Halloween is long over, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop seeking out the scares. If you’re a fan of all things creepy, Michigan is a great place to live or visit — we’ve got more than our fair share of haunted attractions. Here are ten places in the Great Lakes State where you can enjoy a healthy dose of fright.
1. Northville Psychiatric Hospital
This abandoned hospital is often noted as one of Michigan’s most haunted locations. The hospital opened in 1952 and remained in operation for 50 years, until it was left for ruin. Today, its halls are strewn with everything from wheelchairs to hospital beds, leaving an eerie reminder of the past. Note: trespassing is against the law, so we certainly don't advocate entering this property without permission.
2. Pere Cheney
In 1893, diphtheria struck this small Michigan town with a vengeance, wiping out a large portion of its population. Legend has it that Pere Cheney fell victim to a curse — primarily because the village was constructed on top of an ancient Native American burial ground. It is believed that angry spirits sent bad luck to strike down the town’s residents with disease and destruction. Another rumor holds that a scorned witch is to blame for the town’s deadly curse. Today, little more remains of Pere Cheney than a cemetery. Visit if you dare.
3. Skull Cave
Head to Mackinac Island and explore this eerie natural spot. During the 18th century, Skull Cave was used as a burial ground by Algonquin Indians who inhabited the area. When fur trader Alexander Henry took refuge in the cave one evening in 1763, he thought he was simply sleeping on rock. But upon waking the next morning, he wrote in his journal that he was “lying on nothing less than a heap of human bones and skulls, which covered the floor!” Today, visitors venture out to the cave and revel in its spooky significance.
4. The Felt Mansion
This historic home near the shores of Lake Michigan is host to all sorts of legends and frightening tales. While there have been reports of ghostly activity within the mansion itself, the most famous story revolves around the infamous "Melon Heads,” a group of bizarre creatures with large, round heads who are said to reside in wooded areas surrounding the home.
5. Historic Fort Wayne
This historical site in Detroit is overflowing with fascinating military history, but it’s also known as one of the state’s most haunted places. Take time to peruse the barracks and other on-site buildings, but be forewarned that the spirits of fallen soldiers might decide to join you during your jaunt through Fort Wayne.
6. Holly Hotel
During the early 20th century, this hotel in the town of Holly was viewed as a hub for travelers who stopped for the night in Michigan. Today, it serves primarily as a restaurant and comedy club — but it’s also been the site of many paranormal encounters. Restaurant employees have even reported that the spirit of a young girl tampers with the kitchen’s meat cleaver each night. This is said to be the ghost of a child who was killed in an accident outside the hotel many years ago.
7. The Paulding Light
Venture to the town of Paulding off of US-45 and experience this uniquely frightening phenomenon, which has intrigued paranormal investigators for years.
The Paulding Light first became public knowledge in 1966, when a group of teenagers were spooked by the sight of an unexplained light in the valley. They reported it to the police, and sightings have continued on a steady basis ever since. It’s said that the light appears nearly every night.
8. Jackson State Prison
This prison is hailed as Michigan’s oldest, and with that history comes a healthy dose of scary stories. Inmates were first housed in the prison in 1839, and modern-day visitors often experience strange sensations as they tour the grounds. Whether you’re checking out the solitary confinement cells or simply imagining what life was like in this eerie building, you’re sure to be spooked.
9. Findlay Cemetery
Many visitors claim to have spotted a “misty blue figure” lingering within this frightening cemetery in Ada. Most notably, Findlay Cemetery is said to house the so-called “Ada Witch,” a legendary Michigan ghost that has been known to tap unsuspecting visitors on the shoulder as they pass through the graveyard.
10. Fayette Historic Townsite
Throughout the mid-19th century, this now-abandoned townsite served as a major hub for Michigan’s iron ore industry. Today, it sits as a ghost town on the banks of the Big Bay De Noc and combines history with a spooky reminder of what used to be. Take a tour of the townsite and cautiously venture through Fayette’s empty buildings and homes, which were once bustling with life.
Have you ever been spooked by a paranormal encounter in Michigan? Share your scariest personal experiences in the comment section — and visit these disturbing spots at your own risk.