Anyone looking for late-night ghost hunting sessions knows that cemeteries can be great places to go. Not only are these resting places genuinely creepy, but many of them are also reported to be haunted by the spirits sleeping there! From the voodoo queen of New Orleans to Edgar Allan Poe whispering “nevermore” in Baltimore, certain cemeteries need to be seen to be believed. These are the most haunted cemeteries and gravesites in the world that you definitely want to avoid in the middle of the night!
The Voodoo Queen Wanders The St. Louis Cemetery No. 1
Located in New Orleans Louisiana, the St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 is littered with ghostly activity. The most famous soul haunting the ground, however, is Marie Laveau, the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans. Although little of her actual history is known, the legend of who she was has lived on for over 100 years.
Make sure to bring your tape recorder to get an EVP (electronic voice phenomena) session as you wind your way through the paths and the mausoleum. This place is huge, and you never know where Laveau will show up to say hello.
Walk Through The Catacombs At Old Western Burial Ground in Baltimore
Located in Baltimore, Maryland, the Old Western Burial Ground is the final resting place of Edgar Allan Poe. And trust us, with how active this location is, it’s only fitting that one of the most chilling writers of all time lays his head here.
With parts of the graveyard only accessible through catacombs, you never know who might appear out of thin air. Along with Poe, the cemetery is haunted by a reported fifteen generals who served in the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812.
Track Down The Vanishing Hitchhiker At Resurrection Cemetery In Illinois
Since the 1930s, Resurrection Cemetery in Justice, Illinois has been home to the Resurrection Mary, also known as the vanishing hitchhiker. The crazy thing about this haunted location, though, is that Mary isn’t confined to the just the cemetery.
Since the ’30s, the urban legend has involved men driving along Archer Avenue picking up a young female hitchhiker. As the vehicle approaches Resurrection Cemetery, the spirit asks to be let out and vanishes. While many believe the legend to be only myth, one ghost hunter, Richard Crowe, claims to have 36 “substantiated” cases of the ghost.
Rookwood Cemetery In Australia Is A Ghost Sanctuary
Over one million people have been buried at Rookwood Cemetery in Sydney, Australia. That means it is teeming with ghostly activity. The most notorious spirits here are the Davenport Brothers, famous supernatural magicians from the 1800s.
While the brothers have been exposed as frauds in death, their dabbling in the spiritual while alive has turned the cemetery into a sanctuary for ghosts. A trip to this expansive destination will require several nights to complete a full investigation.
Stull Cemetery In Kansas Will Take You To The Underworld
Around the globe, there are seven reported portals to the underworld. One of those portals is supposedly located at Stull Cemetery In Kansas. Because of that, there is no question the cemetery is believed to be one of the world’s most haunted locations by paranormal investigators.
Still, some detractors claim the portal story was started as a fraternity prank in the ’70s that grew out of control. Now thousands of tourists show up to the Stull Cemetery every October, only to be deterred by locals who hope to keep it sanctimonious.
See Skulls Lining The Walls At The Paris Catacombs
The world-famous Paris Catacombs are located deep beneath the streets of Paris, France. The walls are lined with the bones of over six million french men and women, many of whom wander the limestone quarries today as ghosts.
The catacombs became the tomb of millions when Parisian authorities learned that decomposing bodies buried in the earth were affecting public health. To solve the problem, the bones of the buried were moved to the quarries, which today is a tourist hot spot for anyone interested in the afterlife.
You Never Know What You’ll Find At Bachelor’s Grove
Featured on the Travel Channel show Ghost Adventures in 2012, Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery is located in Chicago, Illinois. Since reports of paranormal activity began in the ’70s and ’80s, over 100 claims have been produced.
In these reports, various types of paranormal phenomena have been cited. From unexplained light and sounds to glowing balls of energy, and even actual apparitions, you never know what you might experience when you spend a night here. It might just convince you ghosts are real!
“Residents” At El Campo Santa Cemetery Are Restless
Erected in San Diego in 1849, the El Campo Santa Cemetery has been through its fair share of upheaval that has left its resident ghosts restless. Through the years, graves have been covered by new streets and desecrated in other ways.
As any paranormal seeker would expect, all this disruptive activity has led the dead to become incredibly active. Today El Campo is one of the most popular cemeteries to visit if you want to see a real ghost.
Confederate Prisoners Walk The Grounds Of Greenwood Cemetery
Greenwood Cemetery in Decatur, Illinois has long been known as one of the most haunted gravesites in the midwest. Ghosts of the Civil War, specifically Confederate prisoners, are believed to haunt the grounds, unable to find their path to the afterlife.
Stories of ghosts originally began to circulate in the 1920s and increased in volume in the ’50s when the cemetery fell into hard times. Since then it has been used by cults for rituals to do who knows what.
The Hollywood Forever Cemetery Is Full Of Stars
One of the most famous cemeteries in the world also happens to be one of the most haunted. Filled with stars who left this world for another, the Hollywood Forever Cemetery houses many famous spirits, but it most notable for two in particular.
The first ghost seen the most is Virginia Rappe, who experienced a wild and controversial night with “Fatty” Arbuckle that ended in her demise. The second is the “Lady in Black” who is often seen hanging around outside of Rudolph Valentino’s crypt.
Camp Chase Confederate Cemetery In Ohio Has A Flower Problem
Before becoming a place of mourning, the Camp Chase Confederate Cemetery in Ohio was a Confederate prison camp. The most famous ghost here is the “Lady in Gray,” who is said to have lost her husband in the camp and now leaves fresh flowers on his graves.
While other ghosts walk amongst the tombstones, none are more famous than the sad wife who refuses to let the memory of her husband die — even if it means she will never be laid fully to rest herself.
Blue Lights Are Seen At Silver Cliff Cemetery
As far back as the 1880s, visitors to the Silver Cliff Cemetery in Colorado have reported seeing blue lights dancing among the headstones. The first reported case of these lights being seen was by a group of miners who got lost trying to take a shortcut.
In 1969, National Geographic featured the lights in an issue, bringing national attention to the paranormal phenomena. Skeptics of the lights claim there are several explanations, including natural eye movement playing tricks on us.
There’s A Sad Woman At Stepp Cemetery
With only 25 graves located on-site, it’s surprising just how much activity is reported at Stepp Cemetery in Martinsville, Indiana. Even more amazing, almost all of the activity claimed to be seen here is of the same ghost, that of a woman watching over a grave.
Today, there is no real origin story for this spirit, and several different possibilities have circulated. One of the stories has the woman having just lost her child, so now she sits on a bench near its grave and hums to it.
Union Cemetery Is A Photographers Dream
Located in Easton, Connecticut, Union Cemetery was once investigated by famed demonologist Ed Warren. After his investigation, he said he captured video evidence of a female ghost wearing a white wedding dress or nightgown.
“Lady in White” hauntings are the most common cemetery hauntings in the United States. Theories state that these ghosts are victims of tragic losses, like a child or a husband. Stories of these hauntings mostly occur in rural areas such as Easton.
Seeing The Ghost At Howard Street Cemetery Is A Sign Of Tragic Things To Come
The Howard Street Cemetery in Salem, Massachusetts is the oldest gravesite in the area and the resting place of Giles Corey. Corey was buried alive on the site when he refused to claim his innocence or admit his guilt during the Salem Witch Trials. Whatever answer he gave would have resulted in the confiscation of his land.
Today when Corey appears at the cemetery, it is believed a tragedy is going to strike the town. Most famously, his ghost was seen just a few days before the Great Fire of 1914.
Peppermint Is Not A Pleasent Smell At Cemetery Hill
Did you ever think the smell of peppermint would be a creepy thing? When you walk around Cemetery Hill in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania that’s exactly what it is. Tragically, it was not possible to bury all the bodies after the battle in a timely fashion, leading to a ghastly smell.
To combat the smell, people at the time dipped handkerchiefs in vanilla and peppermint. Today, that soothing scent can still be smelled by visitors to the gravesite.
One Of The Most Famous Paranormal Photos Was Taken At Boot Hill
There’s a good chance that at some point in your life you have come across this picture taken at Boot Hill in Tombstone, Arizona. Snapped before the age of Photoshop, believers in the paranormal claim this is hard evidence that not only is this site haunted, but that ghosts are very real.
When the photo was taken, both the man in western gear and his friend behind the camera say they didn’t notice anything strange. Then the photo was developed. Is this all the proof you need?
Little Gracie Watson Cries At The Bonaventure Cemetery
Savannah, Georgia has a rich history with ghosts and hauntings, but perhaps the creepiest is that of Gracie Watson. Buried at Bonaventure Cemetery, she was six years old when she passed away from pneumonia. Ever since, she has been seen playing between the headstones.
Even creepier is that there is a statue of little Gracie Watson a the cemetery that visitors say cries tears of blood. This activity has never been captured on film, but this has our skin crawling if it’s true!
Hear Your Name Called At Oakland Cemetery In Atlanta
For anyone who has ever considered enlisting in the armed forces only to back out at the last second, we recommend avoiding Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta. It is the oldest cemetery in the city and serves as the burial site for countless Confederate soldiers.
Ghost hunters who wander too far into the cemetery say that they see these soldiers wandering the grounds. What’s worse, they say that during “roll call” of these soldiers, they have heard their own names called by the ghostly commanders at the site.
Aux Sable Cemetery Takes You To New Realms
While this site isn’t nearly as active as others on this list, the one ghost said to reside here is easily one of the most devious. While her name is not known, the Aux Sable Cemetery is home to a young female ghost who pulls creepy pranks on visitors.
For even more spine-tingling fun, the cemetery is also believed to be a portal to another dimension. That means the young ghost girl might not be a ghost at all! She might be something much worse, never seen on this earth before!