Michigan January 15, 2017
Not Many People Realize These 9 Little Known Haunted Places In Michigan Exist
Halloween is long over, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop being spooked. Michigan is home to plenty of frightening places that are often said to be haunted. Whether you’ve heard of these creepy sites or not, one thing is for sure: your skin is about to crawl.
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1. The Felt Mansion (Holland)
This elegant home on the west side of the state is a popular venue for weddings and other special events, but its lovely architecture is often overshadowed by a spooky legend. Rumor has it that the forest surrounding the mansion is home to a group of strange, round-headed creatures called “Melonheads,” who emerge at night and frighten nosy Michiganders with their bizarre behavior.
2. The Masonic Temple (Detroit)
This eerie Detroit building has been a fixture in the city since it was built in 1912. Since then, it’s been host to plenty of ghost stories. One popular story holds that George Mason, the temple’s founder, has haunted the premises since his death in the building in 1948.
3. The Terrace Inn (Petoskey)
Check into this hotel for a genuinely frightening experience. At least three apparitions have been reported in this historic inn, including a woman who wanders the halls dressed in all white. Reports of footsteps have also been noted around the hotel — talk about scary.
4. Seul Choix Point Lighthouse (Gulliver)
Venture to Schoolcraft County for a visit to this lighthouse, which has stood since 1892. Visitors report noticing a strong odor of cigar smoke, which can be attributed to the frequent smoking of former lighthouse keeper Captain Joseph Townsend. Townsend’s body was actually stored in the basement of the keeper’s house while the cold winter land thawed enough for burial.
5. The Grave of Little Mary at Hillcrest Memorial Park (Jackson)
Legend has it that a young girl named Mary was mistakenly buried alive in Jackson's Hillcrest Memorial Park during the summer of 1892. To this day, ghost hunters report hearing the sound of young Mary screaming and scratching frantically from the inside of her coffin.
6. USS Edson (Bay City)
This Vietnam-era ship has been the subject of countless paranormal investigations. Its involvement in conflicts across the world, some say, have left it haunted by the ghosts of soldiers, civilians, and unknown entities. For more information on the ship, click
7. Bone Heads BBQ (Willis)
The building that houses this eatery is believed to have been built around 1865, and this long history has left plenty of time for ghosts to move in. Employees and patrons have reported everything from unexplained swinging lamps to flickering lights throughout the restaurant.
8. The Paulding Light (Watersmeet Township)
This eerie light has been known to appear in a small valley just off of US 45. On clear nights, paranormal enthusiasts gather to bravely await the appearance of this frightening phenomenon. For further spooky details, click
Elmwood Cemetery (Detroit)
Take a walk through this scenic Detroit cemetery, which stands as one of Michigan’s oldest. The landscape and design are simply gorgeous, but that doesn’t keep the spirits at bay — with hundreds of Civil War veterans and other notable graves on site, Elmwood is home to its fair share of ghost sightings.
Did these ghost stories spook or surprise you? Are we forgetting any other haunted spots in Michigan? Tell us your stories in the comments.