Ohio March 14, 2015
These 15 Places in Ohio Will Absolutely Terrify You
All fun-filled Halloween destinations and cemeteries aside, Ohio is home to several straight up creepy places that need no witches, prop skeletons or eerie lighting to scare the average passerby. Abandoned, forgotten and decaying, the mere history and appearance of these places will make you think again before you consider visiting someplace you should probably just leave to itself—or maybe that’s just me.
1) The Ridges: The former Athens Lunatic Asylum sits close to the Ohio University campus where students and visitors alike often dare to explore the place known for several paranormal sightings and the beginning of the infamous lobotomy procedure.
2) Ohio State Reformatory: Commonly and formally known as the Mansfield Reformatory, this historic prison was shut down in the 90s due to prisoner reports of overcrowding and inhume conditions.
3) Helltown: With a name like that, something has to be up. In Summit County, the former Boston Village was founded in the early 1800s and existed until the 70s when the town was mysteriously purchased by the government with plans to create a national park—which never happened. This ghost town of abandoned buildings and boarded up houses is also commonly associated with hauntings.
4) Knox County Poorhouse: This creepy site is literally nicknamed "The House of Nightmares" and is used in the fall as a haunted house attraction.
5) Lima Tuberculosis Hospital: Because what's creepier than an abandoned hospital?
6) Beaver Creek State Park: Arguably the largest haunted site in the state, the ghost town of Sprucevale can be found here with few structural remains but many ghosts.
7) Higginsport School: Built in 1880, this creepy, abandoned public school building is located in Brown County. Used as a haunted house in the fall, there's one lesson we can all still learn from this former educational center: Stay away unless you're absolutely fearless.
8) Moonville: This ghost town and former mining community is located in Vinton County, where an abandoned railroad tunnel serves as the subject of numerous ghost stories.
9) Chippewa Lake Amusement Park: Medina County holds the strangest and creepiest destination in my faint of heart and paranormal intolerant opinion. Once a fun-filled, thriving destination is now a long ago forgotten park composed of an eerie, rusted ferris wheel, overgrown shrubs and trees growing inside of still standing roller coasters and numerous decaying booths and kiddie rides. Creepy, guys. CREEPY.
10) Mudhouse Mansion: Rumor has it this abandoned house, located in Lancaster, is still legally owned by someone. There are various stories of how and why this house is haunted, though very few people have made it close enough to get the full story behind this abandoned mansion.
11) Peter's Cartridge Company: The little town of King's Mill houses the building of a once thriving industry that now stands abandoned, with select portions undergoing renovations. Bullets and explosives are no longer made here —but I wouldn't be surprised if you faintly and mysteriously heard the sounds associated with them.
12) Haydenville Tunnel: This eerie tunnel stretches for nearly a mile between a sealed-off mine and a long-demolished manufacturing plant in Hocking County.
13) Roseville Prison: Aside from being home to a ghost (of course) this location is also used as a paint ball arena and a Halloween haunted house attraction.
14) Franklin Castle: Arguably Ohio's most haunted house, Cleveland is home to this former clubhouse for a German singing society, home to a German socialist organization, a doctor's office, apartments, a party house and even a home to bootleggers.
15) Schrader Road Tunnel: Part of this road, located in Chillicothe, goes through a railroad tunnel where you can supposedly hear a baby crying if you drive through the tunnel at night with your lights off and windows down. (Something I will not try, thank you very much.)
If you so desire, proceed to these locations with extreme caution—no need to disturb what we don’t fully understand.