Most people enjoy a good ghost story from time to time. Michigan is home to plenty of supposedly haunted spots, but few will make your skin crawl more than these spooky cemeteries throughout the state. These eerie spots are largely open to the public, which means you’re more than welcome to investigate them and see for yourself — if you dare.
1. Nunica Cemetery (Crockery Township)
Ghost hunters are enthralled with Nunica Cemetery on M-104 in Crockery Township. The cemetery is a resting place for many Civil War veterans, which has given way to soldier ghost sightings throughout the years. Visitors report experiencing sudden coldness in their bodies, hearing voices, and seeing apparitions of a woman dressed in all white.
2. Grave of Little Mary (Hillcrest Memorial Park, Jackson)
Visit this gravesite in Jackson for a truly spooky experience, inspired by the legend of “Little Mary.” The young girl, Mary McNaughton, is said to have been buried alive in the late 1800s. Legend holds that Mary can be heard scratching at the lid of her coffin and crying throughout the night.
3. Forester Cemetery (Carsonville)
Years ago, legend has it that a group of schoolchildren perished in a fire within Forester’s schoolhouse. To this day, paranormal enthusiasts claim to see and hear the ghosts of young boys rustling through the graveyard.
4. Redford Cemetery (Metro Detroit)
This cemetery has been the site of many reported paranormal events, including the sound of a woman crying in the night. Others state that the ground has started to shake and that a large, dark figure has followed them throughout the forested area around the cemetery.
5. Pere Cheney Cemetery (Roscommon)
The Pere Cheney Cemetery is all that remains of what was once a bustling town near modern-day Roscommon. By 1917, nearly everyone in the town had died of diphtheria and Pere Cheney was on its way to becoming a ghost town. Visitors to the cemetery claim to have seen lights in the surrounding woods or to have found unexplained handprints on their cars.
6. Findlay Cemetery (Ada)
Rumor has it that many people have seen a “misty blue figure” lingering around this cemetery in Ada. Most notably, Findlay Cemetery is home to the so-called “Ada Witch,” a legendary Michigan ghost who is said to tap unsuspecting visitors on the shoulder when they pass through the graveyard.
7. William Ganong Cemetery (Westland)
This graveyard in the town of Westland is also known as Butler Cemetery. Throughout the years, visitors have reported seeing eerie mists, glowing eyes, and unexplained orbs among the graves.
8. Union-Udell Cemetery
Situated off of Textile Road near Ypsilanti, Union-Udell Cemetery is thought to be one of the most haunted graveyards in Michigan. Legend has it that Union-Udell is the final resting place of a witch named Elizabeth, which makes it a must-visit spot for paranormal investigators. Many have reported spotting shadowy beings and hearing growls from inside the cemetery at night.
Is your skin crawling yet? Let us know if you’ve ever had a ghostly run-in at one of these cemeteries.