Cemeteries have always been a source of fear. With all those corpses in one place, surely at least one restless ghost must be roaming around. While most states have at least one graveyard that is rumored to be haunted, we have scoured the map to collect the 10 most haunted graveyards in the entire USA.
Westminster Presbyterian Church Cemetery (Baltimore, Maryland)
This is the home of the screaming skull. Supposedly, a minster was murdered and every night at a certain time, his skull would begin screaming. The screaming continued until eventually someone dug up the body, gagged the skull and then incased it in a concrete block located next to the gravestone. Locals say you can still sometimes here the skull’s muffled screams through the concrete block. Edgar Allen Poe is also buried here, though he seems to be one of the less noisy tenants.
Pinewood Historic Cemetery (Coral Gables, Florida)
According to legend, an elderly woman’s grave was vandalized by teenagers. Now, she roams the graveyard scaring folks…minus her head!
Hollywood Forever Cemetery (Los Angeles, California)
Anyone who’s anyone in the movie biz has to be buried in Hollywood Forever Cemetery. After all, a true Hollywood star would just die if they were buried anywhere else. Hollywood Forever, first established in 1899, quickly became the final resting place for many of the Hollywood elite. It’s so “Hollywood” that it even shares a wall with Paramount Studios. Many of Hollywood Forever’s residence refuse to leave the limelight, making several appearances long after their deaths. Clifton Webb, star the MR. BELVEDERE films of the 1940s and 50s, has been seen on several occasions walking the grounds. When Rudolph Valentino died, his grave visited by a woman in black every year on the anniversary of his death. Some say that same woman in black still makes an annual appearance, now as a ghost.
Howard Street Cemetery (Salem, Massachusetts)
If you’ve taken 9th grade English in the United States, chances are you’d be familiar with one of Howard Street’s famous residents. Giles Corey was an 80-year-old resident of Salem, Mass during the infamous witch trials of 1692. He was also the only victim of the witch hunt to be tortured to death. It is said that Corey still haunts the cemetery that he was not only interred in, but also the same spot in which he was killed by “pressing”.
God’s Acre Cemetery (Bethany, West Virginia)
The cemetery is said to be occupied by multiple spirits. Built in the 1820s, the cemetery later had a stone wall erected around it that has no breaks. The wall extends four feet up and goes another 3 feet underground. The rumor is that the wall was built this way to try to keep all of the restless spirits trapped in the cemetery walls.
Stull Cemetery (Stull, Kansas)
This one is rumored to be a favorite place for Satanists and witches. It is also thought to be a gateway to hell. Read more about the Stull Cemetery here.
Resurrection Cemetery (Justice, Illinois)
Resurrection Cemetery has a special haunter known as Resurrection Mary. Mary was a young girl killed by a hit and run driver while walking home after a date sometime during the 1930s. Now, she walks the same street she was killed on, occasionally hitching rides back to the cemetery with unsuspecting young men.
St Louis Cemetery (New Orleans, Louisiana)
Built in 1789, this is one of the oldest cemeteries in the USA, and it currently houses over 100,000 bodies. Many people have reported spirits walking around in the night as well as hearing wailing. It also houses the famous voodoo priestess, Marie Laveau. People will often mark three X’s on her tombstone thinking that it means she will grant them a wish from beyond the grave.
Boot Hill (Tombstone, Arizona)
One of the most iconic of American cemeteries, Boot Hill received most of its residents during what has been termed as “The Wild West”. During the late 1880s, many men earned their spot in the graveyard at the business end of a gun. Morticians planted several into the ground at one time during the legendary gun fight at the O.K. Corral between the Earp brothers (along with Doc Holliday) and members of the Clanton game. So it’s no wonder that there are a few perturbed spirits about.
Black Diamond Cemetery (Black Diamond, WA)
Visitors have described a lot of varying paranormal experiences, but the most common one is hearing whistling, often coming from multiple directions at once, even though no one is around you. Well, no one living that is.
Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery (Bremen Township, Illinois)
Bachelor’s Grove is an abandoned cemetery located on the South Side of Chicago. Some people believe the cemetery, which dates back to the 1830s, was a popular spot for 1930s gangsters to dump their victims. There have been several ghost sightings of various kinds over the years. Most people report seeing glowing orbs of light over the tombstones. Others claim to have seen various residents of the cemetery walking around at night, including some very upset gangsters.