14 Creepy Ohio Locations, Lore, And Legends To Keep You Entertained And Completely Spooked
By April Dray|Updated on October 04, 2023(Originally published November 25, 2022)
April is the Ohio staff writer for Only in Your State. She is an Ohio native with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. With more than 10 years of writing experience and a background in news reporting for Ohio newspapers, she's published pieces in multiple print and online publications. When she's not on deadline or chasing after her toddler, she's hunting for hidden gems in Ohio or getting lost in a good book.
With all of the Ohio legends and lore, it’s a strange, strange place. You’ve likely heard a “crybaby bridge” story or two, but what do you know about Rogues Hollow? Or how about Eugene the Mummy? There are so many tales that pass from the mouths of locals, young and old, and they make Ohio a pretty creepy place to explore, which you may find appealing if you’re enthusiastic about the supernatural. The following are 14 creepy pieces of Ohio legend, many of which have been laced with folklore throughout the years — but some of which are based on facts that are truly stranger than fiction.
Are you familiar with any of these unusual pieces of creepy Ohio legends and lore? Which of them were you most unnerved by, and what else would you add to this list? Share your thoughts and experiences with us!
If you can’t get enough of Ohio lore, we recommend taking our haunted Ohio road trip. This trip takes just over nine hours of driving and includes eight haunted stops. It is sure to make the hair on the back of your neck stand straight up. You’ll visit a haunted prison, a creepy castle, and the Moonville tunnel mentioned above. While this trip can be managed in a day, we recommend making a weekend of it so you don’t have to rush and can allow ample time to spot some spirits.
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Are there any haunted hotels in Ohio in which I can spend the night?
If you want to make your stay in the Buckeye state extra scary, (and maybe not sleep too much,) stay in one of these fascinating haunted hotels in Ohio.
Lafayette Hotel (101 Front Street, Marietta, OH): This spooky place dates all the way back to 1918. For scares, stay on the third floor which is reportedly haunted by its former owner.
Punderson Manor (11755 Kinsman Road, Newbury Township, OH): This colorful story begins with a millionaire who began construction on the mansion for his wife in 1925. Today, employees of the resort have told of unexplained happenings, including faucets turning off and on, doors closing and opening, and objects flying across the room.
The Buxton Inn (313 E. Broadway, Granville, OH): This historic, pink building, with several other buildings on the property, dates all the way back to 1812, making it Ohio's oldest inn. Fully restored, the hauntings have been reported in rooms seven and nine. Folks who have stayed in these rooms have shared videos and photographs.
The Hackett Hotel (203 Second Street, Marietta, OH): This historic building was built in 1899 by John H. Riley. Some of the employees have spotted ghosts in the restaurant and heard unexplained noises. For more information, visit the Hackett Hotel website.
Does Ohio have any haunted restaurants?
Isn't it fun to imagine that while you enjoy a delicious meal, a spirit might be watching over you while you do it? Well you can enjoy that exact feeling at a haunted restaurant in Ohio, such as: