After reviewing the stats, we’ve come to the conclusion that people love spooky stuff. The excitement of hosting horror movie marathons and planning Halloween costumes months in advance, or the nervous anticipation that comes with entering a haunted attraction, really gets the blood pumping. It’s all fun and games… until a real ghost shows up.
We’re not too sure if even the most devoted horror enthusiasts could handle the real-life spookiness of America’s most haunted cemeteries. Upon seeing the terrors in these final resting spots, you, too, would dart the opposite way, frantically calling for your mommy. In the words of author R.L. Stine, “reader beware — you’re in for a scare!”
1. Forest Park Cemetery (New York): This abandoned cemetery is home to countless urban legends. One of the most ominous claims that the graveyard houses the “Gateway to Hell.” That’s a bit too reminiscent of 2014’s As Above, So Below!
Visitors leave with tales of a decapitated angel statue who bleeds from the neck, though that’s been debunked. However, nothing has explained the eerie green glow that radiates from the cemetery’s ramshackle mausoleum, exactly where coffins were once located. No thanks!
2. St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 (Louisiana): This measly one-block long historic site, which opened circa 1789, is allegedly home to eminent “Voodoo Queen” Marie Laveau herself. People visit her grave to ask her for favors.
To conjure up Marie’s ghost, visitors would draw three Xs on her mausoleum, and sometimes knock three times on her tomb. As of 2019, however, this witchy vandalism comes with a hefty fine. Just let Marie rest peacefully.
3. Union Cemetery (Connecticut): Hundreds swear they’ve seen a mysterious woman wander the gravesite, as well as its nearby roads, at the darkest hours of the night. This woman has appropriately been deemed “The White Lady,” and she doesn’t exactly mind her business.
After a man’s frightening 2009 encounter with The White Lady, famed paranormal investigators Lorraine and Ed Warren supposedly got footage of the spirit in the cemetery, which they kept under lock and key until their death due to its “value.” Hmm.
4. Bonaventure Cemetery (Georgia): Everyone knows that sinister children rule cinema’s horror genre, and one also rules this noted cemetery. Little Gracie Watson, the daughter of a hotel manager, tragically died of pneumonia at just six years old.
But death didn’t stop her from causing a ruckus in Savannah, Georgia. The little one, who’s now over 125 years old, has been witnessed playing among the graveyard tombstones and, even creepier, her own memorial statue is rumored to cry tears of crimson blood.
5. Howard Street Cemetery (Massachusetts): Though the late 1600s saw Salem’s women in constant fear of being accused of being witches, it’s the ghost of a man, who was killed for supposedly having been a warlock, that lurks around this burial ground.
Giles Cory was tortured to death at his “trial” and still seeks revenge against authority figures. Legend has it that whenever the ghost of Giles Cory is seen, it’s only a matter of minutes before tragedy strikes. He’s one angry dude.