Get the creepy details and scary ghost stories about haunted cemeteries in Chicago, Hollywood, Barbados, Paris and more. Find out which ghosts still haunt these well-renown graveyards.
Boothill Cemetery, and the entire town of Tombstone, AZ, is considered to be one of the most haunted places in the US. Tombstone is the town where the infamous O.K. Corral gunfight happened, between the Clantons, the Earps and Doc Holliday. Three members of the Clanton gang were killed, but apparently their spirits, along with a few outlaws buried in the cemetery, are still seen roaming the around the graveyard, hoping to avenge their death.
Locals, visitors and paranormal investigators believe St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 is the most haunted cemetery in the world. Many ghosts haunt this famous graveyard in New Orleans, including Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau. Because most of the city is submerged in water, the dead are buried on top of the ground. Some visitors have heard eerie screams from inside the tombs and have been eyewitnesses to the ghosts of animals, including cats and dogs. Take a picture here and a strange orb or ghost may make an appearance in your photo.
Highgate Cemetery in London is perhaps one of the most actively haunted cemeteries in the UK. With 50,000 graves on site, it’s not a surprise why ghosts still roam this spooky spot and its underground catacombs. Ghost stories about the cemetery include tales of vampires who some claim drain the blood from dead animals found in the graveyard. And rumors continue to spread about seeing an imp-like creature, a ghostly bicycle rider and a mysterious man in a top hat.
Locals, who visit Salem Cemetery in Hendrysberg, OH, have seen the ghost of Louiza Fox, the first murdered citizen of Kirkwood Township. She has been seen crying at her grave and at the site of her murder. Hounds from hell are believed to roam and growl their way through this cemetery. Some people believe the ghost dogs exist to keep ghosts from escaping.
Located in Midlothian, IL, Bachelors Grove Cemetery is rumored to be the scariest haunted cemetery in the Chicago area. This area was once a dumping ground for Chicago gangsters during the 1920s. For a number of years, witnesses have claimed to see ghosts and a phantom car that disappears along the turnpike near the graveyard. Not even daylight is safe. Violent cries of a small child are often heard in the evening.
Phantom figures in both Union and Confederate uniforms still pace Gettysburg’s battlefield and cemetery -- the site of one of the deadliest battles in American history. A man, seen wearing a black hat with a star, often tries to converse with tourists and pose with families for photos. For the ultimate haunted experience, stay at the Farnsworth House Inn, where Confederate snipers hid during the battle and their ghosts still roam today.
Most people know LA’s Hollywood Forever Cemetery as the burial place for Hollywood legends, including Rudoph Valentino, Douglas Fairbanks, Nelson Eddy, Norma Talmadge, Victor Fleming, Darla Hood and James Garner. Previously known as Hollywood Memorial Park, the ghosts of Virginia Rappe, Clifton Webb and a lady in black is usually scene lurking around Valentino’s crypt.
Père Lachaise Cemetery has 300,000 graves, making it the largest cemetery in Paris. Opened in 1804, it’s a beautiful place for visitors to take a stroll along the cobblestone paths to see the gravesites of Napoleonic-era generals, famous composers and other luminaries, including author Oscar Wilde and Doors lead singer, Jim Morrison. Visitors to the cemetery have claimed that they’ve seen Morrison’s ghost and the ghosts of Marcel Proust and Maurice Ravel, a loving couple who rise from their graves by night in search of one another.
In Baltimore, MD, Western Burial Ground is where the remains of famous people reside, including Edgar Allan Poe, Francis Scott Key, US President James Buchanan and soldiers from the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. The catacombs under Westminster Hall have been the source of many ghostly tales. One old ghost story refers to a skull of a murdered minister that screams all day and night. Rumors are that the skull was bound and gagged in a block of cement, but apparently that hasn’t stopped the blood-curdling screams.
If you’re near Christ Church, Barbados, we suggest you check out the Chase Vault, best known for a widespread legend of mysterious moving coffins. According to the creepy tale, each time the heavily-sealed vault was opened in the early 19th century for the burial of a family member -- all of the lead coffins had changed position. Visit the infamous gravesite and determine if the tale is fact or fiction.
On the way to the Chicago’s Resurrection Cemetery, don’t be surprised to see a phantom hitchhiker named Bloody Mary, who asks for a ride to the graveyard, but mysteriously vanishes into thin air. Travelers may spot Thomas Milners and his sister Marlene on the side of the road covered in blood. The two were struck and killed by a car in 1959 while going home from a family burial. And if that’s not bizarre enough, locals and visitors have claimed that they saw a vampire bride searching for her head in the cemetery. So be prepared for a few extraordinary paranormal experiences here.