Cemeteries are creepy places to be at the best of times. After all, it is disconcerting to think that you are surrounded by the corpses of hundreds if not thousands of people. So, when you throw a few ghost stories and unexplained events into the mix it really takes the spookiness to a whole new level!
If you’re thinking what are the most haunted cemeteries near me, then you’re in the right place! Let’s explore some of the most haunted cemeteries in the United States…
11 - Westminster Hall & Burying Ground, Baltimore MD
The cemetery at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Baltimore, Maryland is apparently the home of the screaming skull. The legend states that a minister was murdered here and every night at the same time his skull would start screaming. Eventually, his body was dug up and the skull gagged before being encased in a concrete block that now stands by his gravestone. According to locals, it is still possible to hear the muffled screaming on still nights. Edgar Allan Poe is also buried here, but he seems to be at rest!
10 - Union Cemetery, Easton CT
Union Cemetery in Easton, Connecticut dates back to the 1600s, so it is not difficult to imagine that it is haunted. In fact, the cemetery is known locally as ‘White Lady Cemetery’ after its most prevalent ghost! This lady in white is said to roam the cemetery at night and will sometimes venture beyond its gates and onto the road. Several drivers have reported actually hitting her with their vehicle only for her to promptly disappear. She is apparently not alone in haunting Union Cemetery as there have also been reports of glowing red eyes peering at them from out of the darkest corners.
9 - Bonaventure Cemetery, Savannah GA
Savannah is one city that is incredibly proud of its ghosts, so it is only to be expected that they have their own haunted cemetery complete with a chilling tale to tell. The most famous that is said to be roaming Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah is Gracie Watson, a little girl who died of pneumonia at the age of just six years old. Not only has little Gracie been spotted playing between the tombstones, but the statue of her by her grave has also been known to cry tears of blood on occasion.
8 - Resurrection Cemetery, Justice IL
Resurrection Cemetery in Justice, IL is an incredibly creepy place to be. Even the name conjures up spooky ideas! The most famous haunting here relates to a spirit known as ‘Resurrection Mary’. Mary was apparently a young girl who was killed in a hit and run accident sometime in the 1930s. Witnesses say that she can now be seen walking that same street where she was killed and that she sometimes hitches a ride back to the cemetery with young male drivers who are shocked when she vanishes from their car as they near the cemetery gates!
7 - Howard Street Cemetery, Salem MA
Salem, Massachusetts is famous for one thing – the witch trials. In the late 1600s peculation was rife about who was and who wasn’t practising dark magic. One of those accused was a wealthy farmer named Giles Corey. He was accused of being a warlock and was tortured to death during his so-called trial. Corey is apparently still seeking revenge for his untimely death and is said to haunt Howard Street Cemetery and the surrounding area. This would actually make perfect sense given the fact that he is not only buried here in Howard Street Cemetery, but it was also the spot where he died as a result of ‘pressing’. He is believed to specifically target Sheriff’s officers perhaps as they are the closest thing to the witchfinders that we have today. Corey’s ghost has also come to be a harbinger of tragedy. Whenever his ghost is seen around town it is usually directly before something tragic occurs.
6 - Hollywood Forever, Los Angeles, CA
Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles is registered on the National Register of Historic Places. There are plenty of deceased stars who call this place their final resting place and it even shares a wall with Paramount studios. Among the famous faces that are still roaming around is Rudolph Valentino. His ghost has been seen wandering around the area looking every bit as handsome as he did prior to his unexpected death in 1926. Every year a mysterious lady in black visited his grave on the anniversary of his death. It is said that she still visits now, albeit in spirit form. Other Hollywood stars buried here who are not yet ready to leave the spotlight include Clifton Webb who starred in the Mr. Belvedere films and has been seen frequently wandering around the graveyard.
5 - Silver Cliff Cemetery, Silver Cliff CO
Another one of the most haunted cemeteries in America is said to be Silver Cliff Cemetery in Colorado. However, it is not a ghostly apparition that this place is famous for, but rather the Silver Cliff Lights. These ghost lights are described as looking like blue lantern lights or bright white spheres. They appear over the cemetery gates at night and then float through the burial ground bouncing off of the tombstones! There has never been any cause for the lights established and most locals agree that they are paranormal in nature. The cemetery is still in use today an is owned and operated by the town.
4 - Stull Cemetery, Kansas MO
Stull Cemetery in Kansas is considered by many to serve as one of the gates to hell. There have been ghost stories linked to this place for hundreds of years. One of the focal points for the hauntings seems to be an abandonded church that stands right next to the graveyard. Many people have had strange experiences when entering the church including being grabbed by unseen hands. On one occasion the Pope himself refused to fly over what he called ‘a demonic piece of land’! Local legend suggests that this has always been an evil place and that the church was constructed in an attempt to cover the gateway. However, after the church closed it became a meeting point for witches and Satanists to gather and hold rituals. There are also rumours that witches were hanged in the trees within the church’s ground in the past. There is one tree in particular which is now growing through a tombstone which is also said to be a focal point for paranormal activity.
3 - Saint Louis Cemetery, New Orleans LA
Anyone who knows anything about New Orleans knows that you can barely take a step without running into something with a paranormal twist to it. Saint Louis Cemetery is known to be incredibly haunted and most believe that much of the activity reported here can be attributed to the fact that notorious Voodoo queen Marie Laveau is one of the 100,000 people buried there. Hundreds of people visit her grave each year to ask for a wish to be granted.
2 - Boot Hill, Tombstone AZ
This cemetery in Tombstone, AZ has come to be known simply as Boot Hill. The burial ground is certainly not well cared for and the strange overgrown look about the place only seems to add to the spooky reputation that it has. Those who have dared to go exploring Boot Hill have described seeing very unfriendly spirits around the place. It is believed that many of those buried here have links to the gunfight at the O.K. Coral involving the Earp brothers, Doc Holliday and the Clanton Gang.
1 - Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery, Bremen IL
Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery in Illinois is not only considered to be one of the most haunted cemeteries in America, but some would go so far as to say that it is one of the most haunted places in the entire world. The burial ground is tucked away in the middle of a creepy forest and looks spooky enough based only on its appearance. However, once you get into the ghostly tales that are connected to this place you soon begin to realise that there are even more reasons why this cemetery creeps you out. It was once used as a dumping ground for 1930s gangsters to leave their victims and some of them have been seen wandering the cemetery. Many visitors have reported seeing unexplained things during visits to the cemetery with one of the most common sightings being of a ghostly woman who sits on the tombstones.