The paranormal; the supernatural; simply, the unknown. These linked terms encapsulate an area of interest that fascinates and horrifies simultaneously. We seem to have a strong preoccupation with what occurs after this life ends for us, with what happens once our physical forms have ceased to be nothing more bone slowly turning to dust. Everyone has grown up listening to ghost stories of one sort or another – some that are steeped purely in folklore and legend, and some that carry somewhat more weight with them.
Pure spooky tales put to the side, listed here are the most haunted sites within each state, many of which have been widely documented – some for generations. What makes a site supremely haunted though? What is it that distinguishes one place breathtakingly eerie? The answer isn’t so straightforward, as it can be one of a couple of things, or a combination thereof. Many sights are vaulted to top of the terror list due to the violence that led to their hauntings – think mass murders involving axes and rifles. Others aren’t so much terrifying as they are extremely active, such as many of our nation’s historic hotels and theaters. In fact, hauntings occur virtually everywhere across America, from houses, hotels, and theaters to universities, government buildings, and even highways.
Now, if you’re easily creeped out, reading through this expansive list may not be the best idea (although it is kind of fun to get spooked….most of the time anyway). If you’re enthralled by the supernatural though, or simply intrigued, then this list makes for one fascinating – and maybe slightly horrifying – read.