrome. Not to mention, there have been reports of apparitions of the family members as well.

Anyone Famous?: If you count the Lemp family, then yes, in a local capacity.

Open to Tourists?: Yes.

Other Haunts: Avilla, St. Louis City Museum, Epperson House, Henderson Mansion, Kemper Arena, Missouri State Penitentiary, Pythian Castle, Vaile Mansion, Kansas City Union Station, Knob Noster, Jesse James Farm, Jefferson Barracks and Cemetery, Ravenswood, Missouri Governor’s Mansion, Boonville Thespian Hall

26. Montana

Since its 1893 founding the University of Montana has been the alma mater of an Oscar winning actor, a member of Pearl Jam, a prominent TV star, and this country's first US Congresswoman. However, it's been reported to have an entire lecture attended by ghosts.

Since its 1893 founding the University of Montana has been the alma mater of an Oscar winning actor, a member of Pearl Jam, a prominent TV star, and this country’s first US Congresswoman. However, it’s been reported to have an entire lecture attended by ghosts.

Most Haunted Place: The University of Montana in Missoula

History: Founded in 1893. Said to be a city within a city that has its own post office, medical facilities, police department, banking, restaurants, and ZIP code. Houses the earliest authorized edition of the Lewis and Clark Journals. Mascot is Monte the Grizzly Bear. Notable alumni include Oscar winning actor and Farmer’s Insurance spokesman J. K. Simmons, Pearl Jam’s James Ament, All in the Family’s Carroll O’Connor (best known as Archie Bunker), and US Congresswoman Jeannette Rankin.

Present Use: It’s still used as a public university and is a flagship campus of the UM system.

Sightings: Reports range from the ghost of a girl who committed suicide, a ghost of a dog, and other apparitions and emotional sensations. It’s said at Rankin Hall, there’s an entire lecture attended by ghosts.

Anyone Famous?: Not from what I have heard. However, Rankin Hall is named after famous alum Jeannette Rankin who was the first US Congresswoman.

Open to Tourists?: Well, on a seasonal basis. But they do give haunted tours to the public.

Other Haunts: Bannack, Carroll College, Copper King Mansion, Garnet, Little Bighorn National Battlefield, Montana State Prison Museum, Virginia City, Belton Chalet, Chico Hot Springs, Dumas Brothel, Paris Gibson Square Museum, Reeder’s Alley

27. Nebraska

Besides being home to the country's only unicameral state legislature, the State Capitol of Nebraska is said to be haunted by accident victims who are said to fall from its large tower. On a lighter note, it's been praised for its architecture.

Besides being home to the country’s only unicameral state legislature, the State Capitol of Nebraska is said to be haunted by accident victims who are said to fall from its large tower. On a lighter note, it’s been praised for its architecture.

Most Haunted Place: Nebraska State Capitol in Lincoln

History: Completed in 1932, this is the primary government headquarters of the Nebraska state government. Its style is a mix of Art Deco, Neo-Byzantine, and Gothic Revival. Seriously, Wikipedia’s entry is devoted to the place’s architecture. Several deaths are said to occur there, including 2 people falling to their deaths from the 12th floor and 2 which took place in the central tower stairwell.

Present Use: It’s steal the seat of government in Nebraska.

Sightings: Reports are said to include screams and crying, as well as mist that is seen falling through the stairwell. Ghosts include, an inmate, a workman, a female employee, and a visitor.

Anyone Famous?: Not that I can name off hand.

Open to Tourists?: Yes.

Other Haunts: Brother Sebastian’s Restaurant, Centennial Hall, Hummel Park, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Alliance Theater, Antelope Park, Ball Cemetery, Barnard Park, Blackbird Hill, Bailey House Museum, Devil’s Canyon, Fort Sidney Museum, Hastings College, Logan Creek Bridge, Neville Center for the Performing Arts, Platte County Historical Society and Museum, Seven Sisters Road, Holdrege Speakeasy, Warbonnet Creek Battlefield, Wayne State College

28. Nevada

In its heyday, Virginia City, Nevada was a boom town known for its rich silver deposits. Today it's almost entirely abandoned and relies almost entirely on tourism. And their ghost stories that have sprung up.

In its heyday, Virginia City, Nevada was a boom town known for its rich silver deposits. Today it’s almost entirely abandoned and relies almost entirely on tourism. And their ghost stories that have sprung up.

Most Haunted Place: Virginia City, Nevada

History: Sprang up as a boom town in 1859 due to the discovery of the Comstock Lode, the first major silver deposit discovery in the US. Had over 25,000 residents at its peak in 1862 and was called America’s richest city. One of its famous residents at the time was a young reporter for the local paper named Samuel Clemens. You know him as Mark Twain and he’d later write a novel named Roughing it set in the city. Was also a place of many fires, including a Great Fire in 1875. But as the mines’ output declined after 1878, the city declined. Its most recent population is estimated at 855.

Present Use: Well, it’s mostly a tourist town now, with its historic district drawing 2 million visitors a year.

Sightings: Well, since we’re talking about an entire town, there’s just so many reported haunting incidents to put in this. Some of the ghosts include a woman who killed her own baby before committing suicide, a bunch of dead miners who were killed in fire, a lady waving from a balcony, an Indian killed in saloon fight, a little girl run over by a wagon and her mother, a young woman in lavender, a smoking old man scowling, a schoolteacher, and a woman who died penniless and held séances to contact with her dead husband. Reported incidents include a pieces of metal and rock thrown at visitors, a moving gravestone, and a glowing gravestone.

Anyone Famous?: Not that I can name off hand.

Open to Tourists?: Yes, and supported by tourists, too.

Other Haunts: Abraham Curry House, Goldfield Hotel, Madame Tussaud’s Las Vegas Wax Museum, Zappos Building, Mustang Ranch, La Palazza Mansion, Bonnie Springs Ranch, Mizpah Hotel, Redd Foxx’s Las Vegas House, Nevada Governor’s Mansion, Boulder Dam Hotel, Whiskey Pete’s Hotel and Casino

29. New Hampshire

Pine Hill Cemetery was founded in 1769 on land donated by a man who had to sell his farm. It's said to have family that's been murdered in the 1800s but records don't hold that story up.

Pine Hill Cemetery was founded in 1769 on land donated by a man who had to sell his farm. It’s said to have family that’s been murdered in the 1800s but records don’t hold that story up.

Most Haunted Place: Pine Hill Cemetery in Hollis

History: Founded in 1769 on the land donated by Benjamin Parker Jr. who had to sell his farm. About 300 people are said to be buried there. Many of them in graves that are now currently unmarked.

Present Use: As far as I know, it’s still said to function as a cemetery.

Sightings: It’s said to be the most haunted cemetery of New England. Called “Blood Cemetery” because it’s alleged that the ghost of Abel Blood is said to roam the place as well as various members of his family (they were alleged to be murdered in the 1800s. However, records don’t support this since he and his family died at different times and different places, many of natural causes). A ghost of a little boy was said to try flagging down cars for some reason. Still, reported incidents include ghosts sitting on their own tombstones as well as one tombstone that appears to glow in the dark at night.

Anyone Famous?: No.

Open to Tourists?: Yes, but not at night like most cemeteries. And it’s heavily patrolled by police.

Other Haunts: Gibson Road Cemetery, Isles of Shoals, Mount Washington Hotel, Three Chimneys Inn, Alton Town Hall, Amos J. Blake House Museum, Dover Mills, University of New Hampshire, Toll Hill, Philbrick House, Meetinghouse Green Memorial Park, Nutmeg Inn, MacDowell Colony, Point of Graves Burial Ground, Rockingham Hotel

30. New Jersey

The Seabrook-Wilson House in Port Monmouth is one of the oldest homes in New Jersey and is subject to many legends. However, according to historians, it's more likely that this house had a long but unremarkable existence. And that much of the stories surrounding it might've been made up by a previous curator to save it.

The Seabrook-Wilson House in Port Monmouth is one of the oldest homes in New Jersey and is subject to many legends. However, according to historians, it’s more likely that this house had a long but unremarkable existence. And that much of the stories surrounding it might’ve been made up by a previous curator to save it.

Most Haunted Place: Seabrook-Wilson House in Port Monmouth

History: Built in 1663 by Thomas Whitlock where he lived with his family. The second family, the Seabrooks owned the place for 250 years. And its current structure was built in 1892 by Reverend William V. Wilson and his wife, Martha. From 1910-1970s it was said to operate as a hotel. And up to the 2000s, it served as a historical museum. But since the early 2000s, it’s been closed to the public until 2012.

Present Use: It still functions as a museum but only the first floor is open.

Sightings: Up to 22 ghosts are said to haunt this house including a woman in white, a minister alleged to privately practice Satanism, a bearded sea captain, and a young boy. It’s even alleged to be a spy house and tavern during the American Revolution.

Anyone Famous?: There are legends surrounding that Captain Morgan was known to hide treasure and conduct tortures in the house’s basement that had underground tunnels. And his ghost is said to threaten children visitors in the museum. However, the notion of Captain Morgan’s ghost frequenting a place in New Jersey just doesn’t make sense since he spent most of his life in the Caribbean and died as governor of Jamaica.

Open to Tourists?: Since 2012, only the first floor is opened to the public.

Other Haunts: Shades of Death Road, Burnt Mill Road, Cape May, Red Mill Museum Village, Flemington Union Hotel, Lakehurst Hangar No. 1, Leeds Point, The Devil’s Tree, Burlington County Prison, Proprietary House, Ringwood Manor, Essex County Hospital Center, Clinton Road, The Devil’s Tower in Alpine, Clifton Gates of Hell, Blairsden Mansion, Flanders Hotel

In These Haunted United States – Part 2: Hawaii to Maryland

Now we’re off to a great start. You might notice how some of these places might be familiar to you such as famous battlefields and other areas. I know that Alcatraz is a familiar place for anyone since it housed some of the notorious criminals in early 20th century America. It’s also used in a lot of movies as a filming location. Still, a lot of places might have their own ghost stories for whatever the reason. Sometimes it was a place where there were a lot of deaths and mistreatment like prisons, insane asylums, and battlefields. Sometimes it had a checkered past such as some of these mansions and hotels. Sometimes there might be a chance that some structure was built on top of an Indian burial ground. But occasionally, you might have a place with an alleged haunting for almost no reason at all like UAA’s auditorium. I mean other than Wendy Williamson, you don’t know why other ghosts would hang out there. Nevertheless, in this section, I’ll bring you another set of haunted places in the US. These will include a royal palace that was home to the last rulers of Hawaii’s monarchy, a state prison in Idaho, hotels in Illinois and Indiana, a home that was sight to a notorious murder in Iowa, a small house haunted by a mysterious girl in Kansas, a mental institution in Kentucky, a plantation in Louisiana, a lighthouse in Maine, and a Civil War battlefield in Maryland. So for your reading pleasure, I give you another installment of some of the most haunted places in the United States.

11. Hawaii

From 1845 to 1893, the Iolani Palace was home to the last rulers of the Hawaiian monarchy (and it's said that some of the royal family members still reside there as ghosts). Under US rule it would be used as the Hawaiian seat of government until 1969. It's the only royal palace on US soil.

From 1845 to 1893, the Iolani Palace was home to the last rulers of the Hawaiian monarchy (and it’s said that some of the royal family members still reside there as ghosts). Under US rule it would be used as the Hawaiian seat of government until 1969. It’s the only royal palace on US soil.

Most Haunted Place: ‘Iolani Palace in Honolulu

History: Constructed in 1845, it was the residence of the Hawaiian Royal Family from Kamehameha III to Queen Lili’uokalani. After the royal family was overthrown in 1893, it was used as the territorial and later state capitol until 1969.

Present Use: It’s now a museum for the public.

Sightings: It’s said that various royal ghosts have been seen or heard there.

Anyone Famous?: It’s been reported that the most frequent sightings have revolved around Queen Lili’uokalani.

Open to Tourists?: Yes.

Other Haunts: Hamakuapoko, Pounder Beach, Barber’s Point, Dole Cannery Signature Theaters,  Hilton Hawaii Village, Kaka’ako Fire Station, Morgan’s Corner, Nu’uanu, Sacred Heart Academy, State Capitol Building, Kahala Mall, Waikiki Parc Hotel, Waialae Drive-In Theaters, King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel, Waimano Building, Hickam Air Force Base

12. Idaho

During its operation, Boise's old Idaho State Penitentiary received over 13,000 prisoners. The most famous of these are a political assassin and a black widow serial killer. Closed over riots and poor living conditions.

During its operation, Boise’s old Idaho State Penitentiary received over 13,000 prisoners. The most famous of these are a political assassin and a black widow serial killer. Closed over riots and poor living conditions.

Most Haunted Place: Old Idaho State Penitentiary in Boise

History: Was a functional prison in the Western US from 1872-1973.  Received more than 13,000 inmates with maximum occupancy at about 600. 215 of the inmates were women. Saw 10 executions. Famous inmates were Harry Orchard who assassinated a former governor in 1905 and Lyda Southard, infamously known as Idaho’s Lady Bluebeard for killing several husbands for the life insurance. It was a place of violence and riots. Closed over riots due to horrible living conditions. It’s now owned by the Idaho Historical Society.

Present Use: It’s now a museum and contains an arboretum.

Sightings: There have been reports of footsteps, voices, shouts, and overwhelming emotional sensations. It’s been reported there was one death row inmate who jumped off the third floor is said to make his presence known by a greenish light and causing batteries to go dead.

Anyone Famous?: No.

Open to Tourists?: Yes.

Other Haunts: Farragut State Park, Harms Memorial Hospital, Joyce Building, Owyhee Mountains, Egyptian Theater, Idaho State University at Pocatello, Pete’s Tavern, Pioneer Boot Hill Cemetery

13. Illinois

Since its opening in 1893, Chicago's Congress Plaza Hotel has had a long and colorful history from protests to presidential guests. It's also been the place for a lot of haunted ghost sightings, including that of a hobo and a guy in disco attire.

Since its opening in 1893, Chicago’s Congress Plaza Hotel has had a long and colorful history from protests to presidential guests. It’s also been the place for a lot of haunted ghost sightings, including that of a hobo and a guy in disco attire.

Most Haunted Place: Congress Plaza Hotel in Chicago

History: First opened in 1893 for the World’s Columbian Exposition and has underwent two major expansions and renovations. It’s 11 stories with 871 guest rooms. In 1912, it was the sight of Teddy Roosevelt’s “Bull Moose” speech. In October 1916, Woodrow Wilson passed this hotel as part of his visit to the city where he was greeted by over 100 suffragette protestors from the National Women’s Party. They were attacked by a mob as police looked on and/or laughed. In 1932, it was FDR’s transition team headquarters. Known for its artwork by Louis Grell and for providing lodgings for several US presidents from Grover Cleveland to FDR. In 2003, about 130 members of UNITE HERE went on strike to proposed a 7% wage cut that soon became one of the world’s longest, ending in 2013. No concessions were given by management though Barack Obama briefly stood in the picket line in 2007. It’s now owned by a Syrian national.

Present Use: It’s still used as a hotel as I’ve seen on the website.

Sightings: Guests and employees have reported everything from apparitions and voices to the presence of a room so horrible that it’s been boarded over. Ghosts reported include a boy whose mother threw him out a window, a workman said to be buried in the walls during construction, a pegleg hobo who was murdered, a Spanish American War vet who shot himself, and a guy in disco attire.

Anyone Famous?: Well, some people have reported sightings of Al Capone and Teddy Roosevelt. It’s also alleged Jake “Greasy Thumb” Guzik’s ghost resides there as well. Of course the guy was one of Al Capone’s henchmen and is said to live there for several years. For those who want to know more about Guzik, check out my series on Boardwalk Empire since he’s a character on the show.

Open to Tourists?: Yes, if you can afford it.

Other Haunts: Ashmore Estates, Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery, Crenshaw House, Former Chicago Historical Society Building, Stickney House, St. Turbius Church, Aux Sable Cemetery, Scutt Mansion, Graceland Cemetery, Lincoln Theater, Eldred House, Tinker Swiss Cottage, Anderson Cemetery, Dana-Thomas House, Ninth Street Pub, St. Rita of Cascia, Leland Tower, Sheraton Gateway Suites, Desoto House Hotel, Woodstock Opera House, Blood’s Point Cemetery, House of Blues, Robinson Woods, Harrison Street Inn, Original Springs Mineral Spa and Hotel, Ruebel Hotel, Hotel Baker, Willowbrook Ballroom, Greenwood Cemetery, Benedictine University, St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, Lincoln Square Theater, Massock Mausoleum, Three Mile House, Krome Family Cemetery, Red Lion Pub, Mineral Springs Hotel, Peoria State Hospital, Morton College, McPike Mansion, Clark Street Bridge, American Flight 191 Crash Site, Mount Carmel Cemetery, Waldheim Cemetery, McKendree University

14. Indiana

French Lick Springs Hotel was originally built for those who came to experience the healing benefits of the area's sulfur springs. Today it's now part of a casino resort complex. Of course, before then, it tended to get in trouble with the state for illegal gambling operations.

French Lick Springs Hotel was originally built for those who came to experience the healing benefits of the area’s sulfur springs. Today it’s now part of a casino resort complex. Of course, before then, it tended to get in trouble with the state for illegal gambling operations.

Most Haunted Place: French Lick Springs Hotel in French Lick

History: The resort was originally built for those who came to partake the advertised healing properties of the town’s sulfur springs. After the original hotel burned down in 1897, the current structure was constructed by DNC chair and Indianapolis mayor Thomas Taggart. Had been seized by the state government for illegal gambling. Famous guests include FDR (who announced his presidential campaign there) and Ronald Reagan.

Present Use: It’s now part of a larger casino resort complex.

Sightings: Many report hearing footsteps and voices. Some say there’s a ghost of an elevator attendant who helps out as well as one of a bride who committed suicide and a black bellhop. Not only that, but it’s said there are ghosts calling the front desk from empty rooms.

Anyone Famous?: It’s said to be haunted by original owner Thomas Taggart who’s been reported to operate the elevator when the place gets busy, appear riding a horse in the ballroom or down the halls, and hold ghostly parties.

Open to Tourists?: Yes, if you can afford it.

Other Haunts: Central State Hospital, Dunes State Park, Story Inn, Willard Library, Whispers Estate, Cry Baby Bridge, Fort Rouge Plant, Barber Hotel, Battle Field Memorial, Hoosier National Forest, Indiana University, Scales Lake, Old Sycamore Haunted Bridge, Chesterfield Christian Church, Cloverdale Cemetery, Adams County Cheese Factory, Eastland Mall, Lakeside Park, Franklin College, Bishop Noll Institute, St. Joseph’s Old Abandoned Catholic Church, Hanna House, House of Blue Lights, James Dean’s Grave, New Haven Historical City Hall

15. Iowa

Villisca's  Moore House was the site of an infamous unsolved murder that killed 8 people. Until 1994, previous owners would claim they saw a guy wielding an ax at the foot of their beds.

Villisca’s Moore House was the site of an infamous unsolved murder that killed 8 people. Until 1994, previous owners would claim they saw a guy wielding an ax at the foot of their beds.

Most Haunted Place: Josiah B. and Sara Moore House in Villisca

History: Built in 1868 and served as a private residence. Josiah and Sara Moore bought the house in 1903 and lived there until 1912. On June 9 of that year, all 6 members of the Moore household and 2 houseguests (both children) were bludgeoned to death by an axe at the residence. The murder remains unsolved. After the murders, went through possession 8 times until 1994 when the last owners decided to restore the house to its 1912 condition.

Present Use: Has been a local museum since the 1990s.

Sightings: Prior to the 1994 renovations, there were reports from former tenants claiming they saw a figure of an axe wielding man at the foot of their beds. Others report their kids waking up to the sounds of children crying. One dad reported that a knife forcefully stabbed him in the thumb. Other incidences included finding shoes filled with blood and a closet door opening and closing by itself.

Anyone Famous?: Well, other than the victims, no.

Open to Tourists?: Yes.

Other Haunts: Drake University, Independence State Hospital, Iowa State Penitentiary, Jordan House, Stony Hollow Road, Hotel Blackhawk, Cresco Theatre, KD Station, Tara Bridge, Mathias Ham House, Oakland Cemetery

16. Kansas

While it has changed hands as a private residence, the Sallie House is said to be haunted by a little girl named "Sallie" and an older woman said to be violent toward a male owner. Though vacant, it's still privately owned so I wouldn't recommend anyone to visit it.

While it has changed hands as a private residence, the Sallie House is said to be haunted by a little girl named “Sallie” and an older woman said to be violent toward a male owner. Though vacant, it’s still privately owned so I wouldn’t recommend anyone to visit it.

Most Haunted Place: The Sallie House in Atchison

History: Built in 1857 as a private residence. Has changed in various hands.

Present Use: As of 2015, it’s currently been vacant since 2004. Has been currently owned by a landlord since the 1990s so I guess it’s still being used as a residence.

Sightings: It’s reportedly been haunted by a little girl named “Sallie” who liked play little pranks and an older, unidentified woman who was violent toward a male owner.

Anyone Famous?: No.

Open to Tourists?: No.

Other Haunts: Atchison itself, Brown Grand Theater, Kansas Aviation Museum, Kansas State University, McConnell Air Force Base, Topeka High School, Wichita State University, Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery, Molly’s Hollow, St. Jacob’s Well, Theorosa’s Bridge, Hutchinson Public Library, Hamburger Hill, Potwin Place

17. Kentucky

Like Seaside, the Waverly Hills Sanatorium initially operated as a treatment center for TB patients before becoming a mental institution. And it was closed for similar reasons. However, unlike Seaside, the current owners are paranormal enthusiasts and want to convert this place into a hotel as far as I know.

Like Seaside, the Waverly Hills Sanatorium initially operated as a treatment center for TB patients before becoming a mental institution. And it was closed for similar reasons. However, unlike Seaside, the current owners are paranormal enthusiasts and want to convert this place into a hotel as far as I know.

Most Haunted Place: Waverly Hills Sanatorium in Louisville

History: Opened in 1910 as a tuberculosis sanatorium after the area was ravaged by an epidemic that prompted its construction.  After the sanatorium was closed in 1962, it was converted to a geriatric center, a nursing home for the elderly and mentally handicapped. The place was closed by the state due to patient neglect as is common in these environments of understaffed and overcrowded institutions. It’s said that thousands have died there, though it’s more likely 8,212.

Present Use: It has basically been abandoned until its current owners have decided to restore it and just happen to be paranormal enthusiasts. There are currently plans to convert the place into a 4 star hotel for the haunted hotel enthusiasts as well as regular patrons. However, it once hosted an extreme metal and metalcore festival in 2007. But it’s not likely to happen again due to complaints made by local residents.

Sightings: Many ghosts are said to haunt the place including children chanting “Ring Around the Rosey” on the roof, a nurse who committed suicide via jumping off the roof, a little girl playing hide and seek, a little boy playing ball, an old woman in chains, a man in a white coat and other ghosts treading down the halls. Others consist of various voices, a floating head, lights coming on without electricity, and a flicker of a TV screen.

Anyone Famous?: No.

Open to Tourists?: Not sure.

Other Haunts: Perryville Battlefield, Bob Mackey’s Music World, X Cave at Carter Caves, Raven Hill Cemetery, Old Louisville, House on Coon Branch, White Hall, Phillips’ Folly, Rocky Point Manor, Ditto House, Cave Hill Cemetery, Lick Creek Cemetery, Maple Hill Manor, Loudon House, Sherman’s Tavern, Old Greensburg Courthouse, Seelbach Hilton, Louisville Palace Theater, Mammoth Cave, Camp Zachary Taylor

18. Louisiana

The Myrtles Plantation in Louisiana has had its share of owners and incidences. Today it's operated as a bed and breakfast by paranormal enthusiasts.

The Myrtles Plantation in Louisiana has had its share of owners and incidences. Today it’s operated as a bed and breakfast by paranormal enthusiasts.

Most Haunted Place: The Myrtles Plantation in St. Francisville

History: Built in 1796 by General David Bradford who lived there until President John Adams pardoned him for his involvement in the Whiskey Rebellion (by the way, I actually went to Bradford’s house in Washington, PA). In 1817, his daughter and son-in-law Sarah and Clark Woodruff managed the plantation but she and two of their kids died in yellow fever epidemic during the early 1820s. When his mother-in-law died Clark and his surviving daughter moved out. In 1834, it was sold to Ruffin Gray Stirling who took an extensive remodeling project and doubled the size of the building. They had 9 children but 5 died young. Stirling died in 1854 and left the place to his wife Mary Cobb. In 1865, she hired son-in-law William Winter and he resided there with his wife Sarah and their 6 children, one of whom died of typhoid at 3. In 1871, Winter was shot at his porch by E.S. Webber and died within minutes on the 17th step of the stairs. Sarah died in 1878 while her mother Mary died in 1880 and the plantation passed to her Stephen. However, the place was heavily in debt and it changed hands several times until it was bought by current owners James and Frances Kermeen Myers.

Present Use: Currently a bed and breakfast offering historical and mystery tours.

Sightings: It is supposedly the home of at least 12 ghosts usually consisting of previous residents and slaves. It’s said that visitors and employees still hear William Winter’s dying footsteps to this day. It’s also reputed to be built over an Indian burial ground. Another reported seeing Sara Woodruff and her two dead children through a mirror. Other ghosts include a slave woman in a green turban, a young Native American woman, a young girl who died in 1868, and of two slaves asking to do any chores.

Anyone Famous?: No.

Open to Tourists?: Yes.

Other Haunts: Central Louisiana State Hospital, Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre, Louisiana State Penitentiary, Magnolia Plantation, Le Beau Mansion, Tomb of Marie Laveau, Caddo Parish Penal Farm, Bonnie and Clyde Ambush Site, Marian Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes, Elise Reus Memorial School, Manchac Swamp

19. Maine

Maine's Wood Island Lighthouse might seem to have an uneventful history. However, in 1896 it was the scene of a drifter killing a deputy sheriff and committing suicide. It's said his moans and footsteps are often heard. Why Stephen King doesn't write something about this I'll never know. Seriously, Maine is the guy's home state for God's sake.

Maine’s Wood Island Lighthouse might seem to have an uneventful history. However, in 1896 it was the scene of a drifter killing a deputy sheriff and committing suicide. It’s said his moans and footsteps are often heard. Why Stephen King doesn’t write something about this I’ll never know. Seriously, Maine is the guy’s home state for God’s sake.

Most Haunted Place: Wood Island Lighthouse in Wood Island

History: A 47ft tall conical white tower of granite rubble lighthouse. It’s the second oldest in Maine and 11th oldest in the nation. Established in 1808 but its current structure was erected in 1858. In March 1865, Lightkeeper Eben Emerson saved the crew of the British brig Edyth Anne from drowning in a heavy storm and was commended by the Canadian government with a reward of binoculars. Another lightkeeper had a dog named Sailor who became famous for ringing the station’s fog bell to greet passing ships by taking the belt cord in its mouth and pulling it with his teeth. Currently maintained by the United States Coast Guard and The Friends of Wood Island Light.

Present Use: It’s still used as a lighthouse to this day as well as a historical site.

Sightings: In 1896, a drifter shot and killed a local deputy sheriff and then went to the lighthouse to kill himself. It’s said his moans and footsteps are often heard, as well as shadows with a human form. Locked doors are also known to somehow open by themselves.

Anyone Famous?: No.

Open to Tourists?: Yes, but they only offer seasonal tours though.

Other Haunts: Camden Hills, Captain Fairfield’s Inn, Fort Knox, Southern Maine Community College, University of Southern Maine, West Side Lake, York Village Historical Museum, Strand Cinema, Boothbay Opera House, Captain Lord Mansion, Ellis Pond, Fort William Henry, Beckett’s Castle, Maine State Prison

20. Maryland

Antietam was the first battle in the American Civil War to take place on Union soil and one that experience the most losses in a single day. Though it was a strategic Union victory, it was tactically inconclusive. And it was a rather lucky break for McClellan. Today it's a national battlefield in Maryland. But sometimes I tend to call it, "Maryland's Gettysburg."

Antietam was the first battle in the American Civil War to take place on Union soil and one that experience the most losses in a single day. Though it was a strategic Union victory, it was tactically inconclusive. And it was a rather lucky break for McClellan. Today it’s a national battlefield in Maryland. But sometimes I tend to call it, “Maryland’s Gettysburg.”

Most Haunted Place: Antietam Battlefield in Sharpsburg

History: Site of the Battle of Antietam on September 17, 1862, which marked Robert E. Lee’s first northern invasion and George B. McClellan’s lucky break. Still, neither side really gained anything from it. It was the bloodiest single day battle in the American Civil War with a combined tally of dead, wounded, or missing at 22,717.

Present Use: It’s now a national park with 330,000 visiting the place each year.

Sightings: Many visitors have reported seeing apparitions in uniforms as well as hearing cannon and gunfire. Blue balls of light, disembodied voices, orbs, phantom drumming, and strange mists have also been reported.

Anyone Famous?: Not that I can name off hand.

Open to Tourists?: Yes.

Other Haunts: Auburn House, Chestnut Lodge, University of Maryland Morrill Hall, Point Lookout Lighthouse, Westminster Hall and Burying Ground, Dr. Mudd’s House, Jonathan Hager House, Maryland State House, Bachelor’s Point, Decoursey Bridge, St. Paul’s Cemetery, Kitty Knight House, Fort McHenry, Baltimore County Almshouse

In These Haunted United States – Part 1: Alabama to Georgia

Note: Since stories about hauntings have ambiguous authenticity, I’ll put them under urban legends just for convenience. In fact, some of them might be outright hoaxes but are part of the haunted American tradition just in case. Besides, I’m more interested in doing the places anyway than talking about the ghost stuff. Yet, I do think the ghost stuff is interesting even though I don’t believe in anything pertaining to the occult or paranormal.

As we all know Halloween is upon us and for many going to a haunted house is a long time tradition. Of course, there are plenty of people who pay to be scared by ghosts and monsters but I’m not one of them. However, there are plenty of places in the United States that have their own ghost stories and alleged paranormal activity that’s the stuff of urban legend and folklore. Some of these places are open to the public and can be visited by tourists with no problem. Some still remain private property and ask that horror afficionados keep out. Others are abandoned and wish tourists keep out just for their own safety. In this series, I’ll cover some of the most haunted locations in the country according to each state. And there’s a chance some might contain more frights than others. In each section, I’ll cover significant hauntings of ten states. This one, we look at a blast furnace in Alabama, a college auditorium in Alaska, an Old West titty bar in Arizona, a hotel and onetime ladie’s school and medical resort in Arkansas, a notorious prison in California, a hotel in Colorado, a mental institution in Connecticut, a fort in Delaware, a theater in Florida, and an old hotel that was used as a military hospital in Georgia. So for your reading pleasure, enjoy my first section of haunted sites in the United States.

  1. Alabama
Originally built to promote railroad development, Birmingham's Sloss Furnaces was one of the biggest producers of pig iron in the country during its operation. Since OSHA regulations didn't exist at the time, it was a dangerous workplace. So it's reputation as a haunt isn't so surprising.

Originally built to promote railroad development, Birmingham’s Sloss Furnaces was one of the biggest producers of pig iron in the country during its operation. Since OSHA regulations didn’t exist at the time, it was a dangerous workplace. So it’s reputation as a haunt isn’t so surprising.

Most Haunted Place: Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham

History: It was a pig iron blast furnace that operated from 1882-1971. Founded by Colonel James Withers Sloss in order to promote a railroad development. At one time, it produced 25% of the nation’s iron and steel. Given that it existed in an era of no OSHA regulations, you can imagine how dangerous working there could result in accidental deaths, loss of limbs, and other misfortunes.

Present Use: It’s the only blast furnace in the country to be preserved and restored for public use. It’s now a museum and has a nationally recognized metal arts program. Also hosts a barbecue cookoff, concerts, and Muse of Fire shows.

Sightings: It’s reported that screams, odd noises, apparitions, and even the malevolent ghost of a former foreman haunt this place. There are also stories of limbless ghosts.

Anyone Famous?: No.

Open to Tourists?: Yes, and it’s a big haunted attraction and hosts a ghost tour on Halloween.

Other Haunts: Boyington Oak, Gaineswood, Kenworthy Hall, Pickens County Courthouse, Prat Hall at Huntington College, Richards DAR House, Oakleigh, Adams Grove Presbyterian Church, Sweetwater Mansion, Auburn University Chapel, East Lake Park, Rocky Hill Castle, Sturdivant Hall

  1. Alaska
UAA's Wendy Williamson Auditorium hasn't been around long. But it's said to be a key hangout for Alaskan ghosts for some reason. Yet, only the presences late Wendy Williamson's spirit makes any sense. After all, the guy was a musician and professor as well as had the building named after him.

UAA’s Wendy Williamson Auditorium hasn’t been around long. But it’s said to be a key hangout for Alaskan ghosts for some reason. Yet, only the presences late Wendy Williamson’s spirit makes any sense. After all, the guy was a musician and professor as well as had the building named after him.

Most Haunted Place: UAA’s Wendy Williamson Auditorium in Anchorage

History: It was built in 1973. However, it’s said to contain odd features such as doors that lead to nowhere, unused elevator shafts, and a catwalk that serves no purpose. Other than that, it’s mostly what you’d expect of any college auditorium.

Present Use: Still very much used for the same purpose it was originally built for such as hosting events, lectures, and concerts.

Sightings: It’s said that footsteps and voices are often heard. Ghosts consist of a woman in a white dress, an aggressive man, a teenage boy, a local professor, and children. The aggressive man is reported to shove brunette women down stairwells or pull their hair. There are also reports of flying objects, exploding lights, disembodied voices, shadow figures, water and lights that turn on by themselves, etc.

Anyone Famous?: Well, in a local capacity. It’s said that its namesake John Wendell “Wendy” Williamson haunts there. He was a musician and professor of the school. He’s rumored to play piano in the lobby. Still, his haunting in the building is the most understandable.

Open to Tourists?: Not sure.

Other Haunts: Dimond Center, Red Onion Saloon, Historic Silverbow Inn, Golden North Hotel, Kennecott Copper Mines, West High School in Anchorage, Whittier, Ship Creek, Historic Anchorage Hotel

  1. Arizona
Originally set up to present respectable family entertainment in Tombstone, the Bird Cage Theatre's original owners soon realized the town economics didn't support their aspirations. So it was turned to the Old West equivalent to a titty bar with a gambling area and brothel. Said to have 26 people killed in brawls and their spirits are alleged to lurk there to its day. Still, the wax figures make this places look creepy enough from the inside.

Originally set up to present respectable family entertainment in Tombstone, the Bird Cage Theatre’s original owners soon realized the town economics didn’t support their aspirations. So it was turned to the Old West equivalent to a titty bar with a gambling area and brothel. Said to have 26 people killed in brawls and their spirits are alleged to lurk there to its day. Still, the wax figures make this places look creepy enough from the inside.

Most Haunted Place: Bird Cage Theatre in Tombstone

History: It was a theater, saloon, gambling parlor, and brothel that operated between 1881 and 1889, during the height of the silver boom. Had 14 cribs that hung from the ceiling. Owned by variety performers Lottie and William “Billy” Hutchinson who originally wanted to present respectable family shows like they saw in San Francisco. But the town’s economics didn’t support their aspirations so they basically made it a titty bar for the rough mining crowd. Saw 26 people killed in brawls with 140 bullet holes remaining in the building. Doc Holliday, Wyatt Earp, William Randolph Hearst, Curly Bill Broncius, Diamond Jim Brady, Bat Masterson, and Johnny Ringo all visited there. It wasn’t a place to bring your kids. After it closed in 1892, it wouldn’t be reopened or disturbed until 1934.

Present Use: It’s now a museum and sometimes a movie location.

Sightings: Visitors and staff have reported eerie music, laughter, and shouts echoing through the building as well as ghosts of cowboys and prostitutes. Some have reported they could still smell odors of cigars and whiskey.

Anyone Famous?: Curly Bill Broncius is most likely since he was killed there. And it’s said there were 26 male ghosts at the place.

Open to Tourists?: Yes. Opened year round from 8:00 a.m. until dusk.

Other Haunts: Boot Hill, Copper Queen Hotel, Gadsden Hotel, Monte Vista Hotel, Vulture Mine, NAU’s Morton Hall, Arizona State Prison Complex, Oliver House, Thornton Road Domes, Jerome Grand Hotel, Casey Moore’s Oyster House, Hotel San Carlos, Hermosa Inn, Hotel Congress, Canyon de Chelly, Fox Theatre, Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort, Crowne Plaza San Marcos, Hannagan Meadow Lodge, Hotel St. Michael, Pioneer Hotel, Connor Hotel, Sonoita Inn, El Tovar Hotel, San Xavier del Bac, Bisbee Courthouse, The Weatherford Hotel

  1. Arkansas
Ever since it opened in 1886, the Cresent Hotel in Eureka Springs has mostly been used as a hotel (and still is). However, it did operate as a school for young women in the early 20th century. Not only that, but it had a interesting time as a medical resort under noted quack Norman G. Baker. Let's just say that guy has a rather interesting story.

Ever since it opened in 1886, the Cresent Hotel in Eureka Springs has mostly been used as a hotel (and still is). However, it did operate as a school for young women in the early 20th century. Not only that, but it had a interesting time as a medical resort under noted quack Norman G. Baker. Let’s just say that guy has a rather interesting story.

Most Haunted Place: The Crescent Hotel and Spa in Eureka Springs

History: Opened in 1886 as a year-round resort hotel for rich people. It had its own in-house orchestra and hosted a lot of dance parties. It also held picnics, hiking, streetcar rides, and popular Tally-ho rides to Sanitarium Lake or some other attraction. Cost was $294,000. From 1908-1934, it was a college for rich girls. And between 1937 and 1940, it was operated as Baker’s Cancer Curing Hospital when it was owned by purple enthusiast, inventor, radio personality, and quack Norman G. Baker. He was later put in prison. In 1967, it was nearly burned to the ground. In 1997, its owner Marty Roenigk died in a car accident. His widow still owns the hotel to this day.

Present Use: It’s still operating as a hotel, but it’s open to everyone willing to pay.

Sightings: Seen as the most haunted hotel in America. It’s said to be haunted by several spirits including a young woman who died falling from the roof, a nurse pushing a gurney, a staff doctor, a stonemason who slipped off the roof, a cancer victim, as well as several former guests and owners.

Anyone Famous?: Well, it’s none other than owner Norman G. Baker. A millionaire entrepreneur, radio broadcaster, and inventor who secured fame as well as state and federal prison terms by promoting a supposed cure for cancer in the 1930s. Created the Tangley calliaphone, which is an air blown musical instrument. Owned a radio station in Iowa and Mexico. He’s probably the white haired one with hypnotic eyes wearing a white suit, lavender tie, and purple shirt. Said to drive an orchid color car and desecrate the Crescent Hotel’s walls with his favorite colors. Also known to be one of the most ruthless quacks in American history as well as a precursor to the radio “shock jock.” Hollywood needs to make a movie about this guy.

Open to Tourists?: Yes. You can even stay there (if you can afford it). You can even get married there if you want, too. They also have ghost tours.

Other Haunts: Fort Chaffee, King Opera House, Prairie Grove Battlefield, McCollum-Chidister Hotel, Powhatan Courthouse, Desha County Courthouse, Old State House, Rush-Gates House

  1. California
While Hollywood is home to the most famous movie stars, Alcatraz Island was home to some of the most notorious criminals during its time as a federal prison. Noted inmates include Al Capone, Robert Stroud (known as "Birdman of Alcatraz"), James "Whitey" Bulger, George "Machine Gun" Kelly, Mickey Cohen, and Alvin "Creepy" Karpis. It's alleges their spirits haunt the place.

While Hollywood is home to the most famous movie stars, Alcatraz Island was home to some of the most notorious criminals during its time as a federal prison. Noted inmates include Al Capone, Robert Stroud (known as “Birdman of Alcatraz”), James “Whitey” Bulger, George “Machine Gun” Kelly, Mickey Cohen, and Alvin “Creepy” Karpis. It’s alleges their spirits haunt the place.

Most Haunted Place: Alcatraz Island in San Francisco

History: It’s a small island with developed facilities for a lighthouse, military fortification, military prison, and federal prison. Named by Spanish explorer Juan Manuel de Ayala who named it La Isla de los Alcatraces or “Island of the Pelicans.” Was also a place for a major Native American protest in 1969-1970. Has the oldest lighthouse on the West Coast which was built in 1846. Was a military garrison in its early years when California was added to the United States and was home to Civil War prisoners as early as 1861.  After the war, it was used as a military prison which housed Confederates caught on the West Coast, Hopi men in the 1870s, as well as POWs and conscientious objectors like Philip Grosser. While it was known for being harsh to hardened criminals, it basically functioned in a minimum security capacity during its military prison phase. In the event of the San Francisco Earthquake, it also housed the city’s criminals as well. From 1933-1963, it was designated federal prison which housed Al Capone, Robert Stroud, George “Machine Gun” Kelly, Bumpy Johnson, Puerto Rican terrorist Rafael Miranda, Mickey Cohen, Arthur “Doc” Barker, James “Whitey” Bulger, Roy Gardner, Henri Young, and Alvin “Creepy” Karpis. Also provided housing for the prison staff and families. Saw several escape attempts with the possibility of 5 inmates being successful. It’s best remembered as a federal prison with an infamous reputation. Ceased federal penitentiary operations due to structural deterioration (saltwater damage and corrosion), government budget cuts, rising costs of running the prison, and diminishing security measures.

Present Use: Museum and film site. American Indian groups hold ceremonies there, particularly on Columbus Day and Thanksgiving.

Sightings: People have reported screams, sounds of violent fights, doors slamming, and people being shoved or scratched. C-Block is said to be haunted by a prisoner who was killed in the laundry room. It’s said that James A. Johnston himself is reported to see ghosts there. And prisoners have reported seeing ghosts of Native American prisoners and officials who perished during the American Civil War.

Anyone Famous?: Well, one park ranger claimed he heard Al Capone practicing his banjo in the showers. George “Machine Gun” Kelly and Alvin “Creepy” Karpis have also been sighted. One couple reported hearing canaries from Robert Stroud’s cell (despite that Stroud was never allowed to keep any birds on Alcatraz).

Open to Tourists?: Yes. You can even take a cruise there.

Other Haunts: USS Hornet, Mission San Jose, Preston School of Industry, Hotel Leger, Battery Point Lighthouse, Wolfe Manor, Amargosa Opera House and Hotel, American Idol Mansion, Barney’s Beanery, The Comedy Store, Fort MacArthur, Pico House, Hollywood, Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Chateau Marmont, Lincoln Heights Jail, Linda Vista Community Hospital, Universal Studios, RMS Queen Mary, Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, Vogue Theater, Dominican University of California, Bodie, Point Sur Lighthouse, Tor House and Hawk Tower, National Exchange Hotel, Holbrooke Hotel, Mission San Juan Capistrano, Disneyland, El Adobe de Capistrano, Black Star Canyon, Yost Theater, Mission Inn, Old Sacramento, Hotel de Coronado, Whaley House, Casa de Estudillo, Mission San Miguel, Moss Beach Distillery, La Purisima Mission, Winchester Mystery House, Olivias Adobe, Elizabeth Bard Memorial Hospital, Glen Tavern Inn

  1. Colorado
Estes Park's Stanley Hotel has a reputation for its haunts that it served as an inspiration for Stephen King's The Shining. Of course, I'm sure King's stay at the hotel didn't lead him to lose his mind and attack his family. But the guy does have a warped imagination.

Estes Park’s Stanley Hotel has a reputation for its haunts that it served as an inspiration for Stephen King’s The Shining. Of course, I’m sure King’s stay at the hotel didn’t lead him to lose his mind and attack his family. But the guy does have a warped imagination.

Most Haunted Place: The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park

History: Originally a hotel for rich people that opened in 1909 and founded by F. O. Stanley who was famous for the Stanley Steamer after he was recommended to go out west due to suffering tuberculosis. Once had a golf course and an ice pond. Stanley also set up the town’s bank as well as developed a sewer, water, and power company. And he’s said to help restore wildlife to the area.

Present Use: It’s still a hotel but it’s also a museum, too. There’s also plans for a horror museum by the way.

Sightings: This place was the original inspiration for Stephen King’s The Shining. Staff and guests often report hearing parties in the empty ballroom as well as someone playing the piano, thought to be the former owner’s wife. One room is said to contain ghosts of children and a housekeeper. Stephen King said he witnessed some of this while on vacation with his family.

Anyone Famous?: Well, F. O. and Flora Stanley are said to appear in formal attire on the main staircase and areas. Another is the Earl of Dunraven who previously owned the land before Stanley.

Open to Tourists?: Yes, if you can afford it.

Other Haunts: Hotel Jerome, Osgood Castle, Pioneer Park, Molly Brown House, Brown Palace Hotel, Central City Masonic Cemetery, St. Cloud Hotel, Imperial Hotel, Cheesman Park, Fitzsimons Army Hospital, Blackhawk, Stage Coach Country Inn, Onaledge

  1. Connecticut
Though originally built as a tuberculosis treatment center for children, Waterford's Seaside Sanatorium had a reputation for a high suicide rate and abuse while it was a mental institution. Now abandoned, there are plans to tear it down.

Though originally built as a tuberculosis treatment center for children, Waterford’s Seaside Sanatorium had a reputation for a high suicide rate and abuse while it was a mental institution. Now abandoned, there are plans to tear it down.

Most Haunted Place: Seaside Sanatorium in Waterford

History: Built in in 1934, it was one of the first institution designed for heliotropic treatment of children with tuberculosis. Since the 1940s, it’s been home to several different medical facilities, including an old folk’s home and the most notorious mental institution. The mental asylum exhibited a high suicide rate and was subject to a string of abuse cases. Designed by famous architect Cass Gilbert who also designed the building for the US Supreme Court.

Present Use: Currently none, since it’s been passed through the hands of a few developers from 1996. However, there have been plans to tear the place down (either to replace with condos or a state park). As of today, it remains abandoned and boarded up.

Sightings: There are plenty of apparitions and voices reported there. Spirit orb photos have also been taken.

Anyone Famous?: No.

Open to Tourists?: The grounds are open to the public, but the building isn’t.

Other Haunts: Bara-Hack, Dudleytown, Hartford Conservatory, New London Ledge Lighthouse, Remington Arms, Union Cemetery, Fairfiled Hills State Hospital, Norwich State Hospital, Little People’s Village, Gunntown Cemetery, Hanna Cranna’s Grave, Penfield Reef Lighthouse, Phelps Mansion, Mansfield Training School, Savoy Hotel and Majestic Theater, Sterling Opera House, Yankee Pedlar Inn, Downs Road, Hookman’s Cemetery, Midnight Mary’s Grave

  1. Delaware
While Fort Delaware experienced military activity as early as the War of 1812, it's best known for being a Civil War military prison. Continued military operations until after WWII.

While Fort Delaware experienced military activity as early as the War of 1812, it’s best known for being a Civil War military prison. Continued military operations until after WWII.

Most Haunted Place: Fort Delaware in Pea Patch Island

History: A fortress where its military activity dates back to the War of 1812. It was designed by chief engineer Joseph Gilbert Totten. It was used by the Union Army during the American Civil War as a military prison for Confederate POWs, federal convicts, and privateer officers. It’s said that it held as many as 33,000 prisoners with 2,500 died. Disease was the leading killer. But people did try to escape. In 1878, it had been struck by a massive hurricane that destroyed the south side and partially damaged Trinity Chapel. In 1885, the post-war hospital was struck by a tornado. It continued military operations until 1947.

Present Use: It’s now a living history museum and state park.

Sightings: It’s said that many soldiers from the Civil War still haunt the fort with full body apparitions, footsteps, and voices all widely reported.

Anyone Famous?: No.

Open to Tourists?: Yes.

Other Haunts: Delaware Governor’s Mansion, Cooches Bridge, Belmont Hall, Deer Park Tavern, Camp Arrowhead, Memorial Hall, Dickinson Mansion

  1. Florida
Built in 1927, Jacksonville's Florida Theatre is said to be one of only 4 high style movie palaces in the state. Now it's a live theater and event center. Best known performance there was an Elvis Presley concert.

Built in 1927, Jacksonville’s Florida Theatre is said to be one of only 4 high style movie palaces in the state. Now it’s a live theater and event center. Best known performance there was an Elvis Presley concert.

Most Haunted Place: Florida Theatre in Jacksonville

History: Built in 1927 and is said to be one of only 4 remaining high style movie palaces in the state. However, it later ceased operations as a movie house though but they also used it for live events, too. It’s said that even Elvis Presley performed there once in the 1950s.

Present Use: Used as a performance venue where they hold concerts and shows.

Sightings: It’s said that there were as many as 50 spirits reported there.

Anyone Famous?: No.

Open to Tourists?: Yes, but you won’t be able to see any movies there.

Other Haunts: Casa Monica Hotel, Bitmore Hotel, Fort Cooper, Leaf Theater, Veda Mound, University of South Florida Library, Ponce de Leon Hotel, Boston House, Royalty Theater, Orange Blossom Trail, Old Amelia Island Jail, Gibson Inn, Old Polk County Courthouse, Twin Ponds, Black Creek Cemetery, Coon Hill Cemetery, Krome Insane Asylum, Miami River Inn, Curtis Mansion, Oviedo, Sunland Hospital, Crampton Brewery, Timberchase Apartments, Harder Hall, Al Capone’s House, Anastasia Island Lighthouse, St. Francis Inn, Florida Sunshine Skyway Bridge, Umatilla Cemetery, Annie Russell Theatre

  1. Georgia
The Kennesaw House has served a variety of purposes in its operation. Originally built as a warehouse, it was used as a hotel, Civil War hospital, shops, offices, and a restaurant. Today it's a museum and home to the Marietta Historical Society.

The Kennesaw House has served a variety of purposes in its operation. Originally built as a warehouse, it was used as a hotel, Civil War hospital, shops, offices, and a restaurant. Today it’s the Marietta Museum of History.

Most Haunted Place: Kennesaw House in Marietta

History: One of the town’s oldest buildings which was constructed in 1845. Though it was intended to be a cotton warehouse, it was turned into a hotel in 1855. Was where the Great Locomotive Chase began in 1862. During the American Civil War, it served as a Confederate hospital and was spared from Sherman’s Atlanta Campaign mainly because the owner was a Mason and his son-in-law was a Union spy. It was taken over by the Union Army instead (but the 4th floor did catch fire). In 1920, the first floor was converted into retail shops until 1979, when the top floors were converted into offices and the bottom became the Brickworks restaurant. The building would soon be turned over to the Marietta Museum of History who owns it to this day.

Present Use: Now houses the Marietta Museum of History.

Sightings: Hundreds of wounded Confederate soldiers have been reported to still haunt the place. One tells how a group in an elevator somehow ended up stopping at the basement where they saw soldiers in their hospital beds.

Anyone Famous?: No.

Open to Tourists?: Yes.

Other Haunts: Moon River Brewing Company, Springer Opera House, Colonial Park Cemetery, Sorrell-Weed House, Savannah’s Madison Square, Bonaventure Cemetery, Old Candler Hospital, Perkins & Sons Candlery, Old Pink House, Marshall House, Kehoe House, Willis-Jones House, Windsor Hotel, Booth House, Hay House, Ansley Park

The Horrifically Ghastly World of Ugly Halloween Sweaters

Now I'm not wearing an ugly Halloween sweater here because I don't have one. However, I do have a Halloween pin so I decided to open the post with that. Of course, my mom had to be in the background when I took this picture. Damn it.

Now I’m not wearing an ugly Halloween sweater here because I don’t have one. However, I do have a Halloween pin so I decided to open the post with that. Of course, my mom had to be in the background when I took this picture. Damn it.

While ugly Christmas sweaters have become classic Christmas holiday attire, you can’t say the same about ugly Halloween sweaters (mostly because people wear costumes during this time of year). However, they also exist as well and well before I was born in fact, contrary to what you might see. Of course, you usually see them on school teachers, parents, and people who give out trick or treat candy if you’re a kid. If you’re an adult, you might see them worn by co-workers once you get closer to Halloween. But they do exist and you can buy them wherever you like. In fact, there are plenty of ugly holiday sweaters for any holiday you can imagine. Even Columbus Day, which I don’t even bother to celebrate since it glamorizes colonialism and exploitation of Native Americans and I’m too busy compiling blog posts for what really matters in October. Yes, I’m talking about Halloween. You know scary monsters, haunted houses, dressing up in costumes, parades, and trick-or-treating. All Columbus Day consists of is a free day off and advertisers trying to give you a reason to get off your ass and go shopping. And if I find that there are tacky Halloween sweaters out there, I’m going to do a post on it once I find plenty that I like. So for your reading pleasure, I present to you some ghastly Halloween sweaters you might see.

  1. Let’s start with some orange and beads.
Looks like something a kindergarten teacher would wear. Still, why does the ghost have spots? Oh, i'ts to make it sparkle. Right.

Looks like something a kindergarten teacher would wear. Still, why does the ghost have spots? Oh, it’s to make it sparkle. Right.

2. Of course, anything can spring out from a jack o’lantern if you keep your mind at it.

Seems like this design was made possible by embroidery clubs and LSD. Seriously, flowers don't spring up from jack o'lanterns. Nor do they have any potential to put flowers in.

Seems like this design was made possible by embroidery clubs and LSD. Seriously, flowers don’t spring up from jack o’lanterns. Nor do they have any potential to put flowers in.

3. On Halloween, it helps that you have jack o’lanterns in the pumpkin patch.

Still, that one jack o'lantern at the top doesn't seem to have much of a smile. Or at least a symmetrical one. Looks more like it's playing a harmonica.

Still, that one jack o’lantern at the top doesn’t seem to have much of a smile. Or at least a symmetrical one. Looks more like it’s playing a harmonica.

4.Halloween night is always the season for trick or treating.

For some reason I find the kid dressed as a ghost quite freaky. Maybe it's best not to show skin on that one. Still, like the spider web sleeves.

For some reason I find the kid dressed as a ghost quite freaky. Maybe it’s best not to show skin on that one. Still, like the spider web sleeves.

5. When it comes to night, you can make it either black or blue.

Let's just say I think the presence of cute teddy bears gives me the impression that this sweater wasn't made for men. Then again, I have seen men's clothing with teddy bears while I was working at Macy's. But still.

Let’s just say I think the presence of cute teddy bears gives me the impression that this sweater wasn’t made for men. Then again, I have seen men’s clothing with teddy bears while I was working at Macy’s. But still.

6. When it comes to sweater patterns, always go with candy corn, jack o’lanterns, bats, and black cats.

This one has the following but bats. But yes, it's quite tacky and might cause some degree of eye strain.

This one has the following but bats. But yes, it’s quite tacky and might cause some degree of eye strain.

7. You can’t have too many bats, whether skeletal or not.

Of course, seeing a bat's skeleton while it's in flight isn't a good sign. It might mean that a bat has just taking off after resting on an electric fence.

Of course, seeing a bat’s skeleton while it’s in flight isn’t a good sign. It might mean that a bat has just taking off after resting on an electric fence.

8. When it comes to Halloween, everyone always loves getting candy.

Yes, we all love Halloween candy. However, I did write a post that specified which candy trick or treaters don't want. And I included candy corn.

Yes, we all love Halloween candy. However, I did write a post that specified which candy trick or treaters don’t want. And I included candy corn.

9. You’d never know what you’d find while trick or treating on Halloween night.

Not sure if I want to check this house. Looks pretty rickety and I saw a couple of ghosts nearby.

Not sure if I want to check this house. Looks pretty rickety and I saw a couple of ghosts nearby.

10. Of course, on Halloween, it’s best you go with bright and bold colors.

Now this looks like one you'd see your elementary school teacher wearing. However, at least this one doesn't have any candy corn on it. But the witch looks blurry.

Now this looks like one you’d see your elementary school teacher wearing. However, at least this one doesn’t have any candy corn on it. But the witch looks blurry.

11. Traditional Halloween colors usually consist of orange, black, white, and yellow.

And this guy seems to wear this sweater in confidence despite it looking utterly ridiculous on him. Seriously, he's dressed like the neighbor you can't stand when you take your kids to his house for trick or treating.

And this guy seems to wear this sweater in confidence despite it looking utterly ridiculous on him. Seriously, he’s dressed like the neighbor you can’t stand when you take your kids to his house for trick or treating.

12. Nothing makes Halloween better than a sequin vest.

Okay, I'm not sure what to think about sequins in craft projects and decorations. However, this looks like the kind of Halloween vest you'd wear to a disco.

Okay, I’m not sure what to think about sequins in craft projects and decorations. However, this looks like the kind of Halloween vest you’d wear to a disco.

13. Looks like they’re are ghosts coming from that house.

Wonder if these two ghosts have any place to go. Also, there are jack o'lanterns in the pumpkin patch. And it seems that winter came early in this one.

Wonder if these two ghosts have any place to go. Also, there are jack o’lanterns in the pumpkin patch. And it seems that winter came early in this one.

14. If you want to be scary, go with a sweater with skulls.

Wonder what people would think about seeing someone in that one. Then again, it might creep some people out, especially if they're your grandparents.

Wonder what people would think about seeing someone in that one. Then again, it might creep some people out, especially if they’re your grandparents.

15. Nothing shimmers on Halloween more than rhinestone spiders.

If you go clubbing or to a rave, this might be the kind of sweater you'd want to go with on Halloween. Of course, this one is tacky as hell.

If you go clubbing or to a rave, this might be the kind of sweater you’d want to go with on Halloween. Of course, this one is tacky as hell.

16. Eeek! Orange spiders!

Yeah, a bright orange spider would creep me out, too. It's simply about as natural as a radioactive one that bit Peter Parker.

Yeah, a bright orange spider would creep me out, too. It’s simply about as natural as a radioactive one that bit Peter Parker.

17. You can make your own Halloween sweater by sewing pieces of cloth on it.

Yeah, definitely something you'd expect the kindergarten teacher to wear. Particularly the one from Recess who's probably on her way to the loony bin.

Yeah, definitely something you’d expect the kindergarten teacher to wear. Particularly the one from Recess who’s probably on her way to the loony bin.

18. You can make a Halloween vest from the leftover pieces you didn’t use for your Halloween patchwork quilt.

Now this looks like the outfit you'd expect your goofy, annoying neighbor to wear. You know, the one that reminds you of Ned Flanders.

Now this looks like the outfit you’d expect your goofy, annoying neighbor to wear. You know, the one that reminds you of Ned Flanders.

19. Of course, pumpkin doesn’t have to be the only squash on your sweater.

You can tell this is a Halloween sweater because it has black cats on it. If it didn't have black cats, it might as well be a Thanksgiving sweater.

You can tell this is a Halloween sweater because it has black cats on it. If it didn’t have black cats, it might as well be a Thanksgiving sweater.

20. Seems like the owl has to be beside the black cat.

And the cat seems to wear an orange witch's hat. But the owl doesn't look too happy. Also, the house doesn't look that haunted.

And the cat seems to wear an orange witch’s hat. But the owl doesn’t look too happy. Also, the house doesn’t look that haunted.

21. Don’t know if I like the look on that witch.

I mean her chin is about as long as her nose. And there's a ghost with a lock and chain.

I mean her chin is about as long as her nose. And there’s a ghost with a lock and chain.

22. Nothing is cuter for Halloween than a teddy bear in a jack o’lanter costume.

Actually, I think a real teddy bear dressed as a jack o'lantern would be cuter than this one. Why I didn't put one in my teddy bear post I have no idea.

Actually, I think a real teddy bear dressed as a jack o’lantern would be cuter than this one. Why I didn’t put one in my teddy bear post I have no idea.

23. Heard that candy corn makes great buttons for a cardigan.

Now this one definitely looks like it was made for a teacher. There's just something about it.

Now this one definitely looks like it was made for a teacher. There’s just something about it.

24. Beware of the ghosts in the house and the jack o’lanterns in the tree.

Is it just me or do those ghosts look a bit like Q-tips or sperm to me. Can't say which. Also, from the look of the full moon, I think Batman might be there soon.

Is it just me or do those ghosts look a bit like Q-tips or sperm to me. Can’t say which. Also, from the look of the full moon, I think Batman might be there soon.

25. Of course, you can’t go wrong with spiderwebs and jack o’lanterns.

Seems like this guy is embarrassed to wear this. But he can't get out of it because his mother made it for him.

Seems like this guy is embarrassed to wear this. But he can’t get out of it because his mother made it for him.

26. Skeletons can dance the whole night long if they want to.

Guess these skeletons really do give bones about break dancing. Hope nobody breaks anything.

Guess these skeletons really do give bones about break dancing. Hope nobody breaks anything.

27. You might’ve heard of a Halloween sweater. But how about a Halloween dress?

Now this doesn't look very flattering. Something about this tells me that this woman may be thinner than she looks. Not sure what.

Now this doesn’t look very flattering. Something about this tells me that this woman may be thinner than she looks. Not sure what.

28. Heard of a Halloween suit? Now you have.

Now this guy looks all covered in jack o'lanterns. Seems like this was made from some Halloween table cloth.

Now this guy looks all covered in jack o’lanterns. Seems like this was made from some Halloween table cloth.

29. Things are about to get funky at the witches’ meeting.

As if the dancing witches, houses and black cats can't make this cardigan tacky enough. It also has to be in candy corn colors. Kind of disgusting.

As if the dancing witches, houses and black cats can’t make this cardigan tacky enough. It also has to be in candy corn colors. Kind of disgusting.

30. Three black cats on the fence. Wonder what that could mean?

Does it mean bad luck or just 3 cats sitting on a fence. Either way, looks like the kind of Halloween sweater you'd see on a crazy cat person.

Does it mean bad luck or just 3 cats sitting on a fence. Either way, looks like the kind of Halloween sweater you’d see on a crazy cat person.

31. Nothing like a Halloween sweater where all the pumpkins are stacked against one another.

Of course, one of the pumpkins has candy corn eyes. Another one has a sad face. And then there's candy corn from the sky.

Of course, one of the pumpkins has candy corn eyes. Another one has a sad face. And then there’s candy corn from the sky.

32. Remember that candy corn pants always goes well with a sweater of a witch flying to the moon.

Now this guy really feels like he's rocking in that look. Like he's now the tacky neighbor who gives out candy to trick or treaters.

Now this guy really feels like he’s rocking in that look. Like he’s now the tacky neighbor who gives out candy to trick or treaters.

33. Of course, why have a tacky Halloween sweater while you can make your dog wear one?

Not sure if dressing your dog in a candy corn sweater and hat is the right thing to do here. Seriously, that dog doesn't look very happy in this.

Not sure if dressing your dog in a candy corn sweater and hat is the right thing to do here. Seriously, that dog doesn’t look very happy in this.

34. Remember to keep your pets safe and warm this Halloween season.

I'm sure the dog doesn't need to wear this ridiculous sweater. I mean it already has something to keep it warm and dry. It's called fur.

I’m sure the dog doesn’t need to wear this ridiculous sweater. I mean it already has something to keep it warm and dry. It’s called fur.

35. You never know what you’ll find at a creepy haunted house this Halloween.

I don't know if bright orange makes a great haunted house color. Seems a bit too loud for something that's supposed to look decrepit and old.

I don’t know if bright orange makes a great haunted house color. Seems a bit too loud for something that’s supposed to look decrepit and old.

36. With a Halloween vest, you can’t have too many bears.

Yes, bears are scary creatures you wouldn't want to run into while in the woods. However, teddy bears are just plain adorable and not scary at all. Yeah, this is a very tacky vest.

Yes, bears are scary creatures you wouldn’t want to run into while in the woods. However, teddy bears are just plain adorable and not scary at all. Yeah, this is a very tacky vest.

37. Heard of a Halloween sweater? How about a Halloween poncho?

And it seems this one is in bright blue and decked with ghosts and bats. Seems that the ghosts are trying to be quite scary. Not sure if they are. Probably not.

And it seems this one is in bright blue and decked with ghosts and bats. Seems that the ghosts are trying to be quite scary. Not sure if they are. Probably not.

38. Nothing makes a great Halloween sweater than a candy corn eyed teddy bear in a costume.

For some reason, the candy corn eyes make this bear look so creepy. Not sure why.

For some reason, the candy corn eyes make this bear look so creepy. Not sure why.

39. Why don’t you say “Happy Halloween” on your vest?

Now this looks like something a teacher would wear. But yeah, the "Happy Halloween" bit kind of makes this sweater a bit more tacky than it would be without the words.

Now this looks like something a teacher would wear. But yeah, the “Happy Halloween” bit kind of makes this sweater a bit more tacky than it would be without the words.

40. Of course, anyone who loves Halloween and Atari will love this T-shirt.

I'd watch out for the green skulls if I were you. They might be zombies and after your brains.

I’d watch out for the green skulls if I were you. They might be zombies and after your brains.

41. Nothing brings in the Halloween spirit than a sweater depicting a headless witch.

For some reason, I thought this was a sweater depicting a burning windmill. And I wondered why the hell would anyone want a Halloween sweater of that? The headless witch idea makes more sense.

For some reason, I thought this was a sweater depicting a burning windmill. And I wondered why the hell would anyone want a Halloween sweater of that? The headless witch idea makes more sense.

42. Of course, if you want style, go with some Halloween houndsooth.

Sorry, but houndsooth is a pattern for business attire. Not for Halloween attire. And bright orange, seriously?

Sorry, but houndsooth is a pattern for business attire. Not for Halloween attire. And bright orange, seriously?

43. On Halloween, you can’t get enough pumpkins and candy.

Of course, this is a colorful cardigan with the candy and all. However, I'm not sure about the pumpkins.

Of course, this is a colorful cardigan with the candy and all. However, I’m not sure about the pumpkins.

44. When it comes to Halloween sweaters, you can’t ignore the classics such as an orange one with a jack o’lantern.

Luckily for him, he can wear this to a Halloween party and everyone would assume it's his costume. Still, pretty tacky if you get my drift.

Luckily for him, he can wear this to a Halloween party and everyone would assume it’s his costume. Still, pretty tacky if you get my drift.

45. When it comes to Halloween, I’m sure a skeleton shirt will make it all hang out.

I think this woman should cover up if you ask me. She's showing too much of herself at the moment.

I think this woman should cover up if you ask me. She’s showing too much of herself at the moment.

46. If you want to hear some scary stories, you can’t do better than the tales of Edgar Allan Poe.

Now this is a clever sweater idea. Poe is indeed quite menacing in this. Still, wonder if he'll freak out trick or treaters with this one.

Now this is a clever sweater idea. Poe is indeed quite menacing in this. Still, wonder if he’ll freak out trick or treaters with this one.

47. Nothing brings out the spirit of Halloween than skeletons going boogie at a disco club.

Hope neither ruptures a hip. Or cause any scare among the other dancers. Still, this is quite funny.

Hope neither ruptures a hip. Or cause any scare among the other dancers. Still, this is quite funny.

48. Seems like this witch has a lot of stuff in her closet.

Let's see. She has 3 dresses, 4 pairs of boots, 4 hats, and 3 brooms. And I thought witches wore the same thing all the time.

Let’s see. She has 3 dresses, 4 pairs of boots, 4 hats, and 3 brooms. And I thought witches wore the same thing all the time.

49. Nothing says Halloween like a diamond and skull sweater vest.

Now I'm sure such sweater vests aren't seen as cool. Still, this is quite funny. Wonder who'd be creeped out by this.

Now I’m sure such sweater vests aren’t seen as cool. Still, this is quite funny. Wonder who’d be creeped out by this.

50. Now this is a great Halloween sweater for any crazy cat lady.

When looking at this sweater do you get the feeling that you're being watched? Or is it just me? Do those eyes seem creepy to you?

When looking at this sweater do you get the feeling that you’re being watched? Or is it just me? Do those eyes seem creepy to you?

51. Beaded sequins always makes your Halloween sweaters shimmer and stand out.

Not sure if the flashy stuff on this makes it look better or worse. Either way, it sure looks tacky.

Not sure if the flashy stuff on this makes it look better or worse. Either way, it sure looks tacky. Also, what’s with the ghosts.

52. If you like a checkered pattern, I’m sure you can get pumpkins to fit in any shape.

Seems like some of these pumpkins don't like being confined to an unnatural shape. Others seem to be quite square.

Seems like some of these pumpkins don’t like being confined to an unnatural shape. Others seem to be quite square.

53. At night, you’re bound to see an owl on a perch.

Now that looks like an owl you can see from a mile. Still, its feathers have sequins and it's gleaming with starry eyes.

Now that looks like an owl you can see from a mile. Still, its feathers have sequins and it’s gleaming with starry eyes.

54. Apparently, some dead body can’t seem to take their hands off her.

Let's just say that this is the kind of shirt nobody should wear on Halloween, especially where there's kids trick or treating. Kids might not understand but their parents would. Also, hands are said to glow in the dark.

Let’s just say that this is the kind of shirt nobody should wear on Halloween, especially where there’s kids trick or treating. Kids might not understand but their parents would. Also, hands are said to glow in the dark.

55. If you want to get festive, you can always go with rows.

Now this one seems to be made in true ugly Christmas sweater fashion. Kids might already see this one among the adults giving them candy.

Now this one seems to be made in true ugly Christmas sweater fashion. Kids might already see this one among the adults giving them candy.

56. Anyone wearing a ghost costume, raise your hands.

Seems that ghost costumes tend to be the easiest to sew on. Still, doesn't seem like spooky attire if you ask me.

Seems that ghost costumes tend to be the easiest to sew on. Still, doesn’t seem like spooky attire if you ask me.

57. You might not know it but ghosts seem to have a thing for spiderwebs.

Not sure what the spiders would think. But I don't think the ghosts seem to care. Still, I'm sure ghosts don't eat candy.

Not sure what the spiders would think. But I don’t think the ghosts seem to care. Still, I’m sure ghosts don’t eat candy.

58. You can’t have a Halloween sweater without including a scarecrow.

And there's that teddy bear in the pumpkin costume again. Kind of like the two ghosts though. And the jack o'lantern.

And there’s that teddy bear in the pumpkin costume again. Kind of like the two ghosts though. And the jack o’lantern.

59. Of course, nothing makes your Halloween vest stand out like shiny materials and embroidery.

Now this is just plain crazy. I mean brown ghosts? And what are those green things? Are they supposed to be plants?

Now this is just plain crazy. I mean brown ghosts? And what are those green things? Are they supposed to be plants?

60. You don’t get enough of Halloween until you wear a sweater like this.

Now this seems like a tacky patchwork in the making. Still, the pumpkin seems smiling but there doesn't seem to be a candle in it.

Now this seems like a tacky patchwork in the making. Still, the pumpkin seems smiling but there doesn’t seem to be a candle in it.

Ghastly Halloween Greetings in the Ghoulish Days of Old

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While Halloween cards are available at any store, they aren’t usually considered a Halloween tradition by most people. I mean it’s not a big card holiday by any stretch of the imagination today. After all, Halloween may be a big holiday, but it’s nowhere near as important as holidays like Christmas or Easter. However, back when everyone basically wrote letters to their loved ones, it wasn’t unusual for people to send greeting cards to their friends and family on almost every major holiday. Halloween being among them. Now some of these might be quite cutesy and delightful like you’d expect from any vintage greeting card. However, this post isn’t about them because I know showing cutesy vintage Halloween cards would make me lose disenchanted viewers. Instead, I’ll show vintage Halloween cards that might make you wonder what kind of recreational drugs greeting card designers were on during the 19th century. Some of them are quite creepy like you’d expect. Others are downright weird and possibly inappropriate. So for your reading pleasure, here are some old timey Halloween greeting cards, guaranteed to freak you out.

  1. Nothing brings out the Halloween spirit more than pranking a cop.
Now that boy may be laughing tonight. But I'm sure that won't be the case tomorrow. Don't prank cops. That's just asking for trouble, especially if you're black.

Now that boy may be laughing tonight. But I’m sure that won’t be the case tomorrow. You know when the cop gives him a brutally violent beatdown for knocking off his hat. Don’t prank cops. That’s just asking for trouble, especially if you’re black.

2. Back in the day people played Halloween games a little differently.

Apparently fishing for apples and bondage were a big part of Halloween festivities back in the day. At least among the adults of course.

Apparently fishing for apples and bondage were a big part of Halloween festivities back in the day. At least among the adults of course.

3. On Halloween night, your fate is in your hands.

So on Halloween night, don't dress up like a sailor. Or else the angry pumpkin god will murder you. Then again, he might murder if you don't either.

So on Halloween night, don’t dress up like a sailor. Or else the angry pumpkin god will murder you. Then again, he might murder if you don’t either.

4. “On Halloween by pumpkin light, this witch will help you choose right.”

From I-Mockery:

From I-Mockery: “I’m not sure what the witch is helping her choose… what shade of blush to wear perhaps? Should a person really be accepting blindfolded beauty tips from a witch?”

5. On Halloween, let the burning walnuts decide who’s right for you.

From I-Mockery:

From I-Mockery: “That’s right folks, allow life’s truly important decisions to be settled by walnuts on fire. It’s a great way to decide on whom to marry, what stocks to invest in, whether or not to commit suicide, etc.”

6. Have a jolly Halloween and write back. Or else.

Something tells me that this girl might grow up to be the crazy homicidal girlfriend of her time. Really don't have a great feeling of seeing her with that knife. Yeah, I think you might want to write that letter.

Something tells me that this girl might grow up to be the crazy homicidal girlfriend of her time. Really don’t have a great feeling of seeing her with that knife. Yeah, I think you might want to write that letter.

7. Halloween greetings, courtesy of the ghost pumpkin.

From I-Mockery:

From I-Mockery: “It looked festive enough at first, but then it was set ablaze and took on a whole new meaning.” Guess the kids would be turned to ash by morning. Poor kids.

8. On Halloween, be aware of things that might not be what they seem.

While she didn't know it at the time, Susie unwittingly staged the first bra burning in history. Of course, this was because she mistook a bra on the coat rack for a ghost.

While she didn’t know it at the time, Susie unwittingly staged the first bra burning in history. Of course, this was because she mistook a bra on the coat rack for a ghost.

9. Happy Halloween from the naked pumpkin man and his black cat.

“I’ll love ’em and squeeze ’em and keep ’em forever and ever.” Yeah, I’m sure the cat’s not liking that. Who would anyway.

10. Of course, nothing says Halloween like a romantic serenade with pumpkin heads.

Man, this seems to take out all the romance out of serenading someone. Yeah, if Romeo and Juliet were done with pumpkin heads, it would look as stupid as this.

Man, this seems to take out all the romance out of serenading someone. Yeah, if Romeo and Juliet were done with pumpkin heads, it would look as stupid as this.

11. There’s nothing on Halloween like spending a night stealing front gates from other people’s homes.

Better hope that the owner can afford a new gate and doesn't call the cops. Because Halloween or not, theft and vandalism are crimes.

Better hope that the owner can afford a new gate and doesn’t call the cops. Because Halloween or not, theft and vandalism are crimes.

12. Nothing says Halloween like having pumpkin children put jack o’lanterns on their black cats.

Man, black cats really get a raw deal. If everyone doesn't think they're bad luck, they're being subjected to other types of animal cruelty. Seriously, it seems like black cats bring more bad luck to themselves. Also, those pumpkin heads are freaky.

Man, black cats really get a raw deal. If everyone doesn’t think they’re bad luck, they’re being subjected to other types of animal cruelty. Seriously, it seems like black cats bring more bad luck to themselves. Also, those pumpkin heads are freaky.

13. Scared of ghosts? Your pig will take care of it.

“Oh, shit, Howard, that pumpkin was supposed to be part of my Halloween costume this year. Now I have to go as a ghost for the 3rd year in a row.”

14. “If we were here, I’d bet I’d find a red ear.”

Hey, I didn't know they had Oompa Loompas on Halloween greeting cards. Then again, they are quite terrifying in their own right.

Hey, I didn’t know they had Oompa Loompas on Halloween greeting cards. Then again, they are quite terrifying in their own right.

15. Remember, on Halloween, the more puffs it takes to blow out a candle, the less likely you’ll be married within a year.

From I-Mockery:

From I-Mockery: “And if it’s one of those trick self-relighting candles, you can sleep with the girlfriend/boyfriend of
whoever left it in front of you because that jerk just ruined your chances of ever getting married.”

16. Nothing makes great Halloween fun than shoving a wooden stake up somebody’s ass.

Oooh, sure hate to be that guy. Yeah, that's sure going to be a real pain in the ass, literally. Good luck, sitting comfortably after that.

Oooh, sure hate to be that guy. Yeah, that’s sure going to be a real pain in the ass, literally. Good luck, sitting comfortably after that.

17. Happy Halloween greetings and don’t mind the black cats crossing your path.

From I-Mockery:

From I-Mockery: “When one black cat crosses your path, it’s bad luck. When many cross your path? It’s a conga line and you had damn well better join in the fun.” Or else, you’ll probably have bad luck for the rest of your life.

18. You can’t celebrate Halloween without enjoying a piece of pumpkin pie.

Now it seems that old Jack is faced with an ethical dilemma. Though he didn't want to offend his host, he wasn't too keen on engaging in cannibalism either.

Now it seems that old Jack is faced with an ethical dilemma. Though he didn’t want to offend his host, he wasn’t too keen on engaging in cannibalism either.

19. Uh-oh, seems like the witch should really check how fast she’s driving.

Because I don't think the cucumber had long to live after this. In fact, it's most likely he was turned into cucumber mush.

Because I don’t think the cucumber had long to live after this. In fact, it’s most likely he was turned into cucumber mush.

20. Surprisingly, it seems that jack o’lanterns are interested in the teachings of Jesus Christ.

Of course, they might just be reading from a pamphlet left over by some mega church or Jehovah's Witnesses. Still pretty funny though.

Of course, since they didn’t understand much of what they read in the Bible, they decided to get a book that would clear things up. Or they were just bored. I don’t know.

21. Remember that traveling with a candle at night keeps the goblins away.

However, this is only as long as the candle is unscented. Because goblins just love scented candles.

However, this is only as long as the candle is unscented. Because goblins just love scented candles.

22. Just so you know, pumpkin monsters always enjoy sweets.

I've seen quite a lot of these in vintage Halloween cards. And I think they're just utterly freaky as hell and designed by someone on some absinthe addiction.

I’ve seen quite a lot of these in vintage Halloween cards. And I think they’re just utterly freaky as hell and designed by someone on some absinthe addiction.

23. On Halloween, you’ll see all kinds of strange things out there.

Like a pumpkin headed woman in a kimono with her eyes strung up by nailed ropes. Yeah, very strange and freaky indeed.

Like a pumpkin headed woman in a kimono with her eyes strung up by nailed ropes. Yeah, very strange and freaky indeed.

24. If you laugh at a witch on Halloween, you’ll be turned into a pumpkin person.

I don't get what was so funny about the witch here. But still, a pumpkin guy like that smoking a pipe? Well, that's just goddamn ridiculous, it's hilarious.

I don’t get what was so funny about the witch here. But still, a pumpkin guy like that smoking a pipe? Well, that’s just goddamn ridiculous, it’s hilarious.

25. Happy Halloween, now let’s watch these two split a guy’s acorn squash head open.

Okay, that is just plain wrong. I mean the squash obviously has a face. Makes me wonder what they did with the rest of him.

Okay, that is just plain wrong. I mean the squash obviously has a face. Makes me wonder what they did with the rest of him.

26. For a wild pig, there’s nothing on Halloween like tripping a Scotsman.

Hope the guy didn't land on his head or he might've found himself in an embarrassing situation. This assuming that there's truth in the notion that Scots wear nothing under their kilts.

Hope the guy didn’t land on his head or he might’ve found himself in an embarrassing situation. This assuming that there’s truth in the notion that Scots wear nothing under their kilts.

27. Happy Halloween and watch out for the cops or that black cat.

Looks like that one mouse is being chased by some cop over some Halloween vandalism. Meanwhile, I'm sure the cheese holding mouse's time with his girlfriend will be his last.

Looks like that one mouse is being chased by some cop over some Halloween vandalism. Meanwhile, I’m sure the cheese holding mouse’s time with his girlfriend will be his last.

28. You “auto” have a happy Halloween.

And you

And you “auto” not drive while on acid. I think this guy had a bit too many. Oh my God, those eyes!

29. Hope your candle stays lit at both ends this Halloween.

From I-Mockery:

From I-Mockery: “Actually, if both candles stay lit, a vampire bat will come drop a load of guano in your jack-o-lantern’s nasal cavity.” Yeah, sounds about right.

30. May you have a thrilling Halloween but beware of the pumpkin ghosts.

I-Mockery:

I-Mockery: “Nothing makes for a thrilling Halloween quite like a trio of pumpkin ghosts having just raped flying black cats in the sky.” Yeah, the cats look really traumatized up there.

31. “I’ll get you, my pretty, and with my goblin army, no one will stop me.”

From I-Mockery:

From I-Mockery: “I’m all for trying to scare people, but was it really necessary for that one goblin to moon this couple?Also, the actual moon is really enjoying sniffing that poor woman’s ass. Creepy.” I’ll say. Yeah, don’t want the moon sniffing up my ass either.

32. May the light keep the Devil away from you this Halloween night.

From I-Mockery:

From I-Mockery: “The Devil will gladly drop his pitchfork to seize the opportunity to have a pumpkin man help shove an archaic fleshlight onto his crotch.” So that’s what the fringed bon-bon looking thing is. Don’t really see that with the devil.

33. Halloween is always known as a night for mischief.

“Oh, shit, must’ve slept over Halloween and missed the witches’ meeting. And they’re putting their Christmas decorations out now.” What an idiot.

34. Remember that on Halloween, your pumpkin could become a portal releasing a mist of evils into this world if you leave it on top of a dessert.

Now that's guaranteed to traumatize children. This is especially true with the jack o'lantern clown face.

Now that’s guaranteed to traumatize children. This is especially true with the creepy jack o’lantern clown face.

35. Of course, witches’ meetings always have to have musical accompaniment.

Yeah, I bet you'd freak out if you saw what was under that pumpkin man's kilt. Really don't want to know about that.

Yeah, I bet you’d freak out if you saw what was under that pumpkin man’s kilt. Really don’t want to know about that.

36. Happy Halloween, and don’t let Mr. McGregor chase you out of the pumpkin patch.

"Goddamn, kids, how dare you steal my pumpkins! I'll make you pay for this!"

“Goddamn, kids, how dare you steal my pumpkins! I’ll make you pay for this! You haven’t heard the last of it!”

37. Remember to protect yourself against rouge jack o’lanterns.

Not sure who I'm more scared of in this: the fearful jack o'lantern or the creepy boy with the knife. Decisions, decisions.

Not sure who I’m more scared of in this: the fearful jack o’lantern or the creepy boy with the knife. Decisions, decisions.

38. Nothing beats the festivities on Halloween night than seeing a bunch of jack o’lanterns playing poker.

"Charlie, you might want to bow out of the game if you lose this round. I know you don't have a lot of money and you'll have to run out somehow. Besides, you've already put $500 in the pot already.

“Charlie, you might want to bow out of the game if you lose this round. I know you don’t have a lot of money and you’ll have to run out somehow. Besides, the rest of us have enough to play all night.”

39. “Don’t be scared. The goblins are just having fun. They’re not trying to hurt you.”

Yeah, those goblins are only out to have a good time, evil witch lady in red. Of course, she's the one letting them out of the pumpkin. Not sure if I trust her.

Yeah, those goblins are only out to have a good time, evil witch lady in red. Of course, she’s the one letting them out of the pumpkin. Not sure if I trust her.

40. Of course, Halloween is a time for lovers to make up in the pumpkin patch.

Okay, let me get this straight. These two pumpkins are making out inside another pumpkin which is watching in anticipation. Does anyone see anything wrong with that?

Okay, let me get this straight. These two pumpkins are making out inside another pumpkin which is watching in anticipation. Does anyone see anything wrong with that?

41. Have a safe and happy Halloween, and don’t worry about spending the night in the pumpkin patch.

If these spirits were lurking around in the pumpkin patch every night, I suppose Linus would have second thoughts about waiting for the Great Pumpkin. Yeah, he might think spending all night in the pumpkin patch just isn't worth it.

If these spirits were lurking around in the pumpkin patch every night, I suppose Linus would have second thoughts about waiting for the Great Pumpkin. Yeah, he might think spending all night in the pumpkin patch just isn’t worth it.

42. Remember step away from the light!

I'm sure that kid in red is a racist caricature from the facial expression. But yeah, I'd be shitting my pants if I saw a big, moving jack o'lantern head with feathers on top.

I’m sure that kid in red is a racist caricature from the facial expression. But yeah, I’d be shitting my pants if I saw a big, moving jack o’lantern head with feathers on top.

43. Of course, human and pumpkin head pairings weren’t always frowned upon.

I see the pumpkin guy is really impressed by the night lady's ta-tas (as you can guess how creepily he stares at them). Still, God only knows what their kids would look like if they ever procreate.

I see the pumpkin guy is really impressed by the night lady’s ta-tas (as you can guess how creepily he stares at them). You can guess where this is headed.

44. Remember that ghosts could be lurking around these parts on All Hallows Eve.

While Pumpkin headed men in white sheets could be leading children to their untimely deaths. Yeah, stay way from pumpkin headed ghosts, please.

While Pumpkin headed men in white sheets could be leading children to their untimely deaths. Yeah, stay way from pumpkin headed ghosts, please.

45. Remember, children, that if a pumpkin headed ghost doesn’t lead you to your death, he’ll force you to row his boat for free.

"C'mon, kid's the night's not going to last for ever. Row faster. Row faster." Man, that pumpkin head is terrifying.

“C’mon, kid’s the night’s not going to last for ever. Row faster. Row faster.” Man, that pumpkin head is terrifying.

46. Sleep tight this Halloween night because you run the risk of being kidnapped by bat flying goblins.

I would be screaming like hell if I were that girl. But she seems more curious and calm about being abducted for some reason.

I would be screaming like hell if I were that girl. But she seems more curious and calm about being abducted for some reason.

47. Of course, beware of the witches peering in windows looking for delicious children to eat.

"Let's see. The younger girl is too skinny. The older girl is chunky enough but that doesn't mean anything. But the little boy is muscular which is just right."

“Let’s see. The younger girl is too skinny. The older girl is chunky enough but that doesn’t mean anything. But the little boy is muscular which is just right. Perhaps I can cook him medium rare.”

48. Apparently, demons like to torture pumpkin people in their spare time.

Like I said before, those pumpkin people are creepy as hell. I mean they look like they're from another planet. The demons aren't much better.

Like I said before, those pumpkin people are creepy as hell. I mean they look like they’re from another planet. The demons aren’t much better.

49. Don’t forget to put on a show with your costume this Halloween night.

And it seems this woman is performing a strip show with all the perverted pumpkin heads watching. And she's about to disrobe her skull and crossbones cape.

And it seems this woman is performing a strip show with all the perverted pumpkin heads watching. And she’s about to disrobe her skull and crossbones cape.

50. “May the Halloween nutshell, unto you a good fortune tell.”

Of course, I can guess this is a vision a card designer got after drinking too much absinthe. Yeah, kind of freaky if you agree with me, especially with the jack o'lanterns on her wings.

Of course, I can guess this is a vision a card designer got after drinking too much absinthe. Yeah, kind of freaky if you agree with me, especially with the jack o’lanterns on her wings.