It’s finally October, and it’s about time to let ourselves get freaked out by supernatural possibilities. Sure, some of our communities are being haunted by random, living clowns, but those are just people. (Weird people. Really weird people.) Since we’re now just weeks away from Halloween, when most of us suspend our disbelief and try to believe in hauntings, it seems like the perfect time to introduce a road trip that will take you through the most haunted places in the Natural State. These nine places are spread all across the state, and they’re the most haunted spots in Arkansas. That nearly 10 hour drive time may seem a bit long, but it gives you the opportunity to get excited about the apparitions you may glimpse at these spooky places.
1. The Allen House (Monticello)
The Allen House is located in Monticello. It was built in 1900 by a prominent delta planter, but the stories of its haunting didn’t begin until the 1940s, after LaDell Allen committed suicide there by drinking cyanide. For many years, the Allen House was converted into an apartment building that mostly housed students from the University of Arkansas. The ghostly sounds of moaning and heavy footsteps were so intense that the police were summoned. No one was found to be living on the floor from which the sounds came. You'll find a number of October events on their website.
2. Highway 365 (Central Arkansas)
Highway 365 has so many ghost stories it’s hard to decide which to tell you. Most of them revolve around a ghostly hitchhiker, usually a young girl, who appears wet and asks for a ride home. Once the girl is delivered home, she disappears. If the good Samaritan then approaches the door of the home the girl claims as her own, her parent will say she has been dead for a long time, but she tries to come home once a year anyway.
3. Hot Springs Haunted Tours (Hot Springs)
Your stop in Hot Springs will take you to more than one haunted spot. This sixty minute walking tour will take you around downtown Hot Springs. One of the places you’ll pass is the Old Malco Theatre, which has had rumors of a haunting since a young woman disappeared from the audience in the 1880s.
4. Bonus: stay the night at the Arlington Hotel in Hot Springs.
The staff at the Arlington will tell you their hotel is not haunted. It makes one wonder how exactly they think the wine bottles jump off the shelves on their own. Spirits are said to roam the halls in old-fashioned clothing and then disappear. The ghost of a bellman routinely walks through doors and disappears.
5. Old State House (Little Rock)
Located in Little Rock, the Old State House is now a museum. It is said to be haunted by former speaker of the house John Wilson. During the course of a session, Wilson ruled a representative named Anthony out of order. As it was with rough-and-tumble politics back in the 1800s, the two men wound up fighting. When the fight was over, Anthony lay dead in a pool of blood on the floor of the Old State House. The ghost that prowls the grounds today is said to be that of John Wilson, whose guilt keeps his spirit tied to the place where he committed a murder. He was acquitted of the crime, but serves his time haunting the floor where he killed a man over wolf pelts.
6. Mount Holly Cemetery (Little Rock)
Located in the heart of Little Rock, Mount Holly Cemetery is home to several reports of paranormal activity. The ghosts of confederate soldiers and Native Americans are said to prowl the graves, playing otherworldly flutes and moaning. It is even said that the tombstones occasionally rearrange themselves in the night.
7. Pea Ridge Battlefield (Pea Ridge)
Pea Ridge Battlefield was the site of an important Civil War battle, and it seems not all the boys who died on that plain left for the afterlife. People who live near there report hearing cannon fire in the night, shouts that echo across the battlefield. Visitors say they feel they’re being followed around by otherworldly presences.
8. Station Cafe (Bentonville)
It appears that the Station Cafe may have been haunted since before it was a cafe. This Bentonville eatery is housed in an old theatre, and there are reports of food being tossed around and a ghostly man roaming the hallway in the cafe. You can’t always count on everything staying where you put it in the Station Cafe, as things occasionally move around on their own, sometimes violently.
9. Crescent Hotel (Eureka Springs)
The final stop on your haunted journey is at the Most Haunted Hotel in America. They offer ghost tours, but if you want some extra freaked out sauce on your haunted tour sundae, you really should stay the night. The hotel has been in Eureka Springs since 1886, and it’s been haunted for about that long. The most haunted room in the most haunted hotel is room 218, “Michael’s Room.” It's haunted by an Irish stonemason who fell to his death in 1885. Though the hotel is fully modern, you can’t always expect the electricity to work in room 218. Sometimes Michael messes with the lights.