The Spookiest Ghost Story from Each State
Light the campfire, pop up some corn, and get ready to have your spine tingled. Each of these stories is spooky not only because it’s ghostly but because it taps into our most terrible fears about our own human nature.
Alabama: The Red Lady of Huntingdon College
In 1910, a young girl was attending Huntingdon College in Montgomery. A strange girl, she had trouble making friends, but what most people remember about her is that she adored the color red. After months of increasing isolation, the girl finally slashed her own wrists. Her body was discovered in a red gown, drenched in blood. From then on, the school has been said to be haunted by a woman in red—a perpetual reminder of the importance of being kind to one’s peers. Don’t miss the spookiest urban legend from every state.
Alaska: Scary Mary of the Golden North Hotel
Back during the Gold Rush, after a woman named “Mary” was abandoned by her fiancé at the Golden North Hotel in Skagway, she locked herself in her room and never came out again. Eventually, her body was discovered in the room, dressed in the wedding dress she’d intended to wear on her wedding day. And it’s in that wedding dress that “Scary Mary” haunts the guests of the Golden North Hotel, stalking the halls and searching for the man who made the terrible mistake of abandoning her.
Arizona: La Llorona of Tuscon
The “La Llorona” story (“Crying Woman”) is told throughout the Southwest, and it always involves drowned children and their mournful mother. But the Tuscon version is particularly chilling. In this one, a woman failed to save her children from drowning in a flooding of the Santa Cruz River. After the woman’s own subsequent death, her ghost remained on the banks of the river—a disheveled and frightening apparition of a mother mourning her lost children. Here are 10 ghost stories from the most haunted places in the world that will give you chills.
Arkansas: The ghost of Route 365
One rainy night, a man driving down Route 365 picked up a young girl who was hitchhiking. But when they arrived at her house, the girl… had vanished. A light appeared in a window just then, and a woman came outside. “That girl is my daughter,” she told the man. “She hitchhikes home once a year.”
“Yes, but where did she go?” the man asked.
“She’s in the cemetery,” the woman explained. “She was killed ten years ago.”
California: The Lady of Stow Lake
Like La Llorona, the story of the White Lady of Stow Lake is a cautionary tale to all mothers about protecting their children from harm. Here, the story, set in 1906, has a woman pushing a baby carriage around Stow Lake in San Francisco, when she meets a friend and begins chatting away. Just moments later, she realizes… the baby carriage is gone. Ever since then, on foggy nights, people report seeing a distressed woman stalking the edges of the lake, sometimes moaning, sometimes crying out, “Have you seen my baby?”
Colorado: The Story of Robert Schmale
A very bad man named Robert Schmale was tried and hanged in Georgetown after he went on a terrifying and inexplicable murder spree. The townspeople were filled with so much anger and hatred, they left his body hanging for days. But Schmale got his revenge for his body’s mistreatment, as well as for the townspeople’s inability to “forgive,” apparently: he’s said to haunt the town, a thin ghostly man, flickering briefly in the darkness.
Connecticut: The Ghost of Frederick Jordan
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Frederick Jordan was the keeper of a lighthouse off the coast of Bridgeport. In 1916, shortly before Christmas, he was caught in a gale while rowing home to see his family. Ever since then, malfunctions of the lights and equipment at the lighthouse are often blamed on Jordan’s ghost. If this tale didn’t scare you away, check out these beautiful lighthouses for rent on Airbnb.
Delaware: Lums Pond
Back in the 1870s, a young girl ran away from home and hid in the woods near Lums Pond in New Castle County, which is where her body was eventually found—murdered. Her killer was never apprehended, but the girl is said to haunt the pond and the bridge that crosses it—with other-worldly shrieks and sudden drops in temperature along the bridge and the banks of the pond. Don’t miss these other 14 bodies of water around the world that are said to be haunted.
Florida: Haunted St. Augustine
In St. Augustine, the building that is now home to a restaurant (Harry’s) dates back all the way to the 1700s. In the late 1780s, a young woman was one of nine siblings being raised in the house. When the Spanish gained control of St. Augustine, she bravely took back her house. The house was later destroyed by fire, but people say that the woman’s ghost still haunts the building where her house once stood—presumably because a (wo)man’s home is their castle. Discover the real meaning behind omens and urban legends.
Georgia: The Woolfolk family murders
In 1887, nine members of the Woolfolk family were murdered in their beds, and the only survivor, 27-year-old Tom, was blamed, convicted, and hanged in front of 10,000 spectators. The house in Bibb County is now in ruins, but some who make their way to it report ghostly screams, disembodied voices, and feels of desperation and doom. Find out the history behind five common superstitions.