Missouri October 17, 2015
The 10 Most Terrifying, Spooky Places To Visit In Missouri This Halloween
There are haunted attractions, specially formulated to bring the scares, and then there are actual haunted places, whose stories and history can bring the scare just by being there. Here are some places in Missouri that have all been reported as haunted, that you might just want to see in order to make your Halloween season legit. Let’s go!
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. The Morse Mill Haunted Hotel, Jefferson County
This old hotel, located at 8850 Morse Mill Spur Road, is an 1816 farmhouse, with famous guests like Clara Bow, Jesse James, Al Capone, and Charles Lindbergh. Also, Bertha Gifford, who lived and worked there at one point, was an infamous serial killer who poisoned children and adults with arsenic laced chocolates. There have been reportings of strange images caught on film, footsteps, voices, cold breezes, and apparitions through the years. Find out more about the hotel's history at
Morse Mill Haunted Hotel
2. Peace Church Cemetery, Joplin
Peace Church is the final resting place of a man name Billy Cook, who killed 6 people in the 1950's. After his execution for these crimes in the gas chamber, he was buried here in an unmarked grave. Visitors to the cemetery have reported visions of Billy's ghost, and having been hit by objects that seem to have been thrown at them. They are located at 3334 N Peace Church Avenue in Joplin. Visit their Facebook page at
Peace Church Cemetery
3. The Baird Chair (or The Devil’s Chair), Highland Park Cemetery, Kirksville
The legend goes that those who sit in the chair at midnight (or Halloween, or during a full moon) will either be punished or rewarded for bravery. Another suggests a hand will rise from a grave and drag you down into hell. Since all devil's chairs are in cemeteries, it's easy to imagine getting spooked by such a tale. However, in truth, the chairs were most likely placed there as monuments or even just places for mourners to sit. Located at 615 S Jamison Street.
4. Hotel Bothwell, Sedalia
This 1927 Jazz era hotel, located at 103 E. 4th Street, is the site of many reported hauntings. Ghost sightings, voices, and objects going missing are just some of them. A former worker reported scratches on the back of his neck coming from nowhere. There have also been doors opening and closing on their own, and a crank elevator working on it its own. The third floor in particular is said to be the most haunted. It’s also a beautiful hotel complete with a spa, and a wonderful place to stay. Find out more and see if they are already booked for this Halloween at their website at
5. The Ravenswood Estate near Bunceton
Built in 1880, Ravenswood was the grand home of wealthy couple Nadine and Charles Leonard. The home hosted many parties and was the place to be. Nadine died in a bedroom at age 90 and her body was taken out of the home for funeral preparation. A servant, attempting to retrieve clothing for the burial, found the bedroom door locked from the inside. They looked in the room by climbing a ladder and looking in the window. No one was there. They tried and tried to get the door open to no avail. Finally, a servant left to get tools to force the door open. Upon his return the door was open. Over the years, reports of other phenomenon have occurred, including objects being thrown, a music box playing, and sounds of music and laughter coming from the grounds. Located at Hwy E, Boonville.
6. Jefferson Barracks and Cemetery, St. Louis
Several hauntings throughout the cemetery and barracks have been reported, but perhaps the creepiest is that of a little girl wandering the headstones. Or maybe it's the two soldiers from the civil war acknowledging each other at sundown...one a Buffalo soldier and the other a confederate soldier. Located at 2900 Sheridan Road (cemetery) and 533 Grant Road (barracks). Find out more about the cemetery
7. Zombie Road, Outside St. Louis
The stories associated with Zombie Road outside of St. Louis are many. While the original name of the road was Lawler Ford Road, it started being referred to as Zombie Road in the 50’s. This is perhaps due to the stories of a “Zombie killer”, a creepy guy who lived in a shack in the woods and would attack young lovers looking for a place to be alone. As the years passed, the chilling stories continued, including ghosts, vanishings and strange noises. One of the most spine-tingling may be the frequently re-told story about the ghost of a man who was hit by a train and now haunts the area. The chilling part is that there is a real story in which the wife of a local judge named Della Hamilton McCullough was actually hit by a train and died in 1876. Since there are no other records of anyone being killed by a train in this area, it is widely believed that Mrs. McCullough may just be the actual famed ghost.
8. Vaile Mansion, Independence
This haunted mansion is located at 1500 North Liberty Street. Besides former owner Mrs. Vaile appearing in the window or around the property grounds, it is also believed that the home's former use as an asylum left negative energies and residual hauntings. Open to the public Monday-Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sundays from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. through the end of October. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for children or seniors.
9. Fear (or Screaming) House in Union
The truly horrifying account of one man's experience with this house was written by former tenant Stephen LaChance. They were amazed at the low rent and puzzled by the latches on the outside of all the doors. What started as small things such as a painting that kept falling off the wall, turned into a malevolent dark ghostly figure, a screaming man, and an attack by the house itself finally forcing them to leave. Turned out the house has had a long history of tenants leaving unexpectantly. You can read more of his story
10. Lemp Mansion, St. Louis
The Lemp Mansion currently operates as a restaurant and inn (and even the site of a murder mystery dinner theater!) and people flock there to see if they can observe something creepy. This 19th century mansion in St. Louis is said to be one of the ten most haunted places in America. Based on the several suicides and other deaths within the Lemp family at this location, the building is said to be haunted by several of their spirits. For example, the attic is said to be haunted by the “Monkey-faced boy” who was actually the illegitimate son of William Lemp Jr, who had been hidden away to avoid disgrace due to the scandal and because he had been born “deformed” (actually with down syndrome). Located at 3322 DeMenil Place. For information, availability, events and more, visit their website at
What are some other haunted places, ghost stories, or scary legends from Missouri? Have you visited any of these places? What was your experience? Share in the comments below! (We’d love to hear your ghost stories!)