Have you ever walked into an empty room and experienced an inexplicable, blood-chilling feeling that you weren’t alone? If you believe in them, you can find ghosts all over Oregon: haunting hotels, mansions, parks, and more. With Halloween just around the corner, there’s no better time to learn about haunted places in Oregon, whether you want to visit them or stay as far away from them as possible. And anway, who doesn’t like a good ghost story? With the help of
Haunted Places, we put together this list of 10 creepy haunted places in Oregon.
10) Fort Stevens State Park
The historical (and often creepy) Fort Stevens State Park is haunted by the ghost of a soldier who patrols the area at night holding a flashlight. There are many stories recounting encounters with the man, who, when approached, disappears into thin air.
9) McMenamins Edgefield/ Multnomah County Poor Farm
Once an asylum, now a hotel and concert venue, McMenamins Edgefield (formerly known as Multnomah County Poor Farm) is haunted by the ghosts of former residents. The ghost of a woman as well as a dog has been sighted wandering the grounds, and babies have been heard crying in what used to be the infirmary.
8) The Crystal Ballroom
There have been many paranormal occurrences at this music venue in Portland. There are times when, long after an event, the elevators will go up and down on their own, and one can hear disembodied footsteps and sourceless voices talking and laughing amongst themselves in empty rooms, late into the night. It seems these ghosts will be partying for eternity...
7) McMenamins Grand Lodge
The McMenamins brothers seem to be friendly with ghosts, as many of their locations are said to be haunted. At the Grand Lodge, there is a portrait of the ghost who haunts the building, an old woman in a dress and slippers who has an uncanny likeness to a woman named Anna who used to live in the building.
6) Malheur Butte
Malheur Butte is a dead volcano in Eastern Oregon with a shadowy past full of dark magic. It's said that witches used to meet here, and that strange imp-like creatures appear in the night and keep visitors away.
5) Pittock Mansion
This historic mansion in Portland is open to visitors, but beware: ghosts may be present. Visitors have heard the sound of heavy footsteps walking around in an empty room, a window has closed and latched on it's own, and one woman even reported seeing an old woman standing behind her vanish into thin air.
4) New Redmond Hotel
Many residents at this hotel in downtown Redmond have reported an indescribable presence in the middle of the night. Ghosts have been seen wandering the building and the adjoined businesses, making strange noises, bumping things off of the walls, and opening and closing doors.
3) Heceta Head Lighthouse
The ghost of an old woman and her daughter haunt this beautiful lighthouse. According to PBS 'Legendary Lighthouses', nearly everyone who has stayed at the lighthouse since the 1950s has experienced paranormal activity, including disembodied screams, items moving or disappearing, and the reflection of a old woman's ghost in an attic window.
2) Flavel Mansion
This mansion-turned-museum in Astoria is haunted by the ghosts of the Flavel family, who have made their phantom presence known by speaking amongst themselves and practicing music in empty rooms. A woman's ghost has been sighted in the hallway, and Mr. Flavel has been seen in his bedroom, before vanishing.
1) The Portland Shanghai Tunnels
Said to be one of the most haunted places in America, the Shanghai Tunnels in Portland bone-chillingly creepy. Located underneath the streets of old town, these tunnels were used between 1850-1941 for illegal activity including human trafficking. Many people died in the dark, dingy tunnels, leaving their ghosts behind. You can now tour these tunnels, and many have heard phantom voices talking, moaning, and screaming.
Know of any other haunted places in Oregon? Have you experienced any paranormal activity yourself? Tell us your stories of ghosts and ghouls in the comments.