If you believe in ghosts and want nothing more than to have a paranormal experience, your best bet is probably visiting a cemetery (preferably at night). But you can’t just go to any cemetery and expect to see a phantom. You got to find one with a history of spooks.
If you’re looking for ghosts, these cemeteries are full of different bumps in the night for you to investigate. They are some of the most haunted (or at least the creepiest, even if you don’t believe in the paranormal).
1.) Cemetery Hill, Gettysburg, PA: Gettysburg was one of the hardest fought battles of the Civil War. In the battlefield’s cemetery there are often sightings of the apparition of a barefoot man in Texas militia garb who walks from the cemetery to Devil’s Den every night. Supposedly he also talks to his witnesses, saying “What you’re looking for is over there,” before pointing towards Plum Run and then vanishing.
2.) Maple Hill Cemetery, Huntsville, Alabama: For some unexplained reason this cemetery has a playground, and supposedly the children of the local cemetery spooks like to play here after dark. People claim to see swings moving on their own and the sounds of invisible giggling kids in the night.
3.) Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery, Bremen, Illinois: The Madonna of Bachelor’s Grove is a famous legend in the area. Many people have claimed to have seen the woman sitting on a tombstone, staring tragically off into the distance.
4.) Greyfriars Kirkyard, Edinburgh, Scotland: Most of the the sightings here surround a fixture in the cemetery called ‘Black Mausoleum’. Some of the encounters have actually turned violent, the phantoms often giving visitors scratches, bruises and even broken bones.
5.) La Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina: The spirit of a girl by the name of Rufina Cambaceres supposedly haunts this Argentine graveyard after she was wrongly pronounced dead and buried alive. They she spends her eternal nights digging up other graves to make sure no one suffers the same fate.
6.) Western Burial Ground, Baltimore, Maryland: Edgar Allen Poe was buried here after he was found drunk in a gutter on the streets of Baltimore. This cemetery is also the home of the Skull of Cambridge. Thought to be the skull of a minister, it was encased in cement because locals claimed they could here screaming coming from the grave that held it.
7.) Highgate Cemetery, North London, England: In addition to being the site where the bodies of both Charles Dickens and Karl Marx have been laid to rest, this cemetery is also the home of the Highgate Vampire, who in the 70s was rumored to roam the surrounding forest performing black magic on those he captures.
8.) St. Louis Cemetery, New Orleans, Louisiana: This is where the tomb of the tomb of Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau resides. Some claim she will still perform dark spells for those who are brave enough to knock on the door.
9.) Los Angeles Pet Cemetery, Los Angeles, California: Supposedly, Rudolph Valentino’s Great Dane, Kabar, haunts the Los Angeles Pet Cemetery. He has been known to give visitors ghostly licks and nudges from beyond the grave.
10.) Stull Cemetery, Douglas County, Kansas: Known to be one of the Seven Gates to Hell, this cemetery, and in particular this creepy church is filled with otherworldly goings on, including the birthplace of Satan’s subhuman son.
11.) Valley of the Kings, Luxor, Egypt: King Tut and his pharoah friends supposedly haunt the tombs still being disturbed by excavators and tourists to this day. Visitors have claimed to have seen ancient Egyptians rituals performed by people long dead, and even whole chariot races down the halls of the crypt.
These might not be the best places to have a picnic, but if ghosts are your thing, there’s no better place for a monster mash than the cemetery. As Halloween draws closer, you may want to keep these places in mind…
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