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12 of The South's Most Haunted Places

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The South overflows with history and character. We have buildings that hundreds of years old, family businesses built upon decades of tradition, and, of course, lots of stories. From haunted houses to haunted hotels to haunted cemeteries, there are more than a few urban legends of ghosts and ghouls all across the region. Whether you've dreamt of making your way through an old, dilapidated sanatorium at night, you're bold enough to stay in a hotel where a man fell through a window, or you're brave enough to venture into a 1796 Louisiana plantation-turned-hotel, the South has all of the spooky spots and haunted places you'll need this Halloween . We invite you to take a trip to a few of our favorite haunted places in the South to hear their spooky stories and catch a glimpse of the apparitions. Our advice: best to bring a buddy.

1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa

Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Eureka Springs is known for its historical charm, so one would naturally be drawn to this gorgeous hotel in the heart of the Ozarks. Be forewarned, though, that there is more than meets the eye. The hotel opened in 1886, yes – but the first death occurred in 1885 when a man fell through the hotel's window. And, that was before Norman Baker showed up.

Norman Baker was known for founding the Baker Institute in Muscatine, Iowa. He also had a popular radio show, in which he claimed that there were discrepancies with the American Medical Association, and the cure for cancer was within his reach. Flash forward to the Crescent Hotel, where Baker was brought in to help a woman named Lula Tunis, who was dying of cancer. Unfortunately, it was later discovered that Baker wasn't actually a doctor… he was a magician. Hundreds, including Lula Tunis, died at his hands.

The Grove Park Inn

Asheville, North Carolina

This woodsy hotel is a favorite of tourists, especially for its extravagant Christmas decorating and Gingerbread House Competition. The history, however, isn't so cookie-cutter. In the early 1920s, a young woman – dressed in all pink – fell to her death at the Grove Park Inn. Fast-forward thirty years. Workers at the hotel began to feel queasy, but, strangely enough, it was always around room 545. There were also reports of a strange apparition: a woman dressed in pink. Others saw billowing smoke.

The strange part? No one knew about the Pink Lady, or had heard the others' stories. That, dear friends, is an unlikely coincidence. Rumors flew about the hotel's hauntings until Grove Park decided to look into the claims in 1996. Turns out, the Pink Lady was likely the grandmother of local author Bruce Johnson, and her spirit is trapped in the hotel.

Marshall House

Savannah, Georgia

Savannah, "the most paranormal city in America," is a hub of haunted happenings. If you take a walk down Broughton Street, you'll come across the elegant and opulent Marshall House, built in 1851 by French cabinetmaker Gabriel Leaver. The four-story home served as a hospital for Union Army soldiers toward the end of the Civil War, as well as hosting patients through two epidemics of yellow fever. Many deaths, as you can imagine, fell upon the home. From 1899-1957, the home was operated on and off as a hotel.

Over 40 years later, in 1999, the property was finally restored to its former glory. Not without some unnatural sensations, however. Late at night, you may see children (of the wispy type) running down the hallway and ghosts in the foyer. Guests have also reported that some faucets will turn off and on by themselves. Spooky stuff.

Myrtles Plantation

St. Francisville, LA

If you're brave enough to venture into this 1796 Louisiana plantation-turned-hotel, you may come across some strange happenings around nightfall. Chloe's story – just one of the hotel's hauntings – begins in 1992. At the time, the insurance company requested photos of the plantation that could indicate the distance between buildings for the creation of a fire insurance policy. In a photograph taken by the plantation's proprietress, an apparition – resembling a young slave girl – appeared between the General's Store and the Butler's Pantry.

The image was released, titled "Chloe's Postcard." A researchist visited the plantation in 1995 to explore the rumor and examine the postcard, and confirmed that the proportions and lighting of the figure were indeed consistent with the human dimensions of a young girl. A few years later, a visitor took a snapshot of two girls in front of Myrtles. In the background, a young girl stands in the window. She's dressed in antebellum clothing, and looking directly at you. Meet "The Ghost Girl." No one knows who she is or where she came from – all we know is that she watches, wistfully, through the large panes of Myrtles Plantation.

The Driskill Hotel

Austin, Texas

If you happen to smell cigar smoke when you visit this 1886 hotel, there's a slight chance it's not all in your imagination. Colonel Jesse Driskill was a cattle baron who spent a huge fortune – $400,000, which was unheard of at the time – building and opening the Driskill Hotel.

As the stories go, Driskill went bankrupt due to a drought in the area. Being a gambling man, he ended up losing the hotel in a high-stakes poker game. The Colonel died penniless only three years after the hotel's completion. Rumor has it, his spirit is trapped in the building, enjoying his namesake creation as an apparition.

But that's not all, folks. In April of 1887, a four-year-old girl by the name of Samantha Houston lost her life in the Driskill Hotel. She, her mother Laura Cross Houston, and her father, Senator Temple Lea Houston, had checked into the hotel while the 20th legislature meeting was in session at the hotel. Samantha slipped out of the room one night while her mother was sleeping and her father was working late. She fell to her death down the grand staircase while chasing a leather ball. Her father commissioned a painting of his daughter shortly before her burial, and present-day staff swear that if you gaze into the portrait's eyes for a few minutes, she'll grin at you.

Sturdivant Hall

One of Alabama's most famous antebellum mansions, Sturdivant Hall is a stunning landmark in Selma. It was built in 1853 by Colonel Edward Watts, who sold it shortly after to a young man named John Parkman. John got into banking at 17 years old, and, by 29, had worked his way up to becoming the bank's president. Unfortunately, John was bad at investing money. After the Civil War, he lost a significant amount of the bank's sums, having invested heavily in the future of cotton. The citizens of Selma believed it to be an honest mistake, as many other bankers in the town had also lost significantly following the war. The government, however, was not in agreeance. They arrested John for embezzling, and took him to Old Cahaba to await trial.

When he was on his way to the jail, John Parkman swore that he would never leave his property until his name was cleared.

Feeling badly for the banker, the townspeople devised a plot to break Parkman out of jail. They threw a huge Mardi Gras party in front of the jail – it's also been said that they bribed the jailers – and John escaped. As he was about to set foot onto a barge that would take him away down the river, however, one of the jailers shot at him. Some stories say that he was shot and drowned in the river, but there are also some that say he jumped in the river to avoid the gunfire.

Since his name was never cleared, John's apparition still resides at Sturdivant Hall. Some have seen a man dressed in a top hat and tails wandering around. Others have heard heavy footsteps, seen things move around without reason, and had doors shut and open mysteriously.

Cedar Grove Mansion Inn

Vicksburg, MS

At this gorgeous, 3-story mansion, you'll find an award-winning restaurant and stunning facilities. The home's story begins with John Klein, a wealthy architect and investor, gifting Cedar Grove to his bride Elizabeth as a wedding present in the mid-1800s. Together they had 10 children in the home, three of whom died.

After being unable to carry the tax burden of the property, Cedar Grove was sold. In 1983, Ted and Estelle Macky purchased the mansion. The couple began restoring the property to its original glory. Surely pleasing the Klein family, manifestations began appearing soon after.

It's not uncommon to smell a pipe in the Gentleman's Parlor, which was a favorite spot of John's to sit and smoke. Some have claimed to see Elizabeth walking down the front stairs, just going about her business in a home she so adamantly loved. Others have reported seeing the ghost of a young girl, perhaps the Klein's daughter that died in the second floor bedroom. As the home was used as a Union hospital during the war, there are also rumors of seeing apparitions of Civil War soldiers wandering around the mansion.

Battery Carriage House Inn

Charleston, SC

The spirits in Charleston are perhaps just as memorable and prominent to the city's history as the living. Called "Charleston's Most Haunted Inn," Battery Carriage House has had tales of strange, supernatural happenings multiple times – all in different rooms. Take Paul's story in 1993, for instance.

In August, inn owner Drayton Hastie heard from a man, an engineer, who had stayed at the inn a year earlier. And, Paul made sure to reiterate, he was not a superstitious guy. In the middle of the night, Paul had the sensation of being watched. He made a note that he wasn't sure if he was asleep or awake – but Paul saw a faceless torso in front of him. It was the body of a strong man, dressed in layers of clothing. Paul reached out and touched the man's overcoat, feeling the coat's coarse cloth. At his touch, the ghost made a threatening noise toward him. Afraid that the apparition might harm him, Paul screamed and woke. There was no one else in the room. On a separate occasion, another man reporting seeing a similar torso, of a man without a face, floating through Room 8. This guest was awoken early morning by the earsplitting sound of a wooden chair being smashed against a wall. But, as he looked around the room, nothing was there.

There have also been reports of a wispy "gentleman" apparition in Room 10 – seen on various occasions – who is apparently a bit friendlier.

Chapel Hill, Tennessee

If you're from Middle Tennessee, chances are that the story of the headless brakeman has traveled through whispers at your family reunions or around the campfire. Legend has it that one night, a train brakeman had the night shift on a train bound for Chapel Hill. His job – a dangerous and risky endeavor – entailed climbing on top of the train and putting on the brakes of each car before the train reached the station.

On this particular night, however, the man was thrown from the perch of a boxcar and, unfortunately, was decapitated. After the accident occurred, locals began to report a strange light moving up and down the tracks. The only plausible explanation? It's the brakeman looking for his lost head.

Sloss Furnaces

Birmingham, Alabama

Sloss Furnaces stand hauntingly in Birmingham, a reminder of years past when the city transformed coal and ore into steel. Now, the web of pipes and smokestacks are only open for tours. No men are suffering in the summer heat; no metal is sparking or clanging in the flames.

Going back in time to 1882, however, the furnaces of Sloss were roaring with fire and metal. Foreman James "Slag" Wormwood ran the factory's graveyard shift, and he managed nearly 150 workers who kept the furnace running overnight. Only the poorest of the poor took the shift with Slag; low visibility, stifling heat, and lack of adequate sleep made the furnace quite literally hell for the workers. In addition, Slag forced his workers to take dangerous risks to impress his superiors – resulting in 47 deaths under his management.

In 1906, Slag lost his footing atop a furnace and fell into a pool of melted iron ore, dying instantly. Although it was reported that he became dizzy and lost his balance, many thought that Slag's workers had finally fed him to the fire. Now, he haunts Sloss, tinkering with the machinery that led to his downfall.

King's Tavern

Natchez, Mississippi

If you take a look at this old bar in Mississippi, it's exactly what you'd expect a haunted house to look like. The dark, wooden building is over 230 years old, making it the oldest building in the river port city of Natchez. Over the years, the place, opened by New Yorker Richard King in 1789, hosted a wide variety of guests – from boatmen to townspeople to outlaws and notorious criminals.

King's Tavern has a reputation for its hauntings. The most famous of the stories, however, is of Madeline's spirit. The King family became very wealthy and prominent in Natchez over the years, through the success of their business, and decided to hire on a beautiful, engaging 16-year-old server named Madeline. She caught Richard's attention, and became his mistress.

When Mrs. King found out about the affair, she hired some criminals to stab Madeline (it's also been rumored that she did it herself). The men who killed Madeline took her body and hid it in the chimney of the tavern. Years later, the tavern sold to the Postlewaite family, who decided to do some renovations. While repairing the chimney, they found three mummified bodies – two men and a girl. Although the men's identities were never discovered, the girl was believed to be Madeline. A dagger, presumably the murder weapon, was found in the fireplace of another room.

The Historic Partridge Inn

Augusta, GA

The Partridge Inn has been a part of the Augusta's history for 106 years. One of the hotel's oldest guests, Emily, has a long-standing presence in the hotel.

On a crisp fall day in the mid 1800s, Emily, the town beauty, was to be married. She waited in her bridal suite at The Partridge Inn, dressing for her wedding in a custom-made Atlanta gown. Just as she donned her veil, there was a knock on the door. An unnamed man told her the tragic news: her young fiancé had been mistaken for a soldier wanted for treason, and was shot as he rode his horse through town. Overwhelmed with grief, Emily refused to take off her wedding dress for weeks. Though courted by many, she never married and eventually died, broken-hearted.

To this day, guests and employees of The Partridge Inn say they have seen a beautiful girl with long dark brown hair wandering the halls and staircases of the hotel in her white flowing wedding gown, still waiting for her groom's arrival. Herman Duncan, Director of Housekeeping, has worked at the inn for 25 years. He's seen plenty of proof that Emily exists, including words inexplicably appearing on window panes, doors slamming on empty floors, and eery changes in temperature.

While such a tale might be a detriment to another establishment's reputation, it only serves to underscore the true grace and history of The Partridge Inn. Emily is a part of the fabric of what makes this place unique and special.

The Partridge Inn was the first hotel in Georgia selected for inclusion in Historic Hotels of America, known for its distinctly Southern details, including beautiful verandahs, classic columns, stately magnolia trees and unparalleled personal service. In the 1980s, The Partridge Inn was an eyesore and scheduled to be demolished, but was saved and rebuilt from the ground-up to reopen in 1987. Despite its hardships, The Partridge Inn re-emerged after a multi-million-dollar renovation in March of 2015.

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10 Haunted Southern Mansions to Visit, If You Dare

There’s something about the stunning architectural marvels that are Southern homes that captures the imagination. They remind of us days gone by, the harsh reality of the times in which they were built, and the sometimes eccentric people who owned them. Only adding to their appeal, many of these mansions hide dark histories of foul deeds and unrequited love. Do restless spirits actually roam their halls? Are their former residents trying to reclaim what they believe is rightly theirs?

Plan a visit to one of these 10 storied houses and find out for yourself—if you dare.

Gaineswood Plantation


The Whitfields lived at Gaineswood until 1923, when the mansion was sold. In 1966, the state of Alabama bought the house and preserved it as a museum. Gaineswood is a unique example of the Greek Revival style. It’s believed that the house is one of the few Greek Revival homes in the country to use all three of the ancient Greek architectural orders: Doric, Ionic and Corinthian.

Ghostly happenings have occurred at Gaineswood. It’s not uncommon to hear the piano play by itself. The ghost is believed to be one of the Whitfield’s nannies. She moved to Alabama from the north and fell ill one winter. She asked to be be buried in her home state, but the weather was too harsh for travel, so the family buried her on the property and took her north in the spring. Despite her body finally arriving at the place she designated, her spirit remained at Gaineswood.

Listen for this musical ghost yourself during mansion  tours Tuesday through Sunday .

Oak Alley Plantation

Oak Alley

Enveloped by 28 oak trees and featuring 28 columns, the Greek Revival-style house is organized around a central hall that runs straight through rom front to back on both the first and second floors.

After Roman’s death in 1848, his widow almost bankrupted the estate. Her son took over and managed to undo the financial havoc left by his mother. However, the Civil War and an end to slavery made the plantation a financial vacuum. In 1866, the family put the plantation up for auction.

A long line of owners came and went before 1925, when the property was bought by Andrew Stewart as a gift for his wife, Josephine. The Stewarts oversaw the restoration of the house to its former beauty. Upon Josephine Stewart’s death in 1972, she left the mansion to the Oak Alley Foundation.

Ghost stories abound at the mansion. Staff have reported objects moving of their own accord—particularly rocking chairs rocking in unison. Some have even reported seeing figures seated on the beds or feeling a hand on their arm when no one was around.

You can determine for yourself if Oak Alley is really haunted. The mansion is open year round for tours. If you get hungry, you can pop into the restaurant on the premises. In addition to visiting the mansion, you can also spend the night in the private cottages that dot the grounds.

Waverley Mansion

Waverly Plantation

In its glory days, Waverley had gardens, orchards and livestock, as well as a brick kiln, cotton gin and ice house. In 1913, Col. Young’s last living son died, and the mansion fell into disrepair. It was purchased by Robert Snow and his wife in 1962 and restored.

There seem to be two ghosts who call Waverley home. The first is that of a little girl looking for her mother. The second ghost is a man in a military uniform who’s fond of appearing in mirrors. You can check out whether or not the ghost stories are true firsthand. Although it is the home of the Snow family, Waverley is open to the public daily for tours.

Edgewood Plantation

Edgewood Plantation

It was built for Richard S. Rowland, who moved to Charles City County to operate the gristmill on the property. During the Civil War, the third floor of the mansion was used as a lookout post for Confederate generals. One of Rowland’s daughters, Elizabeth, waited for years for her lover to return from the war.

If you visit her room at Edgewood, you can clearly see her name etched in the glass. You may also find the spirit of Lizzie. People have claimed that she remains in her room to this day, waiting for her lover to come back.

Today, Edgewood is a bed and breakfast, so you can reserve a room for a weekend getaway . If you’re more interested in a quick stopover, haunted tours of the mansion are available at 6 p.m. nightly.

Sturdivant Hall

Sturdivant Hall

In 1864, Watts sold the house and the family moved to Texas. The buyer, John McGee Parkman, would go on to be president of the First National Bank of Selma. Unfortunately, he ended up on the wrong side of the law as a result of financial losses. Parkman was killed while trying to escape jail in 1867. Legend has it that his ghost returned to his former home and still walks the halls at night.

Tours of the mansion are available Tuesday-Saturday, so if you’re ready to marvel at the stunning architecture and perhaps run into Mr. Parkman, stop at Sturdivant Hall.

Cedar Grove Mansion

Cedar Grove

The Kleins brought back many of the furnishings for their house from that trip, finally finishing the design in 1852. The Civil War brought havoc to the otherwise peaceful mansion, and Cedar Grove suffered cannon bombardment (there’s still a cannonball in the parlor wall today), and the Union Army used the Kleins’ house as a hospital, ensuring its survival.

John Klein was fond of his pipe, and some visitors have reported smelling pipe tobacco when no one was around. Others have said they heard children’s voices. It’s also not uncommon for people to see Civil War soldiers, likely the men who didn’t survive the battle and died at the house when it was used as a hospital.

You can spend the night at Cedar Grove, and if you’re looking for a place to host your wedding , the mansion does that as well.

Woodruff-Fontaine House


The Fontaine family bought the house and lived there until 1928. A few decades later, the house had fallen into disrepair. Fortunately, it was saved from demolition, restored and opened as a museum in 1964. Tours of the mansion are available  (and an October 28 Haunted Happenings event scheduled), but only for the brave. If you’re looking for a spooky place for a wedding , you can have it here.

It’s believed that a female entity, likely Mollie, still resides at the mansion. Mollie is a benevolent ghost, though. She enjoys sitting on the bed in her room and following visitors around to see what they’re up to.

However, there is a darker ghost who haunts the mansion. The ghost of a man is thought to haunt the parlor and the third floor. A staff member reported her necklace had been ripped off when no one was near.

Ferry Plantation House

Ferry Plantaion House

In the early 1800s, tragedy struck in the manor house. A woman dressed in white was found dead at the bottom of the home’s main staircase. Her neck had been broken by the fall, but it’s unclear how she lost her balance. Some people believe that her heel got caught in the hem of her dress. Others think her death was caused by the small children playing near the stairs.

Either way, the “Lady in White” is a paranormal fixture at Ferry Plantation. It’s not uncommon for visitors to see the woman riding a Penny-Farthing around the grounds at dusk. To this day, no one knows the woman’s identity or why she remains at Ferry. In addition to the Lady in White, there are 10 other spirits who wander the house and its grounds.

The mansion is open for tours Tuesdays and Thursdays, including a special ghost tour on Halloween.

Lemp Mansion


When William Lemp Sr. lost his son, Frederick, in December 1901, he was heartbroken. Frederick was the child he had hoped would run the family business for years. William Lemp tried to carry on, but the final blow came on January 1, 1904, when Frederick Pabst, Lemp’s best friend, died. William Lemp committed suicide by gunshot on February 13, 1904.

Billy Lemp, another of William Lemp’s sons, took over the company in November 1904 and enjoyed professional success until Prohibition. During Prohibition, the company ran into hard times and was eventually sold at auction. On December 29, 1922, Billy Lemp shot himself in his office.

Two years earlier, Elsa Lemp Wright, the youngest of the Lemp children, shot herself in her bed in March 1920, after reconciling with her estranged husband.

Charles Lemp was the final family member to live in the mansion, starting in 1929. On May 10, 1949, he shot his dog and then himself, leaving a suicide note that informed the reader that if they were found dead, he was the one to blame.

Today, Lemp Mansion is a restaurant and inn with plenty of opportunities for ghost hunting.  Haunted history tours are held most Monday nights, and an Edgar Allan Poe evening and Halloween Bash are planned for October.

Kenworthy Hall

Kenworthy Hall

The mansion was built for Edward Kenworthy Carlisle, a wealthy businessman. During the Civil War, Carlisle actually saw his profits increase, but his good fortune swiftly changed after the war when his house value plunged. When he died in 1873, he left the house to his widow. When she died in 1912, she left the house to her only surviving child, Augusta Carlisle Jones, who sold the property in 1914.

The house saw a string of owners come and go and eventually fell into disrepair. During the 1950s, it was the victim of vandalism, and many of the home’s interior features were destroyed. The house was eventually bought and restored and now functions as a private residence once again.

One of the home’s most distinctive features is a four-story-tall tower, which is reportedly the site of hauntings. It’s said that a young woman watches from the tower, waiting for someone to return to her.


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15 Haunted Places In The South That Will Creep You Out!

March 4, 2021 //  by  Southern Trippers

If you like being spooked then there are plenty of haunted places in the South for you to explore. Or maybe just read about them from the safety of your house.

Many places in the Southern U.S. date back to before the United States was even a country. With a past formed by sordid events such as wars, slavery, lost love, and suspicious deaths, it only makes sense that there are spirits who refuse to rest. Now, these haunted places draw in tourists who love a good scare. If your idea of fun is wandering around dark places and feeling goosebumps creep down your arms, then keep reading!

The Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary is overgrown and one of the most haunted places in the South.

Crescent Hotel & Spa

The Crescent Hotel & Spa is not just one of the most haunted places in Arkansas , it is also said to be the most haunted hotel in America.

Found in Eureka Springs, this luxurious hotel dates back to 1886. Though it is a great place to stay for spa treatments and relaxation, it is also a great place to visit to see ghosts.

This hotel has an interesting history which explains why it is haunted to this day. The building went through many different phases before being bought by Norman Baker in 1937. Baker made the building a hospital and health resort, claiming to have a cure for cancer and other illnesses. Of course, he did not have a cure and was in fact a conman. Many people died here during this time and they may not have left.

The hotel hosts ghost tours if you are interested in experiencing paranormal happenings.

Make sure to check out our list of Best Things To Do In Eureka Springs if you are planning to visit!

One of the most haunted places in Arkansas is the Crescent Hotel and Sap.

Grove Park Inn

The Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina , opened in 1913 and has welcomed many famous guests, including George Gershwin, Harry Houdini, and F. Scott Fitzgerald. It is also home to the Pink Lady, a benevolent phantom.

The Pink Lady is said to be the spirit of a woman who died after falling from a fifth-floor balcony in the 1920s. Now she wanders the inn’s hallways either swathed in pink mist or wearing a pink ballgown. She is not a scary ghost but is rather nice, often appearing to children who are sick and comforting them.

If you are interested in meeting this kind spirit, then you should book a stay at this haunted place in North Carolina. Room 545 is said to be the one she favors.

Make sure to check out some of the best Haunted Houses in North Carolina if you are looking to get spooky!

Grove Park Inn's beautiful views might outweigh the ghosts.

Driskill Hotel

There are many haunted places in Austin, Texas , but none more so than the Driskill Hotel. This hotel was founded in 1886 by Jesse Driskill, who had gained his wealth by selling cattle to the Confederate Army during the Civil War. He used this ill-gotten money to open his hotel, but he did not own the building for long. As a notorious gambler, he lost the deed in a game of poker while trying to pay off his many debts.

Guests have reported seeing many different ghosts while staying here. Jesse Driskill himself is sometimes seen, but more often guests smell his infamous cigar smoke. Another spirit belongs to a four-year-old girl who died in 1887 when she fell down the stairs while chasing her ball. Some people have heard the sound of her giggling or the bouncing of a ball. There are also a couple of ghost brides who allegedly committed suicide.

Austin, Texas, is home to some of the most haunted places in the South.

Sloss Furnaces

If you are looking for haunted places in Alabama , look no farther than the Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham. After opening in 1882, the Sloss Furnaces was once the largest manufacturer of pig iron in the world. Like many places on this list though, this place has a dark past. In the early 1900s, James Robert Wormwood worked there as the graveyard shift foreman. His tyrannical methods were said to have led to many worker’s deaths. As revenge, the workers conspired against him and threw him into the furnaces’ molten flames.

Since then, Wormwood and other dead workers have haunted the place. Visitors and paranormal investigators alike have claimed to hear and see strange things. From disembodied footsteps and screams to mysterious shadows, you never know what you will experience here when you take a tour.

Sloss Furnaces has a dark history that leads to being haunted.

St. Augustine Lighthouse

St. Augustine, Florida , is the oldest city in the United States and is also a fairly haunted city . The current St. Augustine Lighthouse was built in 1871, but the first lighthouse built in this spot was in 1824. Many deaths through the years at the St. Augustine Lighthouse have led it to become one of the most haunted places in Florida. While the beautiful black and white structure looks harmless enough, do not be fooled! There is a reason ghost tours are held here in the dark of night.

There are a few ghosts who haunt this location. A group of three girls who tragically drowned in 1872 continues to play on the grounds. These are friendly spirits who allow visitors to hear their laughter. Another spirit here is not as nice though. Simply referred to as “The Man,” this spirit is usually seen as a shadow figure in the basement of the lighthouse keeper’s house.

St. Augustine Lighthouse in Florida is pretty...haunted.

Pirates’ House

Savannah is another city in the South known for many spooky occurrences and has some of the most haunted places in Georgia. The Pirates’ House has a long and dismal history beginning as far back as 1754. Established as a tavern and smuggler’s den for the lowest members of society, this old, wood and brick building still stands today and operates as a restaurant.

Ghosts are more likely to make themselves known after hours when the building is quiet. Both diners and staff at the restaurant have seen and heard otherworldly things. Sometimes they have a sense of being watched. Is it just the ancient history making them jumpy or is there something else going on here?

Savannah has some of the most haunted places in Georgia, including the Pirates' House.

Olde Pink House

The Olde Pink House is another haunted location in Savannah. While it is now a restaurant, it was originally a family mansion. The home was completed in 1789 by James Habersham Jr. Ten years later, he died under mysterious circumstances, possibly by suicide. Even though he died, he may not have left the premises. Habersham allegedly only appears between October and March. He is a gentleman ghost known to clean and light candles. Or you may see him sitting at the bar with a drink.

Habersham is not the only ghost who makes the Olde Pink House home. A woman cries upstairs and slave children play in the basement. Some other ghosts here are pranksters, so you better watch out! Woman who visit the restroom are often locked in and sometimes menus fall over mysteriously.

The Olde Pink House is spooky but worth the visit!

Old Talbott Tavern

Old Talbott Tavern, the oldest hotel in Kentucky, is found in the town of Bardstown, about forty-five minutes south of Louisville. Many famous people have stayed here since it opened in the late 1700s, including Daniel Boone, Washington Irving, a few former U.S. presidents, and even exiled King of France Louis Phillipe. The infamous outlaw Jesse James is one guest who still remains. Jesse James himself thought he saw a phantom when he stayed here and fired his gun at it thinking it was an intruder. The bullet holes are still there in a piece of artwork.

Come stay at the Old Talbott Tavern if you love history and want to stay in one of the rooms decorated with antique furniture. Or if you want to see a ghost. Jesse James’ spirit is not the only one here. Members of the Talbott family still walk the halls as well. Even if you don’t see a ghost, you may still sense their presence in a cold spot. Doors also sometimes open on their own.

The Old Talbott Tavern has an interesting history and is one of the most haunted places in Kentucky.

St. Louis Cemetery

St. Louis Cemetery #1 is the oldest cemetery in New Orleans, Louisiana , and is one of the most haunted cemeteries in the country. Since 1789, more than 100,000 people have been buried here but not all have moved on to the afterlife.

The most famous resident of the cemetery is Marie Laveau, the Voodoo Queen. In the early 1800s, Laveau became the most popular voodoo practitioner in New Orleans history, and she rose through the ranks of society. As a ghost, she walks the French Quarter as well as St. Louis Cemetery. Though she is usually kind, those who mock her beliefs or religion may receive pinches or scratches. Believers often make wishes at her grave.

There are a few other ghosts that wander through the graves so if you want a chance to see them all, you have to book a tour.

New Orleans has some of the most haunted places in Louisiana.

Oak Alley Plantation

Though it is beautiful to look at today, Oak Alley Plantation, like any Southern plantation, holds a dark past that began in the late 1830s. Maybe it is because of this past that this location outside of New Orleans is said to be one of the most haunted places in Louisiana. When you arrive at this grand house, you will be left breathless by the sight of the long drive shaded by a tunnel of live oaks. But that is not the only thing that will leave you breathless.

Both guests and employees at the Oak Alley Plantation have reported strange occurrences while on the property. The spirits tied to the house make themselves known by moving objects and rocking chairs. People have heard a child crying and the sounds of a horse-drawn carriage coming up the drive. Take a tour here not only for the chance to experience the paranormal but to learn about some of the darkest times in U.S. history.

Oak Alley Plantation is beautiful but is also full of ghosts, making it one of the most haunted places in the South.

Vicksburg National Military Park

If you want to see one of the most haunted places in Mississippi then head to the Vicksburg National Military Park. A bloody Civil War battle took place here in the summer of 1863. With such a horrible event marking this site’s fame, it makes sense that the spirits are not able to rest. Visitors to this park will find lush, rolling hills that give no hint of what happened here. The gravestones on the other hand paint the picture well.

The stone men featured on the Pennsylvania Monument sometimes appear to cry tears…of blood. If that doesn’t scare you, maybe the sounds of screams and cannon fire will. You might also catch a glimpse of soldiers out on the field, but they are not part of a reenactment. If you are brave enough, join one of the nighttime Haunted Vicksburg Ghost Tours. There are a few other places in Vicksburg that are haunted so this Mississippi city is worth the trip if you like paranormal investigation.

Vicksburg National Military Park is the place to go in the South to find ghosts.

Pawleys Island

Pawleys Island on the coast of South Carolina is a very haunted place in the South indeed! There are a few spooky legends about this island and if you like ghost stories, you should make a point to visit. Pawleys Island is only about a forty-five-minute drive down the coast from Myrtle Beach, so you could make a day trip to see one of the most haunted places in South Carolina.

There are a few haunted stories about Pawleys Island, but the main two focus on the Grey Man and Alice Flagg. First, the Grey Man is a spectral figure of a man dressed all in grey. He can be found wandering the beach or at the haunted Pelican Inn. If you happen to spot him, he may speak or simply vanish before your eyes. Either way, seeing him is a bad omen and is said to predict a hurricane on its way.

Alice Flagg haunts the All Saints Episcopal Church Cemetery. In life, she was in love with a man her brother, Dr. Allard Flagg, disapproved of. When he found out they had gotten secretly engaged, he sent her to a boarding school where she came down with malaria. She came back to their home and died soon after. When her brother found her engagement ring tied in her dress, he threw it into the marsh. This was a mistake because Alice now haunts the island looking for her ring.

Pawleys Island looks innocent, but it is one of the most haunted places in South Carolina.

Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary

The Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary is found in Petros, Tennessee, and is one of the most haunted places in the South. This prison was in operation from 1896 all the way to 2009. The most infamous inmate of this prison was James Earl Ray, the man who assassinated Martin Luther King Jr. Ray died here in 1998. Today, the prison is free from criminals, at least live ones. Since this building had borne witness to so much violence and murder, you should not be surprised that the ghosts here are not saints.

The property is overgrown by plants and in disrepair. Both of these factors help to create the incredibly spooky atmosphere that fills this haunted place in Tennessee . You can take a tour here, visit the museum, or even spend the night inside if you dare.

Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary was the site of many murders.

Swannanoa Palace

Swannanoa Palace is one of the most haunted places in Virginia. Found in the small, mountain town of Afton, about an hour and a half from Richmond, this Renaissance Revival villa looks as if it could be the setting of a movie. Instead, paranormal investigators flock here for the chance to see some hints of an afterlife. Built in 1912, this palace has lost some of its grandeur over time, but it is still beautiful to walk through.

One of the original owners, Sallie Dooley, was apparently so taken with her home that she refused to leave after dying here. Her spirit can still be seen walking the palace’s halls. A few servants and groundskeepers remain here as well. If you really want to soak in the strange energy of the home, go to the library, which is said to be the most active room for unearthly behavior.

Swannanoa Palace is a beautiful and haunted place in Virginia.

Bacon’s Castle

We will end this list with another haunted location in Virginia. Bacon’s Castle, also known as the Arthur Allen House, was built in Surry County in 1655 and is one of the only remaining examples of Jacobean architecture in the U.S. Its name comes from the house’s role in Bacon’s Rebellion of 1676 when Nathanial Bacon’s followers occupied the property. During this house’s history, hundreds of enslaved people lived and perished here. It is possible because of their unrest that the place is so haunted.

If you visit Bacon’s Castle today, do not be surprised if you hear strange sounds as you explore. Disembodied voices and moans, footsteps on stairs, and gunshots are some of the commotions you may hear. You might also witness books flying off shelves, door closing, and chairs rocking apparently on their own accord. The spirits also take the form of fiery balls of light.

Bacon's Castle has a long history and is haunted because of it.

If haunted places in the South intrigue you, there are plenty of locations to explore. Each place is rich in history as well so even if ghosts are not your fascination, they are worth the visit just for the chance to step back in time. Either way, maybe don’t look over your shoulder if you get the feeling of being watched…

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17 of the most haunted places in the American South

  • From cemeteries to prisons, there is no shortage of haunted places in the South.
  • Dozens of workers who died on the job reportedly haunt Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham, Alabama.
  • Visitors to the Tennessee State Prison say they've heard screams from executed prisoners.

The LaLaurie Mansion in New Orleans, Louisiana, has seen two centuries worth of paranormal activity.

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Apparitions appearing, feelings of overwhelming negative energy, and being physically touched by a ghost are all unexplainable phenomena that some have claimed to experience while visiting the LaLaurie Mansion in New Orleans' French Quarter.

For over 200 years , the LaLaurie Mansion — the living quarters of the notoriously sadistic slave-owner Madame Delphine LaLaurie in the 1830s — has been reported to be very haunted. It isn't uncommon for visitors to hear moans coming from the room where LaLaurie kept her slaves two centuries ago, or hear phantom footsteps echoing throughout the mansion.

In her days as a slave-owner, LaLaurie would do horrendous things to her slaves in her attic, like mutilation. Her exploits were so infamous that they were covered in the "Coven" season of "American Horror Story," with Kathy Bates playing LaLaurie.

Now, spirits of deceased former enslaved people are said to roam the mansion.

Georgia's Lake Lanier is considered to be very spooky by locals.

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Situated in northeastern Atlanta, this haunted lake has seen much tragedy. In 1958, two women (Delia Mae Parker Young and Susie Roberts) vanished after their car veered off the bridge as they were crossing Lake Lanier.

Young's body was found near the bridge just a later, but Roberts' body and their car were missing for a staggering 32 years. Locals still claim to see a ghostly Young wandering around the bridge wearing a blue dress. Legend has it, she abducts visitors to the lake and drags them to the bottom.

Between Young and Roberts' car crash, and the 200 people who have died in swimming and boating accidents since 1994, many believers view the lake as a paranormal hotspot.

The Hotel Galvez in Galveston, Texas, is reportedly built atop the graves of thousands who died in 1900 during a hurricane.

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From the outside, the opulent Hotel Galvez in Galveston seems like an innocent beachfront vacation spot. But locals and staff will tell you there's a long history of paranormal activity. In 1900, the Galveston hurricane killed between 6,000 and 12,000 people, making it the deadliest natural disaster in US history. Some say the hotel was built atop the graves of thousands of the hurricane's dead, which haunt the hotel to this day, according to Houstonia Magazine.

The Galvez is also famous for its "ghost bride" story, which tells the tale of a woman named Audra who stayed in room 501 while she awaited her fiancé's return from sea so they could be married. One day, after hearing that her lover's ship had sunk and he would never return to her, Audra traveled to the hotel's eighth floor and reportedly hanged herself from the building's west turret. In true "Romeo and Juliet" fashion, a few days later, her fiancé returned and learned of Audra's tragedy.

Patrons of the hotel can take a guided ghost tour through the property and have a "Dinner with the Ghosts" to try their luck at feeling or spotting one of the Galvez's resident spirits. 

Another haunted hotel in the state is the Driskill Hotel in Austin. Visitors have reported smelling a ghost's cigar smoke in the building.

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Opened by cattle baron Colonel Jesse Driskill in 1886, the Driskill Hotel in Austin, Texas, is known as one of the most haunted hotels in the nation. Due to financial troubles, Driskill had to forfeit the hotel, but some believe his spirit never left. Although the hotel has been smoke-free for years, guests have reportedly smelled cigar smoke , believed to come from Driskill himself. Other ghosts, including a bride and a man who died in the hotel, have also reportedly been spotted. 

The Driskill might also have a cursed painting. In 1887 US Senator Temple Lea Houston's 4-year-old daughter Samantha died after falling down the hotel's grand staircase. Today, a portrait of her hangs in the hotel, and guests say that if you stare at the painting long enough, Samantha will grin back at you. 

Spirits reportedly run amok at this Hollywood-famous abandoned prison in Tennessee.

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The historic Tennessee State Prison in Nashville, where scenes from "The Green Mile" and "Walk the Line" were filmed, is known for its otherworldly residents.

Those who have dared to wander through the Hogwarts-esque building have reported hearing the sounds of people clanging on their cells and screams coming from the lingering souls of inmates who died in the prison's electric chair. Other reports of paranormal activity include phantom footsteps.

Last year, a tornado ripped through the prison , which only adds to the spookiness of this abandoned building. 

Dozens of workers who died on the job reportedly now haunt Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham, Alabama.

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During the industrial boom in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Birmingham, Alabama, was famous for its nearby deposits of iron ore, limestone, and coal used to make steel, earning it the nickname "magic city." 

The Sloss Furnaces, now a historic landmark, is where much of that steel was produced. But James "Slag" Wormwood, the foreman in charge of over 100 workers, reportedly made his employees work in dangerous conditions, resulting in 47 of them dying on the job. According to the Travel Channel , one worker's shirt got caught on a flywheel powering a generator, and he was dragged into the gears of the machine. 

The tale goes that the workers rebelled and threw Slag into one of the furnaces. Along with the screams of past workers, it's rumored that Slag now haunts the second floor of the complex and can still be heard tormenting his employees.

Patients who died in this West Virginia facility's cramped halls reportedly haunt the building to this day.

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When the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in Weston, West Virginia, opened its doors in 1864, it was only supposed to house 250 patients. But by the 1950s there were 2,400 patients — almost 10 times its limit — leading to severely inhumane and overcrowded living conditions, according to the museum now operating there. Of the thousands of patients committed to the facility, hundreds died. Now a historic landmark, visitors can take ghost tours of the building to try and see some of its former residents, who reportedly still haunt the building. 

A murder mystery is rumored to haunt this Mississippi restaurant.

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King's Tavern , one of the oldest buildings in Mississippi, has a dark, haunted past. 

In the 1930s, the remains of three human skeletons — two men and one woman — along with a jeweled dagger were removed from the wall behind the restaurant's fireplace. The remains were never identified but rumor has it that the remains of the woman belonged to Madeline, the mistress of the restaurant's first owner, Richard King, who opened the spot in 1789. Some people believe Madeline is responsible for some of the building's paranormal activities, which include beds feeling warm and reflections appearing in mirrors. 

The outlaw Wiley Harpe and a crying baby he shot and killed also reportedly haunt the hotel. Some visitors have reported hearing a crying child in the upper level of the tavern when no one was upstairs. 

The infamous outlaw Jesse James is said to haunt the St. James Hotel in Selma, Alabama.

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Built in 1837, the St. James Hotel is one of the oldest buildings in Alabama. During the Civil War, soldiers used the St. James as an outpost to discuss strategy. Following the war, the hotel's new owner, Benjamin Sterling Tower, allowed Jesse James and his gang of outlaws to stay at the hotel one night. According to al.com , guests have reported seeing apparitions of the outlaw, his girlfriend Lucinda, and a man dressed in attire from the 1800s in rooms 214, 314, and 315. 

Over the years the St. James has fallen into disrepair, forcing its owners to shutter its doors. But earlier this year, the Alabama News reported a Hilton brand hospitality company purchased the building and plans on restoring and reopening it this year. Who knows if Jesse James will still haunt the premises when construction finishes.

A ghost supposedly haunts the St. Augustine Lighthouse in Florida.

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The historic St. Augustine Lighthouse illuminates the waters of the nation's oldest port. But the picturesque structure is also known for its frequent paranormal activity. It is rumored that ever since light keeper Joseph Andreu fell off his scaffolding while painting the tower in 1859, visitors have reported seeing his ghost on the premises, according to the St. Augustine Record .

But that's not all. When the lighthouse was being built in 1871, Hezekiah Pittee, the superintendent of lighthouse construction, moved to St. Augustine and lived on-site with his family. Pittee's three daughters frequently played in a railway cart used to transport materials from the shipping docks to the lighthouse. One day in 1873, the girls were riding in the cart but fell off the dock and drowned . According to the museum, visitors say they hear the sounds of children playing around the lighthouse to this day. 

Cahawba, Alabama, is the state's most famous ghost town.

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For a short time (1820-1826), the town of Cahawba, Alabama , was a thriving riverside antebellum town that served as the state's first capital. But after the Civil War and a flood in 1865 both ravaged the town's infrastructure, Cahawba quickly became a ghost town. Today, the town is a popular jaunt for ghost hunters and supernatural enthusiasts. Numerous abandoned buildings, like the Barker house — which acted as quarters for slaves at the Kirkpatrick Mansion — are reportedly haunted by apparitions of their former inhabitants. A trail in town leads to a slave burial ground where bodies were buried between 1819 and 1957.  

Perhaps the town's most famous paranormal story is that of Pegues' ghost. According to the town's website , one night in 1862 while wandering through a patch of trees behind Colonel C. C. Pegues' home, a young couple found an orb of energy, believed to be Pegues' ghost. It quickly floated away into the woods, beckoning for the couple to chase it. After finally catching up, the young man reached out to touch the ghostly ball, and it disappeared.

A portal to the other side reportedly exists at the Crescent Hotel in Eureka, Arkansas.

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Tucked into the Ozark Mountains, the Crescent Hotel dubs itself " America's most haunted hotel ." Rumor has it that when Norman Baker purchased the hotel in 1937, the businessman pretended to be a doctor and turned the hotel into a hospital for cancer treatments. For two years he offered fraudulent "miracle cures" until he was arrested for mail fraud. The patients who died at Baker's hands reportedly still occupy the building's basement, which Baker turned into a morgue during his time as owner. 

That's not all. In the late 1990s, two certified mediums were hired to "read the hotel." One of the mediums, Carroll Heath, told hotel staff that he discovered a portal to the "other side" right above the former morgue in the basement. The medium said the portal was for people of the same "frequency" to communicate with the otherworldly. 

The Marshall House in Savannah, Georgia, served as a hotel during the Civil War and through two yellow fever epidemics.

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Savannah is Georgia's oldest city, but it's also frequently named  America's most haunted city .  The Marshall House — where numerous people died during its stints as a Union hospital during the final months of the Civil War, and a hospital during two yellow fever epidemics in the mid-1800s — is central to the city's spiritual folklore.

Guests who have stayed at The Marshall House have reported a variety of paranormal activity including seeing ghosts in its hallways and foyers, hearing children running at night, and having faucets turn on by themselves, according to its website. 

The apparition of a woman struck by lightning reportedly still haunts the Dock Street Theatre in Charleston, South Carolina.

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At the Dock Street Theatre, located in Charleston's historic French Quarter neighborhood, guests have reported seeing ghosts roaming inside the building and on its stage. But the theatre is best known for two notorious resident spirits .

According to Ghost City Tours, the more famous of the two is Nettie Dickerson, a woman who was struck dead by lightning on the theater's second story balcony. It's rumored that she still haunts the theatre today, wearing the same red gown she wore on the night of her death. The other spectre is Junius Booth, the father of President Abraham Lincoln's assassin, John Wilkes Booth. Although Booth's theater troupe performed at the building and he once tried to kill the theatre's manager, he didn't die at the theatre, so it is unknown why his spirit still reportedly haunts the building. 

Hooded monks and faces in the walls are among the spirits reportedly spotted at the San Fernando Cathedral in San Antonio, Texas.

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The San Fernando Cathedral, the oldest church in Texas, is known for its colorful light projections explaining the history of the city. But the gothic-style church is also known for its paranormal activity. 

Visitors have reported seeing faces in the walls on the backside of the church and the ghost of a white stallion galloping in front of the building. Other notable otherworldly guests include a mysterious man dressed in all black and hooded monks, who are the most commonly reported ghosts by visitors. If the ghosts aren't spooky enough for you, in 1936 workers remodeling the church unearthed a box of charred bones and tattered uniforms, believed to belong to soldiers fighting to defend the Alamo, according to Ghost City Tours. The remains are housed within the cathedral, perhaps contributing to some of its paranormal activity. 

A voodoo queen is buried at the St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 in New Orleans.

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Known as a "City of the Dead" due to its rows of above-ground graves, the St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 is New Orleans' oldest and most haunted burial ground. Numerous fallen soldiers and victims of the yellow fever are rumored to haunt the cemetery. 

Perhaps the most famous ghost to call the cemetery home is the Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau. Though she's buried in the cemetery, people have reportedly spotted her ghost all throughout the French Quarter, including in front of her old home at 1022 St. Anne Street. Legend has it that those who leave three Xs marked on the Voodoo Queen's grave are granted a wish and must return to her grave with a gift in exchange, though this is frowned upon.  

According to the Associated Press , due to a rise in vandalism, the cemetery closed to the public in 2015, but visitors can still tour via authorized tour guides. 

Chloe the ghost girl reportedly haunts Myrtles Plantation in St. Francisville, Louisiana.

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To the uninitiated, Myrtles Plantation  in St. Francisville, Louisiana, looks like any other 18th-century plantation. But look past its storybook Spanish moss trees and the fountain in the center of its brick patio and you'll find a disturbing paranormal past. 

The plantation's most famous ghost is named Chloe, a former slave-turned-mistress by the plantation's Master Woodruff. The story goes that one day Mrs. Woodruff caught Chloe eavesdropping on her master and chopped her ear off as punishment, according to the New York Times . In an act of revenge, Chloe poisoned a birthday cake and killed Mrs. Woodruff and two of her three children. Today, visitors still spot Chloe haunting the plantation, and some have even captured her in their pictures. 

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10 Seasonal Haunted Houses In The American South To Visit This Halloween...If You Dare

Halloween is the perfect time to scope out some Haunted Houses. If you want a truly terrifying experience, head to the American South.

In the American South, things are done a little bit different—a little bit bigger, a little bit more detailed, and a little more intense. This is true of the Southern haunted houses, of which there are hundreds to choose from. They take the form of everything from Satan’s demons trapped on Earth to deranged mass murders haunting the places where they committed their most heinous crimes. When choosing which haunted house to visit, beware of werewolves, evil clowns, live snakes, the Grim Reaper, and—worst of all—karaoke. Here are the ten haunted houses in the south that we’re just dying to get into.

10 Nashville, Tennessee: Nashville Nightmare

In this polite and musical city hides a terrifying attraction with six separate haunted houses and that’s just with the normal admission. In addition to the haunted houses you can add on escape games, zombie carnival games, axe throwing, and more.

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The six main haunted houses include the Reformatory, where you’ll witness the exorcism of Victoria Grace, and hope that the restless spirits that possessed her won’t get you next. If that demons don’t get you, you can move on to Sector 615. Here, you can see the results of the meteor that crashed to earth. The government tried to cover it up, but Trixion is a mutant creature that cannot be contained. He takes on many forms as he tries to devour every living thing in his path. Will you survive?

9 North Little Rock, Arkansas: The Reaper Haunted House

Every year in North Little Rock, a terrifying haunted house comes to life, or, rather, comes back for the dead. The Grim Reaper is here to gather more souls for the collection, and the result is one of the top-rated haunted houses in all of Arkansas. The 15,000 square feet of horror include more than 30 scenes of blood, gore, and mayhem that are sure to send you screaming from each room. It’s so intense you might just end up begging to get out…or begging for your life.

Doors open at 7 pm each night the attraction is open, and they don’t close until the “last person runs screaming out of them.” Are you ready to be terrified yet?

8 Terrell, Texas: Thrillvania Haunted House Park

Under a shroud of darkness rests Thrillvania , a fifty-acre plot of land with three different haunted houses for guests to brave. The first is the World Famous Verdun Manor, where legend says that a werewolf named Baron Michael Verdun built a grotesque house where he conducted experiments on kidnapped humans. He turned them into human-animal hybrids that still wander the crumbling mansion, desperate to be freed of their bonds.

If you make it out of the Manor alive, you can try your luck with Lady Cassandra’s House of Clowns, who seem to have a dastardly run of the place. Sam Hain’s Trail of Torment is based on the story of a man who visited Baron Verdun to help with his experiments only to be bitten by one of Cassandra’s clown and go mad. Now he conducts his own demented experiments—proceed to his lair with caution.

7 New Orleans, Louisiana: The Mortuary

Think you’re brave enough to go to a haunted attraction in a real haunted house? Since it first opened over ten years ago, The Mortuary has been featured on several ghost hunting shows, including Ghost Hunters, and has been featured as one of America’s Scariest Attractions.

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The Mortuary is surrounded by uneasy souls resting in the Cities of the Dead. Enter to see if you can survive your encounter with the dangerous and terrifying mortician, Ravencroft. This year’s theme is The Cult of 13: After death, the souls of 13 deranged mass murderers were tied to The Mortuary instead of passing into the afterlife. They are doomed to reenact their crimes for all eternity—so witness the Black Abbot poison his flock, an Embalmer continue to murder his victims over and over again, and the Dark Vixen seduced people just to murder them.

6 Waxahachie, Texas: Screams Halloween Theme Park

Outside of any of the major cities of Texas, Waxahachie is the perfect place to host enormous festivals the likes of Screams . This enormous Halloween experience is the perfect place to while a way an entire day screaming yourself hoarse.

Check out the 5 haunted houses on the grounds, including PT Harmum’s Carnival of Chaos, full of dangerous clowns and freaks, The Cursed Witches of Terra Mythica Castle, and Captain Barbarosa’s Blood Harbor full of cursed pirates and an evil force. When you can’t take another fright, head over to Scary-Oke for a different kind of fear. There’s also a food court and a bar where you can recover your senses before your next round of frights.

5 Greensboro, North Carolina: Woods of Terror

Deep in the woods outside of Greensboro, a well-meaning priest used his religious powers to tie hundreds of restless souls, malicious spirits, and terrifying demons to one single plot of land. The land was passed down through the generations until now, when his grandson first learned the tricks of the religious trade then turned the land into a theme park.

Venture into the Woods of Terror to see where the tormented souls endure purgatory. The Nightstalkers might come out to harvest your soul, or the Horror Movie Classics section might bring all the scariest moments you’ve seen on the silver screen to life. There’s more to check out too: Industrial Nightmare, Arachnophobia, Blackbeard’s Revenge, and several other spooky and haunting attractions.

4 Stone Mountain, Georgia: Netherworld Haunted House

After being in operation for over 20 years, it’s only natural that Netherworld Haunted House has been voted America’s Best by several different publications. It’s a multi-story phenomenon that contains several cutting edge stories going on at once.

This year’s horrifying haunts include Night Of the Gorgon, where you’ll witness people fighting the nightmarish creations of an apocalyptic cult. Using a cursed mirror they’ve created warriors of darkness who seem absolutely unstoppable. If you manage to survive these mythologically based nightmares, you can risk Cold-Blooded, an adventure into the bowels of a research facility that weaponized an alien-prehistoric crossbreed. It’s sure to terrify anyone.

3 Denton, Texas: The Parker House

One of the most atmospheric haunted houses in Texas, if not the United States, is The Parker House . The story behind Parker House is of an innocent family mortuary derailed by the daughter’s callous treatment of dead bodies, then her eventual turn toward murder to keep the family business going. It’s not true, but the attraction The Mortuary sure makes it feel like it is.

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The Parker Plantation is so deeply soaked in evil that it can never be cleansed. The souls of those tortured wander the grounds, and a bloodthirsty family of cannibals wait in the woods to make you feel welcome. Escape them in Ratliff’s Sanitarium, where the mentally ill were tortured for years and now wait for their turn to torture someone else.

2 Kansas City, Missouri: The Edge of Hell

This year marks the 45th anniversary of The Edge of Hell , making it one of the longest-running horror attractions in the United States. It is five-stories of fright—you’ll descend from 666 feet above sea level to get from heaven to hell in this nightmare. The attractions include The Beast, a medieval time warp where visitors just might lose their way amidst all the threats of voodoo, werewolves, phantoms and the Beast that resides inside of all of us.

If the normal Halloween frights aren’t enough, you can book yourself into one of The Edge of Hell’s escape rooms, where the pressure to escape from terrifying beasts and ghosts is on.

1 Baton Rouge, Louisiana: The 13th Gate

Known for extreme ultra-realism, The 13th Gate is sure to blur the line between horror and reality to scare anyone into doubting whether they’ll ever be safe again. Guests will have to crawl through a crematory oven as well as get lost in a dark underground tunnel. Not terrifying enough? What about the real snake pit that you’ll have to cross on a rickety bridge just ready to break at any second?

Anyone brave enough to enter will journey through 13 realms where they’ll be forced to confront their worst fears, as well as fears they never even knew they had. No wonder it’s widely considered to be one of the top haunted houses in the country.

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Take a Halloween road trip to these 5 haunted destinations in the South

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It's the spookiest time of the year, and we're getting in the spirit with these stories of real haunted locations throughout the South, courtesy of sister publication, The American South . At the bottom, find some spooky-sweet treats for your Halloween bash.

—Southern Kitchen editor Mackensy Lunsford

True tales of the haunted South

Some of the most enduring ghost stories come from the South, a region steeped in history and a rich mixture of cultures.

But even if you don't live in notoriously haunted cities like Savannah or New Orleans, you won't have to travel far to find a place harboring its own ghost stories or legends. From tales of witches to violent poltergeists, tour guides from across the South share stories of some of the best-known haunted sites in their communities.

Due to COVID-19, several locations have mask mandates or others may require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test. It is recommended to call ahead and verify before planning your visit. 

Have a safe and Happy Halloween!

Myrtles Plantation: St. Francisville, Louisiana 

The Myrtles Plantation in historic St. Francisville, Louisiana has gained a national reputation for being one of the most haunted locations in the country. The nearly 230-year-old plantation, which now operates as a restaurant and a bed and breakfast, is often booked a year or more in advance around Halloween.

Like other plantations across the South, many of the reported hauntings are tied to the site's sordid history with slavery. Throughout the years, visitors and staff have reported multiple sightings of what they believe to be members of one of the families that lived on the plantation in the early 1800s as well as some of the enslaved people who worked there. 

The most famous haunting is that of an enslaved girl named Chloe who worked as a nanny in the early 1800s and was killed on the property, according to tour guide Shauna Fahard. 

The ghost of the young girl has allegedly appeared in several photographs taken on the property. A photo still taken by a National Geographic Explorer film crew in the 1990s appears to have captured the apparition of a girl about Chloe's size and age hidden along a breezeway on the property, according to one story told at the property.

The image of a young girl dressed in antebellum clothing looking out from a front window was also captured in another photo that has been widely shared.

Daytime and evening tours focused on the haunted history of the Myrtles Plantation are open to the public. 

Address:  7747 US-61, St Francisville, LA

The Witch of Yazoo, Glenwood Cemetery, Yazoo City, Mississippi 

Dawn Davis grew up hearing the legend of the Witch of Yazoo City and recites it by heart:

"There was once a woman who lived on the banks of the Yazoo River. She was rumored to be a witch, nobody knew much about her. People said she’d lure fishermen off the river and torture them. One day someone peeked in her window and saw her doing that. But when the sheriff came to get her, she escaped through the backdoor. By the time they caught up, she was drowning in quicksand."

At this point in the story, Davis’ voice gets louder, "The witch raised her hand and said, 'I will return and burn the city down to the ground!'"

The witch was buried in Glenwood Cemetery and her grave was wrapped in thick chains to keep her spirit from returning, according to the legend.

Many still blame her for the devastating fire that occurred 20 years after her death on May 25, 1904, which consumed over 200 residences, businesses, and all but one church in Yazoo City, Davis said.

“People who were there at the time saw the flames leap through the air and burn buildings three blocks away. There were no reports of high winds that day,” said Davis. “That part of the story still gives me chills.”

The day after the fire some people reported seeing the chains broken around the witch’s grave.

Davis, who works as Communications Coordinator for the Yazoo County Convention & Visitors Burea u said that more than 100 years later the witch’s grave and the grave of Willie Morris, the local author who made the legend famous, are popular with visitors.

Coins, flowers, and buttons are among the many tokens left by visitors on the witch's grave.

Tours of Glenwood Cemetery are self-guided but guests can also call ahead to the Yazoo City visitor’s bureau to book a tour. 

Directions to the Witch's Grave: Yazoo City is located about an hour north of Jackson along U.S. 49. As you drive into Yazoo City's Glenwood Cemetery through the main entrance off Lintonia Avenue, look ahead for a water fountain. A few yards behind the water fountain you can find the witch's grave. Thirteen paces to the south of the witch's grave, you can find the grave of author Willie Morris.

Moon River Brewing Co. Savannah, Georgia

A long-time tour guide and storyteller, who asked to be addressed as Spooky Steve, is adamant: Savannah is one of the five most haunted cities in the world.

And in this haven for the paranormal, the Moon River Brewing Company tops his list for most haunted sites. 

“The building turned 200 years old this year and it is beyond belief haunted,” he said.

The building opened in 1821 as the City Hotel drawing famous guests including naturalist James Audubon. The hotel closed during the Civil War. But in its lifetime it also operated in part as a yellow fever hospital, a post office, a bank, and a warehouse. 

“There were many deaths in this building,” said Steve, who leads tours through the brew pub and other notoriously haunted locations in historic Savannah with  Spooky Savannah Ghost Tours .

As far as hauntings, he said “it’s all over the building but the second floor is very active. The basement is extremely active.”

Employees and visitors alike have shared stories of supposed poltergeist activity, feeling like they were being pushed or touched by an unseen presence.

“During my tour, I warn people not to taunt the spirits,” he said. "One guy kept going on and on, making jokes on the second floor, and a piece of wood fell off the ceiling and hit him on the head."

Moon River Brewing Co. opened as a brewpub in 1999. 

Address: 21 W Bay St, Savannah, GA

Carolina Theater, Greensboro, N.C.

Theaters are notoriously superstitious places. Many have a ghost light: a single bulb left lit at the end of the night for safety reasons.

Some say the ghost light also helps appease any ghosts residing in the theater.

“And every theater has a ghost,” says Dan Riedel, who along with his wife Bridgitte, owns Carolina History and Haunts.

The spirit of a woman named Melvelina Ferguson is said to haunt the Carolina Theater in Greensboro, one of the cities where the couple leads tours. On July 1, 1981, a fire broke out in a stairwell in the theater after a performance. Fortunately, the theater had cleared out by then. But officials soon discovered the remains of a woman believed to have been hiding in the back of the theater who died in the fire. It's believed the woman, who was homeless and living with mental illness, likely started the fire, Riedel said. 

Since then, staff, customers and performers claim to have seen some version of the woman walking through the theater.

“They’ve seen her up in the balcony area or in the lobby,” Riedel said. "They truly believe she is the theater ghost. The ghost light is kept on every night for Melvelina."

The Carolina Theater, which opened on Halloween in 1927, may also be home to other spirits as well including the spirit of a worker who died during the building's construction, Riedel said.

Address:  310 S Greene St, Greensboro, NC 

Clouston Hall/Gallery 202, Franklin, Tennessee

Joe Bamford, the owner of Franklin on Foot , a local walking tour, didn’t believe in ghosts until he moved to Franklin 10 years ago.

“I talk to people every week on Main Street who have seen something strange happen. From purses flying off of shelves to actual ghosts. This place is very haunted,” he said. 

Located south of Nashville, the city of Franklin was a key site during the Civil War. Thousands of men lost their lives during the Battle of Franklin in 1864 and as many as 40 field hospitals were set up in the area to tend to the wounded. 

“The battle lasted only about five hours and in that time just under 10,000 men died. It’s a significant amount of tragedy in a small community,” Bamford said. 

But some sites rise above others as far as the number of reported occurrences. 

Clouston Hall, also known as Gallery 202, is one of his favorite stops on the tour. The 200-year-old building was used as a field hospital during the Battle of Franklin.

Kelly Harwood has owned the building, which is now a gallery, since 2010.

One year Harwood invited several friends from Nashville to the gallery. One of his guests immediately felt uncomfortable entering the building and asked permission from the spirits to walk inside. In one room, she told Harwood, she saw several soldiers lined up and sitting against a wall. 

Harwood explained that the building was a hospital after the Battle of Franklin. "They mean you no harm," the woman told him. "They're almost protective of the house. You won't have to worry about them." 

One winter after it had snowed Harwood wanted to take a photo of the building surrounded by fresh snowfall. He was working inside when he heard the sound of children playing outside. He opened the door, assuming it was children playing in the snow but saw nothing.

His tenant who was living in the building at the time said he had also heard many unexplainable things: whistling, conversations, and names being called out.

“You hear a lot about Savannah, Charleston, and New Orleans being very haunted. But Franklin is like nothing I’ve ever seen before,” Bamford said.

Address:  202 2nd Ave S, Franklin, TN

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This was a very scary haunted house. Surprises throughout. The virtual queue makes the wait time minimal and it was an affordable evening for the family. Definitely gives Boone Hall fright night a run for the money!!! Will return next year.

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10/28/23 visited the Southern Screams Haunted House .. this was my first time visiting a haunted house in more than 2 decades and I really enjoyed it. The scenery, costumes and actors were amazing. Recommended by a friend Regina and will come back again and tell others to visit before next year Halloween season.

It was OK, the actors and decorations were great but we got grouped with other random people who rushed ahead and ruined most of the scares. This made the whole haunt seem really short.

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Southern Screams 2023: TRAPPED at Holy City Brewing is a haunted attraction that is one of the most detailed haunted houses in existence. The artist behind the massive dark attraction is an expert at blurring the lines between horror and reality. The Attraction’s level of detail, set design, and effects combined with their impressive actors and incredible makeup effects can only be compared to a Hollywood movie. Your heart is racing. Your feet are moving fast. The anticipation is killing you. You don’t know what might pop out around the next corner or who’s hiding beyond the next door. They have great actors, makeup artists, and an awesome designer of this awesome haunt named Nate, to create a terrifyingly fantastic experience for you and your friends. Come be impressed, terrified and thoroughly entertained at Southern Screams!!

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It’s an amazing value and a great time. There was amazing attention to detail and scares in every corner. If you bring kids I definitely suggest getting the glow light add-ons for them.

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The path through this haunted attraction contains many hidden surprises. Keep your wits about you and take a spare set of underwear and pants to change into after your experiences in Kellenville!

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Wonderful haunt in Charleston!

For over a decade there’s only been 1 haunt in Charleston, it’s great but so crowded, parking is scarce, and there’s no bars close by. Southern Screams is in a much cooler part of town at a local brewery! Scary and fun.

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I attended southern screens, haunted house at holy city brewing in Charleston. The group that I went with jumped, screamed and was positively delighted the whole way through! It was very large, very organized, and very professionally executed. I never knew my adult son could be as frightened as what he was and he commented man that was really screwed up and wild and then he proceeded to tell me he was going to get some friends and go back and do it again! Run don’t walk to the insane asylum at Southern screams

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Southern Screams puts together a master piece every single time. I’ve followed this haunted house since it’s inception and it has evolved into the best Halloween production I’ve ever seen; better than Halloween Horror Nights or Halloscream — I’m serious. From the production to the choreography to the gruesome but fun environment, this really is an unforgettable experience. The smells, the looks, the costumes, the scenes, everything is professional. You can tell these guys are experts and we’re born for this. Guaranteed your kids will have nightmares. It’s also affordable and an easy process. They don’t shove a bunch of people in at once. They only let small groups in at a time to experience every single corner of the production. These guys are definitely making it BIG in this industry! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

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Even if you’re not easily scared, the sheer amount of precision in every detail of this production will blow your mind. The sights, the smells, the scares. Top quality and execution like that of big dollar events like hollo-scream or Halloween Horror Nights- but this one in your own backyard. Every year it grows and get bigger, badder and better. I have no doubt that Southern Screams haunted events will become a tradition with your friends and family.

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Southern California Haunted Houses and Halloween Events for 2021

Southern California has a ton of haunts and Halloween events to delight fans for the 2021 Halloween season. This list is not all-inclusive, it’s meant to showcase the events we are covering this season. For a larger list, visit the SoCal Haunt List .

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All Saints Lunatic Asylum Haunted Attraction

Category: Pro Haunt

22521 Shawnee Rd. Apple Valley, CA 92308

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Beware The Dark Realm

Category: Home Haunt

28621 Sugar Pine Way, Santa Clarita, CA 91390

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Castle Park - Castle Dark

Category: Theme Park Halloween Event

3500 Polk Street Riverside, California 92505

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Cemetary Lane

Category: Family-Friendly Outdoor Event

3800 Homer Street, Los Angeles, California 90031-1530

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Coffin Creek

14600 Baron Dr Corona, CA 92880

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The Three Clubs, 1123 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90038

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Dark Harvest Haunted Attraction

Category: Corn Maze / Pro Haunt

14861 Ramona Ave, Chino, CA 91710

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Deadwater State Penitentiary

32040 Riverside Dr, Lake Elsinore

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Category: Interactive Play

5257 W Adams Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016

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Descanso Gardens - Carved

1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011

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Disneyland / Disney California Adventure

1313 Harbor Blvd. Anaheim, CA 92802

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Fear Farm Screampark

6275 Sundown Dr. Phelan, CA 92329

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Force of Nature Productions: Fallen Saints

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Freeform Halloween Road

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Greenspot Farms Haunted Trail & Hayride

Category: Haunted Hayride / Pro Haunt

10133 Ward Way Mentone Ca. 92359

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Halloween Haunted Mini Golf - Boomers SpeedZone LA

Category: Mini Golf

17871 Castleton Street, City of Industry, CA 91748

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Haunt 'O Ween LA

6100 Topanga Canyon Blvd Woodland Hills, CA 91367

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Haunt of Halloween

27741 Crown Valley Parkway Mission Viejo, CA 92691

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Haunted Carwash - Tunnel of Terror OC

Category: Haunted Carwash

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Haunted House by City of Santa Fe Springs

Category: Independent Haunt

Gus Velasco Neighborhood Center

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8443 Haven Avenue, Rancho Cucamonga, California 91730

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House Of Spirits: A Haunted Cocktail Soiree

Highland Park. The specific address will be announced closer to the event

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Knott's - Scary Farm

8039 Beach Blvd, Buena Park, CA 90620

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LA Haunted Hayride

4730 Crystal Springs Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90027

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Laguna Niguel Haunted Trails

Category: Trail / Independent Haunt

29751 Crown Valley Parkway, Laguna Niguel, California 92677

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Lights Out Haunt

3306 Cold Plains Dr, Hacienda Heights

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Manor of Fears

19709 Yanan Rd, Apple Valley

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Mansion of Lost Souls

Promenade Mall Temecula, CA, CA 92591

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Mr Bones Pumpkin Patch

10100 Jefferson Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

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Pumpkins in the Pines

28950 California 18, Skyforest, CA 92385

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Realm of Shadow


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Reign of Terror

225 N. Moorpark Road Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

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Scare Valley

3801 Chester Ave, Bakersfield, CA 93301

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Sinister Pointe

Category: Overnight

Fullerton, California

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Sinister Trails

Encinitas, California

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Six Flags Magic Mountain Fright Fest

26101 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia, CA 91355

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Tanaka Farms Pumpkin Patch

5380 3/4 University Dr Irvine, CA 92612

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Temecula Terror

38801 Los Corralitos Rd, Temecula, CA 92592

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The 17th Door

1851 W Orangethorpe Ave Fullerton, CA 92833

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The Clown Academy

2525 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles

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The Countyline Fright - The Evil Within

34285 County Line Rd. Yucaipa, CA 92399

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The Grey Phantom

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The Haunted Rose

6755 Newlin Avenue Whittier Ca. 90601

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Urban Death (Zombie Joe's) - Tour of Terror

Category: Theater Performance

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52 Main Way Universal, North Hollywood, CA 91602

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Ventura County Fear Grounds

10 W Harbor Blvd Ventura, CA, CA 93001

San Diego Area

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Legoland San Diego

One LEGOLAND Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008

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Seaworld San Diego

500 Sea World Drive, San Diego, CA 92109

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Scottys Scare Trail

14011 Ridge Hill Rd El Cajon, CA 92021

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The Haunted Hotel

1288 Camino Del Rio N San Diego, CA

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The Haunted Lodge by Scareventures

Category: Trail / Pro Haunt

1400 E. Washington Ave El Cajon, CA, CA 92019

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The Haunted Trail of Balboa Park

Balboa Dr San Diego, CA 92101

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Bloodmore Manor - Fogmore Manor

7990 Dagget St. Suite A-10, San Diego, Ca, 9211

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As the third largest state and the birthplace of the film industry, you can bet California has the experience for some of the best Halloween attractions between San Diego County, Los Angeles County, and the San Francisco Bay area. From haunted houses, hay rides, spook walks, theaters and plays, and other attractions for the Halloween season, there's is scary fun to enjoy for everyone.

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  • Dark Harvest Haunted Attraction

Located in Garden Grove 626-831-5321-->

Dark Harvest is a family owned and operated immersive Haunted Maze Attraction located in Garden Grove, CA. Get ready to be scared, thrilled, and startled by these terrifying spirits...and be prepared for loud noises, special effects, gory visuals, and terrifying imagery. Come to the Dark Harvest Haunted Attraction for a truly frightening experience and ignite the spirit of Halloween. Read More

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  • San Francisco Ghosts

Located in San Francisco 844-757-5657-->

San Francisco Ghosts: Sinister Secrets in the Fog Venture into the misty realm of San Francisco's spectral past with San Francisco Ghosts. Welcome to the city that harbors secrets as deep as its iconic bay. Discover what lurks behind its elegant facades on our captivating ghostly walking tour. San Francisco Ghosts unveils the hidden stories that unfold when Gold Rush fever ignites, drawi... Read More

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  • Sacramento Scream Park

Located in Sacramento 530-794-8511-->

Prepare yourself for an adventure filled with mystery, adventure, and horror, as you step into the 4th dimension at Sacramento Scream Park. Dare to enter our 4 cryptic haunted house attractions, where darkness unveils chilling secrets. Next, discover the ominous Frightmare Midway, where darkness and delight intertwine. Unleash your inner thrill-seeker and embrace the enigmatic unknown.... Read More

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  • Urban Death Tour of Terror

Located in North Hollywood 818-635-9153-->

Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group is thrilled to bring Halloween must-see Urban Death Tour of Terror back to North Hollywood this October 2023. Part twisting haunted house and part badass theatre attraction, Urban Death Tour of Terror will reach into the depths of the darkest corners of the human psyche to bring you their most horrifying show yet. There’s nothing family friendly a... Read More

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  • LA Ghosts: Heartbreak, Hauntings and Hollywood

Located in Los Angeles 844-757-5657-->

Explore the enigmatic realm of Los Angeles, where Hollywood's allure meets heartbreak and tragedy, painting a vivid tapestry of dreams that take a haunting turn. Welcome to LA Ghosts—a journey through the dark history of Tinsel Town. Our mesmerizing collection of spine-chilling historical tales unveils the essence that makes this city an eerily captivating and bewitching haunted haven, unlik... Read More

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Located in Ontario (909) 988-5560-->

The Chaffey Theatre Company proudly presents Folklore, a completely new designed, and immersive walkthrough haunt experience Halloween Season 2023. Pulling inspiration from the legends of witchcraft in German Fairytales and Pagan traditions, this interactive haunt will transport you to the Black Forrest where you will find many experiences that will leave you chilled or screaming in terror. Read More

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  • Medieval Torture Museum with Ghost Hunting Experience

Located in Los Angeles (213) 414-7777-->

Use promo code 'HAUNTED' to get 10% off extra during checkout. We are the largest interactive historical museum in the U.S., occupying more than 7,000 square feet, with over 100 unique implements and devices on display. Enter the minds of fanatics, madmen, and murderers, and discover the world’s most detailed collection of confinement and torture devices. We believe that those who forge... Read More

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  • Ranch of Horror

Located in chowchilla 209-947-8999-->

California ROH is the Regalo Family’s Original Haunt. We started our haunt in Snelling California, before moving to the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds in Turlock until 2019. We have been closed since Covid but we are excited to be back terrorizing California's central valley in Chowchilla, CA. This year we are celebrating our 8th year in the industry- with 3 terrifying attractions! Read More

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  • San Diego Ghosts

Located in San Diego 844-757-5657 -->

Are you ready to experience the ghosts of San Diego? Venture into the secret corners of San Deigo’s deadly past to discover the ghosts of the Gaslamp District. Our stories have earned us recognition as the premier ghost tour in San Diego, presenting a tour in the Gaslamp District that reveals both history and hauntings in an authentic experience designed for skeptics. ... Read More

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  • Fear Overload Scream Park

Located in Newark 510-730-2221-->

Prepare yourself for an adventure filled with mystery, adventure, and horror, as you step into the 4th dimension at Fear Overload Scream Park. Dare to enter our 2 cryptic haunted attractions, where you get one dim flashlight to unveil chilling secrets. Unravel the enigma of fear as the night embraces the unknown. Get ready to be thrilled beyond your wildest nightmares. Are you brave eno... Read More

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  • All Saints Lunatic Asylum - Haunted Attraction

Located in Apple Valley 760-953-6730-->

"Nearly 50 years ago, All Saints Lunatic Asylum, a one time state of the art mental health facility, lost funding and was forced to close its doors. Patients unable to leave, Doctors with nowhere to go, the once cutting edge mental health facility fell into obscurity. Now for the first time in half a century, you will for a limited time be able to tour this forsaken facility. The current owner M... Read More

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  • Winchester Mystery House - Unhinged: Nightshade's Curse

Located in San Jose 408-247-2101-->

After a two year hiatus, Winchester Mystery House presents a new terrifying chapter, Unhinged: Nightshade’s Curse. For 13 nights guests will be horrified by the Winchester Mystery House’s scariest show to date. Local residents are inexplicably drawn to Madame Nightshades’s Mystic Carnival and the House of Mystery. An evening at a traveling carnival where food, drinks and roaming sidesho... Read More

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10 Most Insanely Haunted Places in Southern California

Sunny Southern California is bustling with life.

It’s home to the glam of Hollywood and the solitude of Death Valley Junction.

You’ll find many places to head to and explore in this area, many of which you’ll love to come back to year after year.

But things are different once the sun goes down.

The ghosts and ghouls come out to play…with the living who dare to disturb their resting place out of curiosity.


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Updated 2/10/2020 – Throughout Southern California, there are haunted houses, inns, restaurants and much more.

Visit them during day and you’ll never discover their darkest secrets or the (sometimes literal) skeletons hidden in their closets.

Yet drop by at night and your eyes will open to another world altogether, one you may not want to be in for more than a few seconds depending on who you find there.

Still up for the adventure?

You’ve been forewarned.

Here are 10 of the haunted places in Southern California that you can head to and get the scare of your life.

Just make sure to come back safely from these and share your own stories with us later.

The Ten Most Insanely Haunted Places in Southern California

Table of Contents

  • 1 10) Olivas Adobe, Ventura
  • 2 9) Presidio Park, San Diego
  • 3 8) Gaviota Beach, Goleta
  • 4 7) La Purisima Mission State Historic Park, Lompoc
  • 5 6) Morey Mansion, Redlands
  • 6 5) Amargosa Opera House and Hotel, Death Valley Junction
  • 7 4) Sinaloa Restaurant, Bakersfield
  • 8 3) Lincoln Heights Jail, Los Angeles
  • 9 2) Mission Inn, Riverside
  • 10 1) Glen Tavern Inn, Santa Paula
  • 11 Conclusion

10) Olivas Adobe, Ventura

Olivas Adobe, Ventura - 10 Most Insanely Haunted Places in Southern California

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One of Ventura County’s few haunted locations, Olivas Adobe is home to three prominent ghosts.

The most famous of the three is the Woman in Black, who’s seen wandering the grounds and passing through rooms.

Some guests have seen her looking out of the window of the room known as the Children’s Room, which is why they think that the entity is the ghost of Rebecca Olivas, the last member of the Olivas family.

According to respected psychics in the area, another Olivas haunting the adobe is Nicolas; he’s known to stare into the Children’s Room… through a window that’s 16 feet above the ground and with no ledge or balcony attached!

However, that’s not as scary as the Woman in White.

Described as a young woman with black, shoulder-length hair, she has no eyes; only bloody pits.

A séance arranged by Richard Senate uncovered that Maria was a Native American servant girl who was lured by a Yankee visiting the Olivas into the storage room.

When she complained, he cut her eyes out.

Though her murderer was killed gruesomely, she hasn’t moved on and you may see her at the Olivas Adobe.

9) Presidio Park, San Diego

You'll get a weird, cold feeling as you walk near some of the trees at Presidio Park.

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Founded in 1769, Presidio Park is home to the spirit of Lucy, a white doe that escaped the San Diego zoo (or a private buyer in Mission Hills depending on the story you want to believe in) in 1965.

She died of a tranquilizer overdose while being relocated.

Since then she’s been making herself known in and around it as well as near Mission Hills and Mission Valley.

Many have spotted her in the former or watched her white tail pop out from the bushes in the early hours or during twilight hours.

Some even discovered their garden flowers eaten with deer hooves around.

While Lucy is a sweetheart even after her death, the entities in The Witches Tower atop Presidio Hill are more on the malevolent side.

In addition to seeing cloaked figures with sparkling eyes, visitors to the tower experienced feelings of paranoia and possession.

The Serra Museum is just as haunted; but even the boy spirit and cloaked monk seen there are nothing compared to the dark entity behind the building.

The entity possesses people coming there and may have been responsible for the death of a girl and a prostitute there.

8) Gaviota Beach, Goleta

The Gaviota State Park in Goleta is home to one of the most haunted beaches in all of America. Or so they say.


Part of the Gaviota State Park, Gaviota Beach is the forever home of two young girls.

When they aren’t roaming the beach or the campground at night, they’re heard crying loudly.

Many believe they’re twins who were drowned in the water by their father after he came home drunk to find their mother with another man.

However, another story claims that they’re friends who made a suicide pact after they were abused by a common family friend.

While they won’t hurt anyone, people crossing their paths will experience the pain, hate and betrayal they feel till this day.

Near the beach is a Southern Pacific railroad trestle known as Ghost Bridge.

This bridge has survived earthquakes and natural disasters over the course of a century.

However, what makes it special is the different ghosts you’ll get to see there.

From Victorian women to modern men, the ghosts of those who died near Gaviota Beach glide over Ghost Bridge.

If you dare to attract their attention, they’re likely to possess you as they did hundreds of people before, leaving blank patches in your memories.

7) La Purisima Mission State Historic Park, Lompoc

The Nightly Terrors at La Purisima Mission

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La Purisima Mission State Historic Park is bustling with ghostly entities, making it one of the excitingly haunted places in Southern California.

The most prominent of these is Father Mariano Payeras.

In charge of the mission during his life, the old padre is seen near his grave and in the hallways of the building of the mission.

He’s also known for mussing the sheets on the bed in his room in his former quarters.

While there’s a monk wandering the gardens during dawn and dusk and a Spanish soldier near the jail and chapel, the most unusual ghouls are Father Payeras’ pampered greyhounds.

These can be spotted near the buildings and the hall leading to the wine storage area.

As you walk around the mission, you’re bound to encounter several cold spots in the area.

Some visitors to La Purisima Mission State Historic Park have also heard music and male voices conversing in Spanish as well as another language they couldn’t detect.

The nearby hills are just as creepy; despite the beauty of the chapels, gardens and fountains, many experience sadness and heaviness while walking around the grounds and buildings.

6) Morey Mansion, Redlands

Morey Mansion in Redlands is an absolutely stunning building, and what's inside may even take your breath away.


Morey Mansion is one of the famous haunted houses across the U.S.

Built in the 1890s, something was wrong with it from the very start.

Sarah Morey died shortly after moving into the house of a sudden, unexplainable illness.

Her husband, David, never stepped inside the house again.

After nights of getting drunk, he committed suicide at the Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego.

Though it’s now a private residence, it was a bed and breakfast for many years.

During that time, guests reported paranormal activity, ranging from the sounds of objects falling to loud bangs in empty rooms.

Some were scared by their door knobs rattling suddenly in the middle of the night or the sounds of children playing in the dark.

There are also several reports of apparitions, including a little girl, an old man, and a young boy.

Though none of them have attacked anyone, they’re still creepy enough to bring paranormal investigators and enthusiasts to the Morey Mansion.

5) Amargosa Opera House and Hotel, Death Valley Junction

Death Valley Junction's home to this old fashioned Opera House, where you can see a lot more than you bargained for.


Amargosa Opera House and Hotel is another hub of paranormal activity.

Room #24 is the forever home of a child who drowned in the bath tub back in 1976, which is why people staying there hear him crying and sobbing.

Room #32 is haunted by a miner who was supposedly murdered there during the Borax mining days.

As for Room #9, many think it’s haunted by a child as the entity tends to play pranks on guests there.

The door knob would turn by itself and guests would hear a child’s laugh.

Aside from these rooms, one area that’s considered very creepy is Spooky Hollow.

Formerly used as a morgue and currently closed for visitors, it’s one of the most active areas of the hotel.

No one would talk about it though.

The opera house is equally ‘alive’.

In addition to strange shadows across the stage, the spirit of a cat has been seen in the theater.

It’s been known to disturb the performances taking place there, especially those with the owner Martha Becket.

Recently, the cat has been joined by Thomas J. Willett, the former stage manager, MC and actor who died in 2005.

Many have spotted him watching shows at the Amargosa Opera House and Hotel.

4) Sinaloa Restaurant, Bakersfield

The haunted Sinaloa restaurant in Bakersfield California

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Before becoming the Sinaloa Mexican Restaurant, the 100-year-old building was known as the Kern County Kids Shelter.

The establishment is haunted by the ghosts of the children who lived there and were neglected by the staff.

Some of the ghosts of the older children are actually more bitter, which is why they tend to lash out on the patrons and workers at the restaurant.

In fact, ask any waiter and they’ll tell you how Sinaloa Restaurant has had trouble retaining a bartender for the bar area upstairs.

Some people have also experienced feelings of fear at the ladies’ restroom.

If you seek the entities of Kern County Kids Shelter, you can be sure that they’ll reach out to you.

Many investigators have successfully captured them on film and digital EVP recorders.

While most of these show the children being curious or laughing, there are times when something/someone else is there to terrify both the living and dead.

3) Lincoln Heights Jail, Los Angeles

Los Angeles is a very diverse place, but the hauntings are universal - especially at the at Lincoln Heights Jail.


Lincoln Heights Jail has been considered as one of the haunted places in all of California because of the ghosts of the unsavory characters that once resided there.

According to the séances held there, the spirits are far from at peace.

That’s because they’ve been abused, sometimes till death, in these dark dusty halls.

Some of these aren’t scared of taking it out on the living visiting the jail, which is why many visitors have been pranked, locked, and even physically abused by the entities there.

One of the most notorious killers confined to the jail was William Edward Hickman, the man responsible for “The Most Horrible Crime of the 1920s” according to the LA Times.

Hickman abducted 12-year-old Marion Parker, daughter of a prominent banker, and killed her.

According to his statement, a supernatural spirit guide called Providence told him to strangle the child.

Considering how Hickman used to speak to himself, chances are that Providence is still lurking around Lincoln Heights Jail, waiting for another possible killer.

2) Mission Inn, Riverside

One of the Historic Hotels of America, The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa takes pride in its reputation as one of the most haunted hotels in Southern California...

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Mission Inn has been attracting ghost hunters for years now.

Built in 1900, the building is haunted by several ghosts, including members of the Miller family who founded the hotel.

However, they aren’t as interesting as the other paranormal events and entities across the inn.

Guests in room #215 have reported large blue lights as big as bowling balls inside the room.

Those who checked in the 4 th floor room in the southeast corner have seen Alice Miller (the former manager), felt her presence, or felt drops in temperature.

The entity in the Bridal/Honeymoon Suite isn’t as friendly.

It’s been known to push down people down the spiral stairs.

Similarly, the St. Francis Chapel Courtyard and Spanish Patio are haunted by strong presences.

The latter has a clock that acts out of the ordinary, scaring those standing nearby late at night or early morning.

1) Glen Tavern Inn, Santa Paula

Glen Tavern Inn in Santa Paula is a hotspot of paranormal activity.

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Step inside the Glen Tavern Inn and you’ll feel a chill down your spine.

The inn is covered with cold spots, justifying the reports of paranormal activity there.

On the first floor, the apparition of a woman has been seen in the General Manager’s room in 106.

On the second floor, many guests have experienced sleep paralysis.

Some have even reported the feeling of “something” trying to enter their dreams.

While the third floor overall is bad news due to its history as a brother and gambling hall, room #307 is the most active.

This is because a prostitute had been beheaded in the closet there and a cowboy shot in the head.

Room #308 is equally as spooky.

Known as The Houdini Suite, it’s one of the best places to communicate with Glen Tavern Inn’s spirits.

Just don’t ask about Houdini.

The Supernatural Investigation Unit wrote, “The moment we asked if he was here, an orb manifests on our camera phone in the middle of the screen, and shoots up.

We do further research in the room that night, and do the water pouring technique to see what would happen.

As we turned on the water faucet, while running the recorder, we caught an EVP saying ‘I need milk.’

The EVP is significant, because only one team member knew about Houdini’s Milk Can Escape trick.”

With so many places to explore, Southern California is definitely the place to be to hunt spooks.

Just remember to be safe in the process or else you’ll be joining them.

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Sinister acres is southern illinois' premier haunted attraction, with two terrifying and unique haunts; sinister house & tomahawk trail..



Sinister House is a journey into the world of deranged serial killer Otis Hodge. During a time period spanning the 1920's to 1950's, Mr. Hodge turned his small farm into a haven for murderers, sadists, occultists and other deranged individuals. 


Long before Sinister Acres was home to notorious serial killer Otis Hodge, it was home to a much older and ancient evil. Early pioneers in the region and native tribes would tell stories of a race of human-like creatures that lived in the forest and ate the flesh of those unlucky enough to wander into their lair. 

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 Sinister Acres has two terrifying haunted attractions at one location. Featuring Sinister House, an  intense haunted house experience and Tomahawk Trail, a horrific haunted trail. We are just a short drive from Carbondale, Illinois. 

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15 Most Haunted Cities in the U.S.

Posted: January 10, 2024 | Last updated: January 10, 2024

Hunting for paranormal activity is a great American pastime, and you don’t have to wait until Halloween for ghosts to make their appearance. Many cities across the U.S. have a reputation for being haunted year-round.

Cities steeped in centuries of history, cities with traumatic pasts and cities with strong magnetic fields (or a combination of all three) are prime real estate for ghostly inhabitants. Many of America’s haunted cities are in the South, but you’ll find haunted destinations all across the continental United States.

If you’re curious about the most haunted cities in the U.S., read on to discover what we’ve uncovered.

15. Portland, Oregon

Year founded: 1851

Population: 641,000

Why Portland is Considered Haunted

Before Portland was a capital of cool, it had a dark and sordid past. A web of tunnels underneath the city streets, known as the Shanghai Tunnels, are some of the most haunted areas in the city. During the 19th century, the tunnels were used to transport illegal goods throughout the city. 

The tunnels were also (allegedly) used to kidnap locals from bars and transport them to ships waiting to sail them off for human trafficking. Many say the souls still haunt the bars that sit above the old tunnels.

14. Pawley’s Island, South Carolina

Year founded: 1711

Population: 132

Why Pawley’s Island is Considered Haunted

South Carolina has its fair share of ghostly haunts but Pawley's Island off the coast of Myrtle Beach may be one of the most haunted of them all. The most famous ghost on the island is that of the Grey Man, who appears to warn people of impending hurricanes. If you spot him walking on the beach, or if a man dressed in grey approaches you, you know it's time to get off the island.

13. San Francisco, California

Year founded: 1776

Population: 815,000

Why San Francisco is Considered Haunted

San Francisco's mist-covered hills and centuries-old streets tell the stories of a spooky past. But perhaps one of the most famous haunted sites in the city is the former prison grounds of Alcatraz. It is long believed that a few ghosts are still roaming the hallways and abandoned jail cells of the island prison, Al Capone being the most famous.

12. Bodie, California

Year founded: 1859

Population: 0 (Ghost town)

Why Bodie is Considered Haunted

A 'ghost town' refers to a town that has been abandoned and is frozen in time. But for some ghost towns, like Bodie, California, the term "ghost" is much more literal. The former mining town in the Sierra Nevada mountains is one of the most haunted in the country. 

The J.S. Cain House is said to be haunted by the ghost of a maid, while the Mendocino House has several resident ghosts. In the cemetery, the ghost of a three-year-old child who met an untimely death is said to come out and play with living children who wander near the grave.

11. Chicago, Illinois

Year founded: 1837

Population: 2.6 million

Why Chicago is Considered Haunted

A city as famous for the grim and ghoulish as it is for art, music and culture, Chicago has quite a ghostly history. Oak Woods Cemetery has the graves of 6,000 Confederate soldiers, some of whom are said to come out and about. Some say they can still hear the screams of victims from Al Capone's Valentine's Day Massacre at the Clark Street Bridge. And if you're driving along Archer Avenue, keep a lookout for the "Vanishing hitchhiker" who has been hitching rides since the 1930s.

10. Cahawba, Alabama

Year founded: 1819

Why Cahawba is Considered Haunted

Cahawba was originally founded to be the original capital of Alabama. The town was abandoned after the Civil War, but some residents have remained indefinitely. Colonel C.C. Pegues, a Civil War colonel who was mortally wounded, is said to still occupy the town. He takes the shape of a peculiar ball of white floating light that appears in the woods at his former home.

9. Charleston, South Carolina

Year founded: 1670

Population: 151,000

Why Charleston is Considered Haunted

With nearly 400 years of history, and much of that history laden with pirate lore, a Civil War and a little bit of voodoo magic, it’s no wonder Charleston is a breeding ground for haunted tales. Charleston's downtown, also known as The Battery, was used for artillery during the Civil War. 

Today, the Battery Carriage House Inn is known for some rather long-term guests, like a couple of ghosts who don't like to share the bed. The Dock Street Theatre also has a particularly spooky audience, notably the spirit of John Wilkes Booth, as well as that of a local sex worker named "Nettie."

8. Shoshone Ice Caves, Idaho

Year founded: 1864

Population : 1,678

Why the Shoshone Ice Caves are Considered Haunted

Shoshone is a small mining town in Idaho, but it's the ice caves of the area that are most known for their haunted happenings. The ice caves were built into the state's longest lava tube and were used as a source of ice for the town of Shoshone in the 19th century. 

Paranormal activity has long been reported in these caves, including ghostly footsteps and whispers in the dark.

7. St., Augustine, Florida

Year founded: 1565

Population: 14,581

Why St. Augustine is Considered Haunted

St. Augustine's claim to fame is that it is the oldest city in the United States. With so much history, you'd imagine a few residents may have stuck around over the centuries. Allegedly, the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum is one of the most haunted spots in the city, thanks to resident girl ghosts who drowned there in the 19th century. 

6. Pine Barrens, New Jersey

Year founded: N/A

Population: 400,000

Why the Pine Barrens is Considered Haunted

Many mysteries hide between the trees of southern New Jersey's Pine Barrens. This vast swath of deep forest is best known for the legend of the Jersey Devil, a demon said to be born to a local woman in the 18th century. 

The hundreds of square miles of forest have many abandoned towns and factories tucked within them, all of which are said to have their own ghostly goings on.

5. San Antonio, Texas

Year founded: 1718

Population: 1.45 million

Why San Antonio is Considered Haunted

It's easy to "remember the Alamo" when many of its victims are still seen and heard patrolling the historic site. A city with a long history, San Antonio is the site of some major hauntings. A stroll along the river walk will reveal many eerie establishments, including the Alamo Street Restaurant and Theater.

4. Savannah, Georgia

Year founded: 1733

Population: 147,000

Why Savannah is Considered Haunted

Savannah is one of the oldest cities in the U.S. and one with a high count of paranormal activity. From the Bonaventure Cemetery to Fort Pulaski, the Pirate's House restaurant and The Mercer House, it has no shortage of addresses known for long-dead guests.

3. New Orleans, Louisiana

Population: 377,000

Why New Orleans is Considered Haunted

A tragic past of slavery, mysterious threads of voodoo and hundreds of years of history have brewed up quite the recipe for hauntings across New Orleans. Many spots across the city have reported spirit activity. 

Antoine's Restaurant, for one, is said to still be haunted by its original proprietor, Antoine Alciatore. But the most famous ghost in the Crescent City is Marie Laveau, "The Voodoo Queen." Residents of New Orleans will visit her crypt at the St. Louis Cemetery and leave her offerings, hoping she'll grant them favors.

2. Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Year founded: 1806

Population: 7,400

Why Gettysburg is Considered Haunted

One of the greatest tragedies on American soil happened at Gettysburg. The Battle of Gettysburg was one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War and, as such, the battle site is considered to be one of the world's most haunted places. 

1. Salem, Massachusetts

Year founded: 1626

Population: 44,800

Why Salem is Considered Haunted

Salem, Massachusetts has one of the most tragic histories in the country. The village is best known for the horrific 17th-century witch trials that resulted in the execution of 19 people. That tarnished past stays with it, as some say the alleged witches still linger in Salem to this day.

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It's a decent haunt attraction located at Holy City Brewery. There's 3 tickets options: - general admission $20 - RIP access : includes expedited entry into haunted house , a beer and access to a separate seating area.$35 - Get Buzzed : you get a beer and a burger from Holy City Brewing plus a flash art tattoo from Stardust Tattoo Park Circle plus expedited entry into the haunted house and access to the separate seating area. $155 We did the RIP access. It was a Wednesday night sooo we later realized we didn't need the RIP access but of course they don't tell you that when you buy the tix . There was no line and the private seating area was a bit lame so we didn't even sit in there. I don't really recommend the "get buzzed" tour unless you want a tattoo ? Kind of a weird combo . Anyways , you can order a burger on your own independent of this ticket and not pay $100+ for it . Do general admission or RIP access. The haunted attraction itself was pretty good . We had a fun time walking thru it . Took us maybe 10-12 minutes to walk thru . There was a good bit of scare actors and the haunt did not heavily rely on animatronics. My favorite was the possum mask one of the actors was wearing lol . I definitely think this makes for a fun date night or night out with friends .

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My friend and I had a scary time at southern screams. It's a bit pricey but it's still so much fun! The haunted house was terrifying and done so well! The actors are amazing and the outdoor ones are the best! The costumes are top notch and the haunted house even smells! We also got to hang out at hollow spirits after we were done being terrified! Great time for family and friends!

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I've been to universal horror nights and this surpasses it. I recommend it to everyone. I'm going to return every year!!!

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Every year I go to a haunted attraction in Mount Pleasant that's been around for a while. I was so happy to hear about a different attraction coming to Park Circle, and BOY IT DID NOT DISAPPOINT. The production value of this event was absolutely on par with the other haunted attraction that's been around for years, and you have the added bonus of starting and ending the experience at a brewery. When we went, the line moved INCREDIBLY slow, but I think they will work out those kinks with more experience. You also have the option of buying a fast pass to get through the line faster. This was a really memorable, fun event, and I love that they give the "scare with care" option for kids or people that don't want to be scarred. I would absolutely recommend this attraction for a date or with friends. One word of advice: BEWARE THE CLOWN ROOM!!!

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So incredibly scary! The meat room and the clowns! No one in our group wanted to go first. The scary bush at the end freaked me out!!!

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Davison offers a socio-historically contextualised, generically detailed overview of the haunted plantation house featured in Southern Gothic literature since the early nineteenth century. Discussing works by Edgar Allan Poe, Thomas Nelson Page, William Faulkner, Toni Morrison, and Jim Grimsley, Davison analyses the haunted plantation house as a type of mortuary, a site ‘haunted by history’ and, more specifically, the slave-based economy that produced it. This chapter reveals this popular Gothic locale to be a fertile contact zone between racialised and gendered bodies—living and spectral—in which are staged uncanny encounters between the past and the present, the familiar/foreign, and domestic/imperial, rendered in order to advance a variety of cautionary messages about racism, misogyny, and homophobia, and to grant visibility and voice to those who were usually excluded, silenced, and invisible.

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