Looking for some spooky spots to give you a scare this Halloween? From real life haunts to seasonal attractions, these 10 places are guaranteed to deliver.
1. Witch Dance, Natchez Trace Parkway (milepost 233.2)
Legend has it that witches used to meet in this very location so that they could perform ceremonies, which involved dancing. It is said that wherever the witches’ feet touched the ground during these dances, the grass would wither and die, never to grow again. These barren or scorched spots can still be seen to this day.
2. Bailey Haunted Firehouse, Meridian
Rated one of the scariest haunted houses in the state, Bailey Haunted Firehouse attracts thousands of visitors every year. Those brave enough can attempt to make their way through both a haunted house and a haunted forest. And with an admission fee of only $8, getting scared to death is totally affordable.
3. King’s Tavern, Natchez
As the city’s oldest standing building, King’s Tavern is rich in history – and that includes the paranormal kind. The building is believed to be haunted by Madeline, the mistress of one of the tavern’s original owners. No one is sure whatever happened to Madeline however, in the 1930’s, three mummified bodies were found in the tavern’s cellar – two male and one female, which was assumed to be Madeline.
4. Haunted Hill, Tupelo
In the business of scaring visitors (or victims?) for the past two decades, Haunted Hill has been named the state’s top haunted house by HauntWorld.com. You’ll know you’ve arrived when you spot the flaming towers, gothic columns, and black hearses, at which point you’ll have to traverse coffin rooms, vampire rooms, narrow hallways, a hall of ghouls, a chainsaw, an underground dungeon, walk over a glass encased grave, and much more.
5. Garden of Hope Cemetery, Gautier
This Gautier cemetery is actually considered one of the most haunted in the entire country. Several witnesses have reported a young, friendly ghost named Cheryl Anne; while others have come in contact with Bloody Sarah – an apparition that likes to run into the road and make motorists think they ran someone over. According to several reports, Bloody Sarah can be heard insanely laughing throughout the entire ordeal. Other ghost sightings in this cemetery include Cheryl Anne’s father, Hal, and the ghost of a man who climbs from his grave, steals flowers and wreaths from other gravesites, and then returns to his grave with the loot.
6. Hurricane Haunted House and Forest, Thaxton
Another of the state’s top rated haunted attractions, Hurricane House and Forest has only grown since its opening in 2006. Whether you decide to brave the haunted house, the equally as scary forest, or both, you won’t be disappointed, especially since 2015 is promised to be the “best year yet.”
7. Cedar Hill’s Haunted Farm, Hernando
Attracting thousands of people each year, Cedar Hill’s Halloween entertainment has grown to include a Haunted Hayride, Trail of Terror, Sensturbia (a haunted house that requires visitors to be BLINDFOLDED), and the Mid-South Zombie apocalypse.
8. Kuhn Memorial State Hospital, Vicksburg
The abandoned hospital has been a go-to destination for paranormal investigators for years, and has even been featured on the television series “Ghost Asylum.” From the dark maze of rooms that fill the building to an abundance of reports of supernatural happenings, Kuhn State Hospital is definitely not for the faint of heart.
9. The Terror Test, Lumberton
This ultimate haunted attraction has garnered both local and national recognition, even being named one of the top 13 attractions in America. Filled with pyrotechnics, special effects, and movie quality sets, the Terror Test promises an “intense and interactive haunted attraction experience.”
10. The McRaven House, Vicksburg
Named “The Most Haunted House in Mississippi,” McRaven’s paranormal activity has been documented by A&E, The Travel Channel, and 48 Hours. And with the home’s history, these occurrences are no surprise - several of McRaven’s past residents have died in the home, one owner was actually murdered on the property, and, during the Civil War, the mansion served as a Confederate hospital.
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