The Halloween season is here, and you know what that means: it’s time to enjoy a few self-inflicted scares. Michigan is home to its fair share of ghost stories and urban legends, but there are a few spots in our state that stand out as especially creepy. If you’re looking to explore some of the most frightening places in Michigan, here’s a road trip that will certainly give you goosebumps. Find the
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1. Felt Mansion (6597 138th Ave, Holland)
This historic estate in Holland is home to all sorts of urban legends, the most popular being “melon heads." These humanoid creatures with large heads are said to reside in the woods near the mansion and prey on people who approach them. The mansion even offers a “darkness tour” each October.
2. Henderson Castle (100 Monroe St, Kalamazoo)
Make a stop at this 19th-century bed & breakfast for a truly spooky experience this fall. The castle has been investigated by paranormal researchers who claim to have made contact with ghosts. Guests have reported sensing unexplained presences and even feeling taps on their bodies while sleeping.
3. Jackson State Prison (100 Armory Ct, Jackson)
Known as “Michigan’s First State Prison,” this prison is an eerie spot indeed. Take a tour of the grounds and you’ll surely sense the history of the building, which began housing inmates in 1839. Whether you’re exploring the solitary confinement cells or listening to tales of prison escapes, you’ll find yourself spooked.
4. Historic Fort Wayne (6325 W Jefferson Ave, Detroit)
This military fort in Detroit is full of fascinating history, but that history doesn’t come without a few ghost stories. A visit to Fort Wayne might introduce you to the spirits of fallen soldiers who still roam the grounds.
5. Fayette (4785 II Road, Garden)
This once-bustling iron ore settlement in the Upper Peninsula now sits abandoned as one of Michigan’s most fascinating — and eerie — ghost towns. It’s hard to walk the property without sensing the spirits of those who once occupied this community.
6. Paulding Light (Old US 45 and Forest Highway 181)
Venture out to this spot if you dare to catch a glimpse of a mysterious light that appears each night. Legends attribute the light to the lantern of a brakeman who was killed by an approaching train — his ghost now lingers in the valley.
7. Mission Point Resort (6633 Main St, Mackinac Island)
Mackinac Island is undeniably one of Michigan’s most haunted places, and the Mission Point Resort serves as an epicenter for many of the area’s paranormal experiences. Numerous ghostly encounters have been reported, including Native American spirits roaming the land, the sound of a young girl calling out to her parents, and even a woman’s voice eerily singing after dark.
Are you brave enough to embark on this spine-chilling adventure? We wish you good fortune during your haunted tour of the Great Lakes State.